Aug 182011
 

Welcome to the Ultimate Chupacabra Quiz! Test your knowledge of one of the world’s top cryptozoology stars with this quiz for fun and prizes. Yes, from now until January 1, 2012, you have a chance to win chupagoodies with your knowledge of this vampire beast.

The Grand prize is a signed copy of my highly-regarded book Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore (for those who answer all 20 questions correctly). First Prize is a Limited Edition signed and numbered 4 X 6 photo of the Cuero chupacabra (for those who answer 15 or more of the questions correctly). To enter, e-mail a screen capture of your final score to this address, along with your mailing address. Contest is open to the first 100 winners in either category.

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Oct 312014
 

If you believe in ghosts, you’re not alone. Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. In fact, ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomena: Millions of people are interested in ghosts, and a 2005 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses — and nearly half believe in ghosts. You can read the story HERE. 

Oct 302014
 

With Halloween rapidly approaching, reports of paranormal sightings will start toescalate as people get into the spirit of the spooky holiday. While most are obvioushoaxes, there are a few reported by people who genuinely believe they haveencountered a ghost or spirit. It is these perceptions that professional skeptic Benjamin Radford spends his time investigating and resolving, with logical explanations – so far, he has not failed!

You can read the whole story HERE. 

Oct 272014
 

The Oujia board, also known as a witch board or spirit board, is simple and elegant. The board itself is printed with letters and numbers, while a roughly heart-shaped device called a planchette slides over the board. The game was created in the 1890s and sold to Hasbro in 1966. It began as a parlor game with no association with ghosts until much later, and today many people believe it can contact spirits… You can read my article HERE.

Oct 202014
 

In my many years of writing articles and occasionally fact-checking news media reports (see, for example, much of my book Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us), I’m continually baffled by the defensive stance that people often take when you fact-check their statistics. People often assume that if you’re checking their facts that you must be against them or what they’re trying to do. HERE is a follow-up about the film Miss Representation…