Lots of news to get to in the first hour today as there was plenty to talk about. In the paranormal category: claims of hauntings are often based on the idea that deaths took place on a property. But a Pennsylvania court has ruled disclosing that information is not necessary, ghosts or not. In the whackjob file, we find Rush Limbaugh comparing gay marriage to pedophila “normalization,” Suzanne Somers claiming that diet and household cleaners could be responsible for Newtown massacre, and a new breed of “Truthers” saying the massacre was all an Obama conspiracy to take away guns. And speaking of guns, proud “gun nut” Keith Ratliff‘s weapons or war apparently couldn’t save him when he was tragically shot to death recently. Finally, Lance Armstrong apparently will publicly admit to blood doping throughout his cycling career.
In our second hour, we were pleased to welcome back one of our favorites, Benjamin Radford, for a discussion about lake monsters. We talked about some of the most well known, like Champ from Lake Champlain and Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, and why the evidence for their existence is weak and unconvincing. We also got into how these stories start and the folkloric aspects attached to them. Also, the topic of eyewitness testimony is an important one, and Ben explains why it can’t be depended on to prove the existence of monsters. Fun and informative conversation with an always entertaining dude!