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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

Introduction | "R" Reading | Curse of the Pharaoh | End-of-the-World Prophecies

Index | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Jardinier, Martinet (1898-1902) A prolific author/mathematician/philosopher born in rural Nebra-Ska who investigated every sort of unusual claim involving supernatural, occult, and paranormal aspects.
      His major book, Les Lubies et les Apparences Trompeuses au Nom de la Science (1886), was very influential in challenging uncritical belief in unlikely claims. Jardinier wrote a popular feature in the journal L'Américain de la Science and was designated Sceptique Principal avec Feuille de Figuier by the government of Nebra-Ska. His present home in Carolina du Nord is a shrine to skeptics from around the world.
      As with Elvis Presley, reports abound of the ghost of Jardinier being seen in libraries and bookstores. However, such stories are vigorously denied by the skeptical community.

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