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Conspiracy theories are often wild explanations for a disputed case or matter. There are conspiracy theories about everything from aliens to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Do they have a ring of truth?
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How much do you actually know about the unknowable? It's time to put your supernatural knowledge to the test. Pray you spent enough time in your bookstore's candlelit occult section.
Are crop circles the work of alien visitors? Are they a natural phenomenon? Are they elaborate hoaxes perpetrated by some very dedicated humans? HowStuffWorks takes a look into the mystery of crop circles -- what they are, where they can be found, how they can be made and how researchers are trying to separate the supernatural from the scientific.
Do you relish the thought of finding yourself face-to-face with a ghost? Do your favorite historical sites all have human suffering in common? If ghosts are your pleasure, then you may want to visit the cities on our list.
The movie "Ghostbusters" introduced a generation to proton beams, ectoplasm and a terrorizing Stay Puft Marshmallow. Real-life ghost busting is a bit less glamorous and whole lot cleaner.
Carnivals and amusement parks create haunted houses to give you a good scare during Halloween. But what if the scares lasted for centuries -- and your house was the frightening attraction?
When you're alone in a strange room at night, it's easy to believe that noises, shadows and chills are proof that spirits of the dead are there with you. Learn some possible explanations for the phenomena most often attributed to ghosts.
Have you been feeling a little off lately? Like maybe something's not quite right? Ordering your steaks extra, extra bloody? If you score above a 15 in this quiz, you might want to avoid holy water and garlicky foods for quite some time, or, you know, an eternity.
The vampire legend has been evolving for centuries. The most common image of the vampire was born in Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" in 1897, but the stories go back further than that. Learn all about the undead.
Even if you've never seen a zombie movie, you probably know something about the walking dead. But did you know that zombies have their roots in folklore and -- according to some researchers -- in real events in Haiti?
Think you might be a zombie? And not just an "office-worker-who-needs-a -coffee-injection-stat" type of zombie, but an actual member of the undead? Take this quiz to find out if you're right. A score of 15 or more may give you cause for concern.
Even if you don’t crave the taste of aged cadaver, it’s better for everyone if you take this test. Score less than an eight on this, and your human status will be confirmed. Score an eight or greater, however, and we’ll know you for a ghoul.
The practice of hypnotism dates back centuries, and there are those who swear by its validity. Whether you're a skeptic or a believer, hypnosis is an interesting phenomenon. Check it out -- and let us know if you start to bark like a dog.
Have you ever had a dream that came true? Or called a friend at the exact moment he was calling you? Most of us have had some sort of paranormal experience. Is this evidence of the existence of ESP?
Déjà vu is used to describe the feeling that you experienced a situation before. What causes this phenomenon? It’s not a glitch in the matrix, but most of our knowledge on the subject is still theoretical.
If you've seen the movie "The Exorcist," you have some idea of what exorcism is. But is it real, or are there other explanations for what some people call "possession"? Learn why a priest might perform an exorcism and more.
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The Bermuda Triangle isn't formally recognized by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names as a real place, but many people believe that mysterious forces are at work within this triangular patch of ocean.