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Wait, WAAAAAAT? A Whole Bunch Of People On Facebook Thought Steven Spielberg Killed A Real Dinosaur. Internet humourist Jay Branscomb posted it on Facebook with the caption: “Disgraceful photo of…

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The Strange remains the same for 27 June 2014

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Adults are just outdated children. ~Dr. Seuss Near-death experiences are overwhelmingly peaceful – health – 26 June 2014 – New Scientist. Tiger leaps onto boat, snatches man in east India. A MUST READ: A comprehensive overview of chemical-free consumer products Mystery Flashing Lights Spotted Again in SoCal Skies | KTLA 5. New species of small…

New skeptical society in New Zealand succeeds in advertising complaint

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A New Zealand skeptical activism group succeeds at getting a faith healing claim chastised and the advertisement removed. It may not be the most dramatic way to do activism but the law is the law, these claims were seen to be misleading. Your belief that God heals has no evidence to back it up, so…

Boko Haram militants fleeing attacks from spirits

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A tipster noticed an interesting bit at the end of this story. Standard Digital News – Nigerian singer offers her virginity to Boko Haram in exchange for kidnapped schoolgirls. Meanwhile, Islamists fighting for Boko Haram are leaving their forest hiding places after a number of senior militants died as a result of relentless attacks by snakes…

Cryptozoogical mystery in NYC solved!

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Well, this is interesting. A fisher is spotted in the Bronx. That was unexpected! Mystery Solved For Strange Animal Found Scurrying Around The Bronx. For months, a weird unidentified animal has been spotted roaming the streets of one neighborhood in the Bronx. The animal has been scurrying at night, and spooking people during the day…

30 patients contract tuberculosis after visits to the same acupuncture clinic

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Add another drawback to acupuncture: possible infection with primary inoculation tuberculosis. That does not sound good. A new paper is published showing a correlation of acupuncture and electrotherapy with onset of a form of tuberculosis. PLOS ONE: Analysis of 30 Patients with Acupuncture-Induced Primary Inoculation Tuberculosis. Abstract: Primary inoculation tuberculosis is a skin condition that…

Burzynski to continue trials as FDA says ‘OK’

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Disappointing, short-sighted, rather stupid, and not consumer friendly. That’s how I would characterize this latest news that discredited, controversial, and quackerific Dr. Stan Burzynski is allowed to pursue trials. The only positive in this is HE WILL ACTUALLY DO TRIALS which is better than he’s done before. We’ll see. FDA gives controversial doc green light…

HAY! It’s raining

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People in several locations over a few days in the U.K. report clumps of hay swirling in the sky and falling over villages. Mystery as it rains hay in parts of Devon | Exeter Express and Echo. Huge clumps of dry grass were reported falling from the sky in several parts of the UK as…

Gaggles of ghost photos make us gag (UPDATE: Naughty!)

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The media has picked up on ghost photo stories that hardly deserve any attention. So, all I’ll say about them is that photos such as these are terrible evidence. Pretty much worthless. But they served a purpose, to get attention for the takers. As a side effect, they tend to reinforce belief in ghost by existing…

Controversial GMO-rat tumor study republished (UPDATE: Not peer reviewed)

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Recall that really, really awful paper that was published about genetically modified maize, Monsanto and Round-up weed killer? You know, the unethical one with the tumor-laden rats which was eventually retracted? Well, here is another example of YOU CAN GET ANYTHING PUBISHED. It’s been published in another journal. It includes a new analysis. Retracted Seralini GMO-rat…

Swami versus Guru: Sai Baba was no godman or god

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Happy Tuesday morning with religious groups talking smack about each other in India. Religious leader Swami Shree Swaroopananda Saraswati ji says guru Sai Baba is a conspiracy to create division among Hindus. Shankaracharya vs Sai Baba: Devotees seethe with anger as Sai Baba’s cult is challenged – daily.bhaskar.com. A complaint has been lodged against Swami Swaroopanand in…

Ouija board possession story needs no demons (UPDATE: drug use?)

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I hate to be cynical about stuff like this but there is nothing impressive about this story at all. Ouija Board ‘Possesses’ 3 With Demonic Spirits in Mexico: ‘We’re Going to Die,’ Says Young Woman (VIDEO). A Oujia board led to three people being “possessed” by evil or demonic spirits in San Juan Tlacotenco, Mexico,…

“Chemtrail” forum to be held by Arizona senator (UPDATE: Was it worth it?)

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UPDATE on how it went. See below. Our congresspeople waste a lot of time on nonsense like UFOs. Here is some more. People around Lake Havasu are complaining about “chemtrails” (really condensation trails from planes) which has prompted the Arizona senator to set up a forum. Arizona senator hosting ‘chemtrail’ forum after Mohave County residents…

Remains of the weekend 21-22 June 2014

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Happy weekend! I mean… hello Monday. Mongolian Death Worm: Elusive Legend of the Gobi Desert. ‘Enigma Man’ may be new human species that lived until 11,000 years ago. UFO with ‘Actual’ Alien Captured by Google Earth Map. [Thank you International Business Times for labeling this "science". <smirk>] 5 psychic animals that can predict World Cup…

Psychic burned through client’s cash

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“Where’s the rest of my money?” “Oh, I had to burn it to remove the curse. It’s all good now!” A lawsuit alleges a psychic preyed on a vulnerable person. Not news, but let’s share. Psychic Claims She Burned the Money. A spiritual guide defrauded a grieving Florida woman of nearly $10,000 and told her…

FDA finds several bee pollen weight loss products contain dangerous drugs

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As we repeatedly find, unregulated supplements being used by consumers may actually do more harm than help. Typically, they do nothing (but consume your money) but we see more and more stories that traditional medicines are not all they seem. They contain ingredients you do not want in there. Consumers are not aware of these…

Auckland NZ booms reported (UPDATE: Solved)

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See update below. Originally published 18 Jun 2014 Mystery booms in New Zealand rattle residents. Mystery bangs and shaking in Auckland – national | Stuff.co.nz. A series of mysterious “explosions” have been reported across west and north Auckland, but police are mystified. Reports of loud ‘‘bangs’’ followed by houses shaking began about 5pm, in the…

Alt med practitioner faces 16 months in jail. Yells, “Conspiracy!”

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It’s a funny thing that people who think they have the special cure really have no authorization to treat at all. And, when they get caught skirting the law and making questionable claims, they yell “conspiracy”. Fake doctor receives 20-month sentence. Kathleen Helms was once considered by her patients to be on the forefront of alternative…

The Strange Remains the same for 18 June 2014

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Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Andersen Accused ‘spiritual healer’ charged with blackmail and defrauding a woman appears in court | Leicester Mercury. Have You Contributed to a Health Scam? – Olga Khazan – The Atlantic. Evangelist Benny Hinn, Citing Financial Teacher Todd Coontz, Asks…