Social media went crazy for lil’ old Elwood Kansas yesterday

On April 3, there was a social media trend regarding Elwood, Kansas. It was accompanied by fake pictures of police blocking roads and rumors that a UFO or multiple UFOs had crashed.

I can’t find out exactly who targeted this little town in the northeast corner of Kansas (it may have first appeared on 4chan and then to other mystery mongering forums such as Godlike productions) or why the hoopla erupted, but the city assures us, there was NO UFO landing/crash or any other catastrophe.


There was no direct evidence that anything had happened. It just seemed to propagate via rumor. Since it’s a small town, there was not much of a social media response from people nearby. And, any official “all clear” was seen as evidence of a conspiracy.

Anybody have any other info? This was a curious but rather small “panic” but social media has the ability to spread rumor that causes unnecessary concern.

This is why we are here.

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  4 comments for “Social media went crazy for lil’ old Elwood Kansas yesterday

  1. Brian
    April 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Some sort of exercise and/ or some sort of social or marketing experiment?

  2. Andrew
    April 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    One day I’d like to see these social media rumors do some good. Like how about a fake news story that they’ve pinned autism on second hand smoke? Or that junk food causes impotence or something. If the pranksters really just want to see people jump and panic, seems like they’d still get their wish.

  3. Lagaya1
    April 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    If smokers start to hear false stories about what harm smoking does, it will just give them an excuse to discount the truth of what smoking does. Addiction has a mind of its own.

  4. Lagaya1
    April 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    (meant as a reply to Andrew, by the way)

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