Tag Archive for Paranormal

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.…

15 Credibility Street #4: A virtual flood of news – bad, good, real, fake and otherwise

In this episode, after a disheartening election result, we spend time catching up on other questionable claims reviewing all the news stories posted since last time. Alaska river monster Canadian ping Quack loses license in Florida American eagles down the drain Earthquake lights over New Zealand Nostradamus and others “predicting” election results Fake News never…

Facts may no longer matter in this election but fact-checking and skeptical activism works

It’s the day after the big debate and media outlets like Politifact, Factcheck.org, AP, and NPR have their fact-checking (FC) machines churning at full speed since 9PM last evening. As a Skeptic who values solid evidence and empirical facts, I deeply appreciate FC but I strongly suspect that facts and examinations of truthfulness and accuracy…

On newsstands now… paranormal pandering from previously reputable sources

National Geographic has a special issue out featuring “Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed”: Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories that only National Geographic could discover. Ripped from the headlines of National Geographic Daily News, these often weird, sometimes miraculous…

Destination America now the haven of paranormal programming

Last year at this time, SyFy gave up the ghost on new paranormal programming. That slack has been taken up with a vengeance by Destination America, a cable and satellite channel owned by Discovery Communications that features lifestyle, historical and travel programming focusing on the culture of the United States. From their lineup, paranormal themes play a huge…

Johannesburg’s “haunted hospital” plagued by trespassers

A development company in South Africa says youngsters and ‘ghost hunters’ enter the abandoned Kempton Park Hospital, Johannesberg, for thrills. Criminals use it to hide. It causes extra expenses for security since the place gets vandalized. Source: ‘Haunted’ hospital off limits to ‘ghost hunters’ The place is known as the “haunted hospital”. As we reported in other…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

Who wants to take bets this will be ultra-dramatic and incredibly stupid? Well, those are even odds. This story reeks of nothing but bald-faced money grubbing and sensationalism. Source: Exorcism: Live! Destination America to air first live televised exorcism | EW.com EW can exclusively reveal that Destination America will air the first live televised exorcism…

Shoddy evidence for “haunted” Liverpool property

A HAUNTED house has gone up for rent with the incredible disclaimer that its former occupants experienced “paranormal activity”. Haunted house: Rightmove list property where ‘paranormal activity’ happened The terraced three-bedroom home in Toxteth, Liverpool, is allegedly haunted by a 135-year-old spectre called the Pickwick Poltergeist. The poltergeist supposedly once lifted a former tenant out…

There is seldom screaming or yelling at the haunted artifacts museum

John Zaffis, the “Haunted Collector” gets approval for a new museum in New York. It’s another spoke in the wheel of the rolling cash cow of paranormal tourism. Adams Planners OK Haunted Artifacts Museum Site Plan Paranormal researcher John Zaffis’ site plan for his Paranormal Artifact Museum has received approval from the Planning Board. Paranormal…

Absurd idea for video enhancement to “capture proof of ghosts”

$50K for a video service to see ghosts, or should I say more rightly, anomalies that people will say are ghosts. TVTechnology: New Video Enhancing Service Looks to Find Ghosts. The creator of a new Hidden Intelligence Tracking (HIT) technology is seeking crowdfunding under the auspices of helping users capture video proof that they are…

Ghost hunting at the museum with XBOX LASER technology!

The Laurel Museum in Laurel, Maryland is supposedly haunted. A group of ghost hunters was called and did some investigating. Or did they? I wouldn’t call it investigating… Is the Laurel Museum haunted?. The Laurel Museum is operated by the Laurel Historical Society out of a restored 19th-century mill worker’s house adjacent to Riverfront Park.…

Some people want their house haunted

While some people may steer clear from “stigmatized properties,” others are drawn to them. This piece tells of a realtor who gets a flood of offers based on the “haunted” selling points. Buyers Are Dying to Live in Haunted Houses | MyCentralOregon.com. “There are buyers out there that think it’s cool to own a home…

Coffey brushes off those annoying skeptics and concentrates on his fan$

You know what? I’ve always thought Chip Coffey was yucky. No change now. He’s also a coward to continually dodge calls for him to show actual evidence for the ridiculous claims he makes. Why should he? He’ll just continue to enjoy the 300K people on his Facebook fan page and the many guest appearances he makes. Skeptics don’t…

“At first I was skeptical” is a convincing ploy, unless you are wise to it

A new paper was just published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology that is further confirmation of something skeptics of the paranormal and alt med treatments have noticed for a long time. It’s called the “avowal of prior skepticism”. This is a narrative device used by a person telling a story in which…