Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies for Dummies by Hodapp/Von Kannon


What can I say? The title grabbed me. Or else it was all a conspiracy...to drag me into a world beyond "Who murdered JFK" and "What did the government really find in Roswell" and "The U.S. dollar bill was designed by Freemasons".

They've got a lot in this book, but I'm convinced you can't fit every conspiracy theory and secret society in here. They do cover a lot; the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the Skull and Bones fraternity, the Mafia, the (alleged) Scientologists and there is a passing reference to the fact that hot dog buns are sold in sets of eight and buns in packs of ten. (Although if you buy the bun length wienies, you get eight to a pack to match the buns.)

I got a good laugh out of several sections, like the Mafia glossary, spiritualist Madame Blavatsky, and the E Clampus Vitus society (their secret sign is putting their thumbs in their ear and wiggling their fingers). The authors had a lot of fun with them too. There's even a short guide to debunking the best of the conspiracy theories out there. Some of these societies that did some really weird/sick/wrong things. Just make sure your kids are laughing at the right sections; wouldn't want them starting a new alternative fraternity.

I couldn't sit and read this in long stretches - better in short doses while in the bathroom. You're safer there anyway; the FBI doesn't like to wiretap bathrooms for obvious reasons, so you're safe from the new world order conspiracy in the government who try to assassinate people who know the truth.

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