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Nov 14 2013

Andy Kaufman still “alive” according to “daughter”

Update: This just in, Andy Kaufman is still dead. And if the holiday spirit strikes any of you hellbound atheists, you can help me out here. If you’re old enough to remember an era with no cell phones or Internet, you might recall a quirky comedian named Andy Kaufman. He did did one of the …

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Jul 16 2013

Yet another reason not to watch The View

I’ve often preached to friends and family that, if you want to have good relationships, you must reward good behavior, or at the very least not reward the bad stuff. Admittedly it’s always easier to tell others to do this than to consistently practice it yourself, but it’s not exactly controversial either. This is common …

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Jun 14 2013

Psychic sued for damages resulting from fake “visions”

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A self purported psychic had “visions” that dozens of dismembered bodies were buried on the property of a Texas couple. Surprise! No bodies there. But that was discovered after the yard and house had been torn to shit thanks to credulous morons in the local police department and the couple’s name dragged through the mud …

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Jun 09 2013

The Daily tip off

Skeptics, all hands on deck: I have a post on antivaxxars about to hit the front page of Daily Kos, at 9 PM Central. It’s gonna be fun. I chose to do this in a roundabout way, using the concept of an allotrope and chemical compounds to get across the idea of how a substance …

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Mar 27 2013

The mystery of the frozen pond

Mysterious pond circles appeared in an upstate New York pond.

Strange circular markings have appeared in a fozen pond in upstate New York. There are a couple of posisble explanations:

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Mar 05 2013

Our precious bodily fluids

  We are made of lots of water. It’s sobering to think if we run just a quart or two low, madness, misery and eventually death awaits. I was reminded of this in gruesome detail starting Saturday. It was either a stomach bug masquerading as a migraine or vice-versa. By Sunday evening I was severely …

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Dec 20 2012

Michigan schools closing early to treasure end times

Just get used to R. E. M.’s hit song because it’s going to be ubiquitous and at least it doesn’t suck. The header is a little inflammatory, but not that much. School spokes people have said doomsday is a factor in letting students go home a day or two early for the winter break:

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Nov 27 2012

Bigfoot DNA sequenced …

I hope the ellipsis conveys my skepticism adequately. If it doesn’t, my apologies. The article this came from features a scientist, errr of sorts, making that claim. Normally, I wouldn’t give it the time of day. But it’s instructive. It sounds almost serious at first, even to a quasi-informed science writer like me who knows just enough molecular bio …

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Sep 27 2012

Trepanning is good for you!

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Over the course of the week I was hit with several emails informing me of the mystical benefits of bleeding. I even started joking with my friends that all it might take is a touch of new age nonsense combined with ancient medicine and old men wearing robes, and there would be people who would …

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Sep 25 2012

Mittens thinks cold fusion is solved?

If we take this comment from Romney literally, he thinks not only is cold fusion a done deal, but U of U solved it:

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