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Which Aztec Artifacts are Fake? Expensive Ones.

Aztec "crystal skulls" make neat displays and fiction. But recent Crystal SkullCrystal Skullanalyses of several in museums show they're fake. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

The Great Airship of 1897

J. Allan Danelek: The Great Airship of 1897: a Provocative The Great Airship of 1897The Great Airship of 1897Look at the Most Mysterious Aviation Event in History. Adventures Unlimited Press 2009. (A review by Norman Sperling, February 10, 2013.)

Great Stories From a Book You Can't Read: The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is just as good a story now as when I first read about it 50 years ago. If you're not familiar with Voynich ManuscriptVoynich Manuscript it, Wikipedia's article hits the highlights, and its bibliography gives a number of ways to dig deeper.

The Voynich Manuscript was probably written in the early 1400s, probably in Europe, possibly in Northern Italy. Most of it resembles an herbal (though the plants are unrecognizable), plus sections whose pictures suggest astrology and pharmacy, plus lots of naked and clothed women (only the naked ones get mentioned much), and less-understandable illustrations and pure-text pages. The text appears to be written in a cipher, which has tantalized and taunted people since the 1500s. No one has ever cracked it.

Paul Kurtz Dies: December 21, 1925 - October 20th, 2012

He was the biggest force in late-1900s skepticism. Paul Kurtz was considered a legendary figure among Paul KurtzPaul KurtzAmerican humanists, atheists, and skeptics alike. For 50 years, he worked to advance a secular view of life and of society.

David Morrison in Depth

Skeptic David Morrison earns big profile for 2012 information. CLICK HERE to read the article. David MorrisonDavid Morrison

Bay Area Great Grandson of L. Ron Hubbard Blasts Scientology

The Church of Scientology is known for its famous followers and its reputation for secrecy. In an interview with CBS 5, the great grandson of the church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard blasts Scientology, accusing it of Jamie DeWolfJamie DeWolfdestroying his family. CLICK HERE to read the article, and watch the embedded video of the interview.

Harold Camping Admits He Was Wrong

Harold Camping image by Marcio Jose Sanchez / APPhoto by Marcio Jose Sanchez / APThe 90-year-old Alameda preacher who convinced hundreds of followers that the world was going to end last May now acknowledges he was wrong.

DNA Fingers Human, Not Yeti, Source of Finger

Yeti FingerYeti FingerPhysical evidence, scientifically analyzed, reveals reality far better than anecdotes, story-telling, and wishful thinking.

Proponents of the "Yeti" (Himalayan "abominable snowman") touted a finger taken from a "Yeti" hand displayed at the Pangboche Temple's monastery in Nepal in 1958. If the Yeti is a real species, that wouldn't contradict Science, but it would add a fascinating complication to the complex story of humanity's heritage.

The finger's DNA has now been analyzed.

More False Memories Implanted

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A psychologist accused of hypnotizing a woman into believing she possessed multiple personalities and participated in satanic rituals may be sued by several others who say they were also told they had been a part of a satanic cult, according to a Missouri attorney.

Lisa Nasseff, 41, of Saint Paul, Minn., is suing her former therapist, Mark Schwartz, and the Castlewood Treatment Center in St. Louis, Mo., where she received 15 months of treatment for anorexia, according to the complaint.

Bigotry by Astrology

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Agence France Presse reports that an employer in Wuhan, China, tells Scorpios and Virgos not to apply, but welcomes Capricorns, Pisces, and Libras. Those aren't terms from traditional Chinese astrology, those are cultural imports from Western trash media.

Bigot, bigot, bigot.

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