Zecharia Sitchin

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Zecharia Sitchin (Azerbaijani: Zaxariya Sitçin) (1920–2010) was a complete crank who believed in a "twelfth planet" called Nibiru that created all life on Earth. It is apparently a "yo-yo" planet that only shows up "every 3000 plus years", or something. It is also responsible for the asteroid belt. All of this is supposedly found in a prophecy written by the ancient Sumerians and confirmed in the Old Testament. He basically spliced together Immanuel Velikovsky's catastrophism with Erich von Däniken's ancient astronauts,[1] using as a glue his own contribution to the mix - the long-period planet Nibiru and its inhabitants, the Anunnaki.

He also believed that a missile from Mars' moon Phobos shot down a Soviet probe.[2]

Somehow, he was convinced that he was moments away from being recognized as the most important scientist of all time.

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  1. Velikovsky's Worlds in Colision came out in 1950, von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods - in 1968, and Sitchin's The 12th Planet - in 1976.
  2. "The Rush Back to Phobos"
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