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Student ends up with a cat drawn on her head after bakery fails spelling test
Italian sunseekers ignore CORPSE lying in the surf and continue having fun just yards away
Conspiracy theories are as American as apple pie. A national poll released this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that some popular conspiracy theories in the United States have persisted for years, like the belief that a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.
Meanwhile, new theories have gained believers, such as the ideas that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks and that Osama bin Laden is still alive.
Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the ideas in the new poll are based on a misunderstanding of science—or a stubborn refusal to acknowledge it.
Here’s a reality check on some of the science-related conspiracy theories from the survey:
1. A total of 37 percent of American voters believe global warming is a hoax. Most (58 percent) of the people who believe this identified themselves as Republicans. Of those who don’t believe global warming is a hoax, 77 percent are Democrats.
Reality Check: Numerous scientific studies have confirmed that the Earth is warming and that the rate of warming is increasing. Average temperatures have climbed 1.4°F (0.8°C) around the world since 1880. Much of the temperature increase happened in recent decades, coinciding with a spike of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere as a result of human activity.
The effects of global warming on the natural world are equally well documented: Arctic sea ice is now thawing at historic rates, flowers are blooming earlier, and the migration patterns of birds and other animals are changing.
2. A total of 29 percent of voters believe aliens do exist. Another 21 percent believe the U.S. government covered up a UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.
According to PPP, more Americans who supported Mitt Romney for president last year (27 percent) than those who supported Barack Obama (16 percent) believe in the UFO cover-up.
Reality Check: It hasn’t always been the case, but many astronomers today are open to the idea of life existing elsewhere in the universe—and even to the possibility of intelligent alien life. That’s thanks in large part to the relatively recent discoveries of hundreds of so-called exoplanets—worlds beyond our solar system—and thousands of planet candidates. Most scientists think it’s only a matter of time before a habitable, rocky, Earth-like twin is discovered.
Even our own solar system might contain evidence of alien life. NASA’s Curiosity rover recently discovered tantalizing evidence of clays and minerals that scientists say could only have formed in water. The implication: Ancient Mars had the conditions and ingredients necessary to support life.
As for UFOs, most sightings are eventually linked to more mundane causes. For example, a recent video by actor Russell Crowe purportedly capturing a UFO outside his office was likely reflected sunlight from a plane passing near sunset.
3. Some 20 percent believe childhood vaccines are linked to autism. These voters believe that childhood vaccines against mumps and other diseases could increase the risk of developing autism.
Reality Check: A recent government study confirmed what many scientists have been saying all along: There is no connection between the number of vaccines a child receives and his or her risk of developing autism.
The study, published last month in The Journal of Pediatrics, also found that even though kids are getting more vaccines these days, those vaccines contain fewer substances that provoke an immune response.
4. The poll revealed that 14 percent believe that Bigfoot is real. Another 14 percent said they were not sure, while 72 percent said they do not believe Bigfoot is real.
Reality Check: Despite several attempts to prove Bigfoot exists, no one has presented evidence that has withstood scientific scrutiny. Indeed, many such “proofs” have turned out to be outright hoaxes. In 2008, two men claimed to have found a seven-foot (two-meter) tall, 500-pound (230-kilogram) Bigfoot corpse in the woods of northern Georgia, but the body was later revealed to be a rubber ape costume.
Last November, another group claimed they had done DNA tests that proved the “North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.” The researchers touted the fact that their study was published in a scientific journal called DeNovo—but it seems the publication was created especially for that Bigfoot study.
While Bigfoot is likely just a myth, that’s not to say that no new, close relatives of humans have ever been found—it’s just that all of them are long extinct. For example, in 2010, scientists announced that a 40,000-year-old pinkie bone found in a Siberian cave belonged to a previously unknown species of ancient human called Denisovans.
5. Some 9 percent believe the government adds fluoride to drinking water for “sinister” purposes.
Reality Check: The latest evidence that fluoridated water has dental health benefits comes from a 2013 study published in the Journal of Dental Research. The study found that fluoride in drinking water prevents tooth decay in adults regardless of age, whether or not they drank fluoridated water as children.
Other recent evidence of the dental benefits of fluoride came from an unlikely source: A survey of more than 23,000 skeletons from medieval archaeological sites in Britain showed that people who lived near the coast—and presumably consumed a lot of fluoride-rich fish—had fewer cavities.
6. A total of 7 percent of voters believe the moon landing was faked. Another 9 percent said they weren’t sure whether the Apollo moon landing really happened.
Reality Check: Believers of this particular conspiracy theory have painstakingly dissected video and photos from the Apollo 11 moon landing looking for evidence that it was faked. For example, some have pointed out that the American flag Neil Armstrong planted on the moon appears to be flapping “in a breeze” in videos and photographs.
But, as spaceflight historian Roger Launius of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., explained on the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, “The video you see where the flag’s moving is because the astronaut just placed it there, and the inertia from when they let go kept it moving.”
