My background is in journalism and investigation, often trying to understand why people believe things for which there is little or no evidence. My specialty is applying critical thinking and scientific methodologies to unusual claims. I also -- oops, gotta go: I found an error on the Internet!
A farmer in Chile has found two mummified animals and claims they may be the remains of the mythical chupacabra.
The parents of a boy claimed to be a victim of spontaneous human combustion in 2013 now have a second child with the same 'problem' and police are skeptical.
A boy who wrote a best-selling book about visiting heaven has admitted the story is false. Here's why it was widely believed.
Tanzania is taking legal steps to stem the murder of albinos for their body parts in magic rituals. Continue reading →
The weird fingerlike thing wasn’t from a bear or other wild mammal, but it also wasn’t human.
A viral news story claiming that an all-girls high school digitally altered their students' yearbook photos to make them thinner isn't quite accurate.
A new phone app is designed to help record dreams and interpret their significance -- some say it might reveal ESP.
A woman says she was assaulted while under hypnosis, but there is reason to question the claim. Continue reading →
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