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.

  • Christopher James Huff

    http://rationalwiki.org/ has a pretty large set of articles on cranks of all sorts, as well as debunkings and informative articles about various areas of crankery. The site’s quite active, and as a decent-sized community wiki is unlikely to suddenly die or stop updating.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t know how I missed that one. Thanks!

  • publiusr

    Ahh..the pistons were just for show. It had the NAZI bell in it to make it hover…yearh, that’s the ticket. Morgan Fairchild.

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