Extraordinary claims. Ordinary investigations.

Weekly World News online!

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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:

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It was a surprise because I recognized the image, having seen it before, quite degraded, in this version:

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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:

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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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  2. Craig York June 29th, 2009 4:54 pm

    I still have most of the frighteningly accurate “P’lod Predicts…” issues*, and picked it up many times over the years, never once taking a cover story ( or most of the contents) seriously for a moment.

    Reading a variety of serious ufology sites, I can well
    believe the ‘disinfo’ meme being out there in force, and
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    Great find, Mori-thanks!

  3. Craig York June 29th, 2009 4:56 pm

    Sorry, I forgot you can’t edit these things once they’re
    posted. “P’lod” was an ‘alien’ who routinely predicted the
    winners of major political races in the US. Also had/has
    a long-running affair with the current Secretary of State…

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  5. JHONJ March 23rd, 2010 2:49 pm

    Yep. I thing that is a real Fly Rounded Object, know like UFO, and is not a Fake picture. but, is not really extraterrestrial. If you dig a little more, you will found that in Germany, in the 40s, some scientist was trying to design Flying ships, saucer alike, and won’t work pretty well, so, they dismissed this project, and start with all the New Technologies that we know today. Sorry for believers, but this answer a lot of questions.

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  13. CJ Daniels October 6th, 2010 3:28 pm

    Glad to see that someone is finaly starting to give weekly world news credit for the great reporting they do. The story on California purchasing the jetpacks was great. Thank you CNN for having Neil McGinness on your show last night. See the footage at:

    http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/23295/wwn-takes-off-on-cnn/

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