77 year old man killed by wild boar in Italy

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News clip: A 77-year-old man was mauled to death by a group of wild boar while walking his dogs in the Italian countryside. Source: Italian pensioner mauled to death by wild boar Sicilian Salvatore Rinaudo was reportedly “bitten to death” after trying to defend his dogs as charging boar approached them in the countryside outside the town…

Image of fabled sea serpent of Ireland retrieved

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An image of Co Clare’s sea-serpent – Victorian Ireland’s equivalent of the Loch Ness monster – has resurfaced after 144 years. The artist’s impression of the bizarre ocean creature, allegedly spotted off the coast of the resort village of Kilkee, has been found lurking in the depths of a London archive. Source: Ireland’s Loch Ness…

Should sky lanterns be banned?

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Chinese lanterns, also called sky lanterns, are small balloons made of paper that fly because of heated air from a small fire underneath. These devices are a prime source of “UFO” sightings since they move with the winds aloft and can accelerate unexpectedly but also remain seemingly stationary for a bit, confusing the witness. They…

Love struck

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News smidgen: Two teenagers have just added another chapter to their love story, one that includes possibly being struck by lightning in Claremont. Source: Teenagers Say They Were Struck By Lightning In Claremont Dylan and Lexie were walking along a tree-lined street in Claremont, California when it appears they were hit by lightning. “Next thing you know, we are…

Remains of the weekend 8-9 August 2015

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Castlemaine science writer and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at La Trobe University Dr Lynne Kelly says she has uncovered the true meaning of famous archaeological sites including Stonehenge using Indigenous memory technology. Source: Indigenous memory technology used to explain Stonehenge    Getting a dog from a breeder can run you thousands of dollars, so it…

Curiosity’s photos reveal not woman on Mars but how silly “news” sites can be

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Slow news summer… when all news sites pick up a ridiculous story from non-reputable websites and couch it in illogical speculative terms that make it sound like they are being “critical” about the story. Unfortunately, that means more work for DN to note just exactly how doubtful these stories are and why you should not…

Mystery message in ancient Israeli bath site

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News smidgen: Well-preserved Aramaic inscriptions are discovered in a cave including a depiction of a the sacred menorah. Source: Mysterious Message Found in 2000-Year-Old Ritual Bath in Jerusalem : Discovery News A mysterious message has been found in an underground cave which turned out to house the remains of a Jewish ritual bath, the Israel Antiquities Authority…

There are stranger things…

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In our effort to supply the masses with information about the real world, here is a new video from the SERPENT project. This is a Rhizophysid Siphonophore possibly Bathyphysa sp. observed off Angola in 1325m deep water. Taken 15 June 2015. So, now you know these things are really real. When someone posts this video…

Secular blogger Niloy Neel murdered in Bangladesh

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Niloy Neel was an atheist blogger promoting secularlism in Bangladesh. This fatal attack against him is the 4th on freethinking advocates; the fifth if you count writer, Ahmed Rajib Haiderfollow, killed in the same way in 2013. Fundamentalists will vehemently fight to staunch progress. Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh A 40-year-old secular blogger was…

Mystery sound closes restaurant

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News driblet: A mysterious booming sound that appears to have originated at Sam’s Chowder House in downtown Palo Alto shook up the neighborhood but investigators say they don’t know what triggered it. Source: Palo Alto:Sam’s Chowder House temporarily closes after mysterious booming sound – San Jose Mercury News The boom could have been venting gas.…

Another plague death in Colorado

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News tidbit: Centuries after ravaging millions, the plague has come to modern-day Colorado — killing one person in Pueblo County, authorities say. Source: Adult dies of plague in Colorado – CNN.com A teenager in Larimer County died earlier in 2015 from the plague. Plague pops up occasionally in the West via prairie dogs and other rodents…

When lightning strikes a gas station

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News smidgen: A gas station caught fire after a pump was struck by lightning Monday, August, 3. It happened around 6 p.m. at The Gas Depot in the 4800 block of Dixie Highway. Source: Gas station catches fire in Fairfield  In Fairfield Ohio on Monday, lightning hit the surface dome of an underground storage tank,…

Unknown symbol marks Nashville intersections

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Mysterious symbols have popped up around Elm Hill Pike in the Donelson neighborhood of Nashville. There appear to be seven such symbols spray painted on the road from a template with red paint. It has locals slightly freaked out. Source: Mysterious symbols pop up in Nashville; Police investigating Metro-Nashville police are investigating a number of…

Hawaiians protest telescope at meeting of International Astronomical Union

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The story of the protests over construction of a telescope in Hawaii continues. The demonstration occurred at the meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Honolulu. Demonstration over Thirty Meter Telescope comes after arrests near Mauna Kea construction site. Demonstrators carrying Hawaiian flags — some upside-down, as a sign of distress — held a press conference outside…

