It’s April 1. No joke…
- Mercury revealed, as the Messenger probe settles into orbit around the closest planet to the Sun.
- ‘Alien Earths’ less common than expected, study finds. Apparently two billion per galaxy is “relatively scarce”.
- Secret space plane can’t hide from amateur sleuths. But maybe it’s the distraction…?
- New Zealand Defence Force wants UFOs off its radar.
- The Bad Astronomer takes on astronomy gone bad: what’s the real chance an asteroid will wipe out life on Earth?
- Ten mysterious underground cities. Surely they could have shoehorned Damanhur in there?
- Dr Rick Strassman talks to Skeptiko about psychedelic drugs and the mysteries of consciousness.
- Millions of mummy puppies revealed at Egyptian catacombs.
- Download a free copy of Before the Pyramids: The Origins of Egyptian Civilization from the Oriental Institute website. As for the chapter on interpretations of the Narmer Palette, still nobody interested in my take?
- What is Myth, and how did we kill it?
- Roger Ebert finds meaning in the meaningless, in “A Quintessence of Dust“.
- Richard Wiseman’s Paranormality would “fail any Advertising Standard Authority check if someone reported the claims on the cover as an actual advert”.
- Is bottled water really that bad? Yes.
- Here’s your chance: for just $75,000, you too can take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from Tool’s Lamborghini. Oh, and you get Josh Freese’s new record too (500 copies actually).
- Ten crazy sci-fi themed April Fool’s Day pranks.
- The fraudulent invention debunkifier.
- It’s getting tough out there when the April Fool’s pranks seem to be intelligent commentary: “Why Skepticism is Now Just Another Cult.”
- Image of the Day: real-life Angry Bird.
Quote of the Day:
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.