The Best "Psychic" Scam of All Time

Why do we believe people can predict the future? Usually because we remember the hits and forget the misses. Or in some cases, the misses are hidden from us. Like in my favorite "psychic" scam ever, which also happens to be the plot of a classic 1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, "Mail Order Prophet." » 11/07/13 1:33pm 11/07/13 1:33pm

Tech Magazines Used to Expose Psychics, Astrologers, and Other Frauds

If you were a psychic, astrologer, spiritualist or any other kind of charlatan in the 1920s, you had no greater enemy than the science and technology magazines of the era. Many publishers of the 1920s saw calling out bullshit peddlers as a natural part of their broader mission. And they did so in glorious fashion — by… » 10/10/13 3:40pm 10/10/13 3:40pm

This Lady Just Predicted the Future—Or at Least the Weather—with…

Jemima Packington was born with the gift of foresight. Unfortunately, that future-vision is only legible by reading the positions of thrown asparagus. That's right—she's an asparamancer and she just foretold the births of two royal British heirs and Britain's imminent trouncing of the rest of the world in the 2012… » 2/04/12 2:00am 2/04/12 2:00am