Gwyneth Paltrow not the one behind the vagina steaming claim

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News tidbit: Gwyneth Paltrow claims she wasn’t the one who suggested women steam their vaginas. While Paltrow approves all stories on her lifestyle website Goop, she claims the controversial “Conscious Uncoupling” headline on the 2014 piece, announcing her split from Chris Martin, and the January 2015 feature on “vaginal steaming” actually came from her editorial…

Crab cave on Mars

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Made you look! A NASA image of Mars being passed around on social media over the weekend has imaginations running wild. The photo shows a stone formation in front of what may be a kind of cave. Source: What The Heck Is This Thing On Mars? Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research, said he…

Rose Marks loses appeal for fortune telling fraud; stays in jail

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No surprise here: Rose Marks loses her appeal. Convicted “psychic” Rose Marks, who is imprisoned for defrauding more than $17.8 million from clients of her family’s fortune-telling business, lost the appeal of her criminal convictions Tuesday. Source: South Florida ‘psychic’ who defrauded millions from clients, loses appeal of her criminal convictions  Marks was found guilty…

Florida cops become cult “experts” regarding triple homicide (UPDATE: Wicca conflation)

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Allegations of a witchcraft sacrifice during a full moon? This story is FULL of doubtful “facts” that propagate harmful myths. A triple homicide in Florida is suspected to be a “Wiccan ritual killing” related to the “blue” moon, police said Tuesday. The three victims, all from the same family, were found after a welfare check…

Asparagus watergate

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News Driblet: Has Whole Foods become “a bizarre religious cult”? Whole Foods tried to sell Los Angelenos actual asparagus in a bottle of water—for $6 Source: Asparagus water: This week’s overpriced yuppie Whole Foods diet trend garbage – Salon.com Yuck. The product has been removed. Tip: Bob M.

Intravenous vitamin lounges of Ottawa

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News Smidgen: Ottawa naturopath Sarah Vadeboncoeur says demand for the intravenous nutrient therapy she has offered at her clinic for five years is growing so rapidly that she is shifting her business to make it a bigger part of her practice. Despite their wild popularity in recent years, there is no evidence to support IV infusions, say experts.…

Just a fish, not a “monster”

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News Morsel: Adele Battersby found the four foot-long beast lying dead on the shore of the Littleborough lake and it’s enough to give you nightmares. Not if you aren’t afraid of FISH. It’s probably a pike. Source: What is this ‘Roch Ness Monster’ washed up at Hollingworth Lake? – Manchester Evening News People might need…

Cat on a Roman tile roof

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News Driblet: Isn’t that just like a cat, walking through the clay while it was drying. Archaeologists found this 2,000 years remnant that the builders used despite the prints. The print has only just been noticed on a Roman roof tile unearthed in the city in 1969. Source: 2,000-year-old cat’s paw print uncovered in Gloucester –…

Frog not listed in ingredients of spinach package

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News snippet: I doubt he really wanted to be there, though. Inspect your produce throughly. “On the day this product was processed, this particular line had one laser that was not properly functioning,” Valdes wrote. “It is possible that while the product passed the laser the frog was covered behind a piece of spinach not…

Doctors should inform parents of the big troubles of not getting kids vaccinated

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A shift from focusing about the risks of vaccinations (few and low) to the ramifications of NOT getting vaccinations (illness and possibly death), resulted in a meaningful effect on opinions. Horne, and his psychology professor Dr. John Hummel, collaborated on the study with findings that were published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National…

Parapsychology at the Fringe fest

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News morsel: Caroline Watt is a real parapsychologist, and from all sources, a good one. Dr Watt insists she’s yet to come across any concrete evidence for the supernatural.“The Koestler Parapsychology Unit is trying to examine whether or not people have psychic ability – and also look at the normal explanations for paranormal experiences,” she says.…

Anti-witchcraft educational camps launched in rural parts of India

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News smidgen: Police in India encourage people not to practice witchcraft in order to avoid being arrested, ostracized or killed. Ignorance, illiteracy, ill health and a strong belief in the witchcraft are some of the reasons for the wide practice of “sorcery” and belief in superstition in rural areas of India. Alarmed over the increase in sorcery-related incidents,…

Explanatory labeling for homeopathic products in Canada

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News snippet: Good news out of Canada. But will labeling help? Homeopathic products promoted to parents will need to be clear they are not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines, Health Canada says. The department announced Friday it is introducing label changes for certain homeopathic products. Health Canada said it will also no longer allow companies to make specific…

Practitioner of bee sting therapy accused of negligence

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A California acupuncturist is cited by officials for using a potentially risky treatment that could produce life-threatening allergic reactions. Alhambra acupuncturist’s ‘bee sting therapy’ investigated An Alhambra acupuncturist’s license is on the line after state medical regulators alleged he was “grossly negligent” when using bees to sting patients as part of a medical cure, an…