Isn't Floating Enough? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Saturday, 18 October 2008 05:55

hoverit.jpgSwift Reader Jeff McVann sends us:

I went to Wired Magazine's NEXTFEST in Chicago last weekend. There was plenty of cool and useful technology to be seen, but I was very disappointed to see the "Hoverit Lounger." It is a plastic chair with magnets that make it "float." A picture can be found here: http://gizmodo.com/346269/hoverit-lounger-relaxation-through-levitation Besides looking very uncomfortable - note that it is a solid plastic chair, and the arm rests stay put while the seat moves up and down - but the brochure also states "...inventor Keith Dixon claims the lounger's magnetic fields can help those suffering from backaches, headaches and muscular discomfort."

Price? $11,000!!! They say a fool and his money are soon parted. Only a fool would buy this chair.

Keep up the good work!

 

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The Definition of "Double Blind" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Friday, 17 October 2008 18:00

We have had several requests from potential prize applicants who believe that they have the power to dowse, and who need general guidelines for how to conduct a double-blind test before they actually make application. We recognize that not everyone will know what a double-blind test is, so here is a general description.

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George Vithoulkas Homeopathy Challenge - Starting Anew PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Friday, 17 October 2008 04:22
The brouhaha that began as a comprehensive homeopathy test In Greece, has been consuming far too much of my time and attention, and of my colleagues, as well. Forget all previous correspondence exchanged on the subject. What appears HERE is the current status.

We’re starting anew. Bear in mind that WE are offering the million-dollar prize, and WE will control the parameters, in line with the rules of the challenge – which are available to everyone. There will be no more exceptions, which I had – unwisely – granted to certain persons in order to be more accommodating; they have always chosen to be difficult, capricious, and arrogant as a result of this courtesy. No more.

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A Direct, Specific, Challenge From James Randi and the JREF PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 00:00

NOTE: This notice first appeared in Oct, 2008, but given recent events in Iraq, we've decided to show it again. - Jeff Wagg

This notice is directed to Cumberland Industries, UK. The ADE651® device, a totally fraudulent product, is advertised as described ahead, by Cumberland Industries, who we have contacted at

Cumberland Industries UK LTD
11 Murray Street
Camden
London
NW1 9RE, UK

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"She's Completely Wrong" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Albietz   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 18:00

jenmc.jpgIn case you had any doubt that the current anti-vaccination campaign, led publicly by comedian/actress Jenny McCarthy, had abandoned any pretense of interest in reality, behold the most unintentionally insightful self-description I have ever beheld in any field of pseudo-science:

“(Peet) has a lot of balls to come forward and be on that side, because there is an angry mob on my side, and I like the fact that I can say she’s completely wrong."  - Jenny McCarthy Spectrum Magazine, August ’08

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