There's a group of people who've lost trust in scientists, professors, academics and pretty much anyone who is paid to establish and dispense facts. Some of these people are rejecting a fact established hundreds of years ago that sits at the core of most modern biology, geology and astronomy: We live on a big, round, spinning ball. That group has now grown to include several spinning ball lovers, like Shaq Diesel rapper and star of the movie Kazaam, Shaquille O'Neil.
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Video: Stephen Colbert has a message for the "subreddit sub-geniuses" propagating the ridiculous Pizzagate conspiracy theory: "Grow the f**k up."
According to a new New York Times report, Michael G. Flynn, the son of Donald Trump's national security adviser, has been booted from the US president-elect's transition team for tweeting about Pizzagate, the idiotic online conspiracy theory that led a gunman to "self-investigate" a DC pizzeria this weekend.
For months, 4chan and Reddit users have delved deep into the emails of John Podesta as they were released by Wikileaks and concluded that the emails contained coded language about a secret child-trafficking ring operating out of Comet Ping Pong, a Washington DC pizzeria — a ring run by Podesta and former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. The theory was known as "Pizzagate", and until recently it was just another of the internet's outlandish conspiracy theories. Two of pizzagate's loudest mouthpieces have backed off their support after a man armed with a AR-15, a Colt. 38 and a shotgun entered the restaurant to "investigate". And yet, pizzagate somehow trudges on, without them.
For decades, tin foil fashionistas have attributed a number of sinister happenings to the atmospheric research program known as HAARP, including hurricanes, earthquakes and even the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia. After this week, however, it will be a lot harder to entertain those claims: On Saturday, the supposed weather-altering secret weapon is holding an open house.
After NSA whistleblower and millennial sex symbol Edward Snowden tweeted a mysterious string of characters on Friday afternoon, conspiracy theorists and concerned fans feared he might be dead when Sputnik, a Russian news site, reported the now-deleted code might be a "dead man's switch," which is apparently something Snowden could have set up "if he did not check in to the computer at a certain time," according to Inquisitr.
If the current frontrunners in this year's US presidential race just don't appeal to you, perhaps you'd like to really think outside the box. Seattle lawyer Andrew Basiago is also running for president, as an independent. And he cites his extensive experience travelling through time as one of his strongest qualifications for office.
Not one week after physicists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, the conspiracy theorists are out in force, shouting to the heavens that the "breakthrough" was a lie invented by fame-hungry scientists, supported by money-hungry institutions and regurgitated by the traffic-hungry news media.
It hasn't even been a week since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Zika virus a global emergency, and already the conspiracy theories are piling up. Of course they are. A pandemic that's sparked an abortion rights dystopia and legit discussion of genetic warfare? The Rockefeller family must be involved.
In 1959 a group of nine hikers were found dead under mysterious circumstances in a remote area of Russia's Ural Mountains. They were camped on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl on the night they died — a name which translates to "Dead Mountain" in the local Mansi language. Now, almost 60 years later, another hiker has been found dead in the same region, with the weather conditions too poor to allow emergency services to retrieve the body and ascertain exactly what happened.
The Zapruder film may be the most famous footage taken of the Kennedy assassination, but it's not the only one. The "Nix Film" may be lesser known, but it's no less important. It has been missing for decades, so the granddaughter of the photographer who captured the film is now suing the US government. She wants it returned, or be paid $US10 million.
There's a lot of speculation about who really killed President John F. Kennedy. Was it the Cubans? The mafia? The CIA? Or was it a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald? And if Oswald was just a patsy, as he claimed before he himself was killed, could his most famous image be a fake? Researchers have now shown through 3D modelling that the photo is almost certainly real.
"EXCLUSIVE: Could this asteroid destroy Earth in just SIX weeks?" According to NASA, the answer is "absolutely not, you imbeciles".
It wouldn't be a monumental achievement in human history without some truthers on the internet calling it fake. And NASA's historic Pluto flyby is no different. The conspiracy theory crowd has descended on the event as their too-good-to-be-true choice this week. Wake up, sheeple! Pluto is just a dog at Disneyland!
In 1992, mere days after Windows 3.1 was released, it was revealed that typing the letters NYC in Wingdings — Microsoft's all-symbols font — produced the following antisemitic and/or Jewish conspiracy-backed text, depending on who you asked.
Grab your tinfoil hats, sheeple. It's been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and it's still nearly impossible to discuss the event without some mention of conspiracy, cover-ups, government intrigue, multiple shooters, UFO affiliations and more. Now, the conversation has been given a thoroughly modern twist — as an app, natch.
There's no doubt that technology has changed the field of archaeology in profound ways. New tools have taken archaeologists to places they couldn't go before and opened the door to countless new discoveries. They've also shed some light on some of the — err — more creative interpretations of artefacts.