This Thursday will make the 70th Anniversary of one of the most famous hoaxes in history, the infamous Orson Welles radio broadcast of War of the Worlds that on October 30, 1938 caused a panic in the town of Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. People had believed the Martians had invaded. They. . .
. . .were so panicked that they did see invading Martians. A water tower in Grover’s Mill, the site of the supposed Martian landing, was mistaken by some locals for an alien “war machine.”
This led many to shoot at the water tower. This remains a great example of the power of suggestion on a credulous populous willing to accept extraordinary claims without extraordinary evidence.