Judging by the photo above, you might think we just launched an investigation into the illuminati, but we’re actually investigating another popular, widely accepted hoax: the “Triangle of Life”. It’s a new technique in earthquake survival, and it’s believed to be safer than the traditional method of crouching underneath something sturdy, like a table or a doorway.

The Triangle of Life method suggests that you are not very safe under a table or a doorway. Actually, you may be in more danger under a table than if you were crouching beside a refrigerator.

The Triangle of Life

That’s right… beside something, not under something. The theory is that when a building collapses, there always seem to be pockets of space just beside sturdier objects. These pockets of space – triangles – tend to be big enough to keep a human safe.

For the past decade and a half, this survival method has propagated itself all over the Internet, and people just eat it up without question. It’s become such a widely discussed method that I was no longer confident in what I’d do in a quake. Hearing people explain it to me in such a reasonable and confident tone, I had no idea who to believe: the elementary school that taught me to hide under my desk… or pop culture.

Today, it reached a tipping point for me after today’s quake in Northern California; I really wondered if I’d be safer by my couch than under a table.

I had to find out for myself.

It turns out there are no scientific studies that have ever been conducted that prove the Triangle of Life saves lives, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, right? Perhaps if we dig a little deeper into the backstory of the Triangle of Life, we’ll discover what makes it so special.

Perhaps we’ll get some answers.

The founder of the Triangle of Life, Doug Copp, claims to be the “Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager” of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI). Sounds legit, right?

Well, the ARTI website looks like the furthest thing from legit, and just WTF is the ARTI? He claims it’s the “World’s most experienced rescue team.” Yet despite it being the most experienced organization in “rescue”, no one has ever heard of the ARTI prior to the Triangle of Life.

Still seems legit?

Not very. In fact, Copp turned out to be a con man that was eventually investigated by the US Justice Department and an Albuquerque newspaper for claiming that he and his organization performed rescue work in NYC on 9/11. The US government paid him $650,000 for work that the fire chief in charge of the rescue effort had never authorized. In fact, the fire chief doesn’t believe Copp was even there, and had Copp been there, the fire chief claims he would’ve had Copp arrested.

In fact, the Triangle of Life is not supported by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California Response and the Earthquake Country Alliance. To add insult to injury, the Red Cross formally denounced the Triangle of Life in a public statement. Know more.