Tag Archive for New Zealand

15 Credibility Street #6: A load of barnacles

Long ago, people thought birds were birthed from trees… A few decades ago, news was important stuff and came from reliable sources you trusted… In the old days, people used to read books or check out sources before deciding they were experts in something. Not so anymore – it’s a free for all. Thanks, Internet.…

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…

Earthquake lights reported associated with New Zealand event

Flashing lights have been recorded on video supposedly occurring in conjunction with the shaking from this weekend’s strong quake in New Zealand. The strong event occurred just after midnight on Monday and caused massive damage, a small tsunami and several deaths. We’ve covered EQ lights before and I have done some research on natural anomalies…

Loud noise, little earthquake in New Zealand

Disruptive noise in New Zealand sounds like an earthquake. Loud, rumbling noise a mystery for Wanganui region. Mystery surrounds the origins of a loud rumbling noise heard in the wider Wanganui region overnight. The noise happened between 10.15pm and 10.30pm and was heard from Turakina to Waitotara. It was loud enough to shake the ground…

His Noodlyness over New Zealand

Ok, this is good for a laugh. Don’t be fooled by people posting this as real on your Facebook feed or in forums. Quite a disconcerting image and, therefore, we suspect hoaxing immediately. Thanks to Group of Fort on FB (especially Anthony Selletti and Jim Fitzsimmons) for pointing this nifty share out to me and coming…

New Zealand monster eel video hoaxes

Once again, an example of why videos and photos are worthless as “evidence”. How to film a hoax: ‘Monster eel’ viral videos are fake. Two budding filmmakers have created fake videos featuring massive eels in a New Zealand river, to prove how easy it is to create a hoax viral video. The young brothers Ray…

It’s not magically harmonized water – just snake oil

From the company who brought you nonsensical “drinkable sunscreen” comes more pseudoscience: “harmonized water”. They claim it is done with newfangled technology and mystery waves that people didn’t learn about in school and that their products are able to produce beneficial effects. Firm denies quackery claims. A New Zealand company selling bottles of water it claims…

16 year old subjected to traumatic watery treatment to cleanse her aura

What strange therapy is this? It appears multiple people failed in their responsibilities in this story of a New Zealand alternative practitioner. Girl dunked in river to fix ‘blocked auric field’. An alternative health therapist has been censured after attempting to heal a girl’s aura without her consent. The 16-year old went to the massage…

New skeptical society in New Zealand succeeds in advertising complaint

A New Zealand skeptical activism group succeeds at getting a faith healing claim chastised and the advertisement removed. It may not be the most dramatic way to do activism but the law is the law, these claims were seen to be misleading. Your belief that God heals has no evidence to back it up, so…

Auckland NZ booms reported (UPDATE: Solved)

See update below. Originally published 18 Jun 2014 Mystery booms in New Zealand rattle residents. Mystery bangs and shaking in Auckland – national | Stuff.co.nz. A series of mysterious “explosions” have been reported across west and north Auckland, but police are mystified. Reports of loud ‘‘bangs’’ followed by houses shaking began about 5pm, in the…

A helping fin

What should we think about this? A swimmer says that upon seeing a shark around him, a pod of dolphins appeared to “protect” him. Dolphins Protect Long-Distance Swimmer From Great White Shark. Walker found himself swimming New Zealand’s Cook Strait as a part of the Oceans Seven mission. The British open-water swimmer hopes to be…

Fluoridation court ruling in New Zealand

Fluoridation is a reasonable activity for the common good. It is not medication, says a new ruling. Fluoridation a local government issue: court. The High Court has affirmed the right of local government to fluoridate drinking water. In a decision released today, Justice Rodney Hansen threw out claims from anti-fluoride campaigners who disputed the South…

NZ black panther rumors continue

Is there a black panther in New Zealand? The data consists of anecdotes and a picture that SERIOUSLY just looks like a plane old normal cat. Elusive ‘panther’ may be on the move – National – NZ Herald News. Last week a delivery driver spotted what he described as a large cat-like animal feeding on…

Psychic subtly takes credit for murder case

This is how they do it. Most people don’t check up to see if their story holds up. Kudos to this family for speaking out. Family outraged by psychic’s claims – Story – NZ News – 3 News. Friends and family of the late Sara Niethe are outraged by a psychic’s claim she solved the…

Tragic spider calf doesn’t make it

Sometimes nature takes a turn and things go badly wrong. Deformed Calf Has Two bodies, Eight legs | Stuff.co.nz. A stillborn calf is not something that usually sparks much comment – unless it has one head, two bodies, four ears and eight legs. When Urenui sharemilker Neil Davy went to help one of his cows…

Somnambulism, somnitexting and somnautomobiling

Not only can people sleep walk, they can sleep drive, sleep-text and sleep-kill BBC News – NZ woman ‘drove and texted while asleep’. New Zealand police are seeking an order to stop a woman from driving, amid concerns that she had driven hundreds of miles while asleep, even sending text messages along the way. Friends…

Noise gun to scare birds scares residents instead

Mystery of scary noises solved | Stuff.co.nz. The mystery of loud booms rattling residents and homes has been solved, leaving a market gardener embarrassed. Matangi St, Stoke resident Roger Cole had been trying to find out what was causing the loud noises. He first heard them last Thursday, then throughout the weekend, and at night…

Long, silver fish beached in New Zealand

Not a typical find but quickly identified. Giant frostfish washes up at Rabbit Island | Stuff.co.nz. A long, silver, unpleasant-looking fish with sharp teeth which washed up at Rabbit Island was dubbed a monster fish by beach visitors. However, it was likely to be a frostfish, said Nelson-based University of Otago marine educator Richard de…

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…