Wednesday Weirdness: Satanic Nephilim Hybrids

 In lieu of a weirdness roundup, I'm gonna give you one big ol' chunk of weirdness that warped my mind this week. What do you get when you combine Biblical prophecy, Illuminati conspiracy theories, aliens, pop psychology, and teen vampire novels? A serious freaking mess. On the Monday-Tuesday broadcast of Coast to Coast AM, guest... Continue Reading →

5 Unconvincing Paranormal Cases

Several months ago, a guy named Ian Tindell posted 5 Convincing 'Real' Paranormal Cases that "will give the average skeptic...food for thought" at Ranker.com. He's right. There is food for thought, and "real" does belong in quotation marks. Let's review: 1. The "exorcism" of Annelise Michel. This was the case that inspired the mediocre horror... Continue Reading →

Ghostbusters

Ed and Lorraine WarrenPart I Introduction to the Warrens/AmityvillePart II: The Arne Johnson Murder CasePart III: The Haunting in ConnecticutPart IV: Dolls, Werewolves, and Perverts/The Next Generation

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

There are lots of good reasons to object to "ghostbusting". It's often practiced by self-proclaimed experts with ulterior motives, and it's a complete waste of time and money and effort. But is it dangerous? The folks behind the Dangers of The Paranormal Project think so. They point out that marketing ghostbusting TV shows, outings, and... Continue Reading →

Ghostbusters Part IV: Ed and Lorraine Warrens’ Other Notable Cases

Dolls, wolves, and perverts. Oh my. At long last, this is the final post of the psychic detectives/ghostbusters series (you can read the other posts by clicking on Psychic Detectives or Ghostbusters in the sidebar menu). Enjoy! The Smurl Haunting The following information comes primarily from The Haunted, a 1988 book written by Scrantonian Herald... Continue Reading →

Ghostbusters Part III: The B.S. in Connecticut

A Haunting in ConnecticutThe haunting of a Connecticut funeral parlour that was turned into an apartment building was featured on the Discovery Channel series A Haunting in 2002, and is the basis of the recent horror movie The Haunting in Connecticut. The Discovery documentary should be the more factual of the two retellings, but as... Continue Reading →

Ghostbusters: Ed and Lorraine Warren Part II

The Arne Johnson Case In February, 1981 Arne Cheyenne Johnson of Connecticut was charged with murdering his girlfriend's employer. His attorneys presented the novel defense that while Arne physically committed the murder, he wasn't ultimately responsible for it because he had been possessed by the same demons that plagued his girlfriend's little brother. Ed and... Continue Reading →

Ghostbusters: Ed and Lorraine Warren Part I

Ghost hunters like the legendary Harry Price and Most Haunted star Derek Acorah want to capture evidence of the afterlife, and perhaps get famous while they're at it. Ghostbusters, on the other hand, actually try to de-ghostify homes and businesses by finding out what the ghost(s) or demons want, then helping them or banishing them.... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup + an announcement

April 1st seems like a fitting day on which to announce a change of format for Swallowing the Camel, so here's the deal: I'm going to cover one general topic a week, but will also (of course) post about whatever else snags my interest, plus the Wednesday Weirdness roundup. Mondays will feature posts about specific... Continue Reading →

The Hazards of Magical Thinking

I've talked about the perils of paranoia, and now it's time to examine the problem of magical thinking - irrational causal reasoning. Like paranoia, magical thinking appears to be on the rise these days. And magical thinking can be dangerous. The Xhosa and Thembu tribes of South Africa nearly starved themselves into oblivion because some... Continue Reading →

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