UFOs over US and I ain’t too surprised

UFO By Marc Dantonio

According to this map, we are being invaded in the 21st century. This is a time series visualization of UFO sightings in the US since 1933. Adventures in Data Analysis-UFO Sightings and Visualizations in CartoDB | QuantBait. The first thing that jumped out was the increase in sightings during the 1950s and 1960s. It turns…

Unfortunate misunderstood creature caught by wildlife officials in Malaysia

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Even natives are ignorant about local animals when they look different. They call it a monster, alien, or mutant, and they beat it. The unfortunate critter was just very ill. The video of the frightened animal in Sarawak appeared in January, but this story has just resurfaced as wildlife rescuers have finally captured the animal, a…

Serious health risks from dietary supplements, action not taken in US

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We keep posting more and more news that provides reasons to NOT use any diet supplements. It’s just getting ridiculous. A “broader problem”? I’ll say so! Sometimes the FDA takes action but often only after another party does the leg work and finds the problem. Study Warns of Diet Supplement Dangers Kept Quiet by F.D.A.…

The Strange remains the same for 07 April 2015

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Woman at Franklin restaurant finds 51 pearls after biting into oyster The “Food Babe” Blogger Is Full of Shit. Geologists claim stats, science prove Jesus buried in Jerusalem with wife and supposed son Herbalife Contacted by Law Enforcement Agencies Coastguard believe foghorns behind mystery sounds coming from the Mersey – Liverpool Echo. Mysterious UFO sighting…

Black ring appears in Kazakhstan sky

Photo credit: Vicky Britton

It’s another black smoke ring. NBC News’ Alan Boyle covers it and includes link to DN. Let’s not panic. This Black Smoke Ring Is Amazing, But It’s No Mystery – NBC News.com. I noticed an increase in hits to this previous post from last year at this time:  What is the Black Ring of Leamington…

Belief against blood transfusion blamed for death of baby and mother

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One woman and her baby dead, a family loss, and caregivers traumatized because of a really stupid religious tenet. Pregnant Jehovah’s Witness’ decision to refuse treatment ‘harrowing’ for hospital staff after mother and baby die. A pregnant Jehovah’s Witness and her baby have died after the woman refused a blood transfusion in a Sydney hospital.…

Haunted history of Bobby Mackey’s Music World fails to stand up to scrutiny

"Warning" sign at Bobby Mackeys. Photo: http://http://ghostadventures.wikia.com/

Editors Note: In cooperation with the Anomalies Research Society, we present this exclusive feature report based on the investigation of the Military Veterans Paranormal organization. By M. Cadwell and S. A. Hill Bobby Mackey’s Music World is well-known to paranormal researchers as one of America’s “Most Haunted” places (Argie and Olsen, 2014). Located at 44 Licking Pike…

Remains of the weekend 04-05 April 2015

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Rolling Stone’s investigation: ‘A failure that was avoidable’ – Columbia Journalism Review. ‘Miracle baby’ Eli is one in 197 million born with rare facial anomaly Sinbad the cat’s 3,000-mile journey from Egypt to Hereford in shipping container Woman slits husband’s throat, claims she was dreaming of filleting a fish  

Sykes’ reputation and his Yeti project get slammed

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As we updated yesterday, Bryan Sykes’ claim of mystery DNA is being hyped by the media apparently ahead of his new book about his Yeti/Bigfoot project (the results of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project which had a goal of collecting organic material for so called “cryptids”, including that which people believe may be from Bigfoot, and…

Moldy ghosts?

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Another hypothetical idea about “ghosts”. This one also sounds scientific on the surface, but so far, does not have the chops to explain hauntings. Ghost sightings in haunted houses linked to toxic mould. Researchers studying ghostly apparitions said that hauntings are usually reported in old buildings which often have poor air quality from pollutants. Previous…

Oh those crazy Raelians!

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The Raelians are planning to construct and embassy to welcome extraterrestrials, they stated in a press release today. (No, not yesterday; I’m pretty sure they are serious). Wanted: An Embassy to Welcome Extraterrestrials’ Return to Earth Representatives of the International Raelian Movement (IRM) are officially handing over to the White House today a project file…

Joni Mitchell’s health scare brings Morgellons condition back into the news

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Legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell’s emergency hospital trip this week has brought Morgellon’s disease back into the media eye. What Is Morgellons? Singer Joni Mitchell’s Disputed Diagnosis – NYTimes.com. Joni Mitchell, 71, was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday after she was found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. In recent years, the…

The Strange remains the same for 31 March 2015

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Priest carries out mass exorcism at religious camp for children in Poland. OC Paramedic Helps Rescue Doctor Who Saved His Life as Baby; Pair Reunited Police warning residents about ‘mystery shopper’ scam What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Wi-Fi — Science of Us. AncientBiotics – a medieval remedy for modern day superbugs? How ‘The…

The era of fish oil as medication is over

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Another very popular supplement is found to be… worthless. Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research – NYTimes.com. Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take…

