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 →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Ghost Sex, Celebrity Hauntings, and a Convenient Demon

This week, I'm going to labor the point that today's celebrities just can't seem to come up with anything original - even in the supernatural realm. In 2011, Lady Gaga reportedly believed she was being followed around by the ghost of a dude named Ryan. A few months later, she told Harper's Bazaar that the late... Continue Reading →

Satanic Panic in the News: Ouija Board Possession

On June 23, Glenn Beck's The Blaze, the Daily Mail, several paranormal websites, and other media outlets reported on this video of a "possessed" Mexican woman. The girl seen in the clip, Alexandra Huerta, alternates between growling and laughing while restrained on a hospital stretcher. These initial reports stated that Alexandra, 22, had begun to... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Detroit Bigfoot & a Possessed Mongoose

The tale of Gef, the talking mongoose, is by far one of the weirdest and stupidest incidents in the history of the paranormal. In the summer of 1931, a remote farmhouse on the Isle of Man was invaded by what initially seemed to be a pest animal. James Irving, who lived in the farmhouse with... 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 →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Fake nuns with fake Anthrax, real vampires, UN conspiranoia, hateful lies about hate speech, and Bigfoot's disgusting ancestry After years of top-secret lab work, Dr. Melba Ketchum has announced the results of her DNA analysis of alleged Bigfoot hair and tissue samples (including, perhaps, the "Bigfoot steak" that was central to the Sierra Kills hoax).... 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 →

The Prodigal Witch Part XV: Stephen Dollins

space Stephen Dollins left Satanism for Christ in 1978, becoming a preacher and a crusader against the occult, but it wasn't until the late '90s that he gained prominence as a powerful enemy of Harry Potter and the Tooth Fairy. The following comes from a talk Dollins gave to The Prophecy Club in 1998 or... Continue Reading →

Other "Former Satanists" of the ’80s

space The two men described below didn't have the same impact as Lauren Stratford or Audrey Harper, but they contributed to the anti-occult hysteria of the late '80s in their own corner of the world, Texas. Ken McBride Ken McBride's only notable appearance on the anti-occult scene was his central role in an obscure straight-to-video... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch VIII: "Elaine"

space The two-for-one account of Dr. Rebecca Brown and "Elaine" plays out like every B movie you've ever seen. Satanic nurses out for blood...a marriage to the Devil...snoozy Midwestern towns run by witches...a hospital showdown between the forces of light and darkness... The "Elaine" hoax was wholly facilitated by our old friend Jack Chick, the... Continue Reading →

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