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Skeptic NewsSearch - 9/9/03
A SPACE ODDITY? Strange Kansas City marker part of world-wide mystery
By DOUG WORGUL
Kansas City Star
"A LIL' JAKE'S BARBECUE BEEF SANDWICH was calling my name. Loudly. Clearly. I had no choice but to heed the call. So there I was, walking north on Grand across 13th Street, with a pang in my gut and Jake's pink concrete pig in view."
Organ music 'instils religious feelings'
By Jonathan Amos
"People who experience a sense of spirituality in church may be reacting to the extreme bass sound produced by some organ pipes."
Soundless Music Shown to Produce Weird Sensations
By Patricia Reaney
"Mysteriously snuffed out candles, weird sensations and shivers down the spine may not be due to the presence of ghosts in haunted houses but to very low frequency sound that is inaudible to humans."
Scientologists loses copyright case
By Jan Libbenga
"The Court of Appeal in The Hague last week rejected all of the Church of Scientology's claims its action against the Dutch ISP Xs4all, writer Karin Spaink and ten other internet providers for publishing copyrighted material on the web."
Scientology loss keeps hyperlinks legal
By Matt Hines
"The Church of Scientology has lost a courtroom battle to compel a Dutch writer and her Internet service provider to remove postings from a Web site, in a ruling that keeps hyperlinks to copyrighted material legal."
Acoustics professor proves ducks do echo
by Tim Radford
The Guardian [UK]
"Scientists have solved one of the acoustic world's riddles. It is a myth, they will announce today, that a duck's quack has no echo."
Science 'quacks' urban duck myth
"A British study has debunked an urban myth -- that a duck's quack does not echo."
Seer for trial in voodoo murders
by Gabriella Gamini
"VALENTINA Andrade was a trusted clairvoyant in the backwater Amazonian town of Altamira. Many in the rural riverside community trusted her fortune-telling."
'Creationism' school opens its doors
"A new £20m school which will teach biblical creation, opens on Teesside on Monday."
Thai boys get tattoos from monk in bid to become invincible
"Eleven young Thai boys inspired by local movie heroes have persuaded a monk in northeastern Thailand to give them tattoos in a bid to make themselves invincible."
Black copters over Oregon
By Bill Donahue
"The helicopters were indeed black, and when they came thwocking through the clear blue skies above Redmond, Ore., on the afternoon of Aug. 19, Don Berry happened to be having a slow day selling campers and fifth wheels at Courtesy RV. "We just stood there in the lot, my friend Chuck and me, watching," he says before launching into a bit of detail that government sources will not confirm. "They were Chinook military helicopters -- huge things with round noses. There were three of them, and they were moving in tight formation, lollygagging over the woods, zigzagging near [the town of] Sisters and out toward Black Butte," some 25 miles to the northwest."
W.Md. anti-fluoride lawsuit dismissed by federal judge
By Stephanie Desmon
"One of the most hotly debated political issues in Western Maryland, one that in the not-too-distant past has eclipsed taxes and crime and jobs, is fluoride -- and whether it should be added to the drinking water."
Nepal goddess a rare sight indeed
By Navin Singh Khadka
"Next Tuesday, tourists in Nepal will have the rare opportunity of seeing a living goddess."
It's a way with the fairies
By Yvonne Cook
The Independent [UK]
"Do you believe in fairies? No? Then you aren't convinced that they played a role in the anti-road construction protests of the Nineties. Well, you're wrong."
Casting A Wider Spell
by Judith Rosen
"After years on the fringes, New Age—which includes some alternative health, addiction and recovery, psychology and spiritual titles, as well as books on Eastern traditions—may finally be approaching the middle of the road. Today yoga centers dot cities and towns throughout the country, and subjects like reincarnation and afterlife turn up on many television and radio shows. Even the New York Times bestsellers list reflects New Age themes, not just J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter titles, but Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (Doubleday), which is based on research into early religions, and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones (Little, Brown), which is narrated from the beyond."
‘Co-nuck’ doubters ask for believers to prove it
By MARK FREEMAN
Medford Mail Tribune
"Somewhere off the Oregon Coast may swim a rare and special salmon that some say is born through a quirk of nature, while others say it’s simply the product of imaginative minds."
Ghost Hunting for Dummies
By Sara Palmer
"Go ahead and laugh at its title but don’t deny that you’ve been curious about how to hunt ghosts at one point or another. For those of you are brave enough, the aptly titled How to Hunt Ghosts by Joshua P. Warren, is being released this week. Warren explores what ghosts are, how they interact with the human world, how one can detect a ghost’s presence and other commonly asked questions. This makes How to Hunt Ghosts an enjoyable read for novices and seasoned experts alike. Paranormal research steps out of the realm of freaky or unbelievable into a legitimate field supported by documented research and evidence."
