Conspiracy Theories

"In terms of cognitive processes, people with stronger conspiracy beliefs are more likely to overestimate the likelihood of co-occurring events, to attribute…
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"On Friday, June 17, 1952, Jack Parsons - rocketry pioneer, self-proclaimed Antichrist, disciple of Aleister Crowley and explosives expert, whose work helped lead to the founding of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) - died in a mysterious, city-shaking explosion in his home lab in a converted coach house behind a mansion on Millionaire's Row in Pasadena. Was it suicide? Murder? An accident? We still don't know (...) Marjorie Cameron Parsons [the second wife of Jack Parsons] believed Howard Hughes was behind Parsons' death, perhaps to prevent industrial or trade secrets from getting out after Parsons' recent unceremonial firing from Hughes Aviation. Or was the military worried about Parsons fleeing the country with everything he knew about rocketry and related weapons?"
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"We wrote the first rock opera. [A 47-minute rock opera loosely based on a mouse, and the W. Somerset Maugham book, The Razor's Edge] We beat The Who [and The Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow] by a couple of years" - Iggy Pop
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"They called themselves the Nizaris (or Nizari Ismailis from the name of one of their early leaders). So, how much of this is based on fact? (...) It's important to remember that most of the information about the Nizaris that reached Europe came from two hostile sources, Sunni Muslims and Crusaders, and that the more outlandish aspects of the legends, such as the use of drugs, are not supported by Ismaili sources. Even the name Assassin, from the Arabic hashashi, was a pejorative term and was never used by the Nizaris themselves. Nor were the Nizaris unique in their use of political murder."
"Long before the American UFO stories, a round vessel drifted ashore on the Japanese coast and a beautiful woman emerged, wearing strange clothing and carrying a box. She was unable to communicate with the locals, and her craft was marked with mysterious writing. This story of an utsurobune, or “hollow ship,” in the province of Hitachi (now Ibaraki Prefecture) is found in many records of the Edo period (1603–1868)" Historical Romance, Gifu, Aum Shinrikyo, Mysterious Events, Mystery Writing, Alien Ship, Japanese Water, Ufo Sighting, Edo Period
"Long before the American UFO stories, a round vessel drifted ashore on the Japanese coast and a beautiful woman emerged, wearing strange clothing and carrying a box. She was unable to communicate with the locals, and her craft was marked with mysterious writing. This story of an utsurobune, or “hollow ship,” in the province of Hitachi (now Ibaraki Prefecture) is found in many records of the Edo period (1603–1868)"
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Is History History? "Many questions linger about Cleopatra, the enigmatic Egyptian queen who ruled in the first century before the birth of Christ. The most intriguing question, of course, is an age-old and often-debated one: "Was Cleopatra Black?" (...) Many view the blanching of Cleopatra, Hollywood-style, as yet another example of the way in which history has been bastardized and Black people have been written out"
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"When we played "SF Sorrow" at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Phil (May) got a letter from Pete Townshend and opened it. He went "how nice". It was letter saying "good luck chaps". But then he said, because Phil had said he said it was an inspiration because it was common knowledge he said that, the letter went on to say basically "Good luck, but to my knowledge I have never heard "SF Sorrow" so please desist from saying it inspired Tommy or otherwise I will reach for my lawyer" - Dick Taylor
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Based on a true zombie story or literary anthropology a-la Carlos Castaneda. "In order for the boko to resurrect his zombie, he would have to dig them up within 10 minutes of being buried. How likely is this without someone noticing? Even if the zombie could be exhumed before death, is it really plausible that someone with that much brain damage could work as a slave on a plantation, let alone recall facts about their life?"
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Coaching originated in sport. Timothy Gallwey [his book "The Inner Game of Tennis" (1972)] is the godfather of the current coaching movement (...) "This was a very controversial book in its day and still is today [aspects of psychobabble and mysticism to be found here] (...) When Gallwey wrote his book, he was kind of a pariah in the tennis teaching world". On photo Maggie Siff in the role of Wendy Rhoades, "the company's star in-house performance coach", on the SHOWTIME Original Series Billions
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"What happened to Queen's John Deacon? (...) May: He wants to be private and in his own universe. Taylor: He's completely retired from any kind of social contact"
"Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, French Revolutionary general and marshal of France, later Charles XIV John, King of Sweden, had a tattoo which said "Mort aux Rois" or "Vive la République" Jaco, Napoleonic Wars, Kingdom Of Sweden, French General, Napoleon Bonaparte, Swedish Royals, French Army, French Revolution, Jean Baptiste
"Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, French Revolutionary general and marshal of France, later Charles XIV John, King of Sweden, had a tattoo which said "Mort aux Rois" or "Vive la République"
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"Emanuel Swedenborg won fame and infamy as a natural scientist and visionary theosopher, but he was also a master intelligencer, who served as a secret agent for the French king, Louis XV, and the pro-French, pro-Jacobite party of "Hats" in Sweden"
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"Batman was a fictional creation for DC Comics in 1939 who went on to star in a 1960s television series before launching the cult film franchise in 1989" vs "The original Batman was, in fact Bill Smith, who moved from Suffolk in England to America in 1870 and settled in New York where he worked in a butcher's shop"