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Nazca “alien mummy” revealed in promotional video featuring serial hoaxer

Wed, 2017-06-21 17:12
You know, our catchphrase used to be “people really believe this stuff” and I’m always amazed at how many times one individual can be caught promoting outrageous hoaxes and still keep on doing it with many falling his absurd claims over and over again. They so wish to believe that there was alien (non-human) influence…

15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

Sun, 2017-06-18 14:34
News items: A news blast from the paleo world made top science headlines this week saying the great and powerful T. Rex is unfeathered. Read the study that caused the news headlines and controversy. Washington Post piece Fantastic feathers Some paleobiologists said “told ya”! Others not so much. Check out this video by Trey the…

Poestenkill big cat story is irresponsible reporting

Fri, 2017-06-16 20:48
Another typical story from local news where a resident is reporting a strange animal and the reporter dramatically jumps on the story, taking the assumption of the witness as the headline. In all probability, it’s just a dog! In upstate New York, outside Albany, a woman went to the news with a trail cam photo…

Principles of Curiosity is out now!

Thu, 2017-06-15 18:51
We discussed the pressing issue of educating the younger generation by teaching them critical thinking skills in Episode 18 of 15 Credibility Street. Now, you can do your part very easily. The new movie Principles of Curiosity is out. Share it with any and all teachers you know from elementary to college level. Tell them…

What was in the trees in Southern California?

Thu, 2017-06-08 19:12
A local man says he heard noises and took a cell phone video that appears to capture something moving in the trees. The local news interviewed the wildlife officials who seem to suggest it’s an ape. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating after a mysterious, ape-like creature was captured on cellphone video…

15 Credibility Street #18: Crystal clear consideration of claims

Sun, 2017-06-04 21:01
News items: Crystal healing at Edith Cowan Uni in Australia. Kudos to the Australian Skeptics to making their views crystal clear on these bogus claims about healing properties of rocks. Electrosensitivity UK makes doubtful claims. Electrosensitivity UK is a nonprofit organization that placed advertisements in public places around London claiming “More and more research is starting…

Fox News admits a mistake while Hannity digs in

Wed, 2017-05-24 09:24
I posted links to the false claims of a conspiracy surrounding the death of Seth Rich on the Facebook page over the past few days: How the Murder of a D.N.C. Staff Member Fueled Conspiracy Theories – The New York Times Gingrich spreads conspiracy theory about slain DNC staffer – The Washington Post Fox News…

Gender studies journal hoax reveals you can publish utter nonsense

Tue, 2017-05-23 20:57
A pair of skeptical scholars pulled off a hoax publication (in, dare I say it, a “dick” move) to expose problems with the field of gender studies and, ultimately, the peer review and publishing process for scholarly journals. Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay wrote “3,000 words of utter nonsense posing as academic scholarship” and had…

15 Credibility Street #17: Blow up the outside world

Sun, 2017-05-21 14:38
What a crazy news week it was. We start on a sad note. News items: Dead whale/giant squid – Even the natives don’t recognize weird dead things. New Nessie hoax Who was Tim Dinsdale? Correction to the podcast info: Dinsdale’s film was from Foyers, not Urquhart Bay. I am misremembering a video from this location.…

MUFON under fire for PA director’s absurd racist rant

Fri, 2017-05-19 12:31
The Mutual UFO network headquarters issued a “non-pology” saying they can’t police people’s personal views after PA Director, John Ventre, posted a racist rant on his personal Facebook page about a Netflix series. Note the five “likes” on this post. UFOlogy is dominated by conspiracy ideas and run almost entirely by older white men. From…

Oroville fish fall remains a mystery

Fri, 2017-05-19 10:21
A new and interesting “fish fall” report comes out of Oroville, California this week. News stories conflict about what actually happened but here is the best report from a local news team. According to witnesses at the Stanford Avenue Elementary school in Oroville, just before noon, teachers and children noticed the playground area was strewn with…

No rocks for you!

Thu, 2017-05-18 19:45
A young earth Creationist, Dr. Andrew Snelling, is suing the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, in a civil rights action, stating that he was unlawfully restricted from doing geological work in the Grand Canyon national park because of religious discrimination. According to the claim, Snelling, from Australia, has authority to be in the…

Money monster of Loch Ness must be fed

Sat, 2017-05-13 16:58
Every so often, if there are no big-time sightings of Nessie, the local monstropreneurs get worried that she’s “died” or gone into hiding. Because, you know, they really need examples of sightings in order to keep the tourist trade hopping and for them to make money of a mythical beastie. It’s that time again. THE…

You might think people never saw a dead whale before!

Sat, 2017-05-13 13:55
It’s big, blubbery and looks like a whale. But let’s all panic and call it “mysterious” and a “monster”, shall we? At first, the mass that washed up on the Indonesian island of Seram in Maluku was called a “giant squid”. But it looked nothing like a squid. It had bones and no tentacles or…

15 Credibility Street #16: You’re Fyred

Sun, 2017-05-07 20:42
We’re talking news stories and science in popular culture in this episode of the podcast. Listen via the embedded player below or, better yet, subscribe via your podcast service app of choice! News of the world There is now a hotline to report crimes by illegal aliens. Alien Day? Didn’t know this was a thing.…

Ghost girl hype in New York town

Fri, 2017-05-05 08:56
In Cambridge, New York, a trail cam photo caused a buzz around town. It wasn’t a mystery animal, it was a young girl marching defiantly. The camera was set up by new landowners who wished to use the area for hunting but, wisely, wanted to know if there were regular visitors across the tract. So,…

Sachs Covered Bridge in Gettysburg gets protection from ghost-seeking hoards

Thu, 2017-04-27 21:09
A historic covered bridge in Gettysburg has been the target of increased vandalism as unfounded rumors of it being haunted have proliferated on the Internet and TV in the past decade. Some local community groups have banded together to buy cameras and lighting for the bridge. Adams County Commissioner Randy Phiel spearheaded the effort. Community…

I’m not saying it’s aliens, but… it’s not aliens

Thu, 2017-04-27 09:33
I saw this story and had a good laugh. A new US government office with an “alien” reporting hotline is being trolled. Seriously… the administration whose head supported Alex Jones and promoted conspiracy ideas did not anticipate that this would happen? Wow, the depth of incompetance is just limitless. Trump’s immigrant crime hotline trolled with…

15 Credibility Street #15: Bombs

Sun, 2017-04-23 20:57
Welcome to a satisfyingly synchronous episode of our podcast. One of us had cake. Then we got into the news of the week. Professor Sasquatch of Centralia Community College just gets weirder. The PR hazards of forcibly re-accommodating a passenger were not good but the rumor chaos that followed was bad for the poor passenger involved. Scorpions on…

Continuing miseducation on Bigfoot

Sun, 2017-04-16 22:12
Community and small local colleges typically provide non-credit continuing education courses for the locals at low cost. As I’ve written about previously, it’s often art or history classes, computer training, those sorts of things. But also frequently offered are “classes” on paranormal nonsense like “How to develop your psychic powers,” “Ghost Hunting 101,” and “Tarot Reading”.…

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