Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

March 3, 2017

Do You Like Your Salmon Dyed?

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 8:56 AM

Maybe the greatest horror of all is in the food we eat. Conspiracy theorists have been saying for years that we are eating tainted food. This blog article is all about the conspiracies that surround foods that we consume—but do you believe them? Let’s find out if these are the real deal…


Honey For Your Tea?

Take honey, for example. You’d think it’s a pretty straightforward product — bees make it, bears steal it from the bees, you eat it. Or something. But the truth is that pretty much all the major players in the industry knowingly buy their honey from dodgy sources in China — a country that, for instance, has no qualms in purveying pepper that is entirely made from mud.

Chinese honey frequently has all of the pollen filtered out of it to disguise its origin, and it’s then cut like back-alley cocaine with cheap corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. The FDA says that a substance can’t legally be called “honey” if it contains no pollen, and yet most of the stuff tested from the main retailers contained not a trace of it.

Soy Sauce… The True Evil?

Soy sauce is another thing you’d assume no one would feel the need to fabricate, seeing as soy isn’t exactly a rare commodity. Again, you’d be wrong. Proper soy sauce takes a pretty long time to make, so many manufacturers have started producing an imitation product that takes only three days to make and has a longer shelf life. It is made from something called “hydrolyzed vegetable proteins,” as well as caramel coloring, salt, and our good old friend corn syrup. Most of the soy sauce that you get in packets with your sushi is this fake stuff. But at least it comes with wasabi, too, right? If by “wasabi” you mean “horseradish mixed with mustard.” Let’s face it, you probably weren’t even served by a real Japanese person.

The Clucking Sound of True Chicken

For decades, the vast majority of our “fresh” chicken has been infused with a whole bunch of other substances, up to and including beef and pork waste. That’s bad news for Hindus, Muslims and anyone else who is choosing the chicken dish from the menu because contact with beef or pork is expressly forbidden by their religion.

But even when the chicken is untainted by cloven-hoofed contaminants, you’re still likely eating a bird that’s pumped full of chicken stock, brine and “flavor enhancers.” It’s called plumping, and it’s been standard practice in chicken production since around the ’70s. The industry explains that it’s to add juiciness to chicken that would otherwise be too lean and chewy. Sure, they neglect to mention the fact that the chicken is stringy and inferior because they’ve deliberately bred it to be faster and cheaper to manufacture, but at least they’re not technically lying, at least not at this point.

Are You Dying For Salmon?

The salmon you eat today has never swum a single damn inch upstream. Instead of the Alaskan wilderness, today’s salmon only contain the spirit of the cramped, overcrowded salmon farms in which they spent their entire lives. Because the fish can’t move much and their diet consists entirely of aquarium pellets, the salmon that arrives at your local Safeway is as gray as a British winter.

So how do they recapture the soul of Alaska? They pump the salmon full of pink dye, obviously. The pellets they feed to those aquatic prisoners are infused with a line of coloring agents developed by the pharmaceutical giant Hoffman-La Roche and selected according to a color fan. That’s right — just like the ones you use to choose the color of your wall paint from the hardware store.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.


February 24, 2017

Space Conspiracies

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 9:51 AM

Space… the final frontier. Can anything really be creepy about the vast darkness that surrounds our planet. What could possibly be out there? Did you know there are even conspiracy theories about space… yep. Someone came up with some strange ideas about the solar system. It’s that time again– just scroll down and immerse yourself in the crazy world of the conspiracy theorist…

The Lucifer Project

Just the name of this theory sounds terrifying, doesn’t it? Per conspiracy theorists, NASA conducted a mission to Jupiter’s moons in an effort to see if they could turn Jupiter into another sun. There is no proof of this theory, but turning Jupiter into another sun would allow the moons of Saturn to be warmed up and possibly used for colonization.

This may just be a crazy conspiracy theory, but NASA did just announce $255 million in their 2016 budget to send a ship to Europa, which is Jupiter’s largest moon.