A hundred times NO – the moon does not cause a crazy night at the hospital

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Yet another analysis has come out to kill the idea that hospital admissions and human birth rates are greater during the full moon than at other times. More than one analysis of such data shows conclusively that the moon has no correlation with these conditions. But, it’s such a widespread belief, I’m not sure another study…

Loftus Hall heavily playing up the paranormal – now with added spookiness

Photo credit: Thomas Beavis

The paranormal promotion continues at Loftus Hall. You may recall this story of a ghost photo that appeared last September. Photos are terrible forms of evidence of the paranormal since they are so easily misinterpreted or faked. So called investigators rarely attempts to recreate the event and are easily impressed when environmental variables are, well,…

Remains of the weekend 28-29 March 2015

Photo: Multnomah County Animal Services, Randall Brown

Real-Life Vampires Exist, and Researchers Are Studying Them. Mystery Over Southern California Hilltop Piano Solved Tannerite targets rattle Kelly residents. Oregon’s pink chicken mystery solved; owner explains I was a lying telephone psychic – Salon.com. Weather Extremes : Possible New Continental Heat Record for Antarctica | Weather Underground.

A baaaaad news piece from Baaaaath

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Local UK paper gives a crank and his preposterous idea exposure. The Bath Chronicle should sheepishly explain why this qualifies as news. Solar eclipse killed my sheep, says Gloucestershire farmer A farmer from Gloucestershire reckons two of his sheep were killed by the solar eclipse. Rob Taylor found two of his flock of around 250 ewes dead…

The Strange remains the same for 27 March 2015

I expect he's just had cheese!

Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Part 1) | VICE News. Mystery odor at Muncie Walmart sends 8 to hospital. (A very obvious case of “hysteria”.) Albino badger left for dead after love rivals ‘chewed his testicles’ (but don’t worry, he’s all-white) Why Is Food That Doesn’t Contain Any Grains Labeled ‘Gluten-Free’? Pa. mom facing…

Argentinian woman’s exorcism is stock behavior, unimpressive

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I find absolutely NOTHING remarkable about this “exorcism” video. Yet several sites are claiming it is convincing. Frankly, there is nothing in this video that most people could not recreate with ease. The display, in fact, is more evidence against “possession” being a mimicked behavior based on what we think demon possession should look like.…

No Satanic cult in north London – at least not one that is abusing children (UPDATE)

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Rumors of a secret cult that abused children were baseless. Just like all the other ones from 30 years ago… get with the times. [In an update to this story, the mother and her partner are being investigated for real abuse. See UPDATE below.] Originally published 19-Mar 2015 Satanic cult claims dismissed by High Court…

Kidnapped? Hoax? Drugged? Who knows?

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What the heck happened here? Denise Huskins’ abduction a hoax, police say – CNN.com. The reported abduction for ransom of Denise Huskins, a Vallejo, California, woman, was nothing but a hoax, police said. Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park called the case a “wild goose chase” that wasted department resources. Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn,…

There is seldom screaming or yelling at the haunted artifacts museum

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John Zaffis, the “Haunted Collector” gets approval for a new museum in New York. It’s another spoke in the wheel of the rolling cash cow of paranormal tourism. Adams Planners OK Haunted Artifacts Museum Site Plan Paranormal researcher John Zaffis’ site plan for his Paranormal Artifact Museum has received approval from the Planning Board. Paranormal…

The Strange Remains the same for 24 March 2015

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Rainbow lorikeets eating meat leaves bird experts astonished FDA: Consumer Updates > Are Some Cosmetics Promising Too Much?. Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2015 | NCSE. Daughter comes forward to claim Purple Heart unearthed by Denver dog Reporter, deputy, family play key roles in ‘Minerva Monster,’ look back at 1978…

The Pope’s latest miracle hype is really lame

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There is nothing miraculous about this vial of “blood” that liquifies on occasion. Today we learn a new word: “thixotropic”. Pope Francis Credited With Performing ‘Miracle’ As St. Gennaro’s Blood Liquifies. Pope Francis is being credited with a miracle — or at least a “half miracle” — after St. Gennaro’s blood liquified in his presence…

Evidence of huge impact event found in Australia: What did it mean for life on earth?

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Australian scientists announced they have discovered a twin asteroid impact crater in the Central Australia that may be the largest ever found. The question is, does it correspond to a major extinction event. Maybe, but it’s not clear yet as the age is questionable. World’s largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia | ANU. A…

Stop sharing this insane warning about vaccines and drug use!

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This photo was making rounds this past weekend on Facebook and Twitter. Many people who should know better were blinded by the appalling ridiculousness and passed it along as a demonstration of stupidity. Stop. You are making things worse! Even by trying to express outrage, you will be amazed at how many will not read an explanation…

Remains of the weekend 21-22 March 2015

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Mystery coughing fit prompts Walmart evacuation Harry Houdini & Arthur Conan Doyle Series Picked Up By Fox, ITV The New York Times and fear mongering about the Apple Watch and wearable tech: The NYT response – Respectful Insolence. ‘Merchants Of Doubt’ Suggests We’re All Being Conned Rare Supertide Turns Ancient Abbey Into Isolated Island Online…