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Top 10: Mass Hysteria

There is no knowing what can set people off – even laughing, dancing and kissing are a risk…
Listeners also claimed to smell the aliens’ poisonous gas and see strange flashes of light



Who could possibly believe a radio adaptation of HG Wells’ alien invasion novel, War of the Worlds, was real? Orson Welles’ broadcast in 1938 used news-style bulletins to great effect, persuading listeners that Martians had landed on the US east coast. Although the panic was not as widespread as newspapers suggested, locals of Grovers Mill, NJ (which had been ‘attacked’), fired at the water tower, believing it to be an alien war machine.

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