Rogue Planets…

In elementary school, you would have learned about planets and their path of orbit around the sun. What you may not have known is not all planets abide by those silly orbiting rules. Instead, they just float around and do whatever they want.

The creepy thing about this is researchers estimate there to be about twice as many rogue planets as there are stars in our galaxy. Basically, there are a lot of them. The other issue with these planets is they are about the size of Jupiter, so now we have a lot of large planets doing whatever they please. The theory is that if one of these planets enter our system, it could cause another planet to lose their orbit and become a rogue planet. Let that sink in for a second.

Those Black Holes….

We have heard of black holes and how they can consume pretty much anything within its reach, but did you know that there could be supermassive black holes out there? These amazing space oddities have the mass of about 4 million suns. Yes, that is 4 million! The theory behind supermassive black holes is they exist in the centre of every galaxy, including our own.

Typically, they don’t cause any damage to us since we are far enough away; however, as these holes continue to consume gases, they may become “active”. This is called an “active galactic nucleus”. During this phase, the Supermassive Black Hole will expel radiation and increase star creation and consequently, we would experience a lot of star bursts. Usually, these massive stars being created will end in a supernova and destroy anything in its path.

To make a long story short, it is quite possible that the supermassive black hole in the centre of our galaxy could eventually begin throwing giant bombs around, just for fun. This is not a good thing.

Mars: Survivor of a Nuclear War

There is a theory that life once existed on Mars; however, that life was wiped away due to a nuclear explosion. Incredibly, Dr. John Brandenburg presented a theory that there used to be two civilizations on Mars, the Cydonians and the Utopians. Dr. Brandenburg goes on to explain that he believes another alien force destroyed these two civilizations using nuclear warfare. There is enough Thorium and Uranium on the surface of the red planet to certainly make his nuclear explosion theory possible.

Dr. Brandenburg also warned us that this could very well end up being our fate, so we should probably be on guard for alien intruders.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.


February 17, 2017

What’s This Thing Called Death?

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 4:30 PM

Hey… did you ever wonder what happens after we die? Many have… and many have constructed the strangest theories around death. This article is all about dying… and how many people in the world think it happens. Will we be pushed out into the trashcan of the universe? Will we become mindless zombies without programming? Will we become a tree? What does happen to us after we die? Nobody knows… but these theories sure do give readers some food for thought!


The Giant Brain Goes To The Bathroom?

One theory that has been around for decades is that the universe is just a giant brain. It could be just one brain in one being, or the universe could be a brain in a vat, surrounded by other brains. That would make our solar system like a brain cell, making us an insignificant speck to the brain. Everything in human history is nothing more than a microscopic blip in the grand scheme of things. What does it matter what death means on that scale? Well, since it’s an integral part of our life, it is important to humans to understand. What happens if we are just part of a brain? Well, the same thing that happens with dead cells, humans excrete them through the waste we create. So, once you die, your consciousness would be used up and then pushed out of the universe, into wherever the Universe puts its waste.

The Bigger World…

Reincarnation is a concept that once you die, the soul moves on to another body. It’s one of the main beliefs in Indian and Eastern religions, making it a well-known theory of what happens after death. Where it gets a little bit weirder is that, when these theories were first put forth, humans had no idea how complex and mysterious the universe really is. What if your consciousness does leave your body and moves somewhere else in the Universe? What if it moved along and you became something much more cosmic? Your consciousness could be out there somewhere and be used again, for anything. Your next life you could be literally anything in the entire universe. You could be reincarnated as another human, a green alien, or a conscious tree that covers an entire planet or even something that the human mind can’t grasp or understand. What you could become after death is limitless. Seriously. You’ll break your brain if you think about this too hard.

