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Written by Sharon Hill   

Here is a rundown of the top stories in pseudoscience, anomalies and paranormal news from the past week courtesy of Doubtful News.

We hereby dubbed last week WEIRD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS WEEK. Check it out!

A new picture of the "Loch Ness Monster" surfaced. But since certain pieces didn't fit. It left us with more questions about what this picture actually shows.

Lake monster fever was high in Norway, where sightings were captured in both Lake Seljord and Lake Hornidal. Good thing we have an in-house Norwegian translator!

Something snaky was going on in a New Jersey backyard as two non-native and quite scary snakes showed up. Then, there was the announcement of a new, rather…phallic looking, amphibian that the media just couldn't resist.

Animal Planet, who capitalizes on shows about Bigfoot and Mermaids, encapsulates the monster phenomena by showing us it's all about money.

Have you seen the colorful tape that some Olympians are sporting this past week? It's Kinesio tape and the evidence for its special claims just doesn't stick.

Speaking of the Olympics, a video made the news that showed a UFO during the opening ceremonies. Except, it was a bit too blimpy to get excited about.

In legal-related news, homeopaths in the U.K. may attempt to get around a law for medicinal claims for their products by calling them "confections". While that is somewhat appropriate, it sounds like a desperate attempt to keep them on the market until they can get the law changed.

Legal action can be used as a threat against those who speak out about dubious or fraudulent claims. In bad news, a holistic dog cancer practitioner tries to silence the critique of the Skeptvet. But in GOOD news, Andrew Wakefield's attempt to sue the British Medical Journal and writer Brian Deer was thrown out of court. Deer and BMJ exposed Wakefield's now retracted work on the MMR vaccine and autism link that eventually led to removal of his medical license.

Doubtful beliefs affect children's well being as featured in these three stories this week. Herbal products marketed for kids in the U.K. may contain unsuitable ingredients. A child was poisoned by a folk remedy. And, four children died in Haiti after being beaten to rid them of devils. 

The Thai military refuses to admit they were duped with the fake bomb detectors.

The Templeton Foundation awards a $5 million grant to a researcher to study the afterlife.

And, finally, for the strangest, unsolved story of the week, the body of a 98-yr old woman was stolen from a New Jersey mausoleum. Why? It's unclear but religious/occult practices are suspected.

This week past week Doubtful News celebrated our 2000th post! There is a LOT of doubtful news out there. Hope you enjoy it! Come on over.

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Sharon Hill runs Doubtful News, a unique feed of news stories about the paranormal, pseudoscience, the weird and the unexplained with questioning commentary.

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written by Careyp74, August 07, 2012
Loch Ness photo, it looks like driftwood. If it looks like something obvious, why think that it is anything else? We have photos of whales, sharks, and other sea creatures that are obviously what they are, why, if there is a Loch Ness monster, do we only ever get photos like this of it?

Lake Seljord is obviously a wave. It is a little hard to tell from the video, but anyone standing there should have known unless they were in on a joke.

Lake Hornindal amazes me. Not because of the picture, but because we only get one picture. So this guy takes a bunch of photos, and sends in the one that looks most like nothing? Or does he only take one photo and not stick around to see what it was? Or does he take a photo of something else, and later on spot the thing he can't tell what it is? No matter what the case was, this looks like a tree branch. See first paragraph.

As for the body that was stolen, sorry, I will put it back when the scavenger hunt is over. In all seriousness though, I can see how the family would fear satanic cults. Without any other ideas as to why a body would get taken like that, they would assume the worst. While probably not putting the cult idea as the most likely, it is the one that upsets them the most, thinking that a deceased loved one's body is being desecrated.
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written by ianmacm, August 07, 2012
Photographs like this are old hat. Even if the new Loch Ness photograph was genuine, no radically new species would have its existence confirmed purely on the basis of a photograph. There would need to be an example captured dead or alive, or at the very least a DNA sample. Anyway, it's August, so the photograph is a time honoured part of tradition for the UK press. smilies/wink.gif
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