Don’t Call: Ghost Hunter a Bust
By Nicole Child
The Daily Californian
"Ever wondered where ghosts come from? Think you have telekinetic powers? Want to get rid of that pesky ghost inhabiting your dorm room? Don't know what the word "objective" means? Then check out Joshua P. Warren's book, "How To Hunt Ghosts: A Practical Guide." You'll learn how to identify different types of ghosts, what instruments to bring with you on a real ghost-hunt, and the definitions of various words that you, as a respectable college student, should already know."
Cold fusion gets cold shoulder from many scientists
by SHARON BEGLEY
""Well, we're here," said physicist Peter Hagelstein to the 150 scientists at the 10th International Conference on Cold Fusion in Cambridge, Mass., last week. "Many people in the scientific community feel we should be shot.""
Miami PBS station films skunk ape-seeking expedition
By ELIZABETH WENDT
Naples Daily News
"David Shealy is once again ready for his close-up."
Search is on for Abominable Snowman
"Over the next six weeks, a group of Japanese explorers hopes to solve one of the last great mysteries of the animal world and provide proof that the legendary yeti, or Abominable Snowman, does indeed exist."
Triangle of mystery
By LUKE SAYER
"IS it Australia's answer to the Bermuda Triangle, or were they really UFOs behind the disappearance of at least 18 people over Bass Strait?"
Bigfoot true-believers unite
by Alex Breitler
Redding Record Searchlight
"They'll come from Russia, Belgium and England and from 22 American states."
1900 Storm coffin story a myth?
By Ted Streuli
Galveston County Daily News
"It swept across this barrier island 103 years ago today, the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, a hurricane that brought an end to 3,600 buildings and more than 6,000 lives."
Mysterious crop circles investigated
Georgetown News Democrat
"A strange design found in a soybean field across from the entrance to Serpent Mound on state Route 73 near Locust Grove remains under investigation. The design was found on the property of Molly Williams, a resident of Dayton."
Latest UFO theory is dismissed
East Anglian Daily Times
"A RESEARCHER has dismissed a theory that the world famous Rendlesham UFO was nothing more than a prank played by an American serviceman."
Doctors help 'posessed' girls
Australian Associated Press
"FIFTEEN Indian schoolgirls who repeatedly tore at their hair and broke down shivering on the classroom floor have received medical help after locals prepared a ritual to expel a demon, residents said today."
Wild spirits seize Himachal students
Indo-Asian News Service
"Hysterical spells that have visited adolescent girls in a school in Himachal Pradesh have been attributed to evil spirits by local newspapers."
Mysticism on Internet fascinated Oaklyn teen
By JASON LAUGHLIN
"Mayan apocalypse myth. Alien visitation. Ghosts."
Just because it's herbal doesn't mean it's safe
By CLAIRE TREVETT
New Zealand Herald
"In 1996, Charles Weinberg entered the annals of New Zealand medical history."
Creditors to decide Pan's fate
The Daily Telegraph [Australia]
"CREDITORS of Pan Pharmaceuticals will meet today to decide the fate of the disgraced alternative medicine maker."
Wee small hours of the morning are very big for George Noory
BY JEFF DANIEL
Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
"Back in December of 2000, a Post-Dispatch story profiling radio talk show host George Noory asked the question: Could Noory be the next Art Bell?"
Williams daughter apparently signed off on decapitation of late slugger
By BILL MADDEN
New York Daily News
"As if the details of Ted Williams' frozen remains in an Arizona cryonics lab haven't been unseemly enough, it has now come to light that the Hall of Fame slugger's own daughter gave the go-ahead to have Williams decapitated."
Blaine spectacular comes to town
By Chris Heard
"The bizarre showmanship of David Blaine drew thousands of spectators to what must rank as one of the strangest media events ever staged in the UK."
Uri Geller to help in hunt for missing Ben
"CELEBRITY psychic Uri Geller today pledged to do everything in his power to find long-lost Sheffield boy Ben Needham."
When pennant races get blurry, turn to psychic friend
By Dan O'Neill
Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
"A pennant race is taking place in the National League Central, so we are told. The concept needs reinforcement because our natural instincts tell us races are conducted in earnest, with accomplished adversaries jockeying for position, sprinting toward the finish line."