Over and Over and Over…

Ever get the feeling of déjà vu? Well, what if your whole life was déjà vu? Life could just be a certain amount of time repeating repeatedly. Now, there are two different ways this could play out, the first is that your life is a movie that is set on repeat. Once it comes to the end, it simply starts over again. However, one danger is something like a repeating time quake, where life is like a record with a scratch on it. It just keeps repeating and never gets off that short loop. That short loop in our life could be anywhere from a few seconds, to dozens of years, but we never reach death. We get to a certain point and we restart living our life from there, but we would never get any further, so we would never die. Another, more hopeful theory is that life could repeat but we’d have more control over it. Maybe?

You Go Back To The Apple Store…

Simulation theory is pretty much what it sounds like; life is just a computer simulation. Now, this can work in two different ways, one way is that your consciousness is programmed and life is like a first-person shooter. The other way it could be a simulation is a historical simulator, creating everything in the world, including our individual consciousness’s. Think of it as The Sims, but incredibly realistic and we are just characters in the game. If the simulation is just of your consciousness, when you die, the simulation comes to an end and whoever is running it continues with whatever they’re doing. Or you could have a new simulation start again, either you re-living your life or you could be put into a completely different time and place. It all depends on what the person running the simulator wants. If it is a historical simulator, a few things could happen. First is that the data that makes up who you are can be written back into the matrix and you could be reincarnated to save and use data and memory effectively. Or for whatever reason, your life could be re-started again at another point in the history simulator. An interesting aspect about death in a simulation is that anything could happen. The simulation already has the code that created you, so it can do anything it wants with you. You can be re-programmed to go anywhere and to do anything after you die. All they must do is input your data into the environment. The second aspect, which is a bit more terrifying is that the simulation could start and stop at any time. The simulation could have been started the last time you closed your eyes. All your memories were just written in and you think they were real. It could also stop the next time you blink your eyes, meaning you’ll never die. You’ll just hang in cyberspace limbo until they restart the simulation; if they choose to restart the simulation at all. Oh no!

February 10, 2017

Hot Under The Collar Conspiracy Theories

Filed under: Conspiracies,Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 10:04 AM

What is it about conspiracies that get people hot under the collar? Is it the fact that our lives could be under the control of outside influences? Could it be that we do not know the full truth? Who knows… but there are plenty of theories to keep a would-be-worrier worrying for a long, long time. This week we are going to look at some of the strangest theories thought up by the strangest people about… the strangest things. From doppelgangers to black holes… just scroll down and immerse yourself in the crazy world of the conspiracy theorist…


Do We All Have A Twin?

It’s highly unlikely that we live in the sole existing universe. We’re probably in one of many. Physicists have theorized that there could be infinite universes existing next to each other in a sort of giant patchwork quilt, that the Big Bang led to the generation of many other ‘bubble universes’ and that parallel universes hover just outside of our own. Columbia University physicist Brian Greene, author of the book ‘The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos’ says the latter theory supports the idea that we all have doppelgangers.

“The argument for doppelgangers is pretty straightforward. Assuming that space goes on infinitely far, in any finite chunk, matter can only arrange itself in a finite number of ways, like cards in a deck. You and I are just a configuration of particles, so sooner or later we’re going to repeat. Matter can almost repeat its configuration but not repeat it identically. Your physical body may repeat, but your mental configuration can be a little bit different, so there might be an evil version of you, and a version that loves skydiving.”

Is This Life Reality?

Could we really be living inside a computer-generated universe? The Matrix may be an outdated work of fiction, but its concept of an artificial reality still carries weight – even scientifically, perhaps, per a team of physicists at the University of Washington. The team announced that there’s actually a potential test to see if we could be the creation of bored entities who are playing us like The Sims. It sounds totally ridiculous, and of course, causes science-minded people to bristle at terms like ‘intelligent design’ – though in this scenario, our creators aren’t exactly a bearded dude in the sky.

But some scientists and philosophers say that this theory could solve a few mysteries about the universe, like the fact that the exact conditions required to support life are so unlikely in the grand scheme of things. Small shifts in dark energy could easily have caused the universe to explode or implode a long time ago.

