Tag Archive for nonsense

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…

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,…

A revolution in pet communication! “Itch. Scratch.”

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Oh you CAN’T miss this new technology. COMPLETELY unsupported by science. You talk to your Pet …. Now Your pet can talk to you ! You talk to your pet every day …. Now they can talk to you! Introducing Rover Speaks …. utilizing the Ovilus speech technology and pattern / movement training it’s now…

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…