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 Part XVIII: Today’s Former Satanists

The tradition continues.... Jeff Harshbarger Jeff Harshbarger is a South Carolina minister who claims he was a teenage victim of Satanic deception and demonic possession. In 2005 he published an autobiography about his years as a Satanist, From Darkness to Light: How to Rescue Someone You Love From the Occult. His Refuge Ministries educates others... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Time Travel Photos, and Other Worthless Things

Irish filmmaker George Clarke has found a "time traveler" in 1928 film footage of the premiere of Charlie Chaplin's The Circus. A woman in a fur coat approaches Grauman's Chinese Theater with a cell phone clutched to her ear! Well, sort of. You can't actually see what's in her hand. At all. But in Clarke's... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Awesome Alien Stories

...that turned out to be b.s. By now you've probably heard that the UN has appointed an "alien greeter" to welcome ETs to Earth. Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman was selected for the unprecedented task, probably because she already heads a "little-known" UN department called the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), based in Vienna. Well,... Continue Reading →

Psychic Detectives

Part I: Intro/Gerard Croiset and Peter HurkosPart II: Dorothy Allison and Noreen RenierPart III: Sylvia Browne, Psychic ClownPart IV: Other "Notables" (including Allison DuBois)Addendum: Uri Geller

Hoaxes From Space: Time Travel Hoaxes, Part I

A Photo of Jesus On May 2, 1972, the magazine La Domenica del Corriere (basically the Italian equivalent of Parade) published a picture of Jesus Christ (above, left). This wouldn't be a big deal, except the picture was supposedly a photo. And it had been taken by a living monk, Benedictine scholar Pellegrino Ernetti of... 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 →

Psychic Detectives: Addendum

I mentioned in Psychic Detectives: Part I that Uri Geller claimed he had worked with the FBI. The FBI denies it. But Geller has indisputably been involved with crime-solving on a smaller scale, and it would be interesting to see how successful he was. Geller is primarily a telepath and a psychokinetic (think Carrie, minus... Continue Reading →

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