It has been said that mega-computers of the far future could greatly expand the size of a theoretical Sim Universe, and that if we’re living inside such a program, there could be tell-tale evidence for the underlying ‘lattice quantum chromodynamics’ technique used by the computers. It could show up as a limitation in the energy of cosmic rays.

Time Is Moving Veeeerrrrry Slowly…

Why are supernova stars viewed at extreme distances moving away from us faster than those that are closer? Some scientists say dark energy is responsible or the acceleration, but others offer a different explanation: time itself is slowing down. Those galaxies only look like they’re accelerating from here, because the deep space telescopes are basically looking back in time to see them. Like the ekpyrotic scenario, it’s based on string theory, postulating that our universe is embedded in a multi-dimensional ‘brane’ (like a membrane) which is floating through a higher dimensional space that we’re unable to detect. What does that mean? Essentially, say the scientists responsible for the theory, time could come to a complete halt, freezing everything in place forever. But not to worry – even if this far-out theory is true, it won’t happen for billions of years.

Are We Living In A Black Hole?

Our universe might be so small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, that it’s hidden inside the black hole of another universe, totally unbeknownst to theoretical sentient beings in that universe. And that means all the black holes so far found in our own universe could also contain doorways to alternate realities. This theory is based on new mathematical models of the spiralling motion of matter falling into a black hole.  The matter absorbed by black holes isn’t necessarily destroyed – it could be expelled, to become the basis for new galaxies, stars, and planets. This could explain the mystery as to how the universe could have started with a singularity in the Big Bang theory – instead of just existing with no explanation, it was birthed by a white hole, the hypothetical escape hatch for matter at the other end of a black hole.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

February 3, 2017

The Secret, Crazy World of Richard M. Nixon

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 1:56 PM

Last week we featured some strange conspiracy theories… but people seemed to like them a lot. This week we have some even stranger conspiracies to drop on your doorstep. Yes. These are the conspiracy theories of Richard M. Nixon…  Was he a crazy nut? A paranoid delinquent… or were people truly against him? The truth is that he both kept secrets, and expected others to keep secrets. His secrets were kept for a reason—and he knew why others were keeping secrets about him. Let’s take a look at the list.


Secret Bombings

Laos and Cambodia, the two nations on South Vietnam’s western border, unwillingly provided the “Ho Chi Minh Trail” that Hanoi used to infiltrate soldiers and supplies into the South. Shortly after Nixon took office, he ordered the Air Force to start bombing the Trail through Cambodia. Nixon kept the bombing of Cambodia secret from the American people.

In his memoirs, Nixon tries to explain why he kept the bombing secret from the American people, when it was certainly no secret to the Cambodians or the North Vietnamese. By not acknowledging that he was bombing Cambodia at the time, Nixon wrote, he gave its leader, Prince Sihanouk, a way to maintain his official neutrality on the war, and he made it harder for the North Vietnamese to lodge a protest. The only reason left to keep the bombing secret was political. Nixon knew that revealing it would cause a public outcry

Economic Conspiracy Theory

Nixon didn’t limit his conspiracy theorizing to the politics of foreign policy. Domestically, rising unemployment and inflation dogged the economy and threatened him politically. No wonder his imaginary conspiracy of Jews, intellectuals, and Ivy Leaguers soon encompassed the federal agency that calculates the unemployment and inflation rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistic, and the one official other than himself who wielded the greatest influence on the economy. Who could that be? Why the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, of course!

Haig’s List

From the first day of the Pentagon Papers series, Nixon was worried about what their publication meant regarding his own secrets. Kissinger’s deputy, Alexander M. Haig, couldn’t have realized it, but his speculation about the source of the leak to the Times was bound to make Nixon fear the exposure of another, more damaging, foreign policy secret, one dating back to his 1968 presidential campaign. “Well, I’m sure it came from Defense, and I’m sure it was stolen at the time of the turnover of the administration,” Haig said.

