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!
The Italian Supreme Court acquitted six scientists convicted of failing to warn of a major earthquake. Continue reading →
Two presidential candidates have claimed they saw American Muslims cheering after the 9/11 attacks. They did not, but there are psychological reasons they may have thought they did.
News and social media reports during Halloween claimed that tainted candy had been found. But is it true? Continue reading →
A 'monster' photographed by a Scottish tourist in the Greek isles is likely made of PVC.
An upcoming live 'exorcism' will surely scare up ratings. Continue reading →
A photo circulating on social media appears to show a flying city among clouds in China. Is it real, a mirage, or fake? Continue reading →
Recent reports from Britain claim that scary clowns are stalking children. And not for the first time. Continue reading →
The Jersey Devil's diverse features are strong evidence that it cannot exist as a real animal.
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