Tag Archive for myth

Stop passing these scary stories about Fukushima fish around social media!

Much is being made in the news about the Fukushima radiation leakage catastrophe. Yes, it’s bad. It’s troublesome, but it’s currently not global. If it was, we’d be hearing more about it, not from questionable scare-blogs. First, we saw a graphic of what was said to be radiation spreading across the ocean. That was a…

Sasquatch, Keeper of the forest, invoked at environmental hearing

This is not the first time, surprisingly, that mythical creatures have been used for environmental causes. Sasquatch cited in mine hearings | Local News | Prince George Citizen. Most people consider the sasquatch a legendary creature, but the mythical bush man of northern B.C. received its fair share of attention at environmental review hearings into…

Santa and the magic mushrooms

Oh my. Santa is mixed up in drugs. Santa’s ‘flying’ reindeer story traced back to magic mushrooms [A]ccording to one theory, the story of Santa and his flying reindeer can be traced to an unlikely source: hallucinogenic or “magic” mushrooms. “Santa is a modern counterpart of a shaman, who consumed mind-altering plants and fungi to…

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…

The Last Ninja… for real

BBC News – Japan’s ninjas heading for extinction. Japan’s era of shoguns and samurai is long over, but the country does have one, or maybe two, surviving ninjas. Experts in the dark arts of espionage and silent assassination, ninjas passed skills from father to son – but today’s say they will be the last. Kawakami…

Santa parade party pooper

And they call Skeptics party poopers! Man arrested after telling kids there’s no Santa |  The Kingston Whig-Standard. A 24-year-old Kingston man was arrested Saturday evening during the Santa Claus parade along Princess Street after police received a complaint that someone was walking along the parade route telling children that Santa Claus didn’t exist. A…

Have a guilty conscience? Put the rock back.

Leave these rocks EXACTLY where you found them for good reason, but not because they carry a curse. Petrified Forest’s ‘conscience’ rocks returned to park They are called “conscience” rocks and there are piles of them in northern Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. Unlike the “pet rock” craze of past years, these rocks aren’t keepers.…

Donna’s Ark

I had passed on this story last week because it seems like a silly celebrity story where we were supposed to pooh-pooh the beauty temporarily ruined by her ridiculous bad judgment. I wasn’t amused. It wasn’t funny. But, this piece I liked because it talked about WHY people still search for the Ark. ‘Baywatch’ star…