“Who in the Pentagon?” Nixon asked. “I will fire the SOB’s.” “They are all gone now,” Haig replied. “Clifford, Halperin, Gelb.” Leslie H. Gelb had run the Defense Department study that became the Pentagon Papers, Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Morton H. Halperin was Gelb’s boss, and former Secretary of Defense Clark M. Clifford had presided over the completion of the study, which began under his predecessor, McNamara. Haig was wrong. Clifford, Halperin and Gelb did not take part in the Pentagon Papers leak.

Bombing Halt

Three names—Clifford, Halperin and Gelb—had special meaning for Nixon. They had appeared together in print once before, however, in a two-part New York Times series on how President Lyndon B. Johnson switched his Vietnam strategy in 1968 from escalation to negotiation. Clifford, along with “a nest of ‘hidden doves’ at the Pentagon” that included Halperin and Gelb, got much of the credit in the articles for the strategy change, which culminated, just days before the presidential election, in a development that nearly derailed Nixon’s candidacy.  In a televised address to the nation on October 31, 1968, Johnson announced that the North Vietnamese had backed down from their refusal to engage in peace talks with the South, and he had stopped bombing the North. Nixon had begun the final month of the campaign with a landslide-like lead over his Democratic rival, Hubert Humphrey, who as Johnson’s Vice President had suffered in the polls by association with the Vietnam War. As Johnson’s negotiating strategy began to bear fruit, Nixon watched his lead shrink from 15 points in early October to 8 points in late October and finally, on the weekend before the election, to just 2 points.  In the end, he won, but by less than 1 percent.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

January 27, 2017

Is Obama the Anti-Christ?

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 10:19 AM

Last week we featured a very popular article about 2017 predictions. This week we thought it would be interesting if we featured predictions that could be considered by some to be WILD. These predictions were believed by many, and in most cases, turned out to totally false.


Mitt Romney would win in 2012 and go on to be a two-term president. 

One week before the 2012 election, a leading Evangelist told the world that Romney would not only beat Obama for the presidency, but go on to be a two-term president. “Because the Lord told me,” he confidently explained to his guest.

RFID microchips, the Mark of the Beast, will be implanted in all Americans in 2013.

The Christian right has long worried about those RFID chips. A rumor rapidly spread in Christian right circles that the Affordable Care Act, which they call “Obamacare,” would require mandatory microchipping of all Americans on March 23, 2013.  Did this happen?

If Obama wins in 2012, conservative Christians WILL lose their right to vote and their FREEDOM. 

Prior to the 2012 election it was said that if Obama won, “any Republican, conservative, independent journalist, pro-life activist, returning veteran, gun-rights activist, constitutionalist, Bible believer or critic of Obama” would lose their human rights, and that Obama would specifically “shut down and destroy all independent media.” It was also predicted, “There may not be another free and fair election in America.” On May 7, South Carolina’s first district put this prediction to the test, holding a special election to determine its new congressman. By all accounts, it was a free and fair election, and the Republican won.

Wild Beliefs

A rumor rapidly spread through the Christian right, that the military would soon start prosecuting any soldier who was out about being a Christian. Various news sources and, of course, Rep. Michele Bachmann protested this supposed new policy banning the expression of faith in the military. It is, of course, nonsense. The only military policy in play is a very old one, disallowing religious people from badgering and harassing those who don’t share their faith. Could this be coming?


A rumour spread that one in five Republicans believed that Obama is the anti-Christ, who is, for those who haven’t read the Left Behind,series, supposed to be an emissary of Satan who takes over the world and triggers an all-out war between the forces of hell and of heaven, bringing the world to an end. This one hasn’t been conclusively disproved yet, but I’m including it because it could possibly happen.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

January 23, 2017

2017 According to Nostradamus

Filed under: Conspiracies,Paranormal,Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 4:50 PM

When it comes to conspiracies there are certain ones that are above the rest. This blog is all about a much-discussed seer called Nostradamus. Nostradamus was said to have foreseen 9/11, the rise of Hitler and several other world changing events. Each year scholars look to see what will happen over the next year. This year’s predictions from Nostradamus are…


An Unstable America

The US is predicted to become increasingly ungovernable as the year progresses. It is not known how this will yet play out, but President Trump has already made it repeatedly clear he will be putting America’s interest first. Many strategists have warned that America will become less engaged in the past and will be more cautious concerning economic and military matters.

