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15 Credibility Street #24: Feeling out of this world

This shorter episode is heavy on the theme of “people really believe this stuff” and why that’s not something to scoff at. I (Sharon) am off to attend a cryptozoology event this weekend that might prove to be a bit weird. I also express some thoughts about the years worth of content on Doubtful News…

15 Credibility Street #22: We’re not saying they made this stuff up but…

There are a whole lot of shenanigans to call out on this episode. We have a special commentary by Jeb Card about the spooky stuff in association with Hopkinsville, Kentucky and the upcoming eclipse. Listen to get a primer for what might be popular in the media from now until then. Torkel and I discuss…

Tabloid pseudoscience alert: Alien claw

The usual tabloid suspects are hyping a non-story about the finding of an “alien claw” in Peru. ALIEN investigators claim this giant hand is REAL and could have come from a dead extra terrestrial being. Source: Researcher Brien Foerster claims ‘giant hand from Peru cave’ could be of alien origin | Daily Express and Institute…

Episode 1: The Phantom Clown Menace

OH! Have you got a podcast?!?! Yes. We’ve jumped into the fray, starting out with an episode that features discussion about stories you’ll have read here and a chat with a longtime friend, colleague, and occasional contributor to DN, Ben Radford. The podcast is embedded at the very bottom of this post but you can…

Burning down the house

News Short: This guy needs some help. Maybe he will get it in prison for 5 years or more. Joshua A. Witman, 34, told police he set fire to the home because aliens were living in the walls of the home and a basement was a portal for demons. Source: Lancaster County man sentenced for…

International Astrology Foundation smacked for deceptive practices in Iowa

An Iowa judge has ordered a New York-based company that prosecutors say conned people into paying for outlandish psychic readings and prophecies to stop soliciting Iowa residents and refund nearly $14,000 already sent from them. Source: Court orders New York psychic outfit to reimburse Iowa residents for ‘outrageous’ deception Polk County District Court Judge Douglas…

Oh those crazy Raelians!

The Raelians are planning to construct and embassy to welcome extraterrestrials, they stated in a press release today. (No, not yesterday; I’m pretty sure they are serious). Wanted: An Embassy to Welcome Extraterrestrials’ Return to Earth Representatives of the International Raelian Movement (IRM) are officially handing over to the White House today a project file…

UFO researcher Jacobs profiled – Relies on weak evidence and fallacies

This article falls for the appeal to authority, saying Jacobs is a tenured professor and “makes his case with well-reasoned, articulate explanations and applies a scholarly approach to his research, which he has shared in four books – printed by well-known and academic publishers.” Since when are there well-reasoned arguments for aliens visiting earth and…

Never pass up some alien clickbait from NASA

Geez, NASA people, watch your language. People really believe this stuff! Nasa: Strange Markings Across The Globe ‘Might Have Been Made By Aliens’. Ancient rock carvings found across the globe were made by human civilisations, long ago, right? Well…perhaps not. No less an authority than Nasa have suggested they could have been made by aliens,…

Alien abduction author Stan Romanek arrested for child porn (UPDATE: Details)

See update with additional information below. Originally published Feb 15, 2014 23:21 Oh my… Loveland man arrested on child exploitation charges – Loveland Reporter-Herald. A 51-year-old Loveland man has been arrested on suspicion that he distributed child pornography. Stanley Romanek was arrested Thursday in the 3900 block of Ash Avenue on felony charges of sexual…

Lost 6 cows in 13 years: Blame aliens

Oh this piece throws in lots of questionable causes – aliens, chupacabra, black helicopters and Satanic cults. Hard to beat! The Pueblo Chieftain | Mutilations: Aliens?. At first, rancher Tom Miller thought the savagery wrought on his cattle was a cruel joke. Mutilated cows and calfs. Field-dressed and missing ears, organs and eyes. Carcasses devoid…