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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.

Supa Boondee Responds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

A few days ago, I wrote about the Ghost Repeller provided by Thai company Supa Boondee. I was surprised to open my e-mail and find this notice, apparently from the company:

The easy way to proof it is you buy it and test it yourself. If not as what we advertised you pay you double price of selling price. Full refund.

Would you happy ?

Best regards,
Lalita

I will answer publicly and privately.

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Maggot News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

For those with circulatory problems, leg ulcers can be a serious problem. A wound forms that refuses to heal, and as dead tissue around the site increases, the risk of infection and continued spreading grows.

Today’s treatment is hydrogel, which slowly removes the dead skin and allows healing to begin. Today, the press is abuzz with the news that a new study on maggot therapy had been released.(I've spared you the pictures).

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Prize Awarded PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

My excellent scientist friend Gyula Bencze informs me that this year's Student Essay Competiton sponsored by Természet Világa – the major Hungarian science journal – held its award ceremony on Saturday, March 7, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The annual James Randi Prize was awarded to a junior highschool girl, Andrea Palfi of Krudy Gyula Gymnasium in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. The title of her essay was: "Radiesthesia: Harmful environmental effect or fake?"

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Smoking is GOOD For You PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

A gentleman dropped by the JREF a couple of weeks ago, and left this flyer (PDF) for us. As skeptics, we're committed to considering new data, and this flier with its title "Are You Smoking Enough to Stay Healthy?" made us wonder what we were missing. Please read this "enlightening" piece of literature before continuing.

According to the flier, smoking can do amazing things, like prevent alzheimers and some forms of cancer. It can also improve memory and mental acuity. And while this goes against everything we've ever been told, there is some truth to it.

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Ghost Repeller Now Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

ghostrepellerWhile some may be "hunting" ghosts, or merely trying to decide whether they exist or not, one ambitious Thai company, Boondee Laboratories, has created a device that will force them away. They claim it works on devils too.

First, I have to comment on the language on the site. The authors are clearly not native English speakers, and as easy as it would be to poke fun at their phrasing and word choice, I'm going to refrain from doing so for one simple reason: I can't speak a word of Thai that isn't on a restaurant menu (I'm a big fan of Tom Kha Gai).

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