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Caroline | July 26, 2022 9:34 am

Dave Grohl Went Full Conspiracy Theorist With The Foo Fighters

Nerds and conspiracy theorists love the Foo Fighters because they are named after UFOs. Allied pilots used the term “foo fighters” to describe mysterious aircraft that they couldn’t be sure was the enemy.

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Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl began the band as a solo project in 1994 after Kurt Cobain’s untimely death. Grohl has said he was really into reading about UFOs and that the books had a “treasure trove” of band names. He chose Foo Fighters because he thought the plural might make people think it was more than just him in the band.