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False Flag at Finsbury Park?

Another terrorist attack took place in London, this time targeting Muslims in Finsbury Park. Mainstream media outlets have reported that one man had died and 10 more were injured after 47-year-old Darren Osborne, a father of four from Cardiff, Wales, drove a white rented van onto the pavement, running over worshippers after late night Ramadan prayer at the Muslim Welfare House.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick stated that the incident was “quite clearly an attack on Muslims," while Theresa May has also declared that the incident was a terror attack, adding that police responded to the incident within one minute.

Not long after news of the story broke, many conspiracy theorists insisted that the Finsbury Park attack was a hoax, an operation staged to flip the narrative and draw attention away from the fact that radical Islamists have killed 1,263 victims in the past 23 in dozens of attacks across the world.

One website,, pointed out several discrepa…

Vatican takes on group of rogue exorcists

The Vatican has launched an investigation into a Brazilian gang of rogue exorcists who call themselves the Heralds of the Gospel, according to a report from the UK'sDaily Mail.

The group believes that their former leader who died in 1995, Dr. Plinio Correa de Oliveira, has struck up a friendship with Satan in the afterlife, and now possesses the ability to cause climate change.

After a video was posted online in which members of the exorcism cult claim to have conversed with Satan and are planning to replace Pope Francis with one of their own, the Vatican's investigation team jumped into action.

In the video, one of the group's members reads from a transcript that supposedly details a conversation with Satan. The devil claims that an asteroid will crash into the Atlantic Ocean, wiping out all of North America.

The devil also allegedly stated (through a possessed individual) that the pope will die in a fall and, after his death, will be replaced by Monsignor João Scognamiglio…

The Ghost Cities of China

When Americans think of ghost towns, we invariably think of abandoned mining camps and Wild West tourist traps, complete with restored brothels and saloons. Unlike American ghost towns, the ghost towns (or ghost metropolises, to be more precise) of China often have less to do with the past than they do the future. These pre-fab cities boast towering skyscrapers where no one works, sprawling apartment complexes where no one lives, vast shopping malls where no one shops and miles of highways that are completely devoid of traffic.

At first glance, these eerily abandoned cities conjure thoughts of apocalypse or some Biblical rapture that whisked away millions of inhabitants without a trace. Or they bring to mind places like Theresienstadt, the Nazi concentration camp where the horrors of Jewish internment were disguised behind fake shops and cafés built to fool foreign Red Cross inspectors.

In reality, the numerous ghost cities of China have nothing to do with government propaganda or a ni…

Kinshiu Maru: The Suicide Ship of the Russo-Japanese War

On October 12, 1904, a bone-chilling story was reported by the crew of the schooner Gotoma after its arrival in San Francisco from the Kuril Islands. According to the ship's captain, Captain Macomber, the schooner was about forty miles southwest of Cape Curat on August 4 when the crew sighted a mass of floating wreckage.

Captain Macomber sailed his ship closer to the wreckage and recognized it as a Japanese troopship-- the ill-fated Kinshiu Maru, which was reported sunk by the Russians the previous April. The crew boarded the floating wreck and discovered, to their horror, a number of headless Japanese soldiers ensnared in the wreckage. How those unfortunate soldiers became decapitated was a naval mystery that captivated the world for several weeks.

Strangely, it was an unknown preacher from Novia Scotia who managed to solve the mystery.

Reverend William Rufus Foote was a Canadian living in Japan during the Russo-Japanese War, which was fought between 1904 and 1905. Rev. Foote learn…

Flat Earth: A few thoughts

While going through my email today I found an email sent by a woman who pointed out that, out of all the topics we've covered on this site over the years, we have never written anything about the "flat earth" theory.

This caught my attention because I was pretty sure that we've discussed flat earth theory at some point in the past but, alas, we never have.

Here's the problem with the theory, which I have never heard addressed by flat earthers. Since mankind first began exploring the seas, why hasn't anyone like Magellan, Hudson, Vasco da Gama, Drake, DeSoto or Columbus ever reached the edge?

You'd think at some point in the history of exploration, somebody would've reached the end of the earth, and said, "Whoah! Turn this mofo around, we're about to go over the edge!"

Just a thought.

The Seth Rich murder conspiracy smoking gun?

Although we delve into conspiracy theories from time to time here at JOTB, we have refrained from weighing in on the case of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich because, quite frankly, we were waiting for enough credible evidence to surface before we could arrive at any conclusions. With hundreds of Seth Rich stories hitting the internet every day, it would be a full-time job just to browse through all of them.

