The Strange remains the same for 6 May 2015

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Roosevelt Johnson thought it was odd when three people — two of them dressed in police uniforms he didn’t recognize — strolled into the Santa Clarita station in February. Source: Bizarre fake police force included Kamala Harris aide, prosecutors say – LA Times   A beloved local pastor died while…

Panera changing ingredients to be more “healthy”

Let me have one of the cranberry-orange scones.

Panera is the latest company to declare they are going to make their food sound healthier. While they portray it terms of simplicity and customer demands, really, it’s a marketing gimmick and may end up disappointing the consumer. Panera CEO says ‘no’ to unacceptable ingredients – Fortune The restaurant chain is doing away with or reformulating…

The Strange Remains the same for 5 May 2015

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What happens in the brain when a person has an out-of-body experience? A team of scientists may now have an answer. Source: Out-of-Body Experience Is Traced in the Brain Accusations of quackery — and one stunning admission of fraud — that last month roiled the health and nutrition blogosphere could mark a turning point in…

Italian police pull stunt to celebrate the Turin Shroud on display

James Randi views the Shroud on a recent trip to Italy. "This huge rag -- so thoroughly and authoritatively discredited by experts as even originating during the life of Christ -- was guarded every 15 feet or so by garishly-costumed volunteers who glowered at me, perhaps because I so resembled a rabbi, but since the terrain was very bumpy I was given a wheelchair and was thereby had a very close-up view of the relic... I was far more fascinated by the hushed faithful who stood in reverent silence before it as the commentary droned on. It was the first time I'd had a chance to see this fascinating object. and so very up close. I found the experience very interesting indeed..." Photo: Roberta Baria

Detectives claim to have revealed how Jesus Christ looked as a child – based on computer forensics and the Shroud of Turin. Yes, it really is as totally ridiculous as it sounds. Italian police ‘reveal’ what Jesus looked like as a young boy Using the Turin Shroud, the supposed burial cloth of Jesus, police investigators have…

Remains of the weekend 02-03 May 2015

Polar stratospheric cloud in Norway.

The real story of the Enfield Haunting Haunted UCLA: A Study in Parapsychology Psychic’s boyfriend sentenced in fraud Scientists create ‘ghosts’ in the lab by tricking the brain An Alternative-Medicine Believer’s Journey Back to Science Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?. GPS Data Show How Nepal Quake Disturbed Earth’s Upper Atmosphere |…

Enfield poltergeist set plagued by… fickle camera – OOOHH scary

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Let’s make a bit more publicity for this showing, shall we? Enfeld poltergeist filming hyped with haunts. TV stars left terrified after a ghost wreaks havoc with the set of a new poltergeist drama – Daily Record. Sounds scary! But it’s not. This article contains pretty much ZERO evidence of anything “wreaking havoc”. This is a…

When the clairvoyant is the suspect in a murder

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46-year-old Kelly Brennan was found murdered in Florida. Her friend, Sheila Trott, is suspected of brutally murdering and dumping Brennan’s body. Sheila came home after a four-hour trip to “Walmart” acting strangely. That night, she had a dream her friend was hurt. Sheila had a nervous breakdown and thought she killed Kelly in a jealous rage. A Vision…

The Strange remains the same for 30 April 2015

This artist's rendering shows the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (Messenger) around the planet Mercury. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Sheldrake-Shermer Dialogue on the Nature of Science, May thru July 2015 Bat-winged dinosaur discovery poses flight puzzle Warwick woman finds wild turkey in bathroom. New Series – Psychic Matchmaker Suntory Launches Collagen-Infused Beer Aimed at Japanese Women Mysterious Lights Spotted South of Downtown San Diego Three-foot rat found swimming in Tipperary river The Messenger of…

Seven year old boy dead after bizarre alternative treatment for diabetes

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A highly disturbing story: A young boy is dead after undergoing alternative “therapy” that may have resulted in a diabetic coma and possibly abusive “treatment”. Diabetic Sydney boy dies after ‘slap therapy’ – 9news.com.au. Police are investigating the death of a seven-year-old diabetic boy who may have been taken off insulin to attend an alternative…

Williams regrets ‘psychic’ Browne’s erroneous prediction on his show

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Good for you, Montel. But this lesson should extend further. Montel Williams apologizes to Amanda Berry for psychic’s incorrect prediction | fox8.com. Former talk show host Montel Williams has issued an apology to Amanda Berry for a psychic prediction on his show that turned out to be wrong. Sylvia Browne appeared on The Montel Williams show…

They don’t call them sea LIONS for nothing!

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Fascinating, intelligent, and common as entertaining trained animals, we can’t forget that sea lions are still wild and have awfully big teeth and powerful jaws. They don’t call them sea kittens. San Diego man recovering after sea lion yanked him overboard. Dan Carlin’s wife told him to smile for a picture on their 29-foot boat…

The Strange remains the same for 29 April 2015

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

Exorcism in Ethiopia: Incredible photography series by David Tesinky highlights dramatic rituals. This embattled VA regional office now under investigation for an alleged paranormal party Pepsi Removing Aspartame Someone Shot a Florida Panther and FWC Is Offering a $5,000 Reward for Tips Australian film agency awarded creationist film AUD$90,000 A bizarre new flying dinosaur, with…

Yet another illegal stimulant in dietary supplements

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Dietary supplements contain potentially harmful substances. Gee, I’m starting to sound like a broken record, just repeating the same thing… FDA warns about another illegal stimulant in supplements | Reuters. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning companies to stop selling dietary supplements that include a stimulant known as DMBA, the latest in a…

A python in Georgia? Local reporter pulls a fast one.

