Metabunk

Apr
23
by Mick West at 11:02 AM
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A recent article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine is being widely reported, with varying degrees of accuracy. One piece of data in the article in particular seems to suggest that if you consume an extra 150 calories of sugar daily (e.g. one extra can of soda) then you get an 11-fold increase in your risk of type two diabetes:

However this is not correct, the article gives the source of this claim:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3584048/
Which says:
Apr
20
by TEEJ at 3:03 AM
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Stumbled upon this one. Rather silly as they are claiming that lack of smoke means that it was staged! Obviously they have never heard of the different rounds and variations of powder.



[Update by @Mick West ] This is debunked on examination of the original video. While the smoke is not visible on low resolution YouTube copies, it's certainly there on the original
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Apr
19
by Mick West at 10:29 AM
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WikiLeak repeated a tweet claiming that a document from the Sony leak shows Google is sharing raw traffic stats with the MPAA on a monthly basis.

The original tweet, number 589833217361977345, was deleted, screenshot below.
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The linked report:
https://wikileaks.org/sony/docs/05/docs/Anti-Piracy/Google Traffic Report Full 4-18-2011.pdf

This is an MPAA document, titled: "Referral Traffic Report | Google". On first glance you might think the report comes from Google, due to the Google logo on the front page.
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However the report is not by Google it is about Google. There is nothing at all in the report that states data was given to the MPAA by Google (other than the normal use of searching Google), and there is no data in the...
Mar
11
by neoteric at 3:00 AM
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When i first saw the article earlier today...I fell for it rather quickly,that is until i did some investigasting..

http://www.express.co.uk/news/natur...b-blast-conspiracy-theory-as-optical-illusion
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Feb
25
by Mick West at 7:44 AM
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This photo is doing the rounds as a "ghost" photo, largely because it was taken in Hampton Court, a historic English house with a reputation for hauntings.
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However it's just the result of taking a panoramic photo in low light on the iPhone. Panoramic photos are done by holding the camera up, and panning from left to right. The camera takes lots of photos and then stitches them together into a single image.

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But because it takes a while to take all the images, if something moves while you are taking the panorama, then it will get distorted. This can happen in any situation, but it's worse in low light, as it takes the camera longer to take all the photos, so you end up with fewer photos to stitch together, increasing the likelihood of errors.

Here's a photo of me walking past some paintings:...
Feb
16
by Mick West at 3:31 PM
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Which of these two planes is higher? And where are they exactly, relative to each other?

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Now your first impression might be that it's fairly obviously plane B, on the right. It's visibly smaller than the left plane, so must be farther away, and its contrail is obscured by plane A the left plane's contrail, so that means the left plane is closer, right?

Wrong. The right plane is actually the one that is closer. It's actually less than half the distance away, and 4,000 feet lower.
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The key here is that the aircraft are very different in size. The plane on the left , United Flight 6, is a 777-224(ER) length 209 feet, whereas the plane on the right, Alaska 682, is a 737-990, length 138 feet, or just 66% the length of the 777.

There's a variety of illusions here. For one, even though the plane on the right looks smaller, it's actually visually longer in...
Feb
12
by Mick West at 12:03 PM
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People who believe in the "chemtrail" frequently have several misconceptions about contrails (the trails of clouds sometimes left behind airplanes). The most common misconception is that contrails always quickly dissipate, and can't persist and spread. But there are several other misconceptions - like how contrails with gaps should be impossible, or that other phenomena like colored contrails, or contrails happening ahead of weather changes, or circular contrails, are suspicious.

The best tool I've found for explaining contrails to people has been old books on clouds. I've got a large collection of these myself, but if I were to pick one for someone to show to a friend or relative, then I'd pick the 1981 book...
Jan
25
by Hevach at 11:38 AM
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Various bastions of great reporting are saying that pictures show a person repairing the Curiosity rover.
http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/23/life-on-mars-spaceman-spotted-repairing-mars-curiosity-rover-5033759/
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Metro doesn't give a source, but some searching traces it back this page:
http://www.ufo-blogger.com/2012/09/who-is-cleaning-nasa-mars-rover.html

[Admin: Links on that page attempt to install Malware, here's the actual NASA pics:]
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=#/?slide=50

No evidence except a series of shadow pictures like the one above, leading to this conclusion:
Jan
23
by Mick West at 12:09 PM
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Some people have suggested that the following video of the two Japanese hostages held by ISIS is fake.

Original video: https://ia902602.us.archive.org/13/items/msg_p/ms.mp4

The main evidence cited for this is shadows, where we can see the shadows on the faces of the hostages look like they are being lit from different sides (note where the shadow falls on the neck and shoulders). The shadows behind the hostages are also claimed to be wrong, with the shadows converging.
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However, a brief experiment in replicating the video shows this is actually exactly what happens. The video is simply shot with a wide angle lens. The two hostages are angled slightly in to directly face the camera, which accounts for the face shadows, and shadows behind simply converge because of perspective.

Here's a video of me replicating the positions of the three men. Notice the direction of the...
Jan
21
by Josh Heuer at 3:31 PM
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Update by @Mick West: The video shows the moon rising over the horizon. It initially looks a bit of an odd shape due to atmospheric distortion. But there are many similar videos showing the same thing, like this one. The following comparison simply crops the region of the frame where the moon is rising for both the known moonrise video, and the "grey object" video. Nothing else was altered. The grey object is the same size, same speed, same color as the moon, and it comes from behind the Earth. The only thing that differs is the lightning, with the brighter Earth making the moon look darker, and the phase of the moon altering the shape.
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So it's just the moon.

Original post follows:


At least a couple of sites (huffington post and...