Big-If True: Adventures in Oddity by Radford, Benjamin

Big-If True: Adventures in Oddity

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This collection of Skeptical Inquirer magazine columns by investigator and folklorist Benjamin Radford guides readers on a science-based (yet open-minded) examination of 70 fascinating and mysterious topics. Drawing on two decades of first-hand research, Big-If True separates fact from fiction using forensics, science, psychology, folklore, and more. Big-If True examines these and dozens more mysteries including Bigfoot, reincarnation, chupacabras, Icelandic elves, conspiracy theories, UFOs, miracles, the terrifying Goat-Man, crop circles, subliminal advertising, sea serpents, wandering trees, medical mysteries, and hypnotist thieves-plus a 1990 Elvis sighting. For mystery lovers and armchair investigators alike, this book offers a look behind the scenes at investigating oddities and curiosities, both ancient and modern.

Chapter One LEGENDS 5

A Skeptic's Guide to Ethical and Effective Curse Removal - Egging the

Equator - Detour: Elves Ahead - Mysteries of the Coral Castle - Is Elvis

Presley in Home Alone? - Searching to Noah Vale - The Bell Witch Mystery

- The Myth of the Walking Tree - Bailing in the Mummies - Might Fright

Cause White? - (and more)

Chapter Two MONSTERS 51

Cryptozoology and Global Warming - The Mystery of the Texas

Chupacabra - Texas Goat-Men and the Chupacabra - A Wakey Water

'Monster' - Globsters Ahoy - Investigating Mothman's Red Eyeshine

Chapter Three GHOSTS 83

Do Einstein's Laws Endorse Ghosts? - 'M' is for Mysterious Marks -

Have I Ever Seen a Ghost? - Soul Scales - The Cockington Church Ghost

Photo - Can Electromagnetic Fields Create Ghosts? - Infrared Cameras

and Ghost Hunting - A Closer Look at Orbs - The Sweet Spirit Sounds

of Rosemary Brown - (and more)


A Time to Die? - Crop Circle Origins - The GIGO Problem: Crop Circle

Research Edition - Channeling Ancient African Wisdom-Or Not - Mystery

of the Paulding Light - Dowsing: Dubious and Discredited - Fatima

Miracle Claims All Wet - Uri Geller Revisited - Did Psychic Visions

Locate Missing California Boy? - Beware Mesmer Thieves - Secrets of

Spectacularly Skewered Skin

Chapter Five UFOs 165

The Phantom Menace of UFO Revelation - The Mysterious Phoenix

Lights - The Mysterious, Invisible 'Rods'


Bodytalk: Boon or Bogus? - Exercising the Brain Gym - Kinoki Foot Pads

- Diving HeadOn Into Pseudoscience - Subliminal Advertising, Trumpian

and Otherwise - Freaky Feldenkrais - Measuring Near-Death Experience

- A 100C Grain of Truth to Homeopathy? - Battle Over the BMI - The

Mysterious Morgellons Malady - Childbirth-Natural or 'Unnatural'? -

Vegetable Oil or Snake Oil?: The Pseudoscience of "Oil Pulling" - The

Pseudoscience of Personalysis - Left Brain or Right Brain? - (and more)

Chapter Seven CONSPIRACIES 229

Sandy Hook School Shooting: The Adam Lanza Death Certificate Conspiracy

- Curious Contrails: Death From the Sky? - The Truth About the 9/11

Truthers - Is America a Sheeple Factory?

Chapter Eight SKEPTICISM 243

Legitimizing Woo - Just Asking Questions - Caught Between the Possible

and the Paranormal - Dealing With Believers in Skeptical Investigation -

Anomaly Hunting - Mystery Solved-According to Whom? - Paranormal


Author: Benjamin Radford
Publisher: Rhombus Publishing Company
Published: 10/01/2020
Pages: 280
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.83lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.59d
ISBN: 9780936455174
Audience: Young Adult

About the Author
Radford, Benjamin: - Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written thousands of articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, and media literacy. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico and has a masters degree in education from the University of Buffalo. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the American Folklore Society, the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, among other organizations. Radford is one of the world's few science-based paranormal investigators, and has done first-hand research into mysterious phenomena in sixteen countries on four continents including psychics, ghosts and haunted houses; exorcisms, miracles, Bigfoot, stigmata, lake monsters, UFO sightings, reincarnation, and crop circles, and many other topics. He is perhaps best known for solving the mysteries of the Santa Fe Courthouse Ghost in 2007, the Hispanic vampire el chupacabra in 2010, and his book Bad Clowns, the first to fully examine the evil clown phenomenon. Radford has appeared on Good Morning America, the Travel Channel (including Destination Unknown) the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Learning Channel, CBC, BBC, CNN, and other networks with three letters. He also served as a consultant for the MTV series The Big Urban Myth Show and an episode of the CBS crime drama CSI. Radford has appeared in hundreds of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Outside, Rolling Stone, and Ladies' Home Journal. Learn more about Radford at

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