And of course, there was the infamous physics professor who wanted to build a wall in the Great Plains forgetting that there are mountain ranges that high in the Midwest that do nothing to stop 'em twisters.
But the email I got today was a first. The crank makes a testable prediction:
We , at Swami Hardas Foundation, India, have developed a super advanced calamity forecast technology, which is capable of forecasting calamities much ahead of other technologies. The following are our latest likely predictions :1) Severe storm at eastern Alabama likely around 26th January, 20152) Mount Fuji , Japan is likely to start spewing lava during the last week of March,2015. There may be emission of smoke, debris etc during the weeks prior to it.
Since when have cranks started making testable predictions? Since severe storms are more prevalent in Alabama starting in March, this is not a climatological prediction. And while there have been a few small earthquakes near Fuji, and the Japanese have evacuation plans in place, there is no heightened state of alarm.