Did the US Navy manage to teleport a massive warship in what's known as the 'Philadelphia Experiment'? This is one of the most intriguing conspiracy theories around - a close runner-up to the Roswell incident. Fans of the theory stick to their guns, while others say it's just the World War 2 era's equivalent of 'fake news'
Here's what's supposed to have happened: Back in 1943, the US Navy, apparently working closely with scientists like Albert Einstein, are believed to have been working on invisibility cloak - one that could make their ships invisible to radar and even the naked eye.
The experiment is said to have taken on board the USS Eldridge just off the coastal city of Philadelphia. However, things went wrong, horribly so, and while the ship disappeared as it was hoped, when it came back all wasn't well. Apparently, the dematerialisation-materialisation had horrifying consequences, with sailors 'embedded' in the steel of the ship - one sailor was even cut in half.
The legend goes that a second experiment, repeated a few weeks later, saw the Eldridge not just become invisible, but that the ship was teleported to the US Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, returning a few moments later. Again, the crew is said to have suffered, with many deaths, and some sailors reportedly going insane.
© ImgurEyewitnesses Or Weirdos?
One account of this was given by a certain Carl Allende, who claimed to be an eyewitness on board another ship nearby. Allende was dismissed as a crank, but around 40 years later, another 'eyewitness' turned up - a man known as Al Biebek claimed he'd been on the Eldridge and was even brainwashed by US intelligence so he'd have no memory of the Philadelphia Experiment.Sorry, Folks, It's Probably (Definitely?) Not True
The US Navy has always denied that the Philadelphia Experiment took place, while other naysayers have pointed out that the USS Eldridge had left Philadelphia well before all the mysterious happenings.
Even the 'eyewitness' accounts were debunked by scientists - a 'green glow' that is said to have surrounded the ship was probably nothing more than a natural phenomenon caused by an electrical storm, while the cables wrapped around some ships were just a way to demagnetise them so they wouldn't set off magnetic mines.There's Even A Movie About It
Drop in on a few conspiracy theory forums and you'll find loads of stuff on this rather intriguing story, but we'd also recommend you watch the 1984 film based on this – 'The Philadelphia Experiment' strays a bit from original story but it's worth a watch - it follows two sailors who're on board the Eldridge - they find themselves transported to Nevada. Oh, and it's now 1984. Our time travelling sailors realise that the Navy's picked up the experiment, and it's putting the universe at risk by damaging the fabric of space and time!