War of the Worlds

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No, Orson Welles' Broadcast Didn't Cause Mass Panic

Effects of his 'War of the Worlds' program is greatly exaggerated: authors

(Newser) - It's a great tale: Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938 about a Martian invasion set off mass hysteria throughout America because people thought it was real. A new PBS documentary reinforces the story in honor of tomorrow's 75th anniversary. "There’s only one... More »

Verizon 'Emergency' Text Spooks New Jersey

Customers ordered to 'take shelter now,' but it's just a test

(Newser) - Verizon sparked panic in central New Jersey yesterday by sending thousands of customers a text message reading: "Civil Emergency in this area until 1:24 PM EST Take Shelter Now US Govern." Verizon says the message, which caused 911 dispatchers to be swamped with calls, was part of... More »

Stalin, Nazi Doc Behind Roswell's 'UFO' Crash: Book

'Area 51' says Stalin enlisted infamous Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele in plan to scare US

(Newser) - Roswell and Area 51 have long been the focus of alien-hunting conspiracy theorists—and a new book's theory is likely to disappoint them. Annie Jacobsen's Area 51 , a history of the top-secret base based on interviews with scientists and engineers who worked there, presents an explanation for the... More »

Google's New UFO Mystery Solved

Somebody's obsessed with HG Wells

(Newser) - Google has apparently been abducted by aliens. The search engine sent Twitterers on an extraterrestrial mystery hunt this week after Tweeting map coordinates and posting "Google" written in crop circles as its ever-changing Internet logo. The coordinates led to the English town of Woking, which was the landing site... More »

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