There Will Be Peace in the Valley

Nostradamus predicts the two major rivals will sign a peace agreement. These two rivals are Russia and the Ukraine. However, it remains unclear as to when and how this will take place with other European nations predicted to support the deal.

The Rise of China

This Asian powerhouse is predicted to make bold moves to cure the “economic imbalance“ in the world and its actions will have far reaching consequences. However just last month, there were predictions that China’s economy is living on borrowed time with Beijing facing a series of internal and external threats. A leading analyst predicts China’s housing and construction sectors will begin to slow by next year. Will 2017 mark the end of communism in one of the world’s most closed off countries?

Bye, Bye Italy

Italy will also suffer some tough times ahead, with economic turmoil increasing and a deepening banking crisis. This is likely to bring around an end to the European Union.

Kim-Jong Who?

Nostradamus is also said to have foretold that the North Korean dictator will see his little empire crumble during 2017. Will his long subjected people rise up and wipe him away? Will we see a reunified Korea?

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

January 13, 2017

The Obama Conspiracy

Filed under: Conspiracies,Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 11:01 AM

When it comes to conspiracies there are certain ones that are above the rest. This blog article is all about one the biggest conspiracies ever to become publicly known. The OBAMA conspiracy. These “rumors” about the President have plagued him throughout his Presidency… Do you believe the President of the United States could be hiding secrets like these?

Obama is a secret Muslim:

This one began right after he took the stage at the 2004 Democratic convention, with chain emails alleging his “true” religious affiliation. The rumor soon found its way onto the popular conservative online forum Free Republic, and took on a whole new life in the years to come.

Obama once aided the mujahideen:

Harlem pastor and professional race-baiter James David Manning contended that in his younger days, Obama went undercover as a CIA agent to facilitate the transfer of cash and weapons to the Afghan mujahideen in the ’80s, thereby aiding what would become the Taliban.

Obama redecorated the Oval Office in Middle Eastern style:

Driven by his fierce sense of anti-American interior design, Obama got rid of the red, white, and blue decoration scheme in his White House office.

Obama married a Pakistani guy:

Correspondent Jerome Corsi posted a video in which he claimed to have “strong” evidence that Obama was once married to his college roommate from Pakistan. The smoking gun: Photos of the chums in which the future president is “sitting about on the [Pakistani roommate’s] lap.” For years Obama wore a gold ring on his left hand. Was it his gay-wedding ring?

Obama and the Koran

Obama’s ring has a Koranic verse on it. Did you know that? The very same ring, which Obama now wears as his wedding band, is allegedly emblazoned with a key phrase in the Islamic declaration of faith: “There is no god except Allah.”

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

January 5, 2017

The King Arthur Myth

Filed under: Myths — Frank Fiore @ 3:15 PM

One of the greatest myths of all time happens to be KING ARTHUR. While we spend more and more time thinking about the conspiracies, and myths happening today. This myth still fascinates even though it took place many hundreds of years ago. The question is… do you believe in King Arthur?

Is He A King?

Arthur, sometimes known as ‘the king that was and the king that shall be’, is recognised all over the world as one of the most famous characters of myth and legend. Yet, if he existed at all, he would not have been a king, but the commander of an elite army of fighting men. Furthermore, he would have lived more than 500 years before medieval legends suggest. All that is known, with even the least degree of certainty, is that a man named Arthur, or Arturus, led a band of heroic warriors who spearheaded the resistance of Britons against the invading Saxons, Jutes, and others from the north of Europe, sometime in the fifth and sixth centuries AD. He was certainly a warrior.

The Reality of the Round Table?

