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Cops: Guy Investigating 'PizzaGate' Fired Shot in DC Eatery

Conspiracy theorists think restaurant is HQ of Clinton sex trafficking ring

(Newser) - Fake news has real consequences, the owner of Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, DC, said after a man who claimed to be investigating the "PizzaGate" conspiracy theory allegedly fired at least one shot inside the establishment Sunday afternoon. The Washington Post reports that North Carolina man Edgar... More »

Paul McCartney Died 50 Years Ago This Week

At least according to one of the craziest conspiracy theories in music history

(Newser) - Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of Paul McCartney's death—at least according to what Inverse calls "the original crazy fan theory." The conspiracy theory appears to have started with an anonymous call to a radio DJ in 1969, a month after the Beatles had officially broken up.... More »

Cops: Conspiracy Theorists With 'Arsenal' Arrested

Men allegedly planned to free souls by attacking research facility

(Newser) - Some men want to save our souls through religion. Two Georgia men arrested last week allegedly wanted to save them by shooting up an Alaska research facility that has been at the center of multiple conspiracy theories. Det. Michael Vickers tells the Alaska Dispatch News the men—30-year-old Michael Mancil... More »

Pop Culture's Weirdest 'Cover-Ups'

Vulture compiles 70 biggest celebrity conspiracy theories—including that Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey

(Newser) - Take a timeout from Election 2016 conspiracy theories and do a deep dive instead into tinfoil-hat whispers on the pop culture front. Vulture has spent the past few months performing what it calls an "exhaustive cataloguing" of the biggest cover-ups in music, literature, film, TV, and "anything else... More »

UFO Researcher's Odd Death Raises Eyebrows

After Britain's Max Spiers is found dead, conspiracy theories follow

(Newser) - Days before his death this summer, 39-year-old Max Spiers texted his mother these words: "If anything happens to me, investigate." The Brit just happened to be a well-known figure in the world of UFO researchers, and now conspiracy theories are running wild. Authorities in Poland, where Spiers died,... More »

Assange Suggests Murdered DNC Staffer Was Whistleblower

Seth Rich shot to death in Washington last month

(Newser) - Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was shot to death in Washington on July 10 in what police initially said may have been an attempted robbery, per NBC Washington , though Rich was found with his cellphone, credit cards, and cash, his father tells KMTV . Almost a month later, Julian Assange... More »

What's Going Down at World's Top-Secret Bilderberg Meeting

'Elite' conference in Germany will discuss pressing world topics behind closed doors

(Newser) - The Bilderberg Meeting —what Quartz calls the "world's most elite conference this year"—is a hush-hush get-together held annually since 1954, gathering world leaders and top business execs, among others, to discuss some of the planet's most important issues. And "hush-hush" means just that:... More »

Trump's Revival of Clinton Murder Theory Is 'Cruel'

Vince Foster's sister speaks out

(Newser) - Donald Trump has revisited a conspiracy theory that the Clintons orchestrated a murder, and Sheila Foster Anthony "cannot let such craven behavior pass without a response." The Washington Post reports that in an interview last week, Trump was asked about the death of Deputy White House Counsel Vince... More »

Man Trying to Raise $1.5M to 'Recreate' 9/11

American businessman says he wants to settle conspiracy theories

(Newser) - Paul Salo is an American entrepreneur living in Thailand, and his latest project has earned him the descriptors of "delusional" from the website Coconuts Bangkok and "possible supervillain" from Gothamist . Why? He's trying to raise money so he can buy an old 747 and fly it into... More »

Sandy Hook Truther Sues University That Fired Him

James Tracy says his constitutional rights were violated

(Newser) - The Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist who was fired from his professorship at Florida Atlantic University in January is suing the university. For years, James Tracy has been claiming on his personal blog that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax staged to increase support for gun control, and... More »

CERN Officially Distances Itself From Satan

LHC draws more than its fair share of conspiracy theorists

(Newser) - When CERN's Large Hadron Collider is fired up again at the end of April, physicists won't just be testing for unknown particles. They'll also be testing a new FAQ page , and it's an unusual one that distances CERN from demons and Satan. Since the LHC began... More »

Judge: Here's How Scalia Died

Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara says it was natural

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists, take a deep breath: A Texas judge has officially deemed Antonin Scalia's death a natural one, WFAA reports. Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara says the Supreme Court justice died of a heart attack. Guevara says she heard about Scalia's death from a sheriff, and was planning... More »

Rapper: You've Been Fooled, the World Is Flat

Neil deGrasse Tyson sides with round-Earthers

(Newser) - "They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round," sang Fred Astaire—and Atlanta rapper B.o.B is still laughing. In dozens of tweets over the last few days, he has passionately defended what appears to be a genuine belief that the world... More »

Book: Amelia Earhart Was a Spy, Lived to Be 86

Author builds on an old theory

(Newser) - On July 2, 1937, record-setting aviator Amelia Earhart, along with navigator Fred Noonan, likely ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean somewhere between New Guinea and California and disappeared forever, according to the Smithsonian . Not so, says writer WC Jameson. In Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave , out... More »

Prof Who Says Sandy Hook Was a Hoax Getting Fired

Parents of victim say he harassed them

(Newser) - A Florida Atlantic University professor has been making waves for years with his conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook massacre, and now the school is taking action. James Tracy has been claiming on his blog since 2013 that the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting was staged, and FAU has reprimanded... More »

Thousands See 'Floating City' Caught on Video: Report

Meteorologists, conspiracy theorists see it differently

(Newser) - Too much carbon pollution? Check . Lots of billionaires? Check . A giant city floating in the sky? Well, according to Chinese TV news channels, China recently had a massive metropolis hovering over the clouds that was spotted by thousands of people, the Daily Express reports. In fact, a similar floating city... More »

NASA: The World Will Continue Past Sept. 28

Agency crushes Internet rumor that asteroid strike is coming

(Newser) - It's your prerogative should you choose to live the next month of your life like it's your last, but the majority of us will live to see October, NASA says. The words of encouragement come after Internet rumors sparked fear that an asteroid strike, allegedly due between Sept.... More »

Man Claims He Knows Nessie's True Identity

Nessie is probably a catfish, says Steve Feltman

(Newser) - In 1991, Steve Feltham said sayonara to his girlfriend, home, and job in England to hunt for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland. His big revelation after 24 years of searching: The beast is probably a catfish—though a big one, obviously. Feltman, 52, has spent much of the last... More »

Relax: Planets Aligning Won't Cause 'Big One' Tomorrow

For one thing, planets aren't even aligning

(Newser) - On the off chance you're given to believing every sky-is-falling theory you run across on Facebook, the one about a planetary alignment triggering a massive earthquake this week is absolute nonsense. Gizmodo traces the latest to a video from a guy named Frank in the Netherlands—under the name... More »

NC Man: Civil War Photo a Hoax We Set Up as Teens

John Potter says there never was an original photo of the CSS Georgia warship

(Newser) - For years historians have been trying to locate the original version of a copied photo of the CSS Georgia, a Confederate warship sunk off the coast of Georgia in 1865 by Confederate soldiers determined to keep it out of Union hands, the AP reports. Now a North Carolina man has... More »

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