Chocolate Diet Paper Won't Be Retracted, Because It Was Never Published

Yesterday, John Bohannon reported on his deeply (and intentionally) flawed study claiming chocolate accelerates weight loss. Today, we have a new twist: The editor of the journal that published his paper claims they never really published it in the first place, despite emails to Bohannon to the contrary. » 5/28/15 2:40pm Yesterday 2:40pm

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… » 5/27/15 1:23pm Wednesday 1:23pm

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

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Vani Hari, AKA the Food Babe, has amassed a loyal following in her Food Babe Army. The recent subject of profiles and interviews in the New York Times, the New York Post and New York Magazine, Hari implores her soldiers to petition food companies to change their formulas. She's also written a bestselling book telling… » 4/06/15 4:23pm 4/06/15 4:23pm

8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making things more difficult, their misconceptions about science are often driven by logical fallacies, or errors in deductive reasoning. Here are eight of the most common… » 1/14/15 10:25am 1/14/15 10:25am

Now the CIA Wants to Take Responsibility for All UFO Sightings

One of the most popular documents released by the CIA in 2014 was an account of U-2 testing from 1954-1974. In a creepily sarcastic comment, the CIA's Twitter rep wrote, "Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the '50s? It was us." You can imagine what the citizens of Twitter had to say about that. » 12/29/14 4:42pm 12/29/14 4:42pm

Definitive Proof That Nostradamus Predicted Star Wars

The prophecies of the French astrologer Nostradamus remain famous more than 400 years after his death. He has been credited with predicting events like the French Revolution and World War II. But, after careful scrutiny, we present evidence that his prophecies were, in fact, plot spoilers for the Star Wars films. » 10/30/14 9:00am 10/30/14 9:00am

10 Bizarre Theories About The Pyramids That DON'T Involve Aliens

The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids to inspire awe, but could they have known that they would also inspire idiocy? For millennia, individuals have gazed upon these edifices, seeing them not as they are, but as projections of their own beliefs. Here are ten of the strangest theories—no aliens required. » 10/22/14 10:11am 10/22/14 10:11am

Amuse Yourself with This Vintage Pseudoscience Personality Test

The internet is filled to the brim with personality tests like, "What kind of flavored potato chip are you?" In the old days, we had to get our pseudoscience personality tests the hard way, through literature and word-of-mouth. I finally tracked down one test that made the rounds at my school for years. » 7/28/14 7:00pm 7/28/14 7:00pm