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The Lake George Monster Hoax

The Lake George Monster Hoax

by Joe Nickell
Volume 14.4, December 2004

Investigative Files

Called "one of the grandest hoaxes of all times", the Lake George Monster has occasionally resurfaced since its debut in 1904.

Zheng He in the Americas and Other Unlikely Tales of Exploration and Discovery

Zheng He in the Americas and Other Unlikely Tales of Exploration and Discovery

by Mark Newbrook
Volume 14.3, September 2004

...Menzies proposes that both shores of the Pacific were extensively traveled and surveyed by the Chinese in late medieval times

Abraham Lincoln: An Instance of Alleged ‘Spirit Writing’

Abraham Lincoln: An Instance of Alleged ‘Spirit Writing’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 14.3, September 2004

Investigative Files

Modern spiritualism began in 1848 at Hydesville, New York, when two schoolgirls pretended to communicate with a ghost who...

Ritual Killing and Pseudoscience in Nigeria

by Leo Igwe
Volume 14.2, June 2004

The murder in London of a Nigerian boy may have brought focus to one of the most dreadful practices in Nigeria - ritual killing.

Mysterious Beings or Mere Accidents?

Mysterious Beings or Mere Accidents?

by Dawn M. Peterson
Volume 14.2, June 2004

It isn't unusual to get strange shapes and lights in photos even when they were not present at the time the pictures were taken.

The Evolution of Creationism

The Evolution of Creationism

by Victor Stenger
Volume 14.2, June 2004

Reality Check

The species of religious thought called creationism continues to evolve by a process of natural selection.

The Disappearing Writing Guru, Sweetwater, and Chicken McNugget: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This

by Barry L. Beyerstein
Volume 14.1, March 2004

As every conscientious skeptic knows, we are obliged to let all but the most patently absurd claimants have their day in court.

Can Prayer Change the Past?

Can Prayer Change the Past?

by Victor Stenger
Volume 14.1, March 2004

Reality Check

The notion that human consciousness can supervene the material principles of physics is often found in the literature on...

Scenes from a Bigfoot Conference

Scenes from a Bigfoot Conference

by Rob Boston
Volume 13.4, December 2003

Many people associate Bigfoot, the mysterious eight-foot-tall man/ape creature of longstanding lore, with the Pacific Northwest.

Riddle of the Glowing Statues

Riddle of the Glowing Statues

by Joe Nickell
Volume 13.4, December 2003

Investigative Files

Two women noticed it first. The eyes of the Virgin Mary statue on the church's bell tower had begun to glow.

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