We went hunting for rules and regulations around the country that can’t be real — but totally are. They range from how you can eat and drink, to ways you’re allowed to behave in public. And, after reading them you’re probably going to wonder what happened to make an official put one of these laws on the books in the first place.
(To be fair, though, there are a couple laws we kind of like, so we’ll save them for last. Until then, enjoy the folly.)
15. Alaska Shooting bears is acceptable in the 49th state. It’s also, in theory, legal to shoot a bear while it’s sleeping. That said, it’s illegal to wake a sleeping bear merely to take a picture of it, or with it. However, if you’re going to wake a sleeping bear to take a photo then maybe you deserve whatever comes your way.
14. California Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship. We’re assuming that applies to humans as well.
13. North Dakota It’s illegal for restaurants in this state to serve both pretzels and beer at the same time. Random, much?
12. Oklahoma It is illegal to have sex before marriage. Unfortunately, it’s also illegal for bar owners to allow anyone inside their establishment to pretend to have sex with a buffalo. Oh, and if you are married, oral sex is a misdemeanor, punishable by one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. That blows!
11. Nevada Here’s a law that we’re assuming no one follows, especially in Las Vegas: You’re not allowed to buy drinks for more than three people at a time.
10. Nebaska Also in our “probably not enforced” category is this one: It’s illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
9. Wisconsin It’s illegal to serve butter substitutes in state prisons. Great. Now the cafeteria workers have something else to worry about!
8. Texas It is illegal to sell your eye to someone. Good to know.
7. North Carolina You are not allowed to play bingo for more than five hours. Period. Sorry, granny, but you’re out!
6. South Carolina It’s illegal for anyone under 18 to play a pinball machine. Fortunately, it looks like they can play bingo for as long as they want.
5. Hawaii Another strike against grandparents! Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.
4. Utah A person can’t have sex in the back of an ambulance if it is responding to an emergency call. But if you see a parked ambulance, and it’s a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’.
3. Idaho In Idaho it’s against the law for a man to give a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds. And, if you really think about it, this might just be a service toward humanity.
2. Massachusetts Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked. Actually, we’re not sure if that’s so bad, either.
1. Maine You can’t keep your Christmas lights and wreaths up past January 14th. That’s right, it’s illegal. On one hand, being told how you’re allowed to decorate gets our liberal side fired up. But then again, having been annoyed by the sight of tacky old Christmas decorations in the heat of summer, we kind of get it.
Maine? Keep up the good work.
The team noticed a strong smell of cannabis as they sucked in the welcome fresh air, and tracked it to a nearby house, reports the Police Federation’s magazine.
“They asked their colleague in the back what he had been eating, and after fits of giggles and denials, they realised the cannabis smell was in the air in the street outside,” it said.
“All three officers’ suspicions were raised and they left the car to get some fresh air and find the cause of the cannabis smell.
“Imagine the surprise on the faces of the occupants of the house further along the road when the officers, following their noses, found a cannabis factory with a crop worth £12,000.”
The flatulent officer in question had reportedly been on a high-protein diet after taking up body building.
“It was a good collar and it was all down to this officer and his flatulence,” a police source said.
Forget about bringing your big purse or backpack — or even a cooler — to NFL games this season. They’ll all be banned, along with seat cushions and camera bags, at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games.
In a press release Thursday, the NFL Committee on Stadium Security said to a provide a “safer environment” and to “expedite fan entry,” NFL teams will implement a policy that will limit the size and types of bags that can be brought into stadiums.
Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, seat cushions, cinch bags or camera bags.
Would you have sex with one of your teachers in high school?
What if her husband walked the halls with a gun? Yeah, you might think twice.
Not these dumbasses though.
Detective Robert Rookhuyzen says teacher Denise Keesee targeted vulnerable students who knew her husband was the on-campus cop. “Some of the students she worked with were in a program for at-risk youth. These were young people who had come from broken homes… not doing well in school. And she was able to become buddies with them,” the detective said. He’s been working the case for months, trying to get very reluctant former students to tell their stories. All the alleged victims are now adults but were underage at the time of the incidents they described. He says the teacher’s husband’s job made the investigation even harder. “He was assigned as the school resource officer at the high school which means he is on-site at the school, and unfortunately it prevented people from coming forward essentially,” Detective Rookhuyzen said.
“There’s no Cheese in Hamburger!”
We have a new catch phrase people! And a new crazed customer video. Just days after the crazy lady in Florida, Taylor Chapman, recorded herself abusing a cashier at Dunkin Donuts over a missing receipt, now we have this guy who walked up to the Wendy’s drive thru complaining that he got cheese on his hamburger. The video was taken by Jacob Donnelly who was in a car behind this customer.
“I need my money back and I want it fast,’ the angry man screams. ‘Is there cheese in hamburger? There is no cheese in hamburger. When you have a cheeseburger you have a cheeseburger, when you have hamburger you have a hamburger.”
WARNING: Not Safe For Work language.