Put on your tin-foil hat, cover your webcam with a piece of tape, and wait for the imminent arrival of the lizard people because it’s time for some conspiracy theories. Over half of American adults believe in at least one wacky theory, but why are these absurd and complex ideas are so appealing?
Todd Katz, the ex-oil executive who tried to use a fake Elon Musk email address to worm confidential information out of Tesla back in September, is now trying to get the case thrown out of court. This is because, apparently, the email was simply too ridiculous for anyone to take seriously.
With the anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 approaching, our stablemates over at the Gawker asked which conspiracy theories about it we buy. But why limit ourselves to one flight? There's a whole world of conspiracy theories out there. Like the General Motors Streetcar Conspiracy.
Can a facility that has inspired global conspiracy theories be designated a World Heritage Site? If so, that might be the only way to prevent the shutdown of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska, which studies the ionosphere—or creates lethal hurricanes—depending on whom you talk to.
Popular lore suggests that the street layout of Washington, D.C., was designed so that the streets emanating from the White House would intersect with landmarks in the area to form a pentagram. The designers of the district were Freemasons, and the pentagram is one of a plethora of symbols important to the…