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Animal Planet and Discovery channels make MONSTROUS missteps for Monster Week

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Last week was Monster Week on Animal Planet. This weekend is Monster Weekend on Discovery Channel. (The two channels are affiliated under the Discovery Network). I came across a series of stories today that relate to these Discovery Channel/Animal Planet offerings. I decided to put them all together. From the past offerings of a dubious…

The number mumblers on ‘2014’

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If you resolve one thing this year, resolve to stop buying into to utter nonsense. You will go far, my friend. What numerologists predict for 2014 | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com. If you believe numbers hold special meaning, 2014 will be a year of introspection. 2014 is a “seven year” (To get to seven, add up…

Animal Planet’s downward plunge – more mermaids

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For some incredibly ridiculous reason*, Discovery Network’s Animal Planet continues to push the idea that mermaid can be real. More spectacularly anti-intellectual, mystery mongering and outright FAKE footage coming your way this weekend with a mini Monster-themed programming schedule. *ad revenue BusinessMirror – Animal Planet’s ‘Monster Week’ creeps back. ANIMAL Planet presents Monster Week, a…

Irish magic water for crops? Be VERY skeptical

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Red flags all over the place on this one. Doubtful is a not a strong enough word for this claim. Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides – Independent.ie. A GROUNDBREAKING new Irish technology which could be the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough is set to change the face of modern farming…

Garbage in Garbage out formula for picking race winner

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Boffin has a formula which he claims can predict the winner of the Grand National UK steeplechase which is complete and utter shite. Grand National: Formula to pick winning horse – UK – Scotsman.com. Professor William Hartston, who has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge, researched every winner of the world’s most famous horse race…

Homeopaths: “peddlers” of “rubbish”

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She speaks some sense. About time. Homeopathy is ‘rubbish’, says chief medical officer – Telegraph. Professor Dame Sally Davies said she was “perpetually surprised” homeopathy was provided on the NHS, and branded homeopaths “peddlers.” Giving evidence to the Commons Science and Technology committee, she also expressed fears about the prescription of homeopathic remedies to treat…

Come on, Russian media! A “UFO tooth-wheel”? Silly. (Update: not extraordinary)

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Did Voice of Russia become the new Pravda? Cause this is laughable. 300-million-year-old UFO tooth-wheel found in Russian city of Vladivostok: Voice of Russia. Lighting the fire during a cold winter evening a resident of Vladivostok found a rail-shaped metal detail which was pressed in one of the pieces of coal that the man used…

For real? Chowmein consumption causing increase in rapes, say Indian council

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Local council in Northwest India has an interested theory about why rapes are on the rise there. Haryana khap blames consumption of chowmein for rapes A khap panchayat in Haryana’s Jind district has blamed consumption of chowmein behind the growing incidents of rapes in the state saying it leads to hormonal imbalance. “To my understanding,…

TV show sneaks nonsense in there: Aliens responsible for Easter Island Moai (Updated)

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This piece is from guest writer Molly Hodgdon: TV Show Says Aliens Visited Easter Island : Discovery News. A British television series called Wild Pacific is resurrecting the claim that the huge statues on Easter Island were created (or influenced) by extraterrestrials. According to one news story, the show asks,”Did extraterrestrials visit Earth, as… the…

Oldest pyramid found in Crimea: Hard to pick out what ISN’T wrong with this story

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This is a totally messed up article. Don’t believe a word. But apparently it is a widely read newspaper in Pakistan. I’m skeptical. World’s oldest pyramid found in Crimea Ukrainian scientist Vitalii Goh discovered [an] underground unknown object, which proved to be a giant pyramid of 45 meters in height and a length of about…

Scorpion shaped Venusians

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Life on Venus? Russian scientist claims to have seen ‘scorpion’ in probe photographs | Mail Online. A Russian scientist claims to have discovered life on Venus after analysing photographs taken by a Soviet probe that landed on the planet’s surface 30 years ago. The pictures – taken by the probe Venus-13 in 1982 – have…

Obligatory Friday the 13th story

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Friday the 13th: the superstitions and the skeptics “If the thought of merely leaving the house this Friday the 13th has you spooked, you’re not alone. The Stress Management Centre and Phobia Institute, based in Asheville, N.C., estimates that $800 million to $900 million US is lost every time the 13th of the month falls…

Rule 1. Don’t get your science from Snooki. Also is rule 2 and 3.

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Simon Cowell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Polizzi make celebrity ‘bad science’ list – Telegraph. Simon Cowell touts vitamins to keep him young. Snooki thinks the ocean is salty from whale sperm. Gwynnie swears by detox. Yep. Celebrities say the most ridiculous things. Tracey Brown, managing director at SAS, said there was no excuse for celebrities…

Ghost-Hunting Tools: I call them “phoney”

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Digital Dustup Over Ghost-Hunting Tools – WSJ.com. In the digital dustup, purists prefer to collect data with widely accepted engineering tools to better convince a skeptical public. Other ghostbusters say the digital applications have the potential to open new avenues for tracking spirits, which many believe manipulate energy to communicate since they no longer have…