Nuke Strike Looming For Chicago?

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on Sep 18, 2009 3:40PM

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We get a lot of tips on the Chicagoist tip-line [tips (at) chicagoist (dot) com], some pretty good, others for stories we don't quite know how to cover. But we received one last night from a reader named "SF Truther" that caught our attention, pointing us to this website warning of a nuclear strike on Chicago on September 22, 2009. The logic used in the determination of that date is...faulty, at best. For example:

  • 9/22/2009 is a Tuesday, as was 9/11/2001.
  • 9/22/2009 is the first day of fall ("fall" being the operative word here).
  • Illinois Lottery drawings are held at 9:22 p.m.

What's the most hard-to-believe part about this theory is that it claims the nuclear strike will come from inside the house! our own government. Honestly, several of us on staff are conspiracy theorists - and get all geeked over History Channel specials of that ilk - but this is a little too "out there" even for an episode of 24.

Still, if we're wrong and this whole city goes up in a cloud of vapor next Tuesday, don't say you weren't warned. But in the meantime, keep those tips coming!