The Strange remains the same for 18 March 2015

Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" (1633) MIA

Singapore dismisses Lee Kuan Yew death report as hoax Priest arrested for exorcism on anorexic girl Holocaust-denying bishop plans consecration without pope’s consent Health Canada licensing of natural remedies ‘a joke,’ doctor says Mysterious ‘snow carrots’ observed at meteorite impact sites Family of Perth baby who died of whooping cough hope to raise awareness, prevent…

Elves rock in Iceland

This is said to be the mythological rock Ófeigskirkja, church of the elves.

Back in 2013, we told you that there was trouble with the elves. Elf advocates and environmentalists wanted the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula in Iceland because it contained an elf church. Finally, a compromised was reached that preserves a unique structure and…

Herbalife declared NOT fraudulent (Edited)

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More disappointing news on the legal front today. Herbalife is in the clear after years of dogged pursuit accusing them of fraud. Herbalife wins dismissal of U.S. ‘pyramid scheme’ lawsuit | Reuters. Herbalife Ltd won the dismissal of a lawsuit that claimed the maker of weight-loss and nutritional products fraudulently portrayed itself as a legitimate…

Hippocrates Health Institute “cease and desist” is withdrawn (UPDATE)

Clement in the hot seat in Florida.

I’ve received an update from the public relations firm that represents Hippocrates Health Institute – Vicki Johnson of Sachs Media Group. They have been cleared of all charges. Here is their statement. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (17-March-2015) — The Florida Department of Health today formally informed Hippocrates Health Institute that it has withdrawn and dismissed the…

The Strange remains the same for 17 March 2015

Buzz Aldren makes a Stonehenge-sized statement. Photo by James O.Davies. From Twitter @TheRealBuzz

There is NOT ONE SINGLE thing “amazing” about this. Poor Nessie, reduced to click bait. Is this amazing new footage captured by a tourist the Loch Ness Monster? On St. Patrick’s Day, here’s the real reason Ireland has no snakes – CSMonitor.com. EPA debunks ‘chemtrails,’ further fueling conspiracy theories (+video) – CSMonitor.com. Scientists may have…

Geese fall from the sky, assumed diseased

Snow goose. Wikipedia.

There are countless cases of mass bird deaths. The reasons can be various. In this case, officials suspect disease and are collecting the birds for testing and to limit exposure. ‘Basically, they just fell out of the sky’: 2,000 snow geese found dead in Idaho – The Washington Post. About 2,000 snow geese migrating from…

The Strange remains the same for 16 March 2015

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Meteor over Loch Ness: This is how the photographer captured the breath-taking picture Weatherwatch: The ‘eclipse wind’ – help solve the mystery Potentially Record-Setting 800lb Giant Stingray Captured and Released in Thailand. Haunted Dolls Are A Thing, And They’re Not Cheap, Either Many Americans find meaning in vampire, zombie tales, Baylor prof says. I hate…

New paper taking another look at “Yeti” data finds no evidence of new bear in the Himalayas

Artists version of the "yeti" as a hybrid polar bear

More news in the Sykes Himalayan yeti saga. If you recall, Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes published a paper in a prestigious scientific journal in July 2014. The results were a disappointment for Yeti supporters, establishing that the mystery samples of DNA were not primate, but normal animals and human. The Sykes (et al.) study did, however,…

Remains of the Weekend 14-15 March 2015

NOT a giant spider. Chill.

Weight-loss guru fights $1,050 fine for contempt in Tampa ‘Slender Man’ stabbing suspects to be tried as adults – LA Times. ‘Two-faced’ cow sold at auction set for slaughterhouse – Telegraph. ‘We should be eating things that taste good': Vancouver doctor says scientific evidence supports eating whatever you like. Err… NO it doesn’t. Quack Quack.…

Encouragement of belief in demon possession costs pastor his life

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This is the second case of murder related to mental illness and a deliverance ministry in Germantown Maryland. Recall that in January, 2014, two children were stabbed to death by self-proclaimed “demon assassins”. Demon-possessed man kills Md. pastor during spiritual cleansing, police say | WJLA.com. A man who said he heard voices and kills demons…

The Strange remains the same for 11 March 2015

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Are you cereal? Sydney man finds python packed into cornflake box Review: ‘Bad Faith,’ a Dr. Paul A. Offit Book on Religion and Modern Medicine – NYTimes.com. Legendary Skeptic James Randi Talks About Magic and Fraud | VICE Ghostly pursuits at the University of Pennsylvania. Opened safe reveals mysterious substance in Northwest D.C. home Twitter…

