TikTok generates multiple scare lore stories about flagged cars

Always keen to hear about the latest “weird news”, I noticed a trend in 2020 where young women (typically) were reporting that their cars were moderately vandalized in busy parking lots. On the video social media app TikTok, they interpreted these events as a signal that they were being targeted for abduction by sex traffickers…… Continue reading TikTok generates multiple scare lore stories about flagged cars

Georgia river monster report is highly suspicious (Updated – hoax)

See UPDATE below. Since none of the major news outlets are doing justice to this story and I have the day off for snow, I might as well put these pieces together about a so-called “mystery monster” report from Wolf Island, in southern Georgia on March 16. The first report I saw was from local¬†outlet…… Continue reading Georgia river monster report is highly suspicious (Updated – hoax)

Cryptid capers: The Iceman, Scooby Doo, and those meddling copyright holders

Dr. Darren Naish has a new post out on the Minnesota Iceman. It’s adapted from his book Hunting Monsters which is soon to be out in hard copy (already in electronic format). Good news! However, the cryptozoological go-hards don’t generally like the scholarly-type books which often carry a more skeptical tone. They tend to go…… Continue reading Cryptid capers: The Iceman, Scooby Doo, and those meddling copyright holders

Where’s Wessie? Snake story is confusing and growing cold

It’s now September and there is still no conclusion to¬†the Wessie mystery which surfaced in late June. Is there a giant snake on the loose in Westbrook, Maine? In my last post, I discussed the evidence advanced so far and the problems with it – eyewitness reports from locals and from two police officers, though…… Continue reading Where’s Wessie? Snake story is confusing and growing cold

Human sacrifice at CERN? It’s not a joke when bizarre claims are taken seriously

Reaction has been varied regarding a video seemingly depicting a human sacrifice on the grounds of CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, the location of the Large Hadron Collider and cutting edge particle physics research. Some people are chuckling at the spoof while others see it confirming their dark suspicions and sinister worldview. As a science advocate…… Continue reading Human sacrifice at CERN? It’s not a joke when bizarre claims are taken seriously

“True Jersey” NJ.com published a stinker of a story on the Jersey Devil

A paranormal investigator who writes a column called Paranormal Corner for NJ.com broke a story this weekend that was both a coup for web hits and an utter disaster for her credibility. Kelly Roncace received an email with a photo of what the sender said was the Jersey Devil. The JD is one of the…… Continue reading “True Jersey” NJ.com published a stinker of a story on the Jersey Devil

A ruse by any other name still stinks

As one who runs a website about weird news, it’s been a crazy start to the year. A number of hoaxes proliferating around the media the first week of this year. They are passed on almost with the same respect as actual news. If you resolve to do anything this year, resolve to doubt the…… Continue reading A ruse by any other name still stinks