benjamin radford


V.25 No.12 | 03/24/2016

Literature

Bad Clowns Investigated at Page One

Benjamin Radford, writer and skeptical investigator, will be at Page One Books at 4pm on Saturday, April 23, to talk about and sign his non-fiction effort, Bad Clowns.

The book is described as such: "Bad clowns—those malicious misfits of the midway who terrorize, haunt, and threaten us—have long been a cultural icon. This book describes the history of bad clowns, why clowns go bad and why many people fear them. Going beyond familiar clowns such as the Joker, Krusty, John Wayne Gacy and Stephen King's Pennywise, it also features bizarre, lesser-known stories of weird clown antics including Bozo obscenity, Ronald McDonald haters, killer clowns, phantom-clown abductors, evil-clown panics, sex clowns, carnival clowns, troll clowns and much more. Bad Clowns blends humor, investigation and scholarship to reveal what is behind the clown's dark smile."

Radford is a writer, investigator and columnist for Discovery News. He is the author of eight books, most recently Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment and Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore, both published by the University of New Mexico Press. Radford lives in Corrales.

V.24 No.8 | 02/19/2015

news

The Daily Word in Men's Rights, cryptozoology, PARCC and Tom Joles

The Daily Word

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, February 25,

and KOB anchorman Tom Joles is having a time-out after a rumored physical altercation with one of his fellow reporters,

it turns out that even beatniks can be beautiful,

a GQ reporter visited a “Men’s Rights” conference and found out that those guys are kind of a bunch of assholes,

2 million cars in the US are outfitted with remote-shut-off technology that can, and has been, hacked,

aiming laser pointers at police helicopters remains a great way to get arrested, even if you say you're sorry,

students and parents continue to protest an upcoming standardized test,

and a local researcher says the uptick in chupacabra sightings is due in part to global warming.

Have a great day!

V.23 No.14 |

news

The Daily Word in spraypainting APD substations, weird recreational drugs and RIP Peaches Geldof

The Daily Word

City Council chambers overflowed with largely critical citizens at the APD meeting last night.

Three APD substations were vandalized last night.

The DOJ will announce its findings about APD and patterns of excessive/lethal force tomorrow at 10:00 am.

There is a new Rail Runner stop.

Bob Geldof's hard-partying daughter, Peaches Geldof, died suddenly and inexplicably.

Do you know about "boyfriend twins"?

.... How about "nipple shields for men"?

What do you know about the old TV show ALF?

Malaysian Flight 370 is in really deep water.

Time for a Chupacabra roundup.

40 percent of Americans couldn't raise 2,000 dollars if their lives depended on it.

There is an ABBA choir.

Since the Snowden leaks, the NSA has seen a huge increase in Freedom of Information Act requests.

Dopers in South Africa are smoking a combo of weed, rat poison, opium and an anti-retroviral drug (AKA HIV meds).

Oh, God. No. Don't read this.

V.22 No.42 |

news

The Daily Word in moon lasers, larcenous ghosts and topless Facebook videos

The Daily Word

New Mexico Supreme Court to decide on gay marriage once and for all today. So finally we can all stop arguing about it.

No more topless videos on Facebook. So leave your shirts and your heads on for now.

Definitive proof of the afterlife caught on camera as a ghost robs a convenience store! What do you say to THAT Benjamin Radford?

Those guys in Roswell who want to kill horses for food are in court, arguing for their right to kill horses for food.

An Australian billionaire is not only building an exact replica of the Titanic, he's also filming a new Titanic movie that will be "a lot better" than the one with Leo and Kate. He then screamed "Nothing can stop me now! I'm invincible!" and cackled insanely for 20 minutes.

It doesn't matter how good your dog is. Don't give them jerky treats. Sorry pup.

Finally, NASA shot lasers at the moon. Yes, there's a reason, but it's boring, so I'm just going to leave it at that: NASA shot lasers at the moon.

V.21 No.1 | 1/5/2012

Feature

It’s the End of the World as We Know It?

If you’re reading this, the world didn’t end at the beginning of this infamous year. 2012 is a date shrouded in mystery, controversy and—some say—doooom.

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V.20 No.11 | 3/17/2011

Film Review

Paul

These probably aren't the droids you're looking for

In the new buddy film Paul, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play Graeme and Clive, a science-fiction writer/artist team who take a road trip to San Diego’s Comic-Con convention—the mecca of sci-fi and comic book geekery. They make stops along the way to see places of alien pop culture relevance like Area 51 and, of course, Roswell. (There’s another New Mexico connection as well—except for a handful of exteriors, Albuquerque’s very own Convention Center doubled for Comic-Con during shooting last year.)

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V.20 No.1 | 1/6/2011

Feature

Psychic Predictions, Past and Future

The Alibi's resident skeptic cashes in a few bets

On Dec. 14, 2009, I wrote a list of 15 predictions for 2010, published in the Alibi. Having investigated mysterious and unexplained phenomena for more than a decade, I actually have a documented history of accuracy. In fact, my success rate for 2008 was about 90 percent. As 2010 came to a close, I thought it was time to dust off my forecasts to see how I fared.

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V.19 No.28 | 7/15/2010

Feature

Life on the Loch

The lonely hunt for truth and monsters

Steve Feltham’s eyes and smile grow wide when the subject of the Loch Ness monsters comes up. “I think they’re out there, certainly,” he says, though he adds with a hint of sadness that it may not be true for much longer. He estimates there are probably a half-dozen creatures left in the lake (down from dozens in earlier eras) and will be fewer each passing year: “Sightings have declined. They’re gradually dropping off of old age, I think.”

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