Here is a rundown of the top stories in pseudoscience and paranormal news from the past week courtesy of Doubtful News.
Pseudoscience was BIG news this week.
One story managed to outrage teachers, scientists and monster hunters all at once. And, it made the rest of the public laugh out loud. The Loch Ness monster is mentioned in a bible-based textbook as evidence against evolution. Makes your brain melt? Yes. Imagine what that does to the children who attend such schooling.
Meanwhile, Texas politicians advocated nonsense in schools and across the state. The Texas Republican platform was released and it is chock full of ridiculousness.
We also found defense against pseudoscience is costly: $172,000 spent by a school to fight the claim that Wi-Fi is harmful.
Two stories signaled some weakness in anti-vax sentiment. A mother is shocked at the severity of measles after her unvaccinated children become seriously ill from it. And crack in the foundation? Jenny McCarthy insults parents of autistic kids. That's the way to fall out of favor.
An alternative cancer treatment is under scrutiny regarding four deaths in Australia.
Wisconsin Supreme Court will take up a case of faith healing. The parents received a weak sentence where a child died needlessly.
Sylvia Browne is still at it. A reading from one of her shows prompts a family to request reopening of a murder case.
UFO promotion was huge this week. 65 years ago, flying saucer mania began. Some still assure us that they are out their, buzzing our nuclear sites. Hype for the premier of the new National Geographic show, Chasing UFOs, included a tweeting campaign and a nonsense public opinion poll.
A skeptic Streisand effect happened in Norway this past week over, believe it or not, health claims for chocolate.
In the EPIC FAIL of the week, two major media outlets jumped the gun on a Supreme Court ruling over the Heathcare bill in the U.S. It was truly a "Dewey defeats Truman" moment and reminds us all that breaking news may be broken.
Have a rational week!
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