The Liberian Manimal Scam

Chris Blattman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Economics at Yale. His research takes him to other parts of the world, including Liberia. That’s where he heard a very strange story back in August… In Liberia, the guys at our local partner and survey organization swear that the best hunters have the power [Read More…]

Sanjay B. Jumaani Is Full of Shit

Let’s hope Google picks up on that headline. Jumaani is a numerologist who’s getting paid obscene amounts of money to tell people what they want to hear. His advice boils down to: Change the spelling of your name to make it more unique or just be born on the right day: According to Mr. Jumaani, [Read More…]

Randi Testing Reindeer Aerodynamics

This post is by Jesse Galef — I just realized that instead of giving you a Friday Funny, I put up a post with that horrid “Letter From Hell” abomination.   My apologies. To remedy the situation, I give you James Randi in 1992 explaining why it is impossible to prove a negative: On style, [Read More…]

Iraqi Army Using… Dowsing Rods?!

This post is by Jesse Galef — If you ever wanted a find situation desperately in need of more skepticism (and who hasn’t?), look no further: The Iraqi army is spending $16,500 to $60,000 per dowsing rod and trying to use them to detect explosives. This foolishness is not only a vast waste of money [Read More…]

Homeopathy in Comic Strip Form

This explains homeopathy beautifully: It’s still funnier than Garfield. (via Luke Surl Comics) [Read more…]