You Like Bacon Because They Told You To

You are a North American, and probably a male, and so you like bacon. Bacon good, you say, making that Tim Allen caveman face: Me like bacon. Me not want to eat unbacon food. Bacon make food better. Me put bacon on burger, in chocolate, around scallop. Me brush teeth with bacon toothpaste. Me make love to wife with … » 10/06/14 4:53pm 10/06/14 4:53pm

Stevie Wonder Is Not Blind: The Truthers' Case

Earlier today, my esteemed colleague Drew Magary dropped "A Field Guide To American Truthers," in which the Big Daddy flamboyantly summarized some of the most common conspiracies in American culture. Within minutes, of course, readers took to Kinja and Twitter to add conspiracies we left out. One in particular caught… » 10/02/14 5:32pm 10/02/14 5:32pm

A Field Guide To American Truthers

There were no truthers back in the 20th century. I grew up in the Golden Age of Kennedy Assassination Conspiracies, but the word "truther" was never used to describe Oliver Stone or any of the other folks who decried the Magic Bullet theory. (DISCLOSURE: I saw JFK when I was in high school and took every scene as… » 10/02/14 1:45pm 10/02/14 1:45pm

Zinedine Zidane Pretends He Doesn't Manage Team He Obviously Manages

Real Madrid have been fast tracking club legend Zinedine Zidane to the manager's chair for a while now. He's gone from first team assistant to reserve team head coach in just over a year. Thing is, Zidane did not have the right qualifications for the latter position and now faces sanctions. Real Madrid's defense has… » 9/18/14 3:26pm 9/18/14 3:26pm

The Story Behind Those Jerry Jones Photos Is Weirder Than The Photos

Those weird photos of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and some ladies hanging out in what appears to be a bathroom come with an equally bughouse backstory. They were first put on the internet by a man named Frank Hoover, who alleges that they were taken by people looking to set up Jerry Jones in an extortion plot. Hoover… » 8/05/14 1:27pm 8/05/14 1:27pm

​The Military Is Shutting Down Its Weather-Controlling Death Beam

Can a facility that has inspired global conspiracy theories be designated a World Heritage Site? If so, that might be the only way to prevent the shutdown of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska, which studies the ionosphere—or creates lethal hurricanes—depending on whom you talk to. » 5/22/14 12:58pm 5/22/14 12:58pm

10 Most Essential 1970s Conspiracy Thrillers

Techno-paranoia has become the norm in our post-Snowden world, and hit shows like Person of Interest play on our fears of being watched. But the high-tech conspiracy tale has its roots in the 1970s, which saw a great wave of movies about assassins, surveillance, secret governments, and corporate cabals. The result was… » 1/28/14 1:50pm 1/28/14 1:50pm

Was Knute Rockne Killed By The Mob? Tracing The Origins Of One Of The…

On the morning of March 31, 1931, TWA Flight 599, en route from Kansas City to Los Angeles, fell out of the sky over the Flint Hills of central Kansas, near the community of Bazaar. Farmers on the ground reported hearing a bang before the right wing snapped off, sending the plane into a dive. All eight people on board… » 1/07/13 5:10pm 1/07/13 5:10pm

And Now, Donté Stallworth Blowing The Lid Off An H1N1 Vaccine Conspiracy

Donté Stallworth hasn't seen much playing time with the Patriots this year. He's only played in one game, and his 63-yard touchdown reception against the Texans marks the only time he's gotten his hands on the ball. This doesn't mean that Stallworth hasn't been busy, though. He spends a lot of time sharing his wit… » 1/04/13 5:30pm 1/04/13 5:30pm

A Frozen Clock Was Nearly Disastrous In The Caps-Bruins Game

With 9.5 seconds left and the Capitals up by a goal, the puck was dropped in Washington's zone. But for more than five seconds, the clock refused to start. The Bruins cycled it around, with Patrice Bergeron getting off a shot just at the buzzer. It was thankfully blocked, because a score there would have meant riots… » 4/20/12 10:25am 4/20/12 10:25am

Are Messi And Barcelona Sending Secret Messages To Help Rebels Smuggle…

The answer is, no, obviously not. That would be stupid. But we can't ignore it, because at least one entity is buying into the conspiracy theory that Messi, Pedro and their Barcelona teammates are sending hidden messages to the Syrian resistance via their on-field play in a recent Clásico: Syrian State TV. » 3/22/12 10:10am 3/22/12 10:10am

John Clayton Does Not Have A Ponytail, But He Does Have A Mullet

The I-Team investigated this some time ago, only to be told by ESPN that NFL analyst John Clayton did not have a ponytail but only a "mess of hair in back." Clayton hasn't been seen much in Bristol since then, limiting his exposure to face-frontal shots via satellite, but tonight he made a rare studio appearance in… » 12/14/11 10:10pm 12/14/11 10:10pm