Blog Archives for October 2016

RIDDLEculous XII

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 26, 2016

More funny riddles from a skeptical view.

‘Harmless’ Homeopathy Horror?

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 20, 2016

Skeptics often dramatize the uselessness of homeopathic remedies by taking large doses to prove their point. That may be unwise in light of a recent FDA warning.

“Magnetic” Medicines

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 12, 2016

Various “magnetic” balms, oils, and other products were common in America, especially during the nineteenth century and before the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 (effective January 1907). I have already discussed Prof. Long’s Magnetic Comb, which allegedly stopped falling hair and cured headaches (Nickell 2016). There were numerous magnetic gadgets, but here we look at “magnetic” medicines.

Poem: Ark Encounter

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 04, 2016

It is, in a word, breathtaking—the replica of an imagined Noah’s Ark built by creationists in northern Kentucky. My wife Diana and I visited the site, called Ark Encounter, August 3, 2016. It prompted the accompanying photo (showing her) and poem (another in the style I call improvisational rhyming).