Category Archives: Skepticism

Failing at Cold Reading

James van Praagh is an American who has made his living fooling people into believing he can speak to dead people. He has built quite an empire hosting television shows, cruises, and other major events. Everything carefully designed to separate … Continue reading

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Giant Reptiles and Giant Humans

Around the world and around the web, there are newspapers and magazines that publish a mixture of straight-up news and editorials along side of the most outrageous and farfetched fairy tales. One such is The Canadian. In The Canadian, you … Continue reading

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Gateway Drugs

In discussions of drugs and addictions, much debate is around the introduction of gateway drugs. These are the substances that may seem relatively innocuous, but ultimately lead to harder drugs, addiction, and crime. Usually, the drugs considered are alcohol, marijuana, … Continue reading

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Lucky the log

In Cambodia, the latest answer to health and winning numbers in a lottery is a log. Not just any log—this one was dug up from a pond and showed no signs of rotting after approximately 100 years in the water. … Continue reading

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

The Ghost Who Throws Roll-ups

An Adelaide grocery store is home to flying roll-ups. A flying candy triggered a motion sensitive camera late one night and triggered sensation across Australia. The store’s cameras automatically shut down after 15 minutes when there is no movement, but … Continue reading

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Warning Labels for Journalists

It is all too common for journalists and editors to publish articles that really need to be fact checked or investigated further than what makes it into print. In order to deal with the problem, Tom Scott suggests some labels … Continue reading

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged | Leave a comment

Another Psychic Scam

Last fall, I wrote about a psychic scammer in California.  Today, our scammer comes from Windemere in Orange County Florida. Priti Mahalanobis, a college-educated mother of two who ran a business, was having a rough time. Her father’s company was … Continue reading

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

The Mayans in Georgia

Richard Thornton, writing in The Examiner claims that the Mayans moved to Georgia 1100 years ago. I don’t think so, and I explain why over at Skeptic North.  

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Ghosts, Poltergeists, and Sleep Paralysis

A couple of stories out of the UK are perfect examples of the media being totally non-critical in the reporting of ghosts. Herne Bay, Kent is the home of septuagenarian Doris Birch who has been having struggling with a multi-armed … Continue reading

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged | 2 Comments

Citogenesis

The creators of xkcd have the ability to be astute and concise at the same time. Today’s comic nails the University of Google dead on.  

Posted in Skepticism | Tagged | Leave a comment