Dieting Myths: New Year’s Resolution Edition

January 05, 2018

Losing weight is a perpetual top New Year's resolution. But what about the rest of the year, and how many people are really trying to lose weight? 

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‘Why Are You Asking?’ Reporting the Black Santa Story

December 18, 2017

A viral news story in 2016 about racial outrage against a black mall Santa Claus turned out, fortunately, to be false. So why was researching the truth seen as problematic? 

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The True, Heartwarming Story of the Mall of America’s Black Santa

December 01, 2017

One year ago today an ugly and widely-reported episode of racial hatred tainted the beginning of the 2016 holiday season. Fortunately it didn't happen.

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Gunmen or Maintenance Worker? Applause or Gunshot?  How Expectation Influences Perception

November 20, 2017

Countless real-life examples of false reports remind us that sincere, otherwise credible eyewitnesses can be influenced by many factors, including what they expect (or fear) to see.

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The ‘Science Can’t Explain!’ Fallacy

October 19, 2017

When reading claims of baffled scientists and skeptics, remember: "Can't" isn't the same as "didn't try."

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Burying the C.B.S.

October 04, 2017

An innocuous press release for a new book on Darwin raises some red flags.

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The West Palm Beach Killer Clown Case: A Closer Look

September 28, 2017

The mysterious 1990 killing of a Florida woman by someone dressed as a clown may finally be solved.

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How a Puerto Rican Hurricane Spawned El Chupacabra

September 21, 2017

Hurricanes are well known in the Puerto Rico, but lesser known is how a storm twenty-eight years ago, Hurricane Hugo, helped spawn the world's most famous cryptozoological vampire: the chupacabra.

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Behind the Scary Clown Juggalo March on Washington

September 19, 2017

Washington D.C. has more clowns in it than usual over the weekend: Juggalos protesting their FBI designation as a criminal gang. Here's the story. 

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From TV miniseries to the Silver Screen: Pennywise Returns

September 05, 2017

Pennywise the evil clown returns later this week in the new version of Stephen King's It. Here's a look back at the film and character.

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