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10 Times TV Broadcasts Were Hijacked With Cryptic and Scary Messages

Television broadcast hijackings must be an incredibly scary thing for the audience. Imagine watching your favorite show and suddenly getting bombarded with a weird and cryptic message that you don't understand or creeps you out. As technology continues to advance, it has become harder and harder for rogue individuals to take over television airwaves to get their message across. This is a list of some of the oddest television broadcast hijackings ever and as you will see, a lot of the major ones are from the 1980s. You'll find a little of everything on this list of weird TV events, ranging from deranged madmen to supposed alien broadcasts, explicit content during the Super Bowl, and men who just think the cable bill is too damn high.

  • The Max Headroom Incident

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    On November 22, 1987, Chicago saw one of the most disturbing television interruptions ever. During a broadcast of Doctor Who, viewers were suddenly bombarded with a pirate broadcast featuring a man disguised as television character Max Headroom. For close to 90 seconds, viewers were terrified by the man's almost unintelligible ranting as he chanted Coke slogans, moaned and screamed while playing with gloves, and was spanked by a woman in a French maid outfit.

    The most terrifying thing about the whole ordeal is that the man has never been identified and his motives remain unclear.

  • Solidarity TV

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    In September 1985, four astronomers in Poland used a home computer and transmitter to interrupt a broadcast in the city of Torun. They superimposed messages over state-run broadcasts that read "Enough price increases, lies, and repressions. Solidarity Torun," as well as "It is our duty to boycott the election." The men did this to show support to the labor movement, Solidarity, and to protest against unfair government treatment.

    The four men were eventually caught, but because they were such high-ranking men in the Polish scientific community, they were only given probation and a light fine. 

  • Zombie Alert On The Steve Wilkos Show

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    It started off as one of the typical alert broadcasts you hear right in the middle of your favorite show, but a short time into the announcement, it was clear something was wrong. During a broadcast of the Steve Wilkos Show in Montana in 2013an alert starting scrolling across the screen. It looked normal until a computerized voice starting talking about how they were in the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse and the dead were rising and "attacking the living."

  • Southern Television Broadcast Interruption

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    Were we visited by some unknown alien species back in 1977? If you believe the Southern Television broadcast interruption that occurred in the United Kingdom, that's exactly what happened. Everything was broadcasting as normal, when suddenly things went haywire and a voice started speaking, saying he was a representative of an Intergalactic Association that had come to deliver a message to Earth.

    The voice said that all of our weapons of evil had to be removed and we only had a short time to live in peace. The transmission lasted for six minutes. Most people generally believe this is a hoax, but due to the fact that a culprit was never discovered, who's to say it wasn't really an alien trying to get us to be a little more peaceful?