People Share Which Strange Cults Are Still Active Today
Photo by Edwin Andrade on Unsplash

We like to think we've risen above the susceptibility for cults. We think we've seen enough documentaries, listened to enough podcasts, and heard enough horror stories about the broken lives and shattered families they leave in their wake, all in service of making some people at the top a little richer and a smidgen more powerful.

Then why are so man of them still around?


Reddit user, barbexaclone, wanted to know what cults you should be keeping an eye out for when they asked:

"[SERIOUS] What strange cult is still active today?"

You've definitely heard of these ones before, but that doesn't mean they should be allowed to hang around for as long as they had.

The Only Church All Other Churches Hate

"Westboro Baptist Church."

"The TL;DR of them is that they are a small (70 person) 'church' in Kansas, US, started by lawyer Fred Phelps that became infamous for protesting military funerals because the gays are evil or some bullsh-t. Several members actually have law degrees so they can basically bully others out of pressing charges. I recommend you look them up."

Atomic-Buddha

The Dorks Who Never Go Away

"The KKK"

IAmJohnnyHardcore

"I live in idaho, used to live in Montana. the kkk is still very much alive and well. Especially in northwest Montana."

Kelly_Louise

"What are they up to now days? Slavery is over what is the point?"

Thekingdeviljin

"Slavery is over but racism isn’t"

aniloveslouis

The Ones Who Knock

"Jehovah’s Witnesses, of which I used to be a practicing member"

excusetheblood

"My girlfriend was one. I didn't know anything about it when I dated her but since I've learned its f-cking horrifying. I want to help her but her parents are big on it and i barely see her anymore. She would commonly be away from school being "sick" and even then switched to homeschooling."

RandomJellyfish134

You might never have heard of these ones before, either for their obscurity in your home country, or maybe it's because they disguise themselves as something a little more honest.

Name Changed, History Same

"Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult that carried out a sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway in the 1990s. It's now known as Aleph with somewhere around 1600 members."

ohne_hosen

Glittery? Mummy?

"I just finished watching a podcast over this cult."

"Love Has Won is apparently still semi-active even after their cult leader was found mummified in glitter. There’s a branch of the original cult that split off and is now forming a new cult although it’s tiny."

SleepyxDormouse

We're Only In The Shape Of Pyramid

"Financial pyramid schemes like World Financial Group. Can't convince they aren't a cult. Shady business practices preying on family and friends for 'investments'."

YEGMusic43

"My boss pushed this on me. Boy was he embarrassed when I enlightened him about what they’re about"

bryanthebryan

"I almost lost my best friend to them. She went through all the training and even went to a couple of out of country conferences. I warned her early on and said don't ever ask me for money. Luckily, she realized pretty quickly it wasn't getting her any where. Sucks that they are still around today."

YEGMusic43

You can't be surprised when cults hang around long after they should have been ousted from society. They jump the legal loopholes, they pay the people they need, or sometimes, people just forget you're a thing.

Expect A Call From Cruise's Lawyer

"Scientology"

billybobjimmyjoe

"Scrolled way too far to find this."

"My new retirement plan is to take lots of drugs, write some really bad sci fi, then get tax exempt religion status and recruit an army of rich minions that pay me to abuse them. Worked for L.Ron."

Few-Cable5130

Weakened, But Still Hanging Around

"FLDS - fundamentalist mormonism. Child brides. Assigned marriages. Polygamy. Their cult leader is running the show from prison, where he rots. They still exist & still believe in him and their celestial heaven."

Zesty_Morton

"Yes, but their numbers are dwindling. He used to control all the finances through the church and since he is in prison it has gone to some sort of trust? I didn’t quite understand that part. But a lot of the residents were evicted from their homes. There’s a documentary series called Cults and Extreme Beliefs made by A&E. Crazy stuff."

MoonLover318

Got A Good Deal On Nike Shoes, Do You?

"Heaven's Gate has about 4 followers and an active website."

AudibleNod

"I forgot about them. I hear they're still responding to emails. Apparently the ones behind the site were asked to 'stay behind'."

barbexaclone

"Heaven's Gate truly was weird."

"Unique among cults is that (while their leader was alive anyways) they allowed members to leave. If you weren't happy, Heaven's Gate wouldn't try to keep you using any weird cult tactics."

AudibleNod

Keep your eyes up, because you never know when someone is going to ask you if you're happy with the way your life is going.

Want to "know" more?

Sign up for the Knowable newsletter here.

Never miss another big, odd, funny, or heartbreaking moment again.

People Explain Which Lessons Aren't Taught In History Class But Should Be
Photo by Taylor Wilcox on Unsplash

It's highly believed that it is important to learn history as a means to improve our future.

What is often overlooked is that what is taught in history class is going to be very different depending on where you went to school.

And this isn't just internationally, even different regions of the United states will likely have very different lessons on American history.

This frequently results in our learning fascinating, heartbreaking and horrifying historical facts which our middle or high school history teachers neglected to teach us.

Redditor Acherontia_atropos91 was curious to learn things people either wished they had learned, or believe they should have learned, in their school history class, leading them to ask:

What isn’t taught in history class but should be?
Keep reading... Show less
People Share The Most Random Things They Miss About Life Before The Pandemic
Photo by Noah on Unsplash

So apparently we are in the endemic phase of this nonsense.

We have light at the end of the tunnel.

So what now?

Where do we go from here?

Normal seems like an outdated word.

How do we get back to normal though?

Is it even possible?

What are reaching back to?

Life pre-Covid.

Those were the days.

If only we could bring them back.

Redditor hetravelingsong wanted to discuss our new normal in this hopeful "endemic" phase. So they asked:

"What’s something random you miss about pre-COVID times?"
Keep reading... Show less
Atheists Break Down What They Actually Do Believe In
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

What do you believe?

Is there a GOD in the sky?

Is he guiding us and helping us?

Life is really hard. Why is that is a big entity is up there loving us?

Atheists have taken a lot of heat for what feels like shunning GOD.

What if they've been right all along?

Maybe let's take a listen and see what they really think.

Redditor __Jacob______ wanted to hear from the people who don't really believe all that "God" stuff. They asked:

"Atheists, what do you believe in?"
Keep reading... Show less

The list of what irritates me is endless.

I mean... breathing too loud or dust can set me off.

I'm a bit unstable, yes.

But I'm not alone.

So let's discuss.

Redditor Aburntbagel6 wanted to hear about all the times many of us just couldn't control our disdain. They asked:

"What never fails to piss you off?"
Keep reading... Show less