It's no surprise that the world gets taken in by hoaxers and con men. They're really good at what they do and most of us are bored enough to believe anything as long as it takes our mind off the cubicle for a while.
Great things not only happen despite horrible disasters, but often because of them. Or, as the Japanese say, the most beautiful flowers grow only in the shit of Godzilla.
We all know publications lie (except Cracked). Still, the guys that printed these lies had sets the size bowling balls.
The stuff they say about time travel is right. You go back in time and change one little thing, and suddenly the future is full of Nazis and dinosaurs.