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15 Credibility Street #23: The sound and the fury

This episode, Sharon and Torkel discuss several recent news events and how they reflect on social views of science and credible sources. First, an eclipse recap: Nothing bad happened and we were not overwhelmed by alien or occult forces. The Hopkinsville aliens did not reappear. New Age spiritualism at a Mt. Shasta festival The media…

Moldy ghosts?

Another hypothetical idea about “ghosts”. This one also sounds scientific on the surface, but so far, does not have the chops to explain hauntings. Ghost sightings in haunted houses linked to toxic mould. Researchers studying ghostly apparitions said that hauntings are usually reported in old buildings which often have poor air quality from pollutants. Previous…

A British pub ghost debunked… by the Daily Mail?

The Daily Mirror reports today on some “ghostly” goings-on in Birmingham pub “The Old Crown”. The incident amounts to little more than a bottle tipping and rolling to the floor, seemingly without interference. Here’s the video on youtube. Details of the incident are sketchy in the Mirror, but ironically, The Daily Mail carries much more information…

TV news in Virginia promotes disturbing story about “reincarnated” 4-yr old

On this Veterans Day, a very disturbing and irritating story from a Virginia news station about a mother who out of concern for her child’s issues, is promoting that he may be “haunted” by the ghost of a Marine who died in Beirut. I am unamused. Scared Mother: “Is there a ghost inside my child?”…

The Sandwell poltergeist case: A photo mysterious appeared

Mystery photos sudden appearance is the latest strange event that prompted a U.K. family to seek help. Black Country ‘poltergeist’ shock for homeowners – Birmingham Mail. Residents of a Sandwell semi-detached are being plagued by poltergeist activity – and ghostbusters believe this mystery Polaroid holds the key to the chilling chain of events. Only days…

Newspaper does a totally unbalanced piece on Warren and The Conjuring

Poorly done story hypes the haunting and ignores the issues with the Warrens “true stories”. The ‘true’ story behind ‘The Conjuring’ | Daily Record | dailyrecord.com. ‘The Conjuring’ scared up a surprising $41.5 million over the weekend with a haunted farmhouse tale said to be “based on the true story” of ghost hunters Ed and…

New Zealand paranormal investigation group cites EMF effects

Here is another pop media story about paranormal investigation groups in the local news. But this piece I found a bit intriguing… Christchurch Paranormal Investigators Using New… | Stuff.co.nz. While teams on television might run around in the dark chasing phantoms and scaring each other, Christchurch Paranormal Investigators New Zealand (CPINZ) are pioneering a new…

Exorcism story example of crap news

We included this police report story a few days ago in leftover links. There was nothing more to go on. It’s since been spread across the news far and wide with NO additional information. Exorcism-gone-awry lands Wyoming woman in hospital – Washington Times. A bizarre emergency call was made to the Fremont County Emergency Dispatch…

Bangladesh factory haunted, with fear

This fits the pattern of mass psychogenic illness. Prayers to drive out ghost at Bangladesh garment plant. Some 3,500 workers stopped work at the plant in Gazipur, north of Dhaka on Tuesday, and smashed furniture to demand action to remove the ghost, which some workers claimed had attacked them in the ladies’ washroom. “The agitating…

Dublin’s haunted mayoral mansion

We saw in a previous story that the Japanese Prime Minister is spooked over his supposedly haunted mansion. Then I find this piece about the Dublin mayor. What’s going on here? When did politicians get so freaked out over imaginary things? WTF | Dublin Lord Mayor thinks Mansion House is haunted – entertainment.ie. Lord Mayor…

CCTV spots floaty, glowy thing. Must be paranormal!

Oh, there is no explanation, therefore, paranormal. Crack reasoning there… Talisman pub Wolverhampton in ghost video shock – Birmingham Mail. Stunned staff at a Black Country pub believe they have snared a spirit… on CCTV. They say there can be no other explanation for the strange glowing, misty orb that dances in the darkened bar…