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  • Osama, Obama, Macca (Getty Images)

    Seven percent of American voters believe the moon landing was faked, 6 percent say Osama bin Laden is still alive, and 13 percent think President Barack Obama is the Antichrist.

    This is according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, which recently conducted a survey on 20 "widespread and/or infamous" conspiracy theories.

    According to the poll of 1,247 registered American voters, 37 percent believe global warming is a hoax. Among Republicans, the poll found that 58 percent believe global warming is a hoax, while just 25 percent do not. Among Democrats, 11 percent believe global warming is a hoax, while 77 percent do not.

    Nearly a third (29 percent) of those polled believe aliens exist, which could explain why 1 in 5 (21 percent) American voters says a UFO crashed in Roswell, N.M., in 1947 and that the U.S. government covered it up.

    Fourteen percent, by contrast, believe in Bigfoot, the poll found.

    Voters are split (44 percent say yes, 45 percent no) on whether President George W. Bush intentionally misled the American people about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. A vast majority (72 percent) of Democrats think Bush lied about WMDs while just 13 percent of Republicans think so.

    Meanwhile, a majority of voters (51 percent) say a larger conspiracy was at work in the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy—just 25 percent say Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

    And there are more than a few American voters who believe the government is evil:

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  • 3-D printer and Kinect combine to make creepy masks

    3-D printed mask (Do the Mutation)3-D printed mask (photo: Do the Mutation)

    This ought to freak out the squares.

    A new software program called Collagene works with a 3-D printer and Microsoft's Kinect video game motion controller to create creepy/cool facial masks. The masks, which are made from Windform materials, are designed to perfectly fit an individual's face. The Kinect acts as a facial scanner.

    The project was developed by Do the Mutation. The first three masks, which you can see in the video below, made their debut on Feb. 10 at the Venice Carnival.

    From Do the Mutation's site:

    This project explores the border territory between physical and virtual, connecting computer code’s abstractions with the intimate, visceral dimension of body alteration’s sense brought by the mask theme. The topographic anatomy of the face acts as input for a set of algorithms that under designer’s control generate the fibers that form the object, creating a material formation that after 3d printing perfectly fits its territory, people’s faces.

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  • Skunks ain't got nothing on this stench. A north Texas town is under attack by an invisible enemy as ruthless as it is odorous.

    CBS 11 News reports that in Boyd, Texas, many residents are staying indoors to avoid an overpowering stench. Don Dixon said, "I thought maybe it was a neighbor's dead cow, dead horse, I mean the smell was just horrific."

    And Bill DeGan told the station that he's no stranger to stink, but this new wafting scent is in a whole other league. "I can handle cow manure, horse manure, dog manure, but that is something pretty strong," he said.

    The mysterious smell has been tracked to a pasture several miles north of Boyd. It seems that a rancher is using a new type of fertilizer from Fort Worth's water treatment plant. After the wastewater has been treated, "solids" remain. That waste is then used to fertilize the field and torment anyone who happens to live downwind.

    The people of Boyd have complained, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has opened an

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