Here is a rundown of the top stories in pseudoscience, paranormal and anomaly news from the past week courtesy of Doubtful News.
Psychics were in the news this week for getting caught doing some really horrendous things. A woman promoting her psychic services preyed on people's troubles, stealing over $300K. A U.K. man, calling himself a psychic, tricked women into sexual acts during sessions.
In alternative medicine, bad news (it's not ever good, is it?), a four-fold increase has been measured in parents delaying their children's vaccinations, influenced by misinformation about vaccine safety.
A Nobel prize winning scientists has adopted some very unscientific beliefs about medical treatments. Other scientists want to kick him out as scientific director of an HIV center in Africa.
In a story that will simultaneously invoke heartbreak and rage, a family takes their cancer-stricken child to Mexico for experimental treatment. It fails (unsurprisingly) and they are stranded there, without funding and sky high treatment bills.
There were a number of really weird stories this week. And, just remember, you really can die laughing. First, a probably drunk man reports being assaulted by leprechauns. A strangely detailed (and somewhat familiar) story is revealed of a family harassed by goblin creatures in Kentucky.
Two stories reflected POSITIVE aspects of magical thinking. Forestlands believed to host supernatural animals are more likely to be conserved and belief in hell seems to deters crime.
A magical, skeptically-minded celebrity duo are awarded a gold star and an unsinkable rubber duck, Uri Geller, is still immersed in paranormal weirdness.
Finally, in the realm of crazy odds, a casino visitor reports a highly unlikely event. It turns out to be, well… too unlikely to be true.
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