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Challenge Correspondence
Why No God? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Smith   

cloudReceived at on 13 November 2008, unaltered except for removal of sender's name.


I was thinking about your site, and thought what about the possibility of testing for GOD. And then coincidently I found the following article on your web site (point 2.5). It is very interesting. For the first part, GOD means different things to different people. Though most people around the world believe in some form of God, or Gods.

Daniel, Alien Abductions? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Smith   

The subject line of this e-mail, sent in by Daniel on February 5th, reads:Alien Abduction

Urgent Request on Travis Walton

Travis Walton claims to have been abducted by aliens in 1975. You can read
more about him in his Wikipedia entry, which can be found here.

As requested, the blog will now contain the JREF's responses to e-mails that warrant them.

Please note that the following e-mail has been edited to remove copyrighted material, but otherwise remains unchanged.

The Perpetual Motion Parade PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Smith   

Occasionally, the Challenge e-mail will be swamped with very similar claims. One of these is Perpetual Motion Machines.

Most of the time, after the initial e-mail contact is made and a response sent, there is never any further contact with the claimant - presumably because they have not yet constructed the machine.

The intial guidelines for submitting a Perpetual Motion Machine to the Challenge are very simple. The applicant must fulfill all guidelines stated in the Challenge Application, and must, additionally, have the machine built and ready to test prior to applying.

Here is an example of a response e-mail to this claim:

Thank you for your interest in the James Randi Educational Foundation's Million Dollar Challenge.

Yes, a demonstration of a perpetual motion machine would qualify as a Challenge claim. However, the machine must be built and in working order before the application can be accepted.

Thank you again for your interest,

JREF Challenge Desk

Though, in my time at the JREF, I have never seen an actual Perpetual Motion Machine, I have seen a great number of e-mails regarding them. Here are a few that have come in over the past few months, the most recent received on February 3rd.

Million $ Challenge E-mail Blog PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Smith   

Welcome to the JREF One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge E-mail Blog! 

With the announcement of the Million Dollar Challenge's close in 2010 has come a renewed interest in Challenge protocols, correspondence, and claimants. With that in mind, the JREF opens the Challenge doors to all interested parties with this blog, which will be updated often, and feature uncut, unedited e-mails that have been sent to

We will only edit the e-mails to protect the identities of the senders, and there will be no editorializing whatsoever. These e-mails stand on their own as evidence of what it is really like to work on the Challenge, and the kinds of claims that are frequently brought to the JREF (though they are usually never acted upon).

As you read this blog, keep in mind that the JREF responds to almost all Challenge e-mail, no matter how fantastic the claim.

Click "Read More" to see the first showcased e-mails. 

Thank you for stopping in, and we hope you enjoy your stay.

-- Alison Smith
Research Assistant
James Randi Educational Foundation