After being reminded of a particular crackpot-type-person, I suddenly remembered a webpage that was a personal favorite, about a decade ago: Crank.net. This was an encyclopedia of the lunacy and whackjobbery that floods the internet. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s I was a minor target of crackpots, cranks and loons due to a company I was associated with, and my excessive posting to various newsgroups and discussion fora and the like, and was really pretty sick and damned tired of ’em. (Since then I have fallen into obscurity, which is generally for the best.)
Crank.net even linked to at least one web-nut that I submitted, some guy who was convinced that the US had operational SSTO spaceplanes. No, that wasn’t why he was a nut. He believed the XB-70 was a SSTO spaceplane. No, that wasn’t why he was a nut. He believe that the piston-engined Convair B-36 was capable of attaining orbit, and in fact did so. Yeah, THAT was why he was a nut. Sadly, it appears that Crank.net hasn’t been updated since 2005. Sad, given the vast amount of looney crap that has flooded the web since then. I’ve no idea why it ground to a halt.