What is Xenophilia?
Xenophilia is an interest in unusual things, people, events, customs and/or ideas. Xenophilia.com is a 20+ year “best of the Internet” for those interested in xenophilia. It is a unique filtered collection of the strangest and most interesting true strange news, events, discoveries, inventions and ideas online.
The Mission of Xenophilia is to be a time capsule of educational surprises. The purpose of this site is to entertainingly make intelligent people more intelligent.
The truestrange.com and xenophilia.com sites provide a “strange news” aggregation service. the sites collect the most interesting stories on topics such as UFOs, Aliens, Politics, Humor and Fringe Technology. Some findings are quite practical, such as how to prevent and even heal cavities in teeth, while others are just astounding, such as the time a police officer jammed the gun of an attacker by shooting a bullet up the gun’s barrel.
The collection at xenophilia.com is intended for an intelligent audience. Web page rank (SEO) experts point out that this site is too difficult for the average person to read, that with long sentences, it will scare them off, lowering the page’s rank in search engines.
“A difficult text will result in a high bounce rate and this will lead to lower ranking in the long run. – link
Xenophilia in 2018 has a very low page rank, so this may be true. We don’t care. We won’t lower our content’s reading level to become more popular.
Xenophilia.com started as the Reasonable Person’s Guide to Strange Ideas. The Guide explored unusual creatures, UFOs, supposed cancer cures and strange theories such as “the hollow earth.” The perspective was “okay, what if…”. It introduced and encouraged skills of thinking like a reporter, asking good questions and conducting a logical examination of possibilities. The site carried on with that guiding principle and tradition for over 20 years. Rather than doing fact checking as other sites do, Xenophilia’s aim is to teach fact checking as a normal way of interacting with the Internet.
Xeno is a humanity and planet loving techie, mad scientist, science blogger, music producer, singer/songwriter and science fiction fan. Connect with Xeno on LinkedIn here.
Due to the nature of the topics, sources range widely from highly respected government and educational sites to the most disreputable of fake news and spam sites. The fearless cross-section approach is necessary to teach fact checking.
Xenophilia is an online specialty library, focusing on little known facts that inspire and educate. Sources are cited as much as is reasonably possible with a part-time staff of one. Outside content excerpted is quoted, linked to the original source and is used in accordance with the Fair Use provision of US copyright law. While still being decided in case law, the provision permits use for news reporting and commenting.
DMCA / Fair Use
Some welcome having their articles cross posted on the blogosphere as this drives new traffic to their own website. Others feel they are somehow being ripped off when their publicly posted content becomes more public. Based on case law, the Fair Use Provision of US copyright law permits the copying of entire articles for the purpose of news reporting. However, to avoid DMCA disputes, it is our policy to remove or alter any contested items as quickly as possible. If you have a concern, please contact the editor.
At this time Xenophilia accepts and hosts no advertising. This is to honor the original spirit of the Internet, pure information sharing with no commercial intent.
As with any web site where you can visit and post comments, we collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. We very rarely use this automatically collected data and promise we will never wittingly share information about you with third parties.