9/11 conspiracy theories gaining ground
by Ralf Isermann
"Conspiracy theories on the September 11 attacks are gaining ground in Germany two years on, with books claiming that the US government was behind the atrocities climbing bestseller lists."
NASA rejoins quest to find life in space
By MIKE TONER
Cox News Service
"The U.S. space agency is backing the search for life in the universe again -- a decade after a hostile Congress halted federal spending for what critics derided as a "search for little green men.""
Beauty queen admits tale of kidnap attempt a hoax
by Michael Higgins
"A beauty queen has admitted tying herself up and posing as a kidnap victim in an attempt to frame her estranged husband."
Authorities say Kansan pulled hoax in Utah, too
"A woman jailed in Kansas after allegedly convincing an Indiana couple that she was their missing daughter may have pulled a hoax in Utah, police say."
Mental exam ordered for woman accused of Indiana hoax
By JOHN L. PETTERSON
Kansas City Star
"Bond was denied and a mental competency examination ordered today for Donna Walker, who faces Indiana charges for posing as a couple's long-missing daughter."
Judge Orders Another Psychiatric Evaluation of Donna Walker
By JOHN HANNA
"Donna Lynette Walker's mental health has deteriorated, her attorney said Tuesday, prompting a judge to order another psychiatric evaluation of the woman accused of misrepresenting herself as an Indiana couple's missing daughter."
Meditation enjoys newfound popularity for stress-relieving benefits
By ERIC ADLER
Kansas City Star
"Ommm, my goodness. Meditation is back in the news again."
Va. Scientist's Killer Gets Life Sentence
By Maria Glod
"Kyle Hulbert, a man obsessed with vampires and dragons who used his 27-inch sword to kill a respected Loudoun County scientist, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison."
Juicy Fruit gum and other gardening myths
By Denise Ellsworth
Akron Beacon Journal
"While standing in line at the grocery last week, I overheard the shoppers in front of me discussing their belief in the merit of Juicy Fruit gum as a method of controlling moles. I didn't want to get drawn into a discussion about the real way to control moles (my ice cream was melting, after all), but their ideas started me thinking about gardening myths. Do you believe in any of these myths?"
A swing and a myth
By Jeff Guinn
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Around 1840, on a sunny afternoon in or around New York City, the first baseball game was probably played."
Spending the night in a haunted pub
by AMY LYALL, STEPHEN PULLINGER
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
"They face things every night that make ordinary people go weak."
Lawsuit in 'scandal of century' begins today
by Jason Warick
Saskatchewan News Network
"A $10-million lawsuit filed in 1994 by a dozen people wrongly accused of ritualistic child abuse begins today, reviving a case once known as the "scandal of the century.""
Psychics and power pieces at expo
By Jennifer Kostka
"Psychic readings, aura photography, animal communicators and handwriting analyses the 2003 WholeExpo at the La Plata County Fairgrounds had every person's and animal's answer to finding their physical and spiritual well-beings this weekend."
In New Orleans, a French Quarter Revolution
By Scott Gold
Los Angeles Times
"On a bustling French Quarter promenade, Stacey Norwood -- a professional psychic with a purple table, pink flip-flops and long hair dyed something in between -- has found her calling."
Centerpiece: Mystical Kabbalah
By JENNIFER GRANT
Naples Daily News
"It's called Kabbalah and it's known as the "why" of life. It has several spellings and numerous interpretations to go along with it."
Numerous law agencies duped in chain letter scam
By Cynthia Fugate
Hendricks County Flyer
"In 1989, Craig Shergold was a 9-year-old boy who wanted to be recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for receiving the most greeting cards. Though his wish was fulfilled in 1990 after receiving more than 16 million cards, Shergold's name is once again appearing on chain letters throughout the country."
Sometimes, the Labels Lie
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
New York Times
"As anyone who has spent time in Africa with the health professionals formerly known as witch doctors can attest, just because something is made from leaves or roots does not mean it is safe."
Pagans hold 'meet-and-greet' in North Naples
By ELIZABETH WENDT
Naples Daily News
"In the hour or so before twilight on a recent Sunday, a pavilion at a North Naples park twinkled with fairy dust."
By Mark Eddington
Salt Lake Tribune
"The mission of Mormon missionaries is clear: Spread the Word and sprinkle it with testimony."
By Rachel Davis
"Pastor Kim Daniels and her husband, Ardell, pace the small church office, speaking in tongues and talking to God as one of their disciples rocks on the couch, her hands lifted to the ceiling."
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