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…

Does Gettysburg now rival Salem for ghostie tourist traps?

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Let’s be clear: Do we really need another ghostie place in Gettysburg, another paranormal paraphernalia shop and ANOTHER “real” ghost encounters show? I doubt it. It’s the same stuff over and over and over… Spooky Spirits hopes to scare up business at new location – Evening Sun. “Madam” Aretta Della is a self-described psychic witch…

Do some critical activism! Yes, you. Right now. To help cancer patients.

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We have had about a dozen posts on “Houston Cancer Quack” Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. The fact is MANY more people think he is some kind of hero (including himself) by promoting this so-called cancer treatment antineoplastons. It’s also a fact that ANP have never been demonstrated to work as other cancer treatments have been documented.…

Not yet published acupuncture results touted in Australia

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Oh, how… sensationalized. Because even according to the article, the headline is misleading. Acupuncture as effective as drugs in treating pain, trial shows An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines. The finding could open…

Coming to Japanese TV, psychic detective claims

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Oh great, let’s bring the idea of psychic detectives to Japan! Spreading the silly… Psychic sisters revisit Yelenic homicide scene for Japanese documentary The April 2006 murder of Blairsville dentist Dr. John Yelenic has inspired books and television episodes since former State Trooper Kevin Foley was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in…

Crash cams could be used for cryptozoology

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Actually, this is a great idea. Thylacine hunter Mike Williams confident technology will provide evidence of living tiger TASMANIAN tiger hunter Mike Williams is confident evidence of a living thylacine will emerge sooner rather than later because of the growing popularity of crash cameras in cars. Mr Williams, who led an international team of naturalists…

Duncan Oklahoma mystery boom

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Poor Oklahoma with their quakes and booms. Duncan dispatchers field calls reporting mystery noise Stephens County deputies and Duncan police were left scratching their heads after dispatchers fielded dozens of calls reporting an unusually loud boom that sounded like an explosion. People reported hearing the boom from all areas of the city and county. Callers…

Dreams study gets mooned by silly headlines

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Set up for better dreams? Professor Wiseman reveals his dream study results. Mass participation experiment reveals how to create the perfect dream Today psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire announces the results of a two-year study into dream control. The experiment shows that it is now possible for people to create their…