Tagged: Hoaxes

Energy Mirages and the False Hope of “Water Powered Cars” - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Aug 06, 2012

This morning while perusing my news feeds I saw this article lamenting the state of scientific ignorance and bald political grandstanding in Pakistan. The specific item that prompted this lambasting of an entire country is the claim by one individual to be able the fuel cars using water – and the near unanimous support of [&hellip … Read More

Guess what Percentage of the World Thinks it Will End In Their lifetime? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan May 07, 2012

The optimist in me (no sniggers please it’s not polite) would liked to have thought that this percentage is quite low. You know, in the barely worth mentioning category. Alas, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos the world average is about 14%. One in seven. Think about that for a second. One seventh of [&hellip … Read More

Holy Hyperbole Batman!! - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan May 25, 2011

Apparently the Armageddon predicted by Harold Camping is not the only one we have to contend with. Watch out, it’s The Next Armageddon! Did you know that the WHO is not the health promoting organization we think it is but really the most nefarious institution in human history?[1] According to one conspiracy nut[2] the WHO [...] … Read More

It’s the End of the World as we Know it and I Feel Fine - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan May 17, 2011

By now you will have probably heard that this Saturday (21-May-2011 for future historians) is the beginning of the end, the Rapture. Don’t panic*, please conduct yourselves in an orderly manner at the appointed time. I recommend congregating in open spaces with no overhead power lines or air traffic. Safety first[1]. Ok that’s enough fun. [...] … Read More

Fraudulent Bomb Detectors - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 04, 2011

Those with a good memory for quirky media stories about things that have no direct bearing on their own lives might recall this article or this one from last year. These stories covered the use of proven fraudulent explosive detectors at Iraqi checkpoints by police and security personnel. Ben Goldacre also covered the story a [...] … Read More

Facilitated Communication Case Fails to Deliver - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Feb 16, 2010

The indefatigable Dr. Novella has been keeping track of the Facilitated Communication case of Rom Houben and via his blog I have learned that further investigation into the case has failed to deliver the goods. As a refresher, late in November last year the news broke of a man who had been misdiagnosed as being [...] … Read More