Uganda’s most wanted – man eating crocs

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In the country where Idi Amin, a horrific dictator, fed his victims to crocodiles in the Nile, the crocs are continuing to stoke their fearsome reputation terrorizing villagers and fishermen on Lake Victoria. Is Uganda’s notorious crocodile the world’s largest?. A killer crocodile which is said to have eaten four people in Jinja and Mayuge…

Australian court rules against anti-vax Mom in favor of pro-health Dad

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Another case of the courts considering childrens’ rights to health over one parent’s scientifically baseless and harmful claims. Court grants father right to vaccinate his children A western Sydney father has won the right to vaccinate his children after a drawn-out legal battle with their mother, who is strongly opposed to immunisation. The Family Court…

UK police get calls for cats

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17 reports in three counties in 3 years in an area that does not have [officially] large non-native cats. Calls to police reveal North East big cat epidemic…if you believe them – Chronicle Live. Freedom of Information requests showed officers have looked into 17 reports of big cats in Cleveland, Northumbria and County Durham since…

The bleeding road of Leek

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Locals have noticed a red discoloration in a roadway that makes it appear as if the road is bleeding. However, there is a logical, chemical explanation. Red stain on A523 road into Leek explained by Staffordshire County Council The presence of iron from a water seepage could be the reason for a road turning red…

Some mystery booms are small shallow earthquakes, like Moodus noises

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Doubtful News covers all kinds of weird noises that are reported. Many can’t be readily explained. But that doesn’t mean they are unexplainable. This piece on the Moodus noises in Connecticut is excellent and entertaining. This is fairly well-known as an area of shallow, very weak seismic activity. The shallow rock stresses and releases produce…

Exhibition of “real” fairy photos

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Well they are very pretty… bugs. Fairies John Hyatt Rossendale Valley: University professor says he has photographed mystery winged creatures [...]Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer John Hyatt claims he now has proof the creatures are real and are residing in the Rossendale Valley. John Hyatt, Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and…

Harvard human-skin books? One claim sheepishly busted.

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I saw this story about book bound in human flesh make the rounds on social media earlier this week. I sat quietly and observed. Today, it’s slightly less interesting. Myth About Harvard Book Made of Human Skin Debunked. For one reason or another—perhaps it was the flashy headline, or the gruesome mysterious details—a nearly decade-old…

Even Presidents get curious about UFOs

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And why wouldn’t they? The idea of extraterrestrial life isn’t far-fetched as we continue to find more planets, as Former President Bill Clinton stated in an appearance with Jimmy Kimmel. Bill Clinton “Wouldn’t Be Surprised” If Aliens Existed (TIME): “If we were visited someday, I wouldn’t be surprised, I just hope it’s not like Independence…

The Strange remains the same for 3 April 2014

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The name of the Twitter bird is “Larry.” Obviously. Syfy Gives 12-Episode Order to a Weekly Comedy Show Starring Wil Wheaton | Splitsider. Maryland legislature passes naturopathic licensing bill, but with damage control « Science-Based Medicine. So many stories of conspiracies, demons, witchcraft are related to mental illness. It’s a problem that absolutely needs to…

Observations on Annihilation, and other Dark Matter(s)

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While dark matter has provided fertile ground for misuse and sciencey speculation (Doubtful News), there have been a fair number of experiments intended to detect dark matter, a potentially promising result was published this February, and is making its rounds in astronomy-related news this week, indicating that we may have observed a dark matter annihilation…

Exorcists are getting younger all the time

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Exorcism, one would think, is a task for strong adult. Not so. You can exploit an 8 yr old to do it. It’s more impressive that way. Meet Alani Santos the Eight-Year-Old Exorcist ‘Saving Brazilian Slums’ In the slums of San Gonzalo, people flock to a small church where Alani Santos claims to exorcise demons…

The Strange remains the same for 2 Apr 2014

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You can play as the ducks in the NES classic Duck Hunt.  - Now you know. FTC Warns Consumers: Beware of Washington Mudslide Charity Scams | Federal Trade Commission. Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Sues Glenn Beck for Defamation | Mediaite. Device exploded in bomber’s face after he ‘forgot about clocks changing’ – Telegraph. Skeptic Activists…

Doubtful News’ “Beyond Doubtful” list of no-go-to sources

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The purpose of Doubtful News is to expose questionable claims in stories you find on the internet. Mostly we deal with major news outlets because those are the stories that people will search on to find additional information. We get those searchers who then can see some science-based, rational takes on paranormal, anomalies and alternative…

Pennsylvania Chainsaw Miracle

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In a mix of luck, fast-acting helpers and medical attention, what would have been a gruesome accident turned out WAY better than you could have imagined. James Valentine, 21, survived a work accident that sent a chainsaw blade deep into his neck and shoulder very narrowly missing the vital artery to the brain. Cutting it…

The Strange remains the same for 31 March 2014

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The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. ~Mental Floss Bizarre whale treatment for rheumatism revealed. “Giant” big cat spotted roaming in Sevenoaks | Sevenoaks Chronicle. The House of Representatives Committee on Science is turning into a national embarrassment | The Curious Wavefunction, Scientific American Blog Network. Daughter of woman in Novena exorcism case sentenced…

Another Holy Grail, in Spain

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Oh, really? Has one of the most prized Christian relics been discovered. Crowds flock to Spanish church after holy grail claim | World news | theguardian.com. Curators were forced to remove a precious cup from display in a Spanish church when crowds swarmed there after historians claimed it was the holy grail, staff said. Visitors…

Remains of the weekend 29-30 March 2014

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw Belton man wants to turn historic home into haunted bed and brea – KXXV-TV News Channel 25 – Central Texas News Australia Is Cracking Down on Vaccine Truthers, and America Should Too…

Monty Python inspired road sign angers Norwegian Public Roads bureaucrats

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Kudos on inventive signage. Although… I might have been so distracted laughing, I’d have wrecked. ‘Silly walk’ sign enrages roads agency The craze for installing doctored comedy signs has reached small-town Norway, with an art collective in Ørje on the Swedish border installing a pair of zebra crossing signs inspired by Monty Python’s Ministry of…