Here is a rundown of the top stories in pseudoscience, paranormal and anomalies news from the past week courtesy of Doubtful News.
Celebrities did their best at being eccentric this week with Simon Cowell "healing his house" and Ke$ha exploring the supernatural in NSFW (not safe for work) ways.
Two stories showed you should look a little closer at dire warnings of shortages. Neither helium nor bacon are in short supply, just expensive, right now.
The National Atomic Testing Museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian. This past week they held what appears to be a publicity event about UFO disclosure. Then, they invoked the spirit of Carl Sagan. No, he would NOT be proud, I'm sure.
Even local historical and parks agencies endorse pseudoscience for the attention it gets.
You can also promote the paranormal or mysterious for tourism, as Russia appears to be doing. Yeti, again.
Under the headline, "IT'S FAKE", was the pronouncement by the Vatican newspaper that the papyrus fragment that mentions Jesus' wife was not real. A giant "OOPS" occurred when no one could confirm that Alberta petroglyphs were vandalized as reported. I'm still confused over that one.
Terrible tragedies made the news this week. A man kills himself and his family over paranoia and possibly a fear of the future. And several faith healers are telling followers in the U.K. to stop taking HIV medicine. Another tragedy, the life of a young pregnant woman cut short, was vindicated as her husband and family were jailed for her death resulting from an exorcism. And, a faith healer in Japan is executed for deaths resulting from exorcisms.
This story tells of people who believe they suffer from a debilitating illness that ruins their lives. But it has no basis in science.
Can we nudge people in to thinking? Maybe that has some merit. This fantastic ad is a quite eye-opening nudge that reveals how psychics might easily obtain your information and fool you.
Finally, Ben Goldacre's Bad Pharma is released this week in the U.K. It sounds like a skeptic must-have.
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Sharon Hill runs Doubtful News, a unique feed of news stories about the paranormal, pseudoscience, the weird and the unexplained with questioning commentary.