Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Hoaxes of Space, Air and Land

The 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission is a good time to review the factoids and conspiracy theories that have been junking up the cultural atmosphere since 1969. The Daily Banter has a list of the top 11 Apollo conspiracy theories, but if you're looking for a classic examination of moonbattery, check out... Continue Reading →

2012 Prediction Fail

The Winner The biggest fail is the late Terence McKenna's Timewave Zero prediction. First published in 1975, it was predicated on McKenna's complex novelty theory about the cyclical nature of time, and guesstimated that some kind of awesome singularity would occur in December 2012 (the date was based partly on his own calculations and partly... Continue Reading →

No “Leap of Faith”

Peter Gersten, the UFO disclosure activist who pledged to pitch himself from the top of Bell Rock in Sedona yesterday, confident that an interdimensional portal would open up and swallow him before he hit the ground, apparently didn't jump. He showed up at Bell Rock on schedule, but told authorities and reporters he would jump... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Maybe some people should stick with kitten calendars

spaceAccording to Swedish toxicologist Carl Johan Calleman, the Mayan Long Count calendar ended on October 28, 2011. This date was based on his own calculations, and doesn't seem to have been accepted by any other Mayanists; they're sticking with the December 21, 2012 end date. Calleman tells us the end of the calendar has resulted... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch XIII: Eric Pryor

The writers at Cornerstone magazine, in exposing the make-believe story of Lauren Stratford, referred to the hoax as "Satan's sideshow". If Stratford was the sideshow, the late Eric Pryor was the whole circus. Eric Pryor in 1990 The late Eric Pryor appears to have literally crawled out of some woodwork. Suddenly, on Halloween 1990, this... Continue Reading →

Anti-Occult Nonsense On Stilts: Kurt Koch’s Occult ABC

In the world of anti-occult zealotry, Kurt Koch is something of a legend. A Lutheran pastor in Germany, he traveled the world addressing churches of nearly every denomination for over half a century, and claimed to have counseled about 20,000 people by the late '70s.I was *lucky* enough to score a copy of his most... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

"The Wikipediatrician", Nataliedee.com "The 10 Biggest Hoaxes in Wikipedia's First 10 Years". I like the one where the founder of Orange Julius created a shower stall for pigeons, but I notice that the really big hoaxes (like the Essjay thing) aren't mentioned. That's okay, though, because you can find most of them on Wikipedia itself.... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens Part VII: The Messiah

Before moving on to 2011, I have one last fake teen tale for you. I've saved the most unsettling one for last, probably because I don't even like thinking about it. Please proceed with caution.Place: Kurim, Czech RepublicTime: May 10, 2007In some ways, Moravia is the perfect setting for a tale of Gothic horror. The... Continue Reading →

And speaking of cool UFO events that didn’t actually happen…

October 15th is "Interplanetary Confederation Day", at least according to the Unarius Academy. The promotional vid below (via Everything is Terrible) shows us some Unarian pageantry *that isn't weird at all*, and tells us that the space brothers will arrive in 2001. Yay, they're here! Oh, wait, it's 2010. Never mind. As you were. Happy... Continue Reading →

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