Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Wannabe Rappers

I have seriously lost track of the number of YouTube vids and homemade documentaries that attempt to expose the supposed links between rap/hip-hop music and the Illuminati/Satanism. Run a YT search for "sold out to Illuminati" and you'll see what I mean - there are even vids explaining how 2Pac was assassinated because he wasn't... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Updates

Developments in the two stories covered in this week's Weirdness Roundup The saga of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's bogus dead girlfriend is getting even weirder. Te'o still insists he was the victim of a hoax, but according to both athletic director Jack Swarbrick and an article published today in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Te'o now... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Off the Hook: Conspiracy theories about the shootings in Connecticut, if they can even be called "theories", are starting to draw attention from mainstream newspapers, websites like Salon and Gawker, and TV reporters. I've talked a little about these theories (here, here, and at Leaving Alex Jonestown), but the Sandy Hook conspiracy meme is far... Continue Reading →

Media Lookalikes: Enough Already

The media lookalikes conspiracy meme started by Ed Chiarini of WellAware1, which I've covered here and here, is getting out of control. I thought it was restricted to the fringiest fringe of conspiranoid kooksters, but the picture below has gone viral in a minor way among conspiracy folks, even ending up on Snopes along with... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Massacre Conspiracy Theories

One of the most troubling things about wonky conspiracy theories is that they can, and do, have real-world impact. On December 18, the religious conspiracy website Revelation Now.net - which specialized in Hollow Earth theories and Biblical prophecies - posted an article titled "The Next School Massacre Target?". In it, the author embraced the theory... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Fake nuns with fake Anthrax, real vampires, UN conspiranoia, hateful lies about hate speech, and Bigfoot's disgusting ancestry After years of top-secret lab work, Dr. Melba Ketchum has announced the results of her DNA analysis of alleged Bigfoot hair and tissue samples (including, perhaps, the "Bigfoot steak" that was central to the Sierra Kills hoax).... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch VIII: "Elaine" Part II

space Dr. Brown's Story Rebecca Brown's story, as told in Closet Witches and in her books, is every bit as weird as Elaine's. It includes religious persecution, demonic possession on an epidemic scale, and sinister medical conspiracies. Bailey was born in Indiana in 1948. Though her parents were Christians, she came to believe that their... Continue Reading →

Roundup of Chilean Miner Conspiracy Theories and Weirdity

As I mentioned in last week's Wednesday Weirdness Roundup, conspiracy folks were all over this even before the final Chilean miner was hoisted out of the mine. Generally speaking, all the theories and musings fall into one of three categories:1. There's something strange going on here. These people don't actually have concrete theories yet, but... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

The sun is square. Angels are trying to kill Diane Downs. You know, the usual. This fellow is earnestly attempting to draw a connection between the Georgia Guidestones and Dubai's Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Why it even occurred to someone to compare the dimensions of a building in the Middle East and some rocks in the... Continue Reading →

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