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 →

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 →

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 →

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 Updates

Developments in the two stories covered in this week's Weirdness Roundup The saga of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's bogus dead girlfriend is getting even weirder. Te'o still insists he was the victim of a hoax, but according to both athletic director Jack Swarbrick and an article published today in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Te'o now... 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 →

This (Charming?) Man

-A peculiar website, thisman.org, is asking everyone if they have ever dreamed of a certain unknown man (pictured below in an artistic rendering). The story goes that in 2006 a psychiatrist's patient - name and location not given - dreamed of this man several times and created a picture of him for some reason and... Continue Reading →

Some Rather Pointless Hoaxes

No, Lindsay Lohan has not been poisoned. The search term "Lindsay Lohan Poisoned", which popped up on Google Trends and elsewhere two days ago, is a publicity stunt by Alex Jones. He's promoting an 11-minute video on the supposed dangers of ADHD medications, fluoridated water, vaccines, GMO food, etc. It's amazing how many errors one... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

One of the biggest, spookiest boogeymen in the H1N1 vaccine hysteria is the use of squalene in oil-based vaccine adjuvants. What the paranoia-peddlers fail to mention is that oil-based adjuvants aren't used in human vaccines, as I explain in "Much Ado About Squalene" at Leaving Alex Jonestown. You might as well be worrying that your... Continue Reading →

I Like a Strange Balloon

By now, you've probably all heard the harrowing tale of "Balloon Boy", 6-year-old Falcon Heene of Colorado. Earlier this week, Richard and Mayumi Heene reported that their son had probably accidentally drifted away in the basket of an enormous helium balloon, shaped like a flying saucer, that Richard had constructed. Such contraptions are common in... Continue Reading →

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