Following the Chemtrails IV: A Timeline of Significant Chemtrail Events

Part IV of Following the Chemtrails Where did it all begin? In researching chemtrail sightings and theories, I was stunned to learn that this phenomenon didn't begin with people noticing persistent contrails in the sky, wondering what they could be, and searching for explanations. Chemtrail theories actually began as a horror story about deliberate world... Continue Reading →

The Swallowing the Camel Comment Hall of Fame

A friend recently inspired me to gather up some of the funniest, weirdest, creepiest comments I've received at this blog and at Leaving Alex Jonestown over the years. Aside from some necessary minor adjustments (abridgement, clarification, punctuation, etc.), the comments below have not been altered. The original spelling, cusswords and grammatical errors remain intact. Keep... 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: More media lookalikes

Sadly, Ed Chiarini's bizarre "media lookalikes" theory appears to be part of a larger trend in conspiranoia. I wouldn't call it a meme, exactly. It's really more of a method. A very weird, stupid and useless method. Or perhaps, as my anonymous commenter helpfully pointed out, it's the Fregoli delusion. It seems that a dedicated... Continue Reading →

Weird/Stupid Conspiracy Theory: Media "Lookalikes"

I'm still working on the Bill Schnoebelen post, so in the meantime take a gander at this site, maintained by Texan Ed Chiarini: wellaware1.com. It is, quite simply, one of the strangest and least convincing conspiracy sites I have ever seen. Mr. Chiarini believes that many of the people we see in the news, including... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens VI: Online Teens

Spoiler warning: This post contains complete spoilers for the film Catfish. Caught The Truth 2.0 In 2007, 22-year-old New York photographer Yaniv "Nev" Schulman received an adorable Myspace message from a young girl in Michigan. Abby Wesselman, 12 years old, wanted to show him some of her paintings, including one based on one of his... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens VI: Online Teens

One of the following two stories ends in tragedy. The other ends somewhat happily for everyone. But both shine a bright light into the depths of online deception. I see these cases not so much as suspense thrillers (like the documentaries made about them), nor cautionary tales (as the media presents them), but as reminders... Continue Reading →

At least she didn’t say a dingo ate it…

Some hoaxes are stupid. Some are weird. Some are boring. And some are completely freaking evil.For the past six months or so, a blogger called April's Mom has been keeping hundreds of readers on the edges of their seats, awaiting the birth of her baby girl. In her first post, A.M. explained that prenatal testing... Continue Reading →

Wal-Mart Gang Initiation Text Warnings: Groundless

If you're about 15 years old and living in the U.S., you might have received text messages warning you to stay away from your local Wal-Mart because wannabe gang members are planning to attack women and children shoppers as part of their initiations. Law enforcement agencies in multiple states are trying to quash the rumours,... Continue Reading →

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