The War on Christmas is Real

The Espresso Shot Heard Round the World On November 5, Arizona vlogger and possible psychopath Joshua Feuerstein posted a Facebook video calling for a worldwide movement to force Starbucks to acknowledge Christmas.  His rant went viral, topping 12 million views in just three days. Feuerstein was incensed that the world's largest coffee chain had removed... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Slow News Week

As the U.S. seethes with racial tension, protestors swarm the streets of Hong Kong, and missiles gut Syria, a few intrepid journos have somehow managed to ferret out the real stories... Say, does anyone remember the absurdly disappointing mystery of those invisible flying creatures known as "rods"? No? Well, let Oklahoma City's News 9 take... 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 →

The Top 10 Stupidest/Weirdest Theories About Flight MH370

We all know the first part of the story: Early in the morning on March 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, just one hour into its flight, lost radio contact with air traffic controllers. After going silent in the Gulf of Thailand, the plane unexpectedly veered west and flew back across... Continue Reading →

Sandy Hook Truth, 9 months later

It has been about seven months since I first looked at the Sandy Hook Truth movement, an assortment of individuals who believe they have uncovered evidence of labyrinthine conspiracies behind the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre. These intrepid investigators have had nearly nine months to crack the case wide open and tell us who really did... Continue Reading →

Miracle in Missouri

Mysterious priests, guardian angels, and...aliens? Check out the update at the end of this post. No one wants to debunk an inspiring, heartwarming, faith-affirming "angel" story. But somebody has to be the grownup around here. Last Sunday morning, there was a serious two-car crash on Highway 19 near Center, Missouri. Aaron Smith, 26, struck Katie... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: The Bogus Christian Memoir Hall of Shame

Literary fraud is an important topic at Swallowing the Camel. Whether it's middle-aged women pretending to be teen boys afflicted with HIV/AIDS (here and here), or James Cameron's BFF letting himself be snowjobbed by a lying WWII vet, or fake Holocaust memoirists, no one gets a free pass when it comes to literary misdeeds. So... 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 →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Steven Greer’s alien + lots of other fake dead aliens

On April 22, Amardeep Kaleka's documentary Sirius will premiere in L.A. Though the film is mostly about magical alien energy sources, like Thrive, the highlight will undoubtedly be the tiny alien body that Dr. Steven Greer has been studying for more than a year. (Update: You can read more about that here. ) Greer's alien... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Off the Hook: Conspiracy theories about the shootings in Connecticut, if they can even be called "theories", are starting to draw attention from mainstream newspapers, websites like Salon and Gawker, and TV reporters. I've talked a little about these theories (here, here, and at Leaving Alex Jonestown), but the Sandy Hook conspiracy meme is far... Continue Reading →

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