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JREF Swift Blog
Swift, named for Jonathan Swift, is the JREF's daily blog, featuring content from James Randi, the JREF staff, and other featured authors.

SWIFT September 19, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Reading, Writing, and Conjuring?, "Skeptic" Revisited, More Ogilvie, The Henning Saga, Happy Day, Love Moon Anion Pads, Sylivia's Latest Farce, In Conclusion...


Richard Wiseman is a psychology professor at Hertfordshire (UK) University and a dear friend of the JREF. He's also fascinated by the little quirks and weird things that happen in everyday life, and has made it his goal to study them. One such study, featured in the newspaper The Daily Mail (link:, was to see how learning -- and performing -- magic tricks affected children's ability to learn in school.

SWIFT September 12, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Sensing Silliness, Who Owns the Word Skeptic, For Skeptical NYC, Randigram on Hiatus, Irresistible, Critical Thinking Education Group, Skepdoc Harriet Hall, Chase El Chupacabra With Us, Are You A Rational Mom, Debate: Did "Science" Get a Mention in St Paul, In Closing…

Please note, item 3 has been updated: Myers Responds!


As reported in the New Zealand Herald, September 5, 2008, ( police in Wellington have called in two TV psychics from the show Sensing Murder. Deb Webber and Kelvin Cruickshank have been asked to help provide “any little piece of information” to help them solve the disappearance of physiotherapist who went missing while walking in Rimutaka Forest Park.

SWIFT September 5, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Absurd, Shermer’s Event, Some Heavy Comments, Alarming Acceptance of Quackery, A Huge Step Backward, Stupid Answers, Some Hope, In Closing…


A certain Vince Fenech, Evangelist pastor and director of the fully-licensed, state-approved “Accelerated Christian Academy Creationist institution” in Malta, has achieved a new level of fantasy that rivals most of what we encounter these days, even on the US political scene. Says this student of mythological science, dinosaurs helped build the pyramids of Egypt. This is a little-known aspect of archaeology, even as taught in Egypt or to Scientologists.

SWIFT August 29, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Lying Ain't a Sin!, Unnoticed Amid the Laughter, More Mitchell, A Delicious Hoax, A Request, Ban on Oxygen Bars Circumvented, From Cananda, Verbatim Editorial, Data Input Requested, 2008 Scholarship Awards, The Enchanted Islands, Signs of Progress, In Closing...


We’ve heard from reader Chris Wayne in Brisbane, Australia, who tipped us to this next item.

The Australian Christian Church [ACC] is a group of Pentecostal Churches formerly known as the Assemblies of God in Australia. It was formed in 1937 and adopted the new name in 2007. It currently consists of more than 1,120 churches with over 215,000 constituents, making it the largest Pentecostal movement in Australia.

SWIFT August 22, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Hairy Chap in the News Again, I Sniff Desperation, At Last, Perhaps a Doubt?, Bentley in a Bind, The ADE651 Detector, Please, and In Closing…


When some folks get themselves revved up on a specific farce, they can’t stop. One such unfortunate, a former Las Vegas promoter named Tom Biscardi, is currently wondering whatever happened to his two “partners” who accepted from him a $50,000 advance on future earnings that were to be earned from exhibiting the frozen body of a bogus Bigfoot. Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the genuine bipeds from Georgia who claimed to have found and chilled the Bigfoot body, are now being pursued by Biscardi, whose money they seem to have absconded with once the frozen "corpse" was revealed to be a hoax. Really? Wow!

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