Prosecutors Win, Journalists Fail in Cosby Retrial
May 4, 2018

In the wake of the guilty verdict for Bill Cosby on three counts of sexual assault last week, the news media predictably jumped on the story. One angle, however, was more opinion than fact.

Popobawa vs. the Skeptics
April 25, 2018

The Popobawa is known for attacking skeptics, and a new book about the topic takes much the same tack.

Logic Shusshed in ‘A Quiet Place’
April 18, 2018

The new Emily Blunt film ‘A Quiet Place’ would have made an interesting and compelling short film. 

‘Annihilation’: A Mixed Bag of Mystery
March 19, 2018

Annihilation is a refreshing and thought-provoking take on the alien contact genre and has some interesting ideas, but they are often mired in metaphors that never really gel. 

The Shape of Water: A Look Below the Surface at the World of Mermen
March 8, 2018

The celebrated film ‘The Shape of Water’ co-stars a rarely-seen monster of folklore: a merman. Here’s a look at merman lore from around the world.

50 Shades of… Fear
February 19, 2018

Much of the criticism of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” erotic franchise is based on the assumption of real-world damage caused by the books and films. Is it fact or fearmongering? A closer look at the breathless claims.  

Wild Bill Hickok Speaks from the Grave to the Stars of ‘Ghost Lab.’ Or Not.
February 5, 2018

I take a close look at the evidence for supposed “ghost voices” recorded by ghost hunters, including one of “Wild Bill” Hickok found on the TV show ‘Ghost Lab.’

Why Trump Is Always Right
January 18, 2018

It’s not a popular thing to admit, but let’s face it: Trump is always right. Here’s why. 

The Arrest and Conviction of ‘Blue Whale Game’ Svengali Filipp Budeykin
January 10, 2018

Russian news stories claim that a man named Filipp Budeykin was convicted of involvement in the ‘Blue Whale Game.’ But that doesn’t mean it’s real.

Dieting Myths: New Year’s Resolution Edition
January 5, 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?