Announcing the Commenter Conspiracy Theory Contest Winner!


Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar aaron david says:

    Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed the church lady reference.

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  2. Avatar Chris says:

    Well done Aaron, well done. Your ability to channel crazy is… disturbing. 😉

    Though I must say, the WroldNetDaily reference reminds me of their WNV conspiracy, and that makes me believe that perhaps we all failed at this contest:

    Some national security sources – as well as health professionals – believe Saddam Hussein weaponized those samples and sent them back to the United States, via his ally Fidel Castro in Cuba, in revenge for his defeat in the Persian Gulf War and the decade-long sanctions imposed on his country by the U.S.

    That would be enough, by itself, except that WND was not satisfied with merely suggesting an international conspiracy in which weaponized West Nile Virus was given to Cuba by Iraq and then delivered to the U.S. (via defectors?). To make it truly terrifying, we have to be the ones who gave the Iraqis the virus in the first place:

    The Centers for Disease Control gave samples of West Nile virus – among other deadly biological agents – to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in the 1980s.

    Which gets us gems like this:

    While some American intelligence sources are still suspicious about claims that Saddam Hussein had an active chemical and biological weapons program, others believe he unleashed that program on the U.S. in the form of West Nile virus.

    They even have a bug expert:

    One entomology expert who maintains an open mind on the West Nile outbreak, Dr. Jonathan F. Day of the University of Florida, said: “The sporadic appearance of WNV is disturbing, especially its appearance in the Florida Keys. It really appears that WN has been seeded throughout the eastern half of the United States. I guess the question is, by whom?”

    (Emphasis added.)

    We could have just added “flowers” to this, and it would have won easily.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    I’m almost afraid to ask what I wrote that caused Tod to laugh.Report