Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Extra, extra! Left-handedness no longer freakish; Citizen no longer Vigilant!

  • Meanest Girls: A 15-year-old girl in Blackburn, England, was devastated when her online boyfriend, Jaydon Rothwell, committed suicide. On his Facebook status, Jaydon had written that he was going to kill himself with a fatal pill/alcohol overdose because she had accused him – falsely – of cheating on her. This led to a spate of hatemail and nasty phone calls from Jaydon’s Facebook “fans”, accusing her of causing his death. The girl was even more devastated when Lancashire police informed her that Jaydon hadn’t really killed himself. In fact, he never existed. He was a character created by two other girls, both 16, who were reportedly peeved with her for dating a guy one of them had also dated. They kept up the ruse for three months, even using a teen boy to impersonate “Jaydon” at a dimly lit party. The girls apologized as part of a restorative justice session, but I have a feeling these three girls won’t be hanging out together anytime soon.
  • Vigilant Citizen appears to be out of commission. Now where will we get all our vital information about Illuminati symbolism in Russian pop music videos?!
  • Not quite as scary as the Doomsday Clock. But almost.
  • Dr. Carole Lieberman, infamous for claiming that the videogame Bulletstorm caused an increase in sexual assaults (and now suggesting Fox News was part of a conspiracy to promote the game), has one of the strangest websites I’ve ever seen. It looks like a collaborative effort between Barbie and Gloria Allred.
  • Cold fusion! This time it’s totally happening! For reals! Srsly, you guys!
  • According to TIME, left-handedness is no longer “socially weird”. Thank you, Ned Flanders.
  • Least convincing slideshow presentation of the week: One creative YouTuber has decided the Bible contains references to quantum mechanics. Especially Hebrews 11: 1, 3: “The things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” C for effort, D- for presentation. I’ve seen YTPs that make more sense.
  • If you can’t attend the Dolphins & Teleportation Symposium in June, maybe you can catch the Secret Space Program Conference. After all, there are aquatic animals on Mars, and the Rockefeller set seems intent on relocating there.

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

In Soviet Russia, Game Boys play you.

  • The collecting-worthless-items-for-charity hoax strikes yet again. A nun in Pennsylvania has been collecting plastic bottle caps for about a year, in the belief that every 1000 caps would go towards chemotherapy for children with cancer.
  • Conspiranoid quote of the week: “All Americans are low-level Satanists; the philosophies of atheism, materialism, evolution, and randomness are the cornerstone of American culture and they all lead to Satanism” – Jeff Grupp, Antimatter Radio
  • It isn’t conspiracy- or factoid-related, but the website for Yvette’s Wedding Dresses of Panama City, Florida, is quite simply one of the craziest sites I’ve ever seen. Yvette’s has everything a good bridal boutique should have: 1920s music, blurry gown photos, mysterious references to Cessna planes, screen shots of weird Aztec monuments made with 3-D modeling programs, and of course a world-famous artist.
  • The Great Game Boy Conspiracy: Did the USSR place mysterious spy gadgets into some Nintendo Game Boys, perhaps as revenge for Nintendo’s theft of Tetris? Or are we spending just a little too much time examining the crap in our attics?
  • In the past year I’ve found two bizarre hoaxes involving ’50s children TV shows that didn’t actually exist: The unsolved 1957 murder of Philadelphia puppeteer Samantha Smith (strangled with marionette strings) and Candle Cove. Every bit as creepy as Colonel Bleep.
  • And Charlie Sheen’s life gets just a little weirder.

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

  • From the program schedule of a conspiracy-themed radio show: “Myrna & Sondra Marshak created The Phonics Game; Junior Phonics & The Comprehension Game their latest Phonicsopoly, is a board game for all ages, if you think your kids are doing good in school and can read and understand, your kidding yourself. One out of two can’t read.”

And one out of one can’t write.

  • James Bartley is an alien abductee who lectures on the characteristics of ETs, particularly the Reptilians that are able to render themselves invisible. According to this talk he gave at a Roswell convention, the Reptilians are responsible for pretty much every bad thing that has happened on Earth, ever: Rape, pedophilia, serial murder (he says Ted Bundy might have been a hybrid), erectile dysfunction, and of course the Jackass movies.
  • This site contains very detailed stats about a planet in our solar system: Mobius. Though it has the same “orbitational flow” as Earth, you’ve never seen it because it’s on the other side of the sun. It’s also the home planet of Sonic the Hedgehog, but the site doesn’t mention that. And they call themselves scientists…

Some Totally Pointless Hoaxes

  • Some bored StarCraft fans got sick of waiting around for the StarCraft II beta, so they created a convincing mock-up of an invite and managed to fool thousands of other fans. Then their moms called them up from their basements for dinner.
  • Some 20something Australian douche has been charged for leaving a note about a possible bomb on a flight from Dubai to London’s Gatwick airport. It was discovered about 10 minutes before landing, leading to a hasty evacuation of the 164 passengers. Hope that was worth it, guy.
  • Some Fake photos of a gigantic snake swimming in a river “in Borneo” are fake. A librarian in Kansas used TinEye to match the river photo to one taken of the Congo River years ago. The snake image was entered in a hoax photo contest in 2002. Interestingly, Loren Coleman’s Cryptomundo claims they broke the hoax back in February, when the photos first resurfaced, yet the Feb. 19th post referenced doesn’t exactly expose the hoax; a commenter did that. Cryptomundo made the same claim when last July’s Bigfoot hoax was exposed, even though Coleman originally wrote, “I feel, in all honesty, this, indeed, may be the real deal, and I say this carefully after reviewing information that has been shared privately with me”. I guess we can’t expect much more from a dude who argued for the authenticity of the Minnesota Iceman for 40 years.