In 1981 the Pentagon spent $6 million trying to determine whether or not burning a photograph of a Soviet missile would destroy the actual missile.
The ‘Miss Cleo free tarot reading’ psychic hotline was generating $24 million a month for two years straight. The Miss Cleo herself only earned $1,750 for the three days it took to film the first infomercial.
During the search for one of the girls Ariel Castro kidnapped a psychic told her mother that her daughter was dead and “in water”. The mother of the daughter was devastated and took down all flyers of her daughter and died in 2006 before her daughter was later found alive in 2013.
A woman sued a hospital claiming a CAT Scan made her lose her psychic powers.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s interest in spiritualism cost him a friendship with Harry Houdini. When Houdini showed Doyle that he could reproduce the so-called mystic powers of mediums, Doyle was unconvinced, and instead, believed that Houdini himself was a psychic.