15 Credibility Street #30: Bear with us, yeti again

Doubtful News - December 3, 2017 - 6:53pm
This episode has two cryptozoologically-themed topics. We have a follow-up on the Bigfoot-naming show from last episode and there is a new paper about Yeti DNA just out that is not making cryptozoologists too happy. See the comments on this post about the new proposed name for Bigfoot and why it’s bad science and not…
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15 Credibility Street #29: Amateur Hour

Doubtful News - November 19, 2017 - 7:55pm
Trump nominates Brett Talley, an unqualified lawyer and former paranormal investigator, for Federal Court in Alabama. Being a former ghost hunter is the least of his problems. Bigfoot gets another “official” name: Kryptopithecus gimlinpattersonorum. What does this all mean? Can you name a species from a photo? Yes. A classic case of taxonomic vandalism: Raymond…
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Alternative healer proposes legitimate species name for Bigfoot

Doubtful News - November 17, 2017 - 10:09pm
An alternative healer with a PhD and background in entomology (study of insects) has exploited an opportunity to officially name Bigfoot as a new species. Thanks to a rule change by the naming committee, a famous film that some believe depicts an actual Bigfoot has been designated the type specimen for the as-yet non-corporeal animal.…
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15 Credibility Street #28: Defense against the dark art of scare-mongering

Doubtful News - November 5, 2017 - 6:11pm
It was just Halloween, the media is out to scare you into believing dumb things. Don’t. Tricks in treats? Not-too-deep-thinking about marijuana-laced candy warnings will bring quick realization this hazard is not worth worrying about. One incident in New Brunswick, Canada may have been nailed down but who would eat that anyway? The condition called…
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15 Credibility Street #27: It’s not right, it’s surrealism

Doubtful News - October 22, 2017 - 8:49pm
Jumping right into news of the same dumb TV schtick being sold to audiences, what paranormal beliefs are popular with American’s today, two former rock stars now exist at the fringes, and DNA test failed a psychic who thought she was the offspring of a famous painter. Caution: Some people might find the sounds a…
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Did a Drag Queen in a ‘Demonic’ Outfit Read a Sexually Explicit Book to Children at a Public Library?

Snopes - October 18, 2017 - 12:37pm
Right-wing web sites used alarmist language and false claims to describe a reading event at a California library.
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Urban Legend: Drilled Wire

Snopes - October 18, 2017 - 11:56am
A competitor one-ups a company proud of their new ultra-thin wire by drilling a hole through it.
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Trump Got a Spray Tan in the Oval Office?

Snopes - October 18, 2017 - 11:29am
A staged photograph actually shows a presidential lookalike.
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US Rep: Trump Says Fallen Soldier Knew What He Signed Up For

Snopes - October 18, 2017 - 8:39am
Rep. Frederica Wilson said President Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of a fallen soldier, that he "knew what he signed up for." Trump denies it.
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Will Burning Bay Leaves Reduce Anxiety?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 7:05pm
A chemical compound found in the leaves of the bay laurel may affect mood, but the results are inconclusive and not necessarily relevant to bay leaf smoke.
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Did a Football Fan Sit on an American Flag While Wearing a Shirt Reading ‘I Stand for the National Anthem’?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 6:25pm
A sports news web site published the photograph, which was taken during a game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots.
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Did ‘Mexican Drug Cartels’ Start the California Wildfires?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 6:05pm
Disreputable web sites provide no evidence to support a half-baked theory about the cause of the October 2017 fires.
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Is Ireland Lowering Its Corporate Tax Rate?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 5:08pm
An Irish government official refutes U.S. President Donald Trump's claim, whose source is entirely unclear.
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President Obama Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Weinstein, Weiner, Clinton, and Cosby?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 2:55pm
A meme claiming that President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, and Bill Cosby uses doctored images.
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Was This Coyote Given a Bath After Being Mistaken for a Dog?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 2:36pm
A photograph showing a coyote in a bathtub was circulated with an inaccurate backstory in October 2017.
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Was Freddy Krueger From ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Based on a Real Serial Murderer?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 12:32pm
The explanatory last line of a Halloween joke about a real-life Freddy Krueger was removed in subsequent shares.
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‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actor John Dunsworth Dies at 71

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 9:52am
The Canadian actor, who played Mr. Lahey on the comedy series, died after a short illness.
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Is the Mandalay Bay Security Guard ‘Missing’?

Snopes - October 16, 2017 - 11:39pm
Police told us that despite widespread rumors and speculation, Jesus Campos is not missing.
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Is Trump Spending More Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel than Obama Did?

Snopes - October 16, 2017 - 11:11pm
Despite preliminary indications that the Trump family's government-paid travel expenses are higher than the Obamas', Internet rumors exaggerate the disparity.
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Did a Mandalay Bay Hotel Worker ‘Vanish’ After Giving an Interview?

Snopes - October 16, 2017 - 9:18pm
A disreputable web site published an illogical and inaccurate conspiracy theory about a valet worker who reportedly had a brush with the Las Vegas gunman.
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