Wednesday, October 26, 2011

They Saved Hitler's Brain…By Putting it on a Plane

Due to the demise of a certain Libyan leader with an impossible to spell name a few days ago, I thought it would be timely to post this recent ephemera find.

This article clipping was discovered in a giant tome of a medical text in Missoula, Montana a few weeks ago, along with a ton of other fascinating other clippings about menopause, polio vaccines, cancer, and rocket science. The picture it painted of the tome's' previous owner was scattered, at best. 

If anything, we learned that conspiracy theories are improbably old. We all have heard the "They saved Hilter's Brain" well, now we at least can easily speculate how. So much for the Boys from Brazil. 

If certain fringe groups got ahold of information like this old article and took it to heart, it would stir up even more Islamophobia. The absurdist reality of the story is that people honestly believed it, and believed it enough to see it printed, believed it enough to cut it out of a newspaper, and believed it enough to save it for decades stuck inside a book. 

People may wonder why the Unibomber chose to live in Montana, this is a reasonable partial answer to that question...
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  1. I wonder what paper this was clipped from... there's a few things (it seems too ready to accept this as fact, the capitalized THEs in the opening paragraphs) that make me suspect that it's not from a mainstream 1950s/60s (judging from fonts used) paper. Maybe some sort of John Birch Society thing? Also, FWIW, googling "Al Seidentop" comes up with nothing. Which I was kind of disappointed about, because I was hoping it would lead me down a crazy-person rabbit hole.

  2. Be careful about following Nazi's down rabbit holes. That is all I can say.

    From looking at the clippings, I think these were from a Missoula paper from the 50s. I don't think this was much of a fringe publication, though. If anything, it was a story from a local individual who had outlandish tales to spin.

    Think of the odd things that get printed in the lifestyles section of the Oregonian that are dubious in nature.