As is always the case, we begin an investigation with an open mind. For instance, our investigation into the Sandy Hook shooting led us to debunk the claims of several leading conspiracy theorists. We examined every possible detail, interviewed several sources and worked with nearly a dozen unbiased independent investigators, journalists (and a handful of leakers) before we reached our conclusion(s). We did the same during our investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, which many claimed was a false flag operation (it was not).

Therefore, it cannot be said that we are card-carry…

When real life imitates cartoons

The following newspaper article, which appeared in the Maysville, Kentucky Evening Bulletin on March 4, 1889, involves a man who got shot while pretending to be a ghost, in an attempt to pull off a land-grab scheme that sounds like something from a Scooby Doo episode.

Casey, Iowa, March 4.-- There is a little pond known as Silver Lake, four miles west of here, and near it a schol house in which the young folks of the neighborhood are wont to hold a lyceum. Recently a ghostlike apparition has caused nightly terror in the neighborhood. Several nights ago the apparition frightened a farmer's team, which ran away, tipped over the buggy and nearly killed the farmer's wife.

The husband procured a shotgun, loaded it with buckshot and then lay in wait for the ghost four nights. Thursday night he filled the ghost with buckshot. It cried: "My God, don't shoot anymore," and fell prostrate. The ghost was carried home by the shooter and cared for. No one but the attending phys…

The chilling last testament of Joseph Obney

In early 1896 a bone-chilling discovery was made inside of an abandoned coal mine about a mile east of Colliers, West Virginia. A local adventure seeker, David Snyder, decided to explore the old mine, which hadn't been used since the days of the Civil War, and his gruesome find cleared up a mystery that had boggled the people of Brooke County for thirty-two years.

That was the last time anyone had seen Benjamin Ayers, John Ewing, Thomas Ackelson and Joseph Obney alive.

Snyder found the skeletons of the four missing men, who seemingly had fallen off the face of the earth after deserting the Union army. One of the skeletons was sitting upright against a rocky ledge, and next to the skeleton was a flask containing several well-preserved notes. And the contents of notes were every bit as disturbing as the moldering bones in the forsaken tunnels beneath Brooke County.

They read as follows:

November 2, 1863-- Should this ever reach the outside world let it be known that we are prisoners h…

Setting the record straight about Atlas Obscura's debunking of Victorian 'tear catchers'

A few days ago Atlas Obscura published an article debunking Victorian era "tear catchers"-- glass bottles into which grieving persons wept. Being sentimental sometimes to the point of absurdity, those who lived during the 19th century had an obsession with grief; post-mortem photography, for example, was a popular way for people to preserve the memory of the dearly departed. Considering that thousands of Victorians had no qualms about displaying portraits of their deceased children in life-like poses in their homes, the concept of crying into a bottle doesn't seem so far-fetched.

As Atlas Obscura correctly pointed out, the antiques and curiosities marketplace is burgeoning with bottles hawked as authentic Victorian era tear catchers, and, in many cases, the romantic backstory is worth far more than the bottles themselves. In many cases, these bottles are really nothing more than perfume bottles.

As for the common belief that Victorians wept into them, Atlas Obscura claims…

History's Most Evil: Gilles de Rais

No conversation on the most evil men in history would be complete without mentioning Gilles de Rais, the French military hero turned occultist who, in order to quench his thirst for human blood, committed some of the most graphic and revolting crimes the world has ever seen.

Born in 1405 of noble blood, Gilles de Rais was a knight and lord from Brittany, and a descendent of the the wealthy and powerful House of Montmorency-Laval. As a young man he served with valor in the French army, eventually becoming a commander and fighting against the English alongside Joan of Arc. For his heroism in the Hundreds' Year War he was awarded the title of Marshal of France.

He soon retired to his sprawling country manor, but before long the locals became alarmed at the disappearance of children from the vicinity. Strangely, only children under the age of seven went missing. When it was learned that Gilles had adopted a fascination with the occult, parents who had lost their children staked out t…

Haunted by the ghost of an ex-husband

The following strange story comes from the July 31, 1911 edition of the New Castle Herald.

The orphan who survived a Sioux scalping

Robert McGee was a teenage orphan in the summer of 1864 when he went to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas to enlist in the army. Being only 14 years of age, he was rejected, but he soon found work as a teamster, transporting flour to the territory of New Mexico.

The flour caravan embarked on its journey along the famous Santa Fe Trail on July 1. Two weeks later the teamsters found themselves near Great Bend in Kansas and decided to make camp in the shadow of Fort Zarah, feeling safe and secure.

