Category Archives: Urban Legends

Black Cats are Victims of Our Own Imaginations

It’s Halloween this Friday, and that felt like as good a time as any to talk about black cats. These poor critters live with the weight of several erroneous beliefs on their feline shoulders, all because of their high melanin … Continue reading

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Nut Allergies In Schools: Epidemic or Hysteria?

With kids in the United States going back to school, parents are finding an increasing move towards “nut-free” foods in the public school system, as schools strive to eliminate peanuts and tree nuts from snacks and lunches. Many schools proudly state that they are … Continue reading

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Independence Day Trivia

In Skeptoid fashion I thought I would celebrate the 4th of July Holiday in the United States with a quick list of some “facts” surrounding the history of the holiday. Some will be true, some are false, but all are widely recognized. … Continue reading

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“Hot Convict” Jeremy Meeks Was Not Arrested for Sex Slave Trafficking

On June 18, 2014, the Stockton, California Police Department posted a photo of Jeremy Meeks on Facebook. Meeks is a local convict who was arrested on five weapons charges and one gang-related charge. The photograph attracted over 50,000 likes within … Continue reading

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The Slender Man Stabbing

This past weekend, two 12-year-old girls, allegedly, attempted to murder their 12-year-old friend by stabbing her 19 times. This horrifying act was not only cold-bloodedly premeditated (again, allegedly), but also was, apparently, being done to appease the fictional character of … Continue reading

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Mirage Men: A New Chapter in UFOlogy

Mirage Men is a limited-release documentary from late 2013, and if you get a chance, you should definitely see it. They talk about Alice going down the rabbit hole; this film starts with you already lost down in the hole, … Continue reading

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How I Accidentally Made a Fake Picture Go Viral

As if I didn’t already know this, social media has the power to take information, no matter how factual or dubious, and send it rocketing out into the world in no time flat. As a blogger for Skeptoid, I’ve debunked … Continue reading

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Natural Nonsense: Is Michigan Going Mad About Pigs?

The Man himself at NaturalNews, Mike Adams, has written a number of stories stating that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is ordering people to shoot the pigs on their farms for no good reason. Is the state of … Continue reading

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The Russian Sleep Experiment

Back in the 1940s, a group of unethical Russian scientists performed a sleep deprivation experiment on a group of political dissidents that lead to a horrifying conclusion, or so the story goes. Is the story true or based upon a true … Continue reading

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Memories: The Enemy of Truth

Recollection of events are an important part of sharing information. Every time we tell a story about something we experienced, we are imparting pieces of knowledge to others who haven’t experienced the events, themselves. The collecting and sharing of memories … Continue reading

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