Orac Note: While Orac is on vacation, he's reprinting some of his "classics" (if you can call them that). He's also trying (but not always succeeding) to pick posts that have never been "rerun" before. (Orac has his favorites, and every few years when he's on vacation he can't resist rerunning them.) In any case, I used to run a feature called "Your Friday Dose of Woo." Basically, it was designed to feature the most spectacularly ridiculous pseudoscience and quackery I could find. It ran for two or three years, pretty much every Friday, until I got tired of being boxed in having to find something like this on Friday and not necessarily allowing myself to write about whatever I felt like. This particular "gem" (if you can call it that) was originally published over ten years ago. Hilariously, the main link is excluded from Archive.org, but I think I quoted enough in 2007 for you to get the idea. Also, someone's still selling Tesla Purple Energy products. Pity poor Nikola Tesla. A sure … [Read more...] about Quackery so powerful that a famous physicist rolls over in his grave
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by the sweet spot A high school student struggles to come out as her authentic self — even to like-minded peers. Where does she go from here? ByCheryl Strayed and Steve Almond Oct. 23, 2018 Dear Sugars , I’m a female high school student living in a conservative town in North Carolina with my parents and no siblings. I identify as a closeted gay woman. I’m also non-Christian, pro-choice and an advocate for equality. I have like-minded friends, but they don’t know I’m gay. My family members are homophobic. My parents are devoted Christians who read the Bible every morning. The reason I don’t come out to them is because I don’t feel safe mentally and emotionally. I have little trust in them, and I do my best to generate zero conflict in our house, to just nod my … [Read more...] about I’m a Closeted Teenager in a Conservative Town. Get Me Out of Here!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve already mapped out how you’ll spend – or stash away – the $970 million (at least) that you’ll never win in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing. (I say you’ll never win it, because I intend to.) It’s most assuredly a fun exercise in escapism, considering your chances of picking all five numbers (from 1 to 70) and the Mega number (1 to 25) is 1 in 302,575,350. Still, Friday’s drawing will be the largest in the game’s history with the pre-tax cash payout being roughly $548 million. (The annuity option spreads it out over 30 payments, each five percent higher than the last, which “helps protect winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power in periods of inflation.”) But most people take the cash.What follows are details about the drawings themselves, what's happened to past winners and numbers you might want to try (if you're willing to split the pot with other invested folks). … [Read more...] about Here’s just about everything you need to know about Friday’s epic Mega Millions drawing
Produced by Lourdes Aguiar and Cindy Cesare [This story originally aired on April 20, 2016] Every morning for the last 37 years, Jim Alt wakes up terrified -- thinking that it's 1978, and that he's just been brutally attacked on Torrey Pines State Beach. "When I become aware that I'm awake, I do not open my eyes. I put my hands on the bed, and I feel for that sheet or I feel for sand of a beach," said Alt. "You still do that?" "48 Hours" correspondent Richard Schlesinger asked. "Yes, sir," Alt replied. "Before my eyes are open I want to know where I'm at." It wasn't always this way. The beach used to be Alt's second home -- a safe place, a fun place. "You were a big surfer," Schlesinger noted. "Absolutely," Alt said. "There's not a feeling on earth like surfing. It's just -- there's a big rush inside your body." Rick Selga has felt that rush. He was one of Alt's good friends back then. "Who was the better surfer between the two of you?" Schlesinger asked Selga. "Uh, probably he … [Read more...] about Were the murders of California teens the work of a serial killer?
WATCH any amount of telly and you cannot help but notice silent approval of the NHS is no longer enough. Presenters must tilt their head and go all gooey whenever they mention this “National treasure”. Quiz show contestants are given a special ovation just for revealing: “I work in the NHS.” There are awards shows in its honour now on both BBC1 and ITV, whose version was attended, last week, by a glittering array of tax exiles giving eulogies that would make Kim Jong-un blush. Some of it is undoubtedly sincere. Some is also done to shut down anything other than the argument that says “It needs more money”, while other bits are there just because TV executives have noticed it’s the NHS’s 70th birthday and think they’d better do something to look caring. Like, for instance, ITV’s A&E Live, “from the frontline”, at Leeds General Infirmary. A self-defeating three-day experiment which, on the one hand gleefully … [Read more...] about Hysterical presenter Davina McCall needs sedating on ITV’s A&E Live