The Round Table is the centerpiece of the Arthurian world. Per the 13th-century poet Layamon, Arthur ordered the table to be built for him by a famous Cornish carpenter, who somehow made the table capable of seating 1,600 men, yet easily portable to wherever Arthur set up his mobile base of operations. Is the 1,600 number an exaggeration?

Other stories suggest it was Merlin, the king’s magician, who made the table – “round” he said, “in the likeness of the world” – and who sent out a call to the bravest and truest knights to join a great fellowship whose task was to care for the disenfranchised, and who would do no harm to anyone who did not deserve it.

Lancelot and Guinevere

Love stories actually feature a great deal in the Arthurian world. Tristan and Isolde, for example, best known these days from Wagner’s 1859 opera that retold their story, were famous doomed lovers. But another story, originating in France, became one of the best known of the Arthurian tales: the love story of Lancelot and Guinevere.

The 12th-century poet Chrétien de Troyes gave us an account of their romance in his Lancelot, or the Knight of the Cart. No stories before this feature Lancelot, so we must assume that Chrétien invented him. Lancelot became known as the greatest knight of the Round Table and Arthur’s most trusted ally, but it was his illicit love for Queen Guinevere that made him famous.


Merlin’s origins are almost as difficult to establish as Arthur’s. A collection of poems, magical and mystical in nature, is attributed to a princely bard named Myrddin, whose British name was changed because of its unfortunate similarity to merde (excrement) in French. The 12th-century writer Geoffrey of Monmouth, who included Arthur in his History of the Kings of Britain (1138), also wrote a Life of Merlin (c1150), in which a sixth-century prince goes mad after seeing his nephews killed in battle and who hides in the forest, telling stories to a pet pig. Geoffrey clearly considered this was the same Merlin as the character included in his later History of the Kings of Britain.

Will Arthur Return?

Belief in Arthur’s expected return to his country was kept alive in stories for many years by the people of Britain. Arthur’s bones were supposedly found at Glastonbury Abbey in 1191, though this was nothing more than a fabrication designed to quell the belief that Arthur would return to expel the invading Normans. Nevertheless, some bones were indeed interred in a black marble tomb in 1278 at the expense of Edward I.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

December 15, 2016

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Filed under: Frank Remarks — Frank Fiore @ 11:59 AM

With Christmas around the corner this might be a good time to look at some of the strangest conspiracies about the Holiday season… from flesh-filled mince pies, to Satan through to an intergalactic war… we have it all. Why don’t you check out our four “top” Christmas conspiracies… Just try not to laugh too hard. We don’t want you choking on that mince pie!


Have A Mince Pie. It’s Fleshly Baked

There’s a conspiracy out there that says that the humble mince pie was invented by a group of cannibals in the 16th century, who decided to make little Christmas pies with fruit, spices and minced meat – diced pieces of flesh from their human victims. Mince pies today no longer contain meat to distance this Christmas tradition from its bloody origins.

The Christmas War…

Atheists and non-Christians, and corporations and governments trying to appease atheists and non-Christians, are conspiring to take the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, to secularize what is really a Christian celebration. All in the name of political correctness. What do you think?

Santa Claus Actually…

There are those who believe Santa is Satan in disguise. Apparently because Santa dresses in Satan’s favorite color. He has supernatural powers. He flies around the world on the night before Jesus’ birthday. And most obviously, the letters in his name can be rearranged to spell ‘Satan’. This is one of the craziest conspiracy theories… but is there any truth in it?

The Hungry Life of the Former Mr Claus

Apparently, Santa wasn’t always the kind and generous figure we know today. In fact, he used to be a monster/demon who would slither down chimneys and kill and eat children, or stuff them into a sack to eat later. He only changed his ways when a holy man caught up to him and forced him to make amends by visiting each house and delivering gifts to the children instead. The holy man made the demon do this every year. In time, the demon recruited elves to help him carry out his annual gift-giving and he became Santa Claus. Really?

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

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