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Not a dinosaur!

December 19, 2017 - 2:37pm
A story put forward in November (and posted to our Facebook page) is recirculating again via dubious sensationalist media reports. Is this a dinosaur? Remains of T-rex-like ‘animal’ found in Uttarakhand’s Jaspur (Dated November 17, 2017.) It’s now appearing in India Times. Same story, same carcass. An electrician from Uttarakhand found a dinosaur-like creature’s corpse with…
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15 Credibility Street # 31: Put some feathers on those dinosaurs

December 17, 2017 - 8:22pm
First, we have an update on two previous stories then we have a bit of a theme going regarding new fossil finds and the distinction between dinosaurs and birds and report on thylacine DNA and the Pope’s personification of Satan ideas. Brett Talley nomination is withdrawn ABC on the white matter brain change in Cuban…
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15 Credibility Street #30: Bear with us, yeti again

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

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

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

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

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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15 Credibility Street #26: Stand me up at the gates of Hell

October 8, 2017 - 8:16pm
We delve right into a discussion about the latest mass shooting in the U.S. – what we know and what we don’t know and why. Many people have an ideological basis for their points of view. And, sadly, they hold invalid and illogical views perhaps until they are faced with the truth right in front…
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