It was a VERY busy week in weird news, no doubt about that. Here is a rundown of the top stories in pseudoscience, anomalies and just plain oddness from the past week courtesy of Doubtful News.
This was a HUGE week in Bigfoot. The Melba Ketchum paper describing her Sasquatch DNA project was released. But there were SERIOUS questions with the publication format rendering the whole project suspect.
Then, she announces that the data is being reviewed by others. Too bad that didn't happen PRIOR to publication like good science protocol should work. Some people have to claim their share of the limelight. 2008 Georgia Bigfoot in a Freezer hoaxer Rick Dyer claims he shot another one. This time for real.
Speaking of hoaxes, this one was one of the more daring ones in recent memory. A warning about a zombie attack comes across the Emergency broadcast system on TV.
The biggest BOOM this week was a meteor explosion over Russia. It was quite the news to wake up to on Meteor Friday as everyone was focused on the known flyby of 2012 DA14 asteroid. Within hours, speculation was spreading about the Russian event making it even more dramatic than it already was.
Conspiracies pop up like mushrooms after a rain from every big news event these days.
Another blockbuster news story was the resignation of the Pope. It was followed by what some saw as a message from God regarding his thoughts on the matter.
Look who is in big trouble with the Securities Exchange Commission - America's prophet, Sean David Morton - to the tune of $11.5 million. Even winning the Million Dollar Challenge wouldn't help him out on this fine. But, according to the suit, he wasn't too good at being psychic anyway. America's channeler of strangeness, JZ Knight, is also involved in a lawsuit. But it's about a defamation claim; comments about what actually goes on in her school of enlightenment won't be admissible.
It was Valentine's Day this week. Did you feel manipulated?
Certain commentators tend to really skew the story when it comes to medical data. It's Mercola again. But this time on fluoride.
A teacher has a run-in with the Discovery Institute who wishes to use his pictures in one of their publications. He tells them what he thinks about that. Hilarity ensues.
A worrying fashion trend in NYC is astrology.
Acupuncturists have petitioned the US Government to allow the practice to be covered by federally-funded Medicare.
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