Australia officially states that homeopathy is baseless

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The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council released a statement concluding that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions. Nothing new to see here, move on… Wait, can this be another nail in the coffin for homeopathy? Not needed. Homeopathy is not medicine but hopeful hype…

Child’s rescue swirls with supernatural commentary

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An 18-month old child survives a tragic car crash into a river, a crash that likely instantly killed her mother. She is rescued 14 hours later, alive, still strapped into her car seat. Rescuers then tell the media that they were prompted by an adult female voice that called “Help” from the overturned vehicle. What…

Icke sued, settles libel action against popular book

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Some interesting news regarding conspiracy promoter and the prince of looney ideas, David Icke. A lawyer, dogging him for years, has received a settlement claiming Icke’s book Children of the Matrix was defamatory to Jewish people. David Icke settles libel action via the website of Richard Warman, Canadian human rights attorney. British conspiracy writer David…

The Strange remains the same for 9 March 2015

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Apopka sculptures called Balinese junk – Orlando Sentinel. Clairvoyant, cartoon buff nixed from theater shooting jury Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? That Policy Isn’t Exactly Working Out | Bustle. Ghost Asylum Season Two Premiere Tiger dad: Rare family portrait of amur tigers the first-ever to include an adult male When Things Happen That You…

Remains of the weekend 07-08 March 2015

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I’ve been doing some “field work” and outreach in Arizona this weekend so have gotten behind on the posts. I gave a talk about Sounding “Sciencey” to educators at Northern Arizona Univ., had a meeting of the minds with Uber-skeptic Ray Hyman, spent some time in Sedona getting my chakras realigned (metaphorically speaking, I needed…

Sky Shows Galaxy-lensed “Reruns” of Exploding Supernova, Demonstrating Gravity of the Situation

Gravitational Lensing Illustration

Sometimes† space is just awesome. More specifically, stuff (or mass) in space has some properties that manifest in empirically awesome ways. Earlier this week, Science put out a report on a supernova (Wikipedia) observed behind a galaxy in the MACS J1149.6+2223 cluster. This particular supernova is visible due to gravitational lensing (Wikipedia) around the cluster, greatly magnifying…

The Strange remains the same for 04 March 2015

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‘First human’ discovered in Ethiopia. Mother ‘groomed’ by lover with fake online accounts – ITV News. Gluten Sensitivity Has Not Just Been Proven | RealClearScience. Proof he’s the Science Guy: Bill Nye is changing his mind about GMOs – The Washington Post. ‘Fairy control’ to halt tiny doors in Somerset woods. Rare and bizarre Goblin…

Four-year Bigfoot research project in Oklahoma yields intriguing and unexplained results

Blood stains on rocks where a creature was supposedly shot. Sample results were not conclusive.

Here’s a strange beast – a comprehensive report of a research study intended to document the apparent presence of native “wood apes” (popularly known as Bigfoot) in the Ouachita mountains of Oklahoma. The North American Wood Ape Conservancy consists of serious researchers who carefully plan their approach and document their findings. They have published a…

The Strange Remains The Same for 03 March 2015

Credit: Martin Lemay

Tougher laws a likely legacy of the Disneyland measles outbreak | Reuters. New Theory Behind Dozens of Craters Found in Siberia. Deepak Chopra’s Twitter Trolling Continues What does it feel like to die? | The Guardian. “Ghost” appears to walk through Disneyland after hours Infant dies due to fungus spores in a probiotic treatment marketed especially…

Mother suspected of poisoning son with lethal doses of salt (UPDATE: Conviction)

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In an update to this story from June 2014, Lacey Spears is convicted of deliberately poisoning her son, killing him. “The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists,” Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy said in closing arguments Thursday. “She apparently craved the attention of her family, her friends, her co-workers and most…

Nat Geo posts an “exclusive” stinker about a non-“lost city” in Honduras

Honduran rain forest - supposedly hiding a mythical city

Nat Geo presented a not “new” finding and forgot they had done this before! Why? They did it for the Nookie, I mean, the hype, the clicks, the attention. Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest. In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.…

Grieving sister and friend of missing Dublin woman say they were targeted, exploited by psychics

Psychics have left Berna Uyrun angry and no closer to finding her missing sister.

Londoner Berna Uyrun is angry that psychics targeted her when she was grieving, desperate, and vulnerable.  Psychics claiming to have paranormal knowledge of the location and fate of her missing sister Esra, who disappeared in 2011 from her Dublin home, managed only to contradict one another and create more confusion and anxiety. Berna was variously…