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Did this witness photograph what some have been reporting? Pythons this far north would be a serious discovery since none have survived here before. However, there is good reason to be skeptical. Possible Python sighted near Chattahoochee river. An Abbeville man, Randy Sanders, who was walking in a stream with his grandchildren on Kolomoki creek southeast…

Chipotle pulls an anti-GMO PR move

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Is this really feasible? Does it make sense? Chipotle dumps GMOs: Why the fast food chain’s latest achievement is so unprecedented – Salon.com. Chipotle, the “fast-causal” chain widely praised for catalyzing the downfall of McDonalds, has gone (nearly) GMO-free. The company announced Monday that it’s succeeded in ridding its menu of food made with genetically…

The Strange remains the same for 27 April 2015

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First Nations chemo case ruling amended to include child’s well-being. ‘Leech-nado': Scientists are working to identify the leech species swarming in this video Belle Gibson’s lies: Cancer researcher Dr Darren Saunders blames media. Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document. Ouija Celebrates its 125th Anniversary in Baltimore: OuijaCon 2015 Wrap-Up.…

Criminal charges against naturopath who injected patient with magnesium (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: An unsatisfying ruling in this case. Mitra Javanmardi, Quebec naturopath in fatal injection case, found not guilty “The judge recognized that the victim died of receiving an injection that was contaminated [by bacteria], and obviously the accused is not supposed to do any injections or IV treatments here in Quebec,” Crown prosecutor Geneviève Dagenais said outside…

Remains of the weekend 25-26 April 2015

This photo was really taken by Giordana Schmidt, AFP / Getty Images. It does not appear to have been manipulated.

See Mutant Baby Cow Born With Five Mouths. Bigfoot followers gather in Vilonia Billions of Blue Jellyfish Wash Up on American Beaches. Tragic result of traditional Chinese medicine manipulation: an unusual case report of bilateral anterior shoulder dislocations. – PubMed Could virtual reality bring your loved ones back from the dead? Pocket Sharks are Among…

Wakefield advocating against pro-vaccination bill in California

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Medical community pariah antivaccination advocate Andrew Wakefield speaks at Life Chiropractic College West in California and continues his spreading of dangerous fear-mongering misinformation and ignorance. Anti-vaccine leader tells parents to fight immunization bill. Andrew Wakefield, the British scientist and former physician whose discredited research linking autism and immunizations helped launch a worldwide anti-vaccination movement, encouraged…

The Strange remains the same for 23 April 2015

Lovely muscari (grape hyacinth) is blooming this time of year.

New Insight on the Nation’s Earthquake Hazards: USGS (fracking-related earthquakes) Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos : Nature News Embryonic Twin Discovered in Woman’s Brain During Surgery in LA | NBC Southern California. Plane makes emergency landing in Buffalo after three passengers pass out – The Washington Post. (A case of conversion disorder?) Panel tackles question…

Hi-ho, the derry-o, the cow ate the sheep

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Talk about a change in diet. Kenya: Cow ‘starts eating sheep’ on Nakuru farm – BBC News. Charles Mamboleo, who runs a farm in south-western Nakuru County, discovered the cow feeding on a sheep one morning, having apparently gored it to death, […]. Fresh food and water couldn’t tempt the cow, and another sheep met…

“Real” ghost claim takes a back seat to skeptical research

A screen shot from Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers offers the clearest copy of the photo by Mrs. Mabel Chinnery allegedly showing a back-seat ghost. Photo from Skeptic.com/Blake Smith

What paranormal enthusiast like me hasn’t seen this famous picture of the dead mother in law in the back seat of the old car? IT WAS CREEPY AS HELL and it was one of the most widespread photos promoted as “real” because there seemed no good explanation. That’s because not many people attempted to provide…

The Strange remains the same for Earth Day 2015

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FDA continues to warn consumers not to use Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd.’s “Bo Ying compound”. Study rules out link between autism and MMR vaccine even in at-risk kids – LA Times. (There is no “debate” or “controversy” about MMR and autism ANYMORE.) New mass extinction event identified by geologists – BBC News. Regulating…

Faked cancer or misdiagnosed? Book and app sales are on the line. (UPDATE: LIAR)

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Belle Gibson admits she lied about having cancer. She’s a very troubled person. It’s speculated she may suffer from a psychological disorder such as Munchausen syndrome where she fakes illness to get attention. Belle Gibson: ‘No, None of it is true’. “I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it,…

The Strange remains the same for 21 April 2015

I have no response to this. Just remember, KISS had their own dolls and Colorforms, too.

Pasadena Artist Who Claims To Be Buddha Reincarnated Is Wanted In China: LAist. Strange roar heard Sunday night across wide area | GazetteXtra. Ghost hunters hear bumps in the night: it’s burglars raiding Derby store for imitation firearms | Derby Telegraph. Kanye West Denies Illuminati Ties. Secret file reveals scandal of the Natural History Museum…