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Massimo Polidoro

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Massimo Polidoro is an investigator of the paranormal, author, lecturer, and co-founder and head of CICAP, the Italian skeptics group. His website is at www.massimopolidoro.com.

The Lure of Mysterious Paintings, Part 2

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

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The Lure of Mysterious Paintings, Part 2

In continuing our discussion on “mystery” paintings from the past: a special place is held by paintings that are said to hold hidden meanings—especially when they do.

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The Lure of Mysterious Paintings

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

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Curse of the Evil Eye

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

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Curse of the Evil Eye

The evil eye is a lucrative business for many psychics and charlatans. However, the risks run by those who decide to rely on these frauds are often much worse than just a bloodletting to their pocketbooks.

The Mysteries of Leonardo

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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The Mysteries of Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci not only epitomizes genius and creativity, but he is also one of the most sought-after sources of mysteries, both real and invented.

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The Mystery of the Sicilian Avengers

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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The Thought Reader Craze

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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Hitler’s South Pole Hideaway

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Hitler’s South Pole Hideaway

“Searching for Hitler’s DNA in Antarctica.” This is the bizarre headline that made the news a few months ago, launched by Russian news agency Ria Novosti and picked up by the world media after scientists were able to successfully drill into Antarctica’s Lake Vostok.

Curse That Painting!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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Curse That Painting!

Paranormal legends about paintings have always existed. Some think that a picture falling off the wall represents a bad omen for the person depicted or photographed in it. Others feel watched by some portraits whose eyes seem to follow onlookers as they move through a room. And still others claim that paintings can come alive...

Alien Mug Shots: The Ten Best (or Worst) Photos of Aliens

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Alien Mug Shots: The Ten Best (or Worst) Photos of Aliens

Once you take out those plainly fake and the more suspicious looking ones all you are left with are about ten photos. These are, essentially, “mug shots” of wanted extraterrestrials. Here is my personal list of the best (or worst) photos of aliens.

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Stairway to Heaven: A Firsthand Account of a UFO Sighting

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Ten Myths about the Titanic

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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The Day Houdini (Almost) Came Back from the Dead

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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The Day Houdini (Almost) Came Back from the Dead

After magician and skeptic Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1926, scores of mediums claimed they had received a genuine message from the “soul” of the once-great skeptic and medium-basher.

The Case of a Weeping Orthodox Icon

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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The Case of a Weeping Orthodox Icon

Last May, newspapers in Italy and abroad reported that the iconic image of a Madonna had wept tears in the Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas in Milano. It was the second time that this phenomenon had reportedly happened there.

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The Lost Girl: Investigating a Case of “Psychic Detection”

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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The Myth of Chastity Belts

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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Photos of Ghosts: The Burden of Believing the Unbelievable

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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Photos of Ghosts: The Burden of Believing the Unbelievable

Seeing photos of ghostly faces and figures floating around in the air must have been quite a shock to our ancestors.

I Was a Teenage Psychic

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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I Was a Teenage Psychic

As a guest on a popular Italian TV show, L’Istruttoria (The Inquest), I had a chance to test a theory I was rather curious about.

Magic or Miracle?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

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Magic or Miracle?

A Lesson Worth Remembering

How to Make a Monster!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.6, November/December 2010

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The Legend of Creating Artificial Life: From the Golem to Pinocchio

Testing for X-Ray Vision

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

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Some time ago, we received a letter from a woman, R.G., who claimed she can peer inside sealed boxes with some sort of X-ray vision and describe...

How to Test a Miracle

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.3, May / June 2010

Luigi Garlaschelli and I were asked if we would be interested in testing a twenty-two-year-old mystic woman who talked with the Virgin Mary

The Mystery of the Moving Tombstone

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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Dutch police experts gather around a TV screen. They are watching footage from a hidden camera that was positioned to monitor a supposed case of vandalism at...

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The Shroud of Turin Duplicated

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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The Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CICAP) celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a special three-day conference...

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Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 4

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

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How is it possible that well-trained and respected scientists and investigators could be deceived by a clever...

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Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 3

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

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There suddenly came a wild, yelling scream. It was such a scream as I have never heard before in my life, not even in...

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Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 2

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

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Eleven extraordinary séances with medium Eusapia Palladino were held in the now-defunct Hotel Victoria in Naples.

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Eusapie Palladino, the Queen of the Cabinet, Part 1

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

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...it was essential that the investigators were knowledgeable of the methods of trickery. But were they really?

Search for the Ark

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

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Along with the Holy Grail, the Ark is the most sought after and elusive of relics.

The Curious Case of Street Lamp Interference

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

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The Curious Case of Street Lamp Interference

What would you think if street lamps kept turning off when you passed them by?

Hunting for Spooklights

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

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Hunting for Spooklights

The hot, still night was illuminated by a full moon. The two shadowy figures moving along the empty road wondered if this...

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