Dangers of Rumors: Faked Walmart ‘Abduction’ Goes ViralJune 25, 2018
It was a scary if common social media warning, an example of what folklorists call “scarelore.” On June 9, 2018, Joshua Hatley, a Kansas man, posted a message on Facebook with information claiming a woman attempted to abduct his child at a local Walmart. The post, since deleted, read: “I’m posting this as a warning …
Solo: A Star Wars StoryMay 30, 2018
Despite a loud and clunky middle third, Solo is an enjoyable Grade-B popcorn muncher.
Why People Burn Themselves Alive: A Look at Immolation SuicidesMay 14, 2018
The recent self-immolation suicide of a prominent lawyer raises questions about the motives for such acts.
Prosecutors Win, Journalists Fail in Cosby RetrialMay 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 SkepticsApril 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 MysteryMarch 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 MermenMarch 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… FearFebruary 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.’