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Katie Heaney

Katie Heaney
Katie Heaney is a writer and an editor at BuzzFeed and author of Never Have I Ever. Follow her on Twitter @KTHeaney.

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One Man’s Search for an Orgasmic Life Force

It remains unclear what “orgone” actually is, but Wilhelm Reich thought you could find it by sitting inside a box.

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The Mystery of Britain’s Alien Big Cats

In a nation where the biggest carnivorous predator is a badger, why are there so many reported sightings of large cats?

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The Origins of the Chemtrail Conspiracy

Why would the American government be interested in poisoning its population by spraying vapor out of an airplane? That remains unclear.

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Hell Isn’t for Real

You may have seen pictures of the massive crater in Siberia. It unfortunately—or fortunately—does not lead to the netherworld.

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ouija

The ‘Mystery’ of the Ouija Board

It’s probably not Satan—just your unconscious muscle movement.

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full-moon

Full Moons: Not a Cause of Deviant Behavior

Despite countless studies to the contrary, we haven’t stopped believing that the moon is driving us crazy.

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past-life

What Makes People Think They’ve Been Reincarnated?

And why are their past lives always so boring?

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demon-angel

A Brief Investigation Into Human-Ghost Intercourse

Sometimes, it’s just better to stop looking before you find an answer.

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flat-earth

For Some, the Earth Is Still Flat

Although their ranks have diminished, the Flat Earth Society is alive, the planet is wrapped in an ice wall, and the sun and the moon are the exact same size.

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vampire-teeth

Drinking Someone Else’s Blood Doesn’t Make You a Vampire

Do vampires exist? No, they do not. But that hasn’t stopped a handful of researchers from clinging to the myth of “clinical vampirism.”

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moon-ladder

Can You Control Your Dreams?

Some researchers, and one free app, seem to think so.

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The Beauty Industry Goes to the Witch Store

Aromatherapy might be nothing more than a placebo, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.

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aura

I Paid $21.67 for Someone to Photograph My Aura

It was cheaper than buying a pair of aura goggles—even without the shipping costs.

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The Science and the Scam of the Séance

It’s surprisingly easy to trick someone into believing they’ve seen something paranormal.

Between the Sheets

love-potion

The Unsuccessful Search for a Functional Aphrodisiac

From sacrificial sex-robot mice to Pippa Middleton, the quest for a magical love potion has taken some weird turns.

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How You Might Come to Believe You’ve Been Abducted by an Alien

Unless, you know, you’ve actually been abducted.

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The Truth Is Somewhere in the Tarot Cards

When descriptions are vague and wide-ranging enough, we tend to think they’re true.

 

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Another Name for the Bermuda Triangle: The Ocean

Ships disappear everywhere, not just in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

 

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Who Believes in Bigfoot?

While the origins of the mythical beast are based around a hoax, today’s believers are a varied, discriminating bunch.

 

near-death-experience

The Silly Science of Near-Death Experiences

There’s no way to prove whether or not someone’s had an out of body experience, but that hasn’t stopped scientists from trying to study the phenomenon.

 

ghost-forest

If You Believe in Ghosts, You’ll See a Ghost

Katie Heaney went to a haunted house. Did she—or anyone else—see anything? It depends on whether or not they wanted to.

 

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Fat-urday: When Eating What You Want Is Cheating

If “cheat days” are built into diets, is it really cheating? It’s time to ditch the term and all its dubious implications.

 

croppies

Meet the Croppies

Who are the true believers in crop circles? And might they be on to something?

 

astrology

I Kind of, Sort of Might, But Not Really, Believe in Astrology

With little to no scientific evidence backing them, why do so many people still look at their horoscopes?

 

spontaneous-combustion

How to Explain Spontaneous Human Combustion

While there’s no proof that any human being has ever suddenly burst into flames and died, there’s also no proof that it hasn’t happened.

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How to Build a Better Election

Elimination-style voting is harder to fiddle with than majority rule.

Do Conspiracy Theorists Feed on Unsuspecting Internet Trolls?

Not literally, but debunkers and satirists do fuel conspiracy theorists' appetites.

3-D Movies Aren’t That Special

Psychologists find that 3-D doesn't have any extra emotional impact.

To Protect Against Meltdowns, Banks Must Map Financial Interconnections

A new model suggests looking beyond balance sheets, studying the network of investment as well.

Big Government, Happy Citizens?

You may like to talk about how much happier you'd be if the government didn't interfere with your life, but that's not what the research shows.

The Big One

One in three drivers in Brooklyn's Park Slope—at certain times of day—is just looking for parking. The same goes for drivers in Manhattan's SoHo. September/October 2014 new-big-one-3

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