Some people believe the Betz mystery sphere, a strange steel ball that a Florida family found on their property in 1974, is a piece of alien technology. The military—and even ufologists—examined the sphere and said it was manmade. Yet the Betz mystery sphere conspiracy theory continues to persist. Is there any validity to it?
Whether rooted in a Wikipedia deep dive or documented history, most of the world’s conspiracy theories are hard to prove, which is part of what makes them so alluring … and so dangerous. But they give us just enough facts to entertain our fears—and while there are swaths of evidence against so many of these theories, a few wild-seeming conspiracies have indeed been proven, or at least justified. So which conspiracies are decidedly bogus, and which ones may actually have legs? In this series, Pop Mech breaks down the facts and myths for you.
The Betz mystery sphere is a strange object that the Betz family found near their home in Fort George Island, Florida in 1974. It’s a metal sphere that’s a little smaller than a bowling ball (a diameter of 8 inches), but a solid 8 pounds heavier than even the sturdiest professionals use (22 pounds).
Wayne Betz with the sphere.
Florida Times-Union Archive/WJCT
The Betz family said the sphere acted of its own accord, moving and making noises. What does this surprising backyard shotput have to do with conspiracy theories? Is it some kind of autonomous cannonball? Could it actually a piece of alien technology?
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After a fire destroyed their property in March 1974, the Betz family found the bizarre metal
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