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 →

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 →

Somaly Mam and the Dark Side of Charity

Since 1996, a non-governmental organization known as AFESIP (from the French, Acting for Women in Distressing Situations) has been working to rescue and aid young female victims of human trafficking, operating three centres in Cambodia where the young women are housed and educated. The guiding light of this effort is co-founder Somaly Mam, a Cambodian-born... Continue Reading →

2013: A Very Bad Year for Psychics

A landmark year for extrasensory fail.┬á Don't Help Me, Rhonda On June 6, 2011, an unassuming ranch near the town of Hardin, Texas (about an hour outside Houston) was swarmed by Liberty County sheriff's deputies, FBI agents, Texas Rangers, and officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety. News choppers buzzed overheard as law enforcement... Continue Reading →

Following the Chemtrails IV: A Timeline of Significant Chemtrail Events

Part IV of Following the Chemtrails Where did it all begin? In researching chemtrail sightings and theories, I was stunned to learn that this phenomenon didn't begin with people noticing persistent contrails in the sky, wondering what they could be, and searching for explanations. Chemtrail theories actually began as a horror story about deliberate world... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: The Iceman Returneth

As you may know, The Altoona Bigfoot murder I mentioned in a previous Roundup (here) turned out to be merely Bigfoot tracks (see here) discovered by a Mr. John Winesickle. And the Winesickle tracks have turned out to be bear tracks. Meanwhile, in Utah, amateur fossil-hunter Todd May is very excited about the stupid rock... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: The Top 10 Conspiracy Theories About Popes and/or the Vatican

The retirement of Benedict XVI has unleashed a shit-tonne of conspiracy theories. In a March 1 interview with Howard Stern, Alex Jones declared Benedict stepped down because of "transvestite orgies". Others insist pedophilia must be involved, though there is scant evidence to support that. There's also talk of a secret dossier about clerical misdeeds, last... Continue Reading →

2012 Prediction Fail

The Winner The biggest fail is the late Terence McKenna's Timewave Zero prediction. First published in 1975, it was predicated on McKenna's complex novelty theory about the cyclical nature of time, and guesstimated that some kind of awesome singularity would occur in December 2012 (the date was based partly on his own calculations and partly... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch X: Derry Mainwaring Knight

God's 007 In the spring of 1983, an unassuming, middle-aged fellow by the lofty name of Derry Mainwaring Knight appeared in Newick, East Sussex, and began attending the local Anglican church, St. Mary's. He became a regular at Bible studies and prayer meetings. He offered to hand out Christian tracts. He told the late vicar,... Continue Reading →

Pants Afire Awards

The Pants Afire Award goes to the least credible people I've written about here on Swallowing the Camel. And the lucky winners are... Benjamin Fulford, saving the world with Freemasonic ninjas Larry Sinclair - Obama's gay lover and his murder allegations James Frey - Bad writer, no Pulitzer! Sylvia Browne, the whiskey-throated emodiment of epic... Continue Reading →

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