Fusion looks at the tensions between a pacifist religious sect and local North Dakota officials over an abandoned Cold War anti-missile complex that looks like something out of Illuminati conspiracies. The Hutterites won the auction for the giant pyramid on the prairie to the chagrin of local officials, who unsuccessfully tried to buy the decomissioned military facility.
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The peace-loving Hutterites shun contact with the outer world, but they have a guy named Duane come in and pump thousands of gallons of water out of the pyramid each day. Fusion's Elmo Keep tracked down Duane and persuaded him to bring Keep along on his next visit.
I had imagined that getting inside the Pyramid complex was going to be tricky. Something of an urban explorer’s Holy Grail, there aren’t many photos around of the inside. It’s also not entirely safe; a few years ago on a council tour, a man fell through a wooden floor partition 65 feet to his death on the concrete below, a story I hear repeated more than once. But all you need is keys, which Duane knows the hiding spot for. We drive through the gates that would have once been one of the most highly secure entrances in the U.S. and pull them closed behind us.
Mormonleaks is a whistleblower site dedicated to revealing corruption and hypocrisy in the Church of Latter Day Saints; over four months, it has published many documents that did just that, but when it published a leaked Powerpoint revealing the Church’s view on “the roots of apostasy, such as pornography, campaigns to ordain women, challenges to […]
Manhattan is just one of hundreds of metropolitan areas in the United States that has an eruv, which is a wire that symbolically turns public spaces into private spaces during the Jewish Sabbath. From Mental Floss: On the Sabbath, which is viewed as a day of rest, observant Jewish people aren’t allowed to carry anything […]
Fundamentalist cartoonist Jack Chick wrote to J. Edgar Hoover in 1971 seeking the FBI’s help with his bizarre religious comics. Today we publish that correspondence in its entirety for the first time, after obtaining it through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The Lightning port has thus far resisted the cruel fate that befell the headphone jack, and despite rumors that it may be disappearing come iPhone 8, for the present and foreseeable future, Lightning cables are a hot commodity for iPhone users. As such, we must make do in this strange time in which long, glorified […]
All the filters in the world won’t save your smartphone pics from a shaky hand. To really step up your mobile photography game, you’ll need some kind of mount to hold it steady. You could buy a smartphone attachment for a conventional camera tripod, but who wants to carry that kind of gear everywhere they […]
The forced transition from analog to digital TV signals was probably met with relative indifference from people with Netflix subscriptions and the “I don’t even own a TV” snoots. But anyone living in the vast swaths of the country that don’t have guaranteed high-speed internet, broadcast TV is a perfectly valid (and 100% free) way […]