However, they soon encountered danger as Little Turtle, the Sioux leader, launched an attack against the wagon train. The Sioux warriors massacred the teamsters, staining the Kansas prairie red with blood. The teamsters never had a fighting chance.

The assault was so brutal that the soldiers at Fort Zarah stood by and watched in horror. The commanding officer of the fort was later court-martialed for his cowardice. There was only one survivor-- young Robert McGee.

McGee didn't emerge from the massacr…

The headless ghost of the Sand Patch Grade

The Sand Patch Grade is a famous 100-mile stretch of track through the Allegheny Mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania. With its numerous abandoned tunnels (some abandoned as far back as 1912) and steep curves where many a careless track walker has met his gruesome demise at the hands of a smoke-belching locomotive, it is known for being a spooky place.

In 1912-- the year the famous Sand Patch Tunnel was deserted-- three railroaders had a ghastly encounter with a headless apparition, according to the following article from the Oct. 17, 1912 edition of the Pittsburgh Daily Post.

 Perhaps the victim of a fatal encounter with a train? The wandering spirit of a railroader killed in a crash? Your guess is as good as ours.

Is MSNBC the next InfoWars? Lawrence O'Donnell substitutes wild conspiracy theory for news

Those who enjoy a side order of conspiracy theory with their news got more than they could swallow on Friday when Lawrence O'Donnell, host of MSNBC's "The Last Word", claimed-- without proof-- that Vladimir Putin might have masterminded the chemical attacks in Syria.

On Friday, O'Donnell offered a theory claiming that Putin ordered Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to use chemical weapons against his own people in a small-scale attack that was just large enough to attract media attention. This prompted President Trump to retaliate, thereby distracting Americans from the "real" issue-- the alleged ties between Russian officials and members of Trump's campaign staff.

O'Donnell devoted several minutes to passionately defending his wild speculation that had no basis in fact before bringing on his first guest.

O'Donnell believes it's the perfect explanation
“It’s perfect, just perfect," declared O'Donnell as he laid out the s…

My Strangest Experience: The Vanishing Nursing Home Patient

The following strange story was sent to us by Sunny from Oak Park, Illinois, and describes a peculiar incident that took place in a nursing home. Our research indicates that the facility is still in operation, so the name of the nursing home has been redacted.

About twenty years ago I worked one day per week as the staff beautician at a small nursing home in Cook County called ----------.  Every Friday I would go in at 9 o'clock and work until every resident who needed a haircut or a shampoo was finished. Sometimes I'd be done by 5, other times I'd be done by noon. It all depended on how many residents were living at ------------- at the time.

This particular incident took place on maybe my second or third week on the job, so it was before I came to know all of the nurses and residents by name. The beauty shop was located in a small room at the end of a hallway on the basement level, and outside the beauty shop the long hallway led to the kitchen. In the middle of the hallw…

10 Best Victorian Era Life Hacks!

1. Use a coffin torpedo to prevent bodysnatchers from stealing your corpse.

These days it's hard to decide which is more inconvenient-- expiring at the age of fifteen after a bout of cholera, or having your corpse stolen and then dissected by medical school students. If you fear the second scenario the most, then you need to invest in a coffin torpedo.

Just place this discreet explosive device into your casket before burial and screw down the lid. If a bodysnatcher tries to pry open the lid, he'll have himself a real blast!

2.Want to relieve feminine hysteria? Then insert this into your birth canal!

Physicians have known for some time that the best way to cure hysteria is through hysterical paroxysm, or masturbation to orgasm. This can make for an awkward visit to the doctor, however.

The good news is that British physician Joseph Mortimer Granville has recently invented a handheld battery-operated device that you can use in the privacy of your own home to induce the much-bal…

Yes, CNN actually fact-checked Sean Spicer on salad dressing

And journalists wonder why so many Americans have a negative opinion of journalists

Historically, journalism has been a noble profession. Charles Bartlett earned his Pulitzer in 1956 for breaking a story that led to the humiliation and subsequent resignation of the Secretary of the Air Force. In 1960, Vance Trimble earned a Pulitzer for exposing nepotism in Congress. Six years later, Haynes Johnson earned the same award for his coverage of the civil rights conflict in Selma. In 1978, Gaylord Shaw exposed the unsafe conditions of our nation's dams and, in 1988, Tim Weiner earned the Pulitzer for exposing a secret Pentagon budget that led to an unprecedented arms buildup which threatened world peace.

Fast forward to March 29, 2017-- the day Michelle Krupa of CNN actually scribed an article exposing White House press secretary Sean Spicer's ignorance of the history of salad dressing.

No, I'm not making this up. This actually happened. A journalist was actually paid by a mainstr…