Tag Archive for folklore

Senator Rand Paul ridiculed small grant to study indigenous supernatural beliefs

In the paranormal news feeds today is a rehash of a story from 2016 where a nonprofit research organization, serving the people in the Bearing Strait region, received a grant of nearly $150,000 to study and document the supernatural beliefs of the locals. Rand Paul, in his “Waste Report” rants, hit on this grant from…

Goose barnacles still flummox people today

Ooooo! Look at this! A giant piece of very cool stuff washes onshore and people freak out. It’s my favorite kind of story. New Zealand locals reportedly flocked to Muriwai Beach yesterday, to catch a glimpse of the so-called Muriwai Monster – a sprawling mass that looks exactly like something you’d drag up from the…

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…

Orgasmic mushroom story is a bit of a cock-up

All the “cool” and “hip” “science” and “viral news” aggregators are reporting on a magical mushroom that results in “earth shattering” orgasms that occur in half the women who smell it. What is this all about? It reeks of exaggeration if not outright falsity. But it’s based on a journal article so that lends it…

Elves rock in Iceland

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…

News piece mischaracterizes cryptozoology and Native American stories

I’m presenting this article as a particularly awful example of terrible journalism. It’s riddled with mistakes and false premises. Instead of linking directly to the article, I have webcited it so it will not give advertising revenue or hit counts to the site. Because that makes them produce more of it. Rez monsters: Bizarre creatures…

Vampire concerns reported in Serbia

I’ve seen this one over the past week circulating on the Daily Mail and other tabloids which we normally don’t address here at Doubtful News (because EVERYTHING in the Daily Mail and The Sun ought to be assumed to be doubtful). But since it finally made it to mainstream news, it’s worth addressing. This piece…

New scholarly journal for Cryptozoology announced

Dr. Karl Shuker announces a new journal for cryptozoology: Welcome to the Journal of Cryptozoology – a new, peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to mystery animals With the demise of Kraken and, in particular, Cryptozoology (published by the now-defunct International Society of Cryptozoology), there has been no peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to cryptozoology for quite some…

Blame your financial woes on a fairy curse

In another “curse” story… Former billionaire Sean Quinn’s downfall ’caused by fairies’ Sean Quinn was once Ireland’s richest man, with a fortune of €4.7bn, before his huge gamble on Anglo Irish Bank shares toppled him into bankruptcy. But for some in his heartland on the Cavan/Fermanagh border, Quinn’s downfall has more to do with the…