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Area 51 Exists, Conspiracy Theorists Everywhere Rejoice

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JFK was not killed by a lone gunman. Gas and oil companies killed the electric car. The government is controlling us via HAARP’s radio waves. 9/11 was an inside job.

Conspiracy theories are pretty fun, so long as everyone takes them with a grain of salt, or better yet, as pure entertainment. But conspiracy theorists around the world are high-fiving each other and yelling “I told you so!” with the recent confirmation that Area 51 does indeed exist. Not that Google Earth couldn’t have told us that, but at least now the government acknowledges it.

A 1992 report documenting the history of U-2 spy planes has just been declassified thanks to the Freedom of Information Act invoked in 2005 by National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson, and affirms the location of Area 51, as well as its use as a government facility.

While the confirmed existence of the site may trigger some to buy into everyone of the theories surrounding the once-secret location, according to the report, the UFOs alleged to be associated with the facility were really U-2 planes flying at altitudes of roughly 60,000 feet. Back in the 1950s, commercial planes typically flew between 10,000-20,000 feet, while it was more common for military aircraft to fly no higher than 40,000. Thus, people didn’t expect, or even think it was possible for aircraft to fly at 60,000 feet, which, along with the difficulty in discerning objects flying so high, led to the assumption that they were extraterrestrial in origin. The report asserts that while this enabled investigators to rule out most of the UFO sightings, they were forced to bite their tongues with regards to the real cause. The report does not acknowledge the existence of aliens.

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The Solar System May Have Two New Members

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EightTNOsIf you’re still crying about the demotion of Pluto, it’s probably time to focus on something else, namely, on the possibility that the dwarf planet isn’t the end of our solar system. Scientists have recently uncovered new evidence suggesting that the elusive “Planet X” might be real, and there might be two of them.

The idea of Planet X goes back more than 150 years. By then, astronomers knew about Uranus, but they also discovered that its orbit was wonky, which made them suspect Uranus was under the gravitational influence of another planet. In 1846, Neptune was discovered, but astronomers noted that Neptune’s orbit was also a bit odd. Hence, Pluto—except not really. As it turns out, Pluto is too small to have the kind of effect on Neptune astronomers noticed. So they figured there could be yet another planet, a bigger one, out past Neptune.

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Colin Wilson’s The Mind Parasites Channels Lovecraft And Existentialism

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The Mind ParasitesWhen I was in high school, my older brother loaned me a beat up paperback with an ominous title: The Mind Parasites. All he said was, “Read this.” His unusual terseness and seriousness piqued my interest and I settled down soon thereafter to read it, much in the way one settles down to watch a good horror movie. The comparison bears out—The Mind Parasites is one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. I’ve now read it three times, and with each reading, I find new details that make this horror story all the more frighteningly plausible.

Colin Wilson is a British author and philosopher whose best-known work is The Outsider, which explores existentialism and the artists and writers shaped by the philosophy, such as Albert Camus. Wilson’s fascination with existentialism also plays a huge role in his fictional works, including The Mind Parasites.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Drops 9/11-ish Poster In Australia, Social Media Erupts

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teenage mutant ninja turtlesWith the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, director Jonathan Liebesman and production company Platinum Dunes have had to deal with an almost criminal amount of blowback from hardcore fans, angst-ridden haters, and even the people who stopped giving a shit about the Turtles when they were children. Much more so than the franchise’s completely CGI TMNT in 2007, this colorful re-imagining has done a lot of damage to people’s nostalgia centers. So the last thing it needed was any kind of controversy over its marketing materials. And yet, here we are, with social media in an uproar over an Australian poster release that just so happens to recall the worst act of terrorism in U.S. history.

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Harrison Ford Injured On The Set Of Star Wars: Episode VII

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Han SoloIt’s really difficult not to run a sensationalist headline that reads something like, “OMG, J.J. Abrams Tries To Rip Han Solo’s Foot Off On The Set Of Star Wars: Episode VII!!!” That sounds like a great deal of fun, but my more responsible side won out in this instance. The situation doesn’t appear to be all that serious, but Harrison Ford did in fact sprain his ankle while filming, and was taken to the hospital to get checked out and heal as necessary.

Disney released this brief statement, which says exactly what we just told you, but hey, it’s official:

Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates.

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UFO Sightings Were Just A Google Balloon Gone Rogue

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balloonGoogle is trying to “bring the internet to everyone,” and per its Loon program, the revolutionary idea for doing so is to use solar-powered balloons that float in the stratosphere. They’re currently testing the balloons in New Zealand, but it seems that an early prototype of one of those balloons went rogue a while ago, and has since prompted UFO sightings across the U.S.

In October of 2012, folks in Pike County, Kentucky spotted a bright object zooming across the sky. Even an amateur astronomer was baffled by the sight.