Here is a rundown of the top stories in pseudoscience and paranormal news from the past week courtesy of Doubtful News.
As mentioned by Professor Bruce Hood and several others at The Amazing Meeting this past week, Jim McCormick, maker of a phony, dowsing-rod-based bomb detection device, has been charged with fraud along with five others. A BBC Newsnight investigation in 2010 showed the device did not work and led to the British government banning its export to Iraq and Afghanistan. Here's hoping justice is served and this garbage device disappears forever.
Other claims that don't hold up - those made by Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioners. Professor Richard Wiseman showed this technique did not improve people's lie detection skills.
In psychic news, Louisiana judge declares fortune telling is free speech. And, do not miss this VERY interesting article where John Edward ADMITS he is a "psychic improv artist" just out to "help somebody in their healing process".
In a tragic story, a pregnant woman's odd behavior was seen as a sign of being possessed by djinn, when in reality, she could have been suffering from a mental illness. Her family was found guilty of killing her.
Did you know that blue lasers can cure your food allergies? No, they can't. But a chiropractor used this treatment on child with a dangerous egg allergy and made the family REALLY mad.
The U.S. Creation Museum is promoting itself via cartoonish dinosaur billboards to try to drum up business from other states.
After international outrage about creationism intruding in South Korean textbooks, scientists respond that they are making progress against the push.
Critical thinkers in Canada rejoice! You now have an organized voice: Bad Science Watch – an independent non-profit watchdog group dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by countering bad science.
A cannibal cult was uncovered in New Guinea, with arrests made. It's not a pretty story but it's a part of human culture.
A new app for your smartphone adds images of Mary or Jesus for your hoaxing enjoyment. Pictures as "evidence" are practically worthless anymore.
An annoying story: Dr. Oz is very popular and effective at selling magazines. People trust him even thought he pushes harmful pseudoscience.
The most ridiculous story of the week came from an ex-CIA employee who is pushing his new piece of fiction while claiming he saw the truth about Roswell. Yeah, only he saw the files. Hmm.
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