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Carrie Poppy

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Carrie Poppy is the cohost of the investigations podcast Oh No, Ross and Carrie. She regularly writes and speaks on social justice, science, spirituality, faith, and claims of the paranormal. She also performs, mostly in funny things. She only has one fully functioning elbow.

Kevin Trudeau’s $18,000 Weight Loss Plan: A Book Review

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April 18, 2014
Kevin Trudeau’s $18,000 Weight Loss Plan: A Book Review

It wasn’t selling snake oil that put Kevin in the slammer. In fact, it wasn’t even the “natural cures” books for which he became so famous. It was his relatively forgotten book, The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.

Not a Saint: How I Bought Con Man Kevin Trudeau’s Belongings

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March 18, 2014
Not a Saint: How I Bought Con Man Kevin Trudeau’s Belongings

Kevin Trudeau doesn’t have very good taste. I know because I just got back from his house in Ojai, California. Or rather, the house he once owned.

A Grain of Truth: Recreating Dr. Emoto’s Rice Experiment

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March 11, 2014
A Grain of Truth: Recreating Dr. Emoto’s Rice Experiment

Are you a human? Do you have access to the internet? Then you may already know about Dr. Masaru Emoto, the Japanese “scientist” who magically turns normal rice into gross rice, simply by yelling at it.

My First Trance

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March 3, 2014
My First Trance

I sat with the older members of a group of twenty-eight people. Twenty were standing. I was the only guest. This was my second meeting with them. They often get together to pray, lay hands on the sick, and communicate with spirits. The spirits don’t talk back, but that doesn’t stop them.

Will Psychics “Cure” Cancer?

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February 20, 2014
Will Psychics “Cure” Cancer?

The online psychic industry is a seemingly bottomless collection of clairvoyants, tarot card readers, psychic healers, and other people in purple outfits.

Be Happy if You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part Two)

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December 13, 2013
Be Happy if You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part Two)

The Raëlian Happiness Academy was the culmination of our five months undercover with the UFO-believing group. During those five months, we spent many hours in one Raëlian sister’s apartment, cross-legged and staring sublimely into one another’s eyes.

Be Happy If You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part One)

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November 8, 2013
Be Happy If You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part One)

Ross and I scurry into the Raëlian Happiness Academy four days late. The whole thing is supposed to last six days, but we will only be there two. They are the most important two—the final meditations and the baptism, which occurs on the last day.

Another Tower Fell: My Months with the 9/11 Truthers

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November 1, 2013
Another Tower Fell: My Months with the 9/11 Truthers

Here in Los Angeles, there are two prominent Truther groups seemingly in competition. We have been attending the biggest and most active one. About twenty-five people attend each meeting. Each one is four to five hours long and mostly consists of Abel showing us YouTube videos and steamrolling conversations.

Hodag: The Legendary, Ugly, Smelly Beast of Wisconsin

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September 30, 2013
Hodag: The Legendary, Ugly, Smelly Beast of Wisconsin

Three things can kill a hodag: dynamite, chloroform, and lemons. If you see one, you are advised to keep any all-white bulldogs away (that’s all a hodag eats) and call your local fire department or animal control. If you decide to try to kill a hodag yourself, the risk is all on you.

Blowfish Hangover Remedy: Scam or Savior?

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September 18, 2013
Blowfish Hangover Remedy: Scam or Savior?

We each downed two tablets, the recommended dosage. Ross, having had a lot more to drink (he’s part-Irish, you know) considered taking extra, but the recommended dosage seemed advisable. We flipped the box over to see how much of each active ingredient was going into our systems.

Can a Brain Scan Tell You if Your Husband Loves You?

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September 10, 2013
Can a Brain Scan Tell You if Your Husband Loves You?

How Being in Love Made My Skin Look Great

Is Marijuana Medical? Part Two: My First Time

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August 7, 2013
Is Marijuana Medical? Part Two: My First Time

When I get my first bag of marijuana home, I have no idea what to do with it. Unlike most medicine, cannabis doesn’t come in a “dosage” so much as in “servings.”

Is Marijuana Medical? Part One: How I Got a Cannabis Prescription from a Porn Star

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August 2, 2013
Is Marijuana Medical? Part One: How I Got a Cannabis Prescription from a Porn Star

He looks a lot like a doctor from a soap opera: chiseled jaw and yellow-blonde hair. You’d definitely think his name was Keith, which it isn’t. Dr. Keith is going to decide if I can get a prescription for medical marijuana under California’s Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Care Act.

Bath and a Nap: Sound Bathing at the Integratron

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June 6, 2013
Bath and a Nap: Sound Bathing at the Integratron

Packed with forty or fifty people into a small, domed room in the California desert—a room supposedly blueprinted by aliens—listening to a middle-aged nurse play quartz singing bowls, a person might think they were supposed to stay awake. Not so. At the Integratron, falling asleep is a given.

Up Your Nose with a Rubber Hose: My 30 Minutes at an Oxygen Bar

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May 21, 2013
Up Your Nose with a Rubber Hose: My 30 Minutes at an Oxygen Bar

They will deliver us pure oxygen—double the amount we usually get in the air! It helps cure hangovers. It ends fatigue. It helps with muscle pain and weakness. It curbs jet lag. It dissolves headaches. Some places make even loftier claims about oxygen bars, like that they can help halt cancer or aid chi flow.

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