The Pillow Prophet, the Poop Shaman and the Rise of Faith-Based Marketing

If you've listened to talk radio at all in the last 10 years, you've heard ads and plugs for MyPillow┬«. This is a pillow that is said to be so supportive and so sleep-friendly that it might be the most comfortable pillow on the market. Radio hosts hype this thing like it's going to end... Continue Reading →

The Top 10 Most Annoying Conspiranoid Ideas Related to COVID-19 and How to Deal with Them

This is not an easy time for anyone, and you know what makes it infinitely worse? Idiotic theories and ideas that cannot and will not be supported by any sort of valid evidence, ever. You can't escape them. They're all over social media, alt media, YouTube. Co-workers reel with them out with little to no... Continue Reading →

Checking in with Alex Jones During COVID-19

It has been a rough few years for Alex Jones. Lawsuits. DUIs. Divorce. Tragicomic depositions. Sexual harassment allegations. Infowars defectors publishing tell-all pieces in the New York Times. Getting de-platformed. Losing his "unofficial" (totally official) YouTube channel when that of his lowly former employee, Aaron Dykes, is still thriving. I stopped updating Leaving Alex Jonestown... Continue Reading →

Jim Bakker’s Endtimes Buckets o’ Stuff and Coronavirus Cure

Hoarding food and supplies for the apocalypse could be a psychological artifact of the Cold War, consumerism gone haywire or some form of collective insanity. But whatever the root cause of this squirrel-like behaviour, there's no denying it has become a great American pasttime. For thousands of Americans, there is nothing quite so satisfying as... Continue Reading →

Flim-Flam Friday: Chlorella

Last week I glimpsed a Facebook ad for "nature's perfect superfood", Chlorella, a freshwater green algae that grows naturally in certain parts of Asia. Every single time I hear the term "superfood", this happens: There are two reasons for that. 1. Sure, certain foods are nutrient-dense, but foods slapped with the prefix "super" usually turn... Continue Reading →

Ads that Make You Go "Really?"

A few TV commercials set off my B.S. detector the other day, so I decided to look at the products' active ingredients and figure out if they can really do what they supposedly can do....Mouthwash reduces "biofilm". An ad for a popular brand of mouthwash implies that in addition to tartar buildup, plaque, and gum... Continue Reading →

How Do Ion Foot Baths and Foot Detox Pads Work?

"Ion foot baths" (also known as ionic foot baths, ionizing foot baths, or aqua detox) are showing up at countless naturopathic clinics, salons, and spas these days. You've probably heard at least one person you know raving about them, urging you to try one as soon as possible. They can supposedly draw toxins out of... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Paula Oliviera, a 26-year-old Brazilian lawyer, claimed earlier this month that while visiting Switzerland she was assaulted by a group of neo-Nazi punks. The three skinheads grabbed her as she stood outside a train station in Zurich, speaking Portuguese over her cell phone. They made some racial slurs, then carved the initials of Switzerland's wildly... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Here are just a few of the bizarre bits of nonsense I've encountered this week: "You can treat just about anything through the ears," said a friend who had tiny adhesives stamped all over both of his ears. The adhesives, called "seeds", are placed on acccupressure points. Every so often, he has to squeeze each... Continue Reading →

Stirwands and Purple Plates

(AKA Plastic and Aluminum) Mystical-quantum gizmos + your water = plain ol' water I first heard of the Stirwand when Dr. Deagle, in his Granada Forum lecture, mentioned "special wands from Global Light Network that can actually change the structure of water to help ease specific conditions". This sounded like yet another structured water scam,... Continue Reading →

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