Paraguay creature is a monkey

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Mystery-mongering sites jumping on a story out of Paraguay of an “alien” “humanoid” “chupacabra” “reptilian experiment”, etc. They prefer to hype the extreme and fantastic ideas instead of explain that it’s… a dead monkey. Last week, when I first saw this story, commented in Spanish, I asked Ron Pine, former curator of mammals at the Smithsonian,…

Halloween with the “Jersey Devil”

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It’s that time of year! Silly stories of ghosts and monsters are everywhere. We are happy to bring you a Halloween treat by Dr. Brian Regal who shares with us an imaginative meet up with a devilish figure from history.  I stopped in at O’Bryan’s Pour House the other night for a drink and ran into…

Megalodon teeth found along North Carolina beaches

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Really huge shark teeth are washing up along North Carolina beaches in large amounts since the beginning of October from Surf City to North Topsail Beach. Beach-goers found the teeth that were washed free from offshore sediments after recent coastal storms and higher than normal tides. The teeth of the extinct shark Megalodon (which means “big tooth”)…

Daedalus sea serpent may have been skimming whale

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One of the most famous “sea serpent” cases, that of the sighting from the crew of HMS Daedalus in 1848, has long been cited as a mystery animal. Dr. Gary J. Galbreath, an evolutionary biologist, authored an article featured on the cover of the September/October 2015 issue of Skeptical Inquirer that makes an argument that…

Self-styled “psychic medium” John Edward to return to TV

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In “what the HELL are they thinking” news, medium John Edward may have scored another TV show. Deadline reports that Edward is partnering with a production company on a new paranormal series. The show is tentatively called “One Last Time” and will feature “Edward randomly reading a group of families looking to connect with their lost…

The fake awakens: Dead over Star Wars

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Another piece of shit fake news site is creating havoc with social media. No, someone did NOT kill themselves because the new Star Wars character is black. The fake news site, Newswatch33, posted a headline “Man Commits Suicide Over Star Wars Main Character Being Black #BoycottStarWarsVII” and it went  zipping around the web so fast that it…

China’s floating city is a likely CGI hoax (UPDATE)

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On October 13, I posted a link (in Chinese) to our Facebook page (which you might ‘like’) regarding a questionable image of a city in the clouds in Foshan, China. Even though this “mirage” was shown on Chinese television, it’s certainly not impossible that they are giving bad information to the public. Is this an optical illusion, or…

Odom’s condition shines light on dangers of poorly-regulated supplements

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As the media attempts to make sense of former pro basketball player Lamar Odom’s bizarre situation that resulted in him lying in a hospital near death, a report comes out in the NEJM showing that dietary supplements cause serious adverse affects that send people to the emergency room at an alarming rate. Odom spent three days in a Nevada…

When your porn business tanks, become a “doctor”

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An arrogant man has all his porn producing equipment stolen so he decides to enter the medical field treating people without an appropriate license because he doesn’t think the rules apply to him. This is why we have regulations. He’s in jail. A judge set bail at $1 million Wednesday for an alleged phony doctor after…

Tabloids totally wrong about Japanese tsunami mystery creature

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We are back again to do what we do best, totally bust an inflated story that the tabloids pass off as sensational news. It’s obvious they do NO checking or investigation of the stories, they simply repeat what silly story they make up or are fed from a dubious source. This time, Marcus Hemmler from Group of…

Faith-healing parents lose appeal of convictions for baby death

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There is an update to this story from 2011, the Hickman’s appeal was dismissed. The Oregon Supreme Court upheld the manslaughter convictions and prison sentences of a couple whose newborn baby died after they chose faith healing over medical treatment. Source: Courthouse News Service A doctor testified during the original trial that if the Hickmans had promptly sought…

Orgasmic mushroom story is a bit of a cock-up

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All the “cool” and “hip” “science” and “viral news” aggregators are reporting on a magical mushroom that results in “earth shattering” orgasms that occur in half the women who smell it. What is this all about? It reeks of exaggeration if not outright falsity. But it’s based on a journal article so that lends it…

Goat-like prop with wings claimed to be Jersey Devil

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Today’s “Most Read” story on NJ.com’s page is about a ridiculous so-called sighting of the Jersey Devil. The story is even trending on Facebook now as several more news outlets have picked it up. The original story came through an email to Paranormal Corner columnist Kelly Roncase, a paranormal investigator. Her columns are breezy and…

“Shark attack saved my life” story exaggerated

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There are so many unknowns and “ifs” in this story that it’s hard to know why it was news at all. Regardless, it is a case of coincidence in that he was prompted by a surprise incident to discover cancer very early. Good for him. But it’s not very accurate to bring sharks or outside…

The eBible Fellowship implements Plan B – to keep on keepin’ on

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The world didn’t end yesterday as the eBible Fellowship group said. Based in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (yes, really), the tiny congregation gained international attention for predicting the world would be annihilated by fire on Wednesday according to how they read the Bible.  Church founder Chris McCann said, “According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7…

Pennsylvania news outlets go overboard over “venomous” caterpillar

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Trending on Facebook today in Pennsylvania is the topic of the white hickory tussock moth (Lophocampa caryae). The headlines are that that this “venomous” or “poisonous” caterpillar from Canada has been spotted in PA. This is a clip from a “trending” page in Facebook: Oh my! Pretty scary stuff if you don’t know much about the…

Did teacher “alter the brains” of teens so that they ended up dead? No.

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A tragic case has been settled in Florida regarding the deaths of three high school students who were said to have been “hypnotised” by a former school official. The families of three students from North Port High School will receive $200,000 each from the Sarasota County School District under a settlement agreement. Because of this…