About the True Strange News
The True Strange News is a collection of unusual things, people, events, customs and/or ideas, a 20+ year “best of the Internet” for those interested in the unusual. It is a unique filtered collection of the strangest and most interesting true strange news, events, discoveries, inventions and ideas online.
Odd News Club
On April 24, 2020, the True Strange News site became a private humans-only virtual club. This was necessary due to thousands of bot visits per day with almost zero human interaction.
On May 5, 2020, the True Strange News archive of over 12,000 articles was put on the back shelf due to low human traffic.
The mission of the True Strange News is to be a time capsule of educational surprises, to entertainingly make curious people more intelligent.
The TrueStrangeNews.com site provides an aggregation service, collecting the most interesting stories on topics such as UFOs, Aliens, Politics, Humor and Fringe Technology. Some findings are quite practical, such as how to prevent and even heal cavities in teeth, while others are just astounding.
The collection at truestrangenews.com is designed for an above average to highly advanced audience. Web page rank (SEO) experts point out that this site is too difficult for the average person to read, that with long sentences, it will scare them off, lowering the page’s rank in search engines.
“A difficult text will result in a high bounce rate and this will lead to lower ranking in the long run. – link
The True Strange News in 2020 has a low global page rank (as of 4/7/2020 Alexa rank of 1,915,395. See latest rank here). This means the site is less visited than than 1.9 million other web sites. We don’t care. We laugh in the face of obscurity. 😉
The True Strange News started as the Reasonable Person’s Guide to Strange Ideas. The Guide explored strange theories such as “the hollow earth.” The perspective was “okay, what if…”. It introduced and encouraged skills of thinking like a reporter, asking good questions and conducting a logical examination of possibilities. The site carried on with that guiding principle and tradition for over 20 years. While not a fact checking web site per say, the True Strange News adds a layer of independent fact checking for the oddest claims you might find on the Internet.
Xeno is a peaceful optimistic humanity and planet loving techie, science blogger, music producer, guitar player, singer/songwriter and science fiction fan. He has worked for over 20 years to “give back to the Internet” via web sites like TrueStrangeNews.com providing useful free information for education, health and entertainment.
Due to the nature of the topics, sources range widely from highly respected government and educational sites to the most disreputable of fake news and spam sites. The fearless cross-section approach is necessary to teach fact checking.
The True Strange Archives is an online specialty library, focusing on little known facts that inspire and educate. Sources are cited as much as is reasonably possible with a part-time staff of one. Outside content excerpted is quoted, linked to the original source and is used in accordance with the Fair Use provision of US copyright law. While still being decided in case law, the provision permits use for news reporting and commenting.
DMCA / Fair Use
Some welcome having their articles cross posted on the blogosphere as this drives new traffic to their own website. Others feel they are somehow being ripped off when their publicly posted content becomes more public. Based on case law, the Fair Use Provision of US copyright law permits the copying of entire articles for the purpose of news reporting. However, to avoid DMCA disputes, it is our policy to remove or alter any contested items as quickly as possible. If you have a concern, please contact the editor.
At this time the True Strange Archives accepts and hosts no advertising. This is to honor the original spirit of the Internet, pure information sharing.
As with any web site where you can visit and post comments, we collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. We very rarely use this automatically collected data and promise we will never wittingly share information about you with third parties.