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Skeptical Briefs — Volume 22.1

Spring 2012

Conspiracy Theorist Claims NASA Picnic Photos Were Faked

by J. Goodbody
Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

Humor

Citing irregularities in photographs posted on the About Us page on the official NASA website, Northern Virginia resident Brian Williams is calling the space agency’s employee and family picnic, allegedly held this last summer, a complete hoax.

Montauk Monster and the Raccoon Body Farm

Montauk Monster and the Raccoon Body Farm

by Joe Nickell
Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

Investigative Files

In July 2008, the carcass of a creature soon dubbed the “Montauk Monster” allegedly washed ashore near Montauk, Long Island, New York. It sparked much speculation and controversy, with some suggesting it was a shell-less sea turtle, a dog or other canid, a sheep, or a rodent—or even a latex fake or possible mutation experiment from the nearby Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

Skinwalkers

by Noah Nez
Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

Native Skeptic

There is little documented information about the details of “witchcraft” among the Najavo—or Diné, as they call themselves. What is relatively well known is their term “Skinwalker,” or “yee naaldlooshii,” which means, “with it, he goes on all fours.” This is a reference to the special ability to transform into a four-legged animal.

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Skepticism Is a Lonely Job

by Keith Taylor
Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

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The Stolen Soundtrack of Faith Healing

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

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Interviewing Indre Viskontas

by Sharon Hill
Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

Interviews

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No End in Sight for Civilization

by David Morrison
Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

Ask an Astrobiologist

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Briefs Briefs

by Ben Radford
Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

Briefs Briefs