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Mexican Slender Alien Video Was a Hoax

Earlier in the week, Majestic posted a video which claimed to depict a “slender alien” on someone’s roof. It’s now come out that this video is a hoax. (How shocking!)

Below is a video showing how the alien was created:

via Brazil Weird News (some of the grammar is off, but you get the point):

The video was released by the local journal of Nuevo Laredo,  EL MAÑANA like a true footage made for an amateur.

What happens was that EL MAÑANA did copy and used the film found in the YouTube and invented a history about the personage. Something very wrong in the sphere of the journalism.

The fact is: the video was produced by the talent of a young guy – Jose Joaquim Perez – that has the hability of creates fantastic realities with brain and fingers working in a computer.

He is the owner of the YouTube channel JJPD Producciones and, when he watched the video without his credits, he stood very angry, with reason.

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Paranormal Ectoplasm

"Ectoplasmic ghosts by serial hoaxer Helen Duncan." Image Credit: Harvey Metcalfe via Unexplained Mysteries.

“Ectoplasmic ghosts by serial hoaxer Helen Duncan.” Image Credit: Harvey Metcalfe via Unexplained Mysteries.

While paranormal ectoplasm has no basis in fact, its popularity among scientists in the 1800s reflects “the science of its time.”

Daniel Engber at Popular Science:

Of course, these ectoplasms were a parlor trick. Mediums used sleights of hand to present gauze and animal parts as spiritual pheno­mena. As silly as this now seems, many intellectuals of the time found the shows convincing, including Richet, who won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work on anaphylaxis. “Richet was no dummy,” says Robert Brain, a historian of science at the University of British Columbia. Yet Richet was dogged in his studies of paranormal ectoplasm. “What made ectoplasm seem plausible to otherwise rational, clear-headed scientists?” Brain asks. “There had to be an underlying logic to it.”

He’s right. By the mid-1800s, scientists had discovered a gelatinous substance or “plasm” inside plant and animal cells, which they believed to be the basis for all life on Earth.

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I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 11.17.50 AMIf you’re a sucker for fad diets based on the latest nutritional miracle, you’d better read John Bohannon’s expose of how he was able to fool millions of people into thinking that eating chocolate promotes weight loss, at io9:

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on television news shows. It appeared in glossy print, most recently in the June issue of Shape magazine (“Why You Must Eat Chocolate Daily”, page 128). Not only does chocolate accelerate weight loss, the study found, but it leads to healthier cholesterol levels and overall increased well-being.

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Live Dodo or Hoax?

This is probably a hoax (actually I’m about 99% sure it is). But I always get a kick out of hearing about the newest cryptozoology findings.

This film was allegedly shot in Costa Rica. It appears to capture a bird very similar in appearance to a Dodo. Unfortunately, the filmmakers should have done their research. Dodo birds never lived on Costa Rica, they were endemic to the Mauritius island. A bit of an oversight, eh?

h/t Unexplained Mysteries.

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Scientists tallied up all the advice on Dr. Oz’s show. Half of it was baseless or wrong.

via Vox:

For years, I’ve been looking at some of the dubious and harmful health claims TV doctors make on their talk shows. In carefully examining Dr. Oz, unpicking the evidence behind the ideas he peddles, I came to the conclusion that, on balance, the bulk of what he has to say is misleading at best, and total nonsense at worst.

He is, after all, in the business of entertainment. Real, evidence-based medicine isn’t often entertaining, especially on the subjects — weight loss, diets — he tends to cover.

Now, science has confirmed my suspicions.

Researchers writing in the British Medical Journal examined the health claims showcased on 40 randomly selected episodes of the two most popular internationally syndicated health talk shows, The Dr Oz Show and The Doctors.

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Detoxing is Bullshit, a Term Hijacked by Charlatans and Entrepreneurs

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epSos .de (CC BY 2.0)

via The Guardian:

Whether it’s cucumbers splashing into water or models sitting smugly next to a pile of vegetables, it’s tough not to be sucked in by the detox industry. The idea that you can wash away your calorific sins is the perfect antidote to our fast-food lifestyles and alcohol-lubricated social lives. But before you dust off that juicer or take the first tentative steps towards a colonic irrigation clinic, there’s something you should know: detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things.

“Let’s be clear,” says Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, “there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.” The respectable one, he says, is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions.

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Why People Thought Jack Bruce’s Death was a Hoax

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via Waffles at Noon:

Cream bassist Jack Bruce has died at the age of 71. Some social media users claimed the rocker’s death is a hoax, but these claims are false.

It was confirmed by multiple news sources that Jack Bruce had indeed died on October 25, 2014 at his home in Suffolk from liver disease.

Despite heavy sharing of legitimate news sources about Bruce’s passing, some internet users were quick to proclaim this news a hoax. Why would someone make such a claim?

Enter Mediamass…

This website is a fake news generator. The same Mediamass story which discusses a Jack Bruce death hoax is duplicated for dozens, if not hundreds, of celebrities. The same story exists for all major living celebrities and politicians on that website. The date of the article is changed every few days to make it appear current.

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CNN Runs False iReport That Incoming Asteroid May End Life On Planet

cnn.asteroidWhoops. This hoax will likely be an extinction-level event for whatever editor was asleep at the wheel over the long weekend.

The message is clear enough. It’s not a nice thing to contemplate the first day back at work after a three-day holiday weekend, but the good news is that it looks like the only impact story here is the fact that the cable news network has slammed the Earth with an enormous bolide of B.S.

The post is from iReports, which is apparently an experiment in citizen journalism. CNN lets random people with no qualifications post stories under the CNN banner. The asteroid scare illustrates the hazard of this approach.

Apparently ireporters don’t need to reveal their names. The asteroid report’s author has called himself, or herself, Marcus575. The story says the giant asteroid was spotted by a project called the Near-Earth Object Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), which really exists.

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Noted Bigfoot Hoaxer Rick Dwyer Confesses To (Yet Another) Bigfoot Hoax

PIC: Plazak (CC)

PIC: Plazak (CC)

A wise man once said “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Chronic hoaxer and flimflam man Rick Dwyer has apparently met most of them. You may recall Dwyer as the guy who was hauling around a supposed Sasquatch body this past winter and charging rubes to take a peek at it, “Minnesota Iceman” style. Apparently he made $60,000 during this last haul, but has had to call it quits because his former promoter was threatening to go public.

Via HuffPost:

In a post to his Facebook page, Dyer wrote a long and rambling confession. “Coming clean about everything is necessary for a new start,” Dyer wrote. “From this moment own (sic), I wlll speak the truth! No more lies, tall tales or wild goose chases to mess with the haters!”

This chapter in Dyer’s ongoing Bigfoot fantasy began in 2012 (some years after a previous Bigfoot hoax in 2008 to which he also confessed), when he claimed to kill an 8-foot-tall Bigfoot-like creature in Texas.

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Illuminati Training Video Leaked

Enjoy this parody(?) video by filmmaker Matt Anderson.

Anderson explains the video as follows:
“Illumicorp is a parody of sorts. I guess the best way to describe it is that I wanted to make a corporate training video for the ‘Illuminati’ that synthesized all of the conspiracy information floating around. If such a group did exist, how would they really function? My wager was they would act just like any other faceless mega-corporation. It was originally to be part of a larger project, but that never came about so I released Illumicorp as it’s own standalone video.”

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