Blog Archives for April 2014

The Pseudoscience of Baby Gender Prediction

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
April 29, 2014

It's springtime and thoughts turn to romance and babies... And along with those thoughts are various superstitions about predicting the gender of those babies.

Haunted Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: ‘Oculus’  Film Review

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
April 14, 2014

There is a long history of folklore and legends about magical mirrors, ranging from the Bloody Mary urban legends to the sycophantic mirror in Snow White to the centuries-old practice of covering mirrors in the room of a dying person lest either Death or the Devil be seen in them. The new horror film Oculus tells the story of a cursed mirror.