The Weekly World News is not in print anymore, but almost all of its issues are available on Google Books! For it’s sheer entertainment, it’s great fun, but it’s also valuable to the ordinary investigator of extraordinary claims because not so few of those claims originated directly from those pages.
Yes, Virginia, many people took those stories very seriously. From the sounds from hell to some images of Nessie, to their Internet hit of Andrew Carlssin, at some point the tabloid source was forgotten and the story lived on.
As an interesting example, browsing the archive, I was surprised to find this front cover:
It was a surprise because I recognized the image, having seen it before, quite degraded, in this version:
Which is allegedly a photo from a soviet crashed saucer in the 1930s-40s (page in Japanese, but the story circulates in many languages).
Of course, as it must be clear now, the photo is actually an original WWN hoax. Check the story below:
In this particular case, the photo survived while the original story vanished. But it’s WWN infiltrating the extraordinary claims world, being taken very seriously by some, due to not so serious “researchers”.
Obviously, true believers will say the WWN was a disinformation vehicle and that the original 1940s photo was discredited in that 1992 story. Believe it… or not.
Can you find other interesting stories in the WWN online archive? I couldn’t find the sounds from hell story… do share your finds in the comments!
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