Category Archives: Paranormal

The Hoax Has Been Revealed!!

Congratulations to Roger Woodley, who has correctly identified my hoax piece, as hinted in this previous Skeptoid Blog post. To discourage random shotgun guessing, I said that any guesses must be properly researched and cited before sending them to me. … Continue reading

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The Photon Belt

Some new age channellers state that, sometime in the not too distant future, the Earth will come into contact with something that they call the “photon band”, or “photon belt.” When this happens, they say, our planet will be rained … Continue reading

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Now that you’re done with Halloween, here’s some boring information on the Salem witch trials

Arthur Miller’s 1953 play, The Crucible, is an American classic. The Crucible is one of the major sources of most people’s information on the Salem witch trials. As a work of art and a political allegory, The Crucible is a … Continue reading

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Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

It’s my favorite time of year, again. I’ve been listening to my “Spooky Symphonies” radio station on Pandora and wearing my favorite glow-in-the-dark nail polish all month long. I just went and saw the new Carrie movie, and I plan … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season for Ghost Stories

With Halloween only a week away, you can be certain that your local news networks will begin to air Halloween themed fluff pieces. There will probably be someone on to discuss trick or treating safety; maybe a local chef demonstrating … Continue reading

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The Mystery of The Yeti, Solved

“British scientist may have solved the mystery of the Yeti.”, that was a teaser in the news cycle last week. It involved web and print articles as well as television news. In my opinion not a great day for science reporting. The … Continue reading

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New “Bigfoot” video

My news feeds lit up today with the most intriguing of headlines: Hikers capture ‘Bigfoot’ in Canada. Really? The Sun chimes in: Is this mystery figure Bigfoot?. Fascinating. The footage is available on YouTube. Let’s take a look and see … Continue reading

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The Case of the Spinning Statue

Today we take a look at a mysteriously spinning Egyptian statue of a man (Neb-Sanu) in a Manchester museum and try to decide if supernatural forces are at work. Spoilers: Nope. 

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In Which I Respond to Josh & Chuck of @SYSKPodcast regarding Ghosts

In a recent episode of Discovery’s Stuff You Should Know podcast, hosts Josh & Chuck discussed the subject of ghosts, what they are, and “how they work”, in other words, what their properties are and what they consist of. At … Continue reading

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H.H. Holmes Is an Angry Ghost

America was an innocent place in the 1890s. A few years earlier in London’s Whitechapel district, an unknown killer called Jack the Ripper had become “the world’s first serial killer.” Jack the Ripper didn’t earn this moniker because he was … Continue reading

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