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Fortean Times, named after maverick American writer Charles Fort, is one of the world’s most individual and best loved magazines. For over 35 years FT has been chronicling the stranger side of life, delivering a heady mix of weird world news, up-to-date reports and features on every aspect of the unexplained: myths, monsters, ghosts and UFOs rub shoulders with ancient wonders and future science, while expert columnists bring you the latest on everything from cryptozoology to conspiracy theory. Open-minded, well informed and maintaining a healthy sense of humour, FT is the only place to go for a sensible look at our mad planet – it will change the way you see the world.

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the q conundrum

(CAPUCINE DESLOUIS) This issue has some dark threads running through it, perhaps unsurprisingly given that our cover story this month focuses on the Conspirasphere’s new kid on the block, QAnon. Once in a while, a conspiracy theory breaks out of the online ghetto and goes mainstream, which QAnon did – big time – after the media spotted people at pro-Trump rallies wearing ‘Q’ T-shirts and waving placards bearing mysterious slogans such as “Trust the Plan”, “We are Q”, or “wwg1wga”. We still don’t know exactly what QAnon is, although Noel Rooney does his best to find out (see p32). Its adherents claim that the enigmatic Q is a Trump administration insider who has been leaving a trail of clues that an army of assiduous Internet ‘researchers’ have been decoding and…

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the purloined weather

An aerial view of the Alborz mountains in northern Iran; has Israel stolen the country’s snow? (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP / GETTY IMAGES) At a press conference in July, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation, accused Israel of ‘manipulating weather’ to prevent rain over the Islamic republic. “Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,” he said. “On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft.” He cited a survey showing that above 2,200m (7,200ft), all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow… except Iran.However, Ahad Vazife, head of Iran’s meteorological service, said that General Jalali “probably has documents of…

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the conspirasphere

THE POWER AND THE PERVERTS The repeated attempts, and failures, to carry out an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse, mainly of children, by powerful figures in the UK political establishment, made me think back on some of the more spectacular accusations of sexual misconduct, and worse, levelled against the world’s most powerful people; and how these stories very rarely make it, in their most extreme (or pure, perhaps) form, into the mainstream. The Conspirasphere has regularly seen lurid (and also impassioned) crusades against the sex crimes of the elite; they are often championed by leading figures in the alternative news world (David Icke and Alex Jones spring to mind) and often, also, feature people who claim to be victims of such terrible crimes.A few of the more…

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extra! extra!

SELF-DRIVING CARS WILL SOON OVERTAKE HUMANS Irish Times, 2 Nov 2017. Woman stunned by £284bn electricity bill BBC News, 28 Dec 2017. RARE WATCH ONCE OWNED BY EGYPTIAN KING TO GO UNDER HAMMER Reuters, 20 Mar 2018. Killed woman jailed for fraud Gold Coast Bulletin (Queensland), 9 Nov 2017. ZAMPA WANTS DEATH BOWL (Melbourne) Herald Sun, 11 Dec 2017. Catfish suspended over sex harassment claims BBC News, 18 May 2018. ■…

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hanging in there

Celino Villanueva Jaramillo. Manuel Garcia Hernandez with two of his great-granddaughters. (HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP / GETTY IMAGES) Fredie Blom celebrates his 114th birthday in Delft, Cape Town, South Africa. (WILLEM VAN DER MERWE / XINHUA / ALAMY LIVE NEWS) Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, a farm worker who never married and had no known living relatives, died in hospital on 18 April 2018 in the southern Chilean town of San José de Mariquina. He had fallen out of bed a week previously and broken three ribs, one of which pierced a lung. After an emergency operation and being placed in intensive care, doctors were initially optimistic he would survive; but his damaged lung became critical, and on 17 April a priest was called to deliver the last rites. Celino was…

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ARMADA SHIPWRECKA shipwreck found underwater off the coast of Suffolk is believed to have been a warship from the Spanish Armada. Divers surveying the seabed off Dunwich, once an important port, found a three-ton siege gun and recovered a cannon dated to around 1540. Sunday Telegraph, 25 May 2018. GROOM’S A WIMPA bride from the eastern Indian state of Bihar refused to marry her betrothed when he “started behaving in a strange manner” and admitted being afraid when lightning hit a field during the wedding vows. The groom’s relatives protested, as some of the rituals had already been performed, and there was a mass brawl and three arrests. Sunday Telegraph, 1 July 2018. PHANTOM RABBIT FLINGEROver two weeks in June, several dead rabbits were thrown through windows of student…