Global Quickies: Murderous Spiritualist, Helicopter Exorcism, and Psychic Speaks to Cecil

An ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed six people at the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem. The man had been released from prison three weeks ago, after serving a 12 year sentence for stabbing three people at the parade in 2005.

“A Chinese spiritualist who acts as a mentor to some of his nation’s top politicians and celebrities has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering a disgruntled client.”

“A Nepalese man has confessed to the murder of a young boy after saying a local holy man advised him that a human sacrifice would heal his ailing son.”

Dutee Chand, the sprinter banned from competing against women in 2014 because her natural levels of testosterone exceeded guidelines for female athletes, has won the right to compete. The Court of Arbitration for Sport gave the organization that banned her two years to provide more persuasive scientific evidence linking “enhanced testosterone levels and improved athletic performance.”

“A priest has performed an exorcism from a helicopter to banish evil from an Italian seaside town said to be beset with social and moral decay.

“Thousands of people in Mali’s capital, Bamako, are flocking to see what it believed to a religious sign on a wall that suddenly appeared last weekend. Many believe the white image on the outside wall of a toilet shows a man praying, interpreting it as a message from God.”

An animal psychic claims she has spoken to Cecil the lion following his killing at the hands of a US tourist in Zimbabwe.”

The Catholic Church is protesting a polio vaccination campaign on claims that it was laced with a hormone said to cause infertility in women.


Featured image: Stain on toilet wall in Mali.


Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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  1. Oh, two Indians were recently killed by racist cops, to add to it.



    (As an aside, this is another reason I hate conspiracy theorists. When you’re an Indian, it’s hard to get coverage in mainstream media, but you can guess it’ll show up all over Russia Today, Natural News, and this new one, Mint Press News, which is apparently run by Assad apologists.)

  2. I am stunned, STUNNED, I tell you, to discover that Cecil the lion is able to speak perfect English now that he’s dead! He never showed any signs of doing so when alive.

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