From Fox Mulder to Robert Mueller, the FBI has always been an intriguing organization, whether portrayed on your favorite TV dramas or lighting up the news alerts on your phone.
We sifted through fact and fiction to gather up 20 jaw-dropping tidbits about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from the hilarious to the chilling.
Ever heard of the FBI’s Most Wanted list?
via: GettyOnce someone lands a spot on the list, their name can only be removed if they’re captured, the charges against them are dropped, or if they are no longer considered to be a “particularly dangerous menace to society." Of the 518 people that have been on the Most Wanted list since it was started in 1950, 484 have been apprehended or located.
In the 1960s, the Bureau spent two years investigating a song.The song in question was “Louie Louie," made popular by The Kingsmen, and the FBI was investigating whether the lyrics contained pornographic language. We’d file this one under “things that (probably) wouldn’t happen in 2018."
The FBI has a special unit for investigating art heists.It doesn’t just happen in movies—the FBI started this team in 2004, and they’ve recovered more than 2,600 stolen items worth nearly $150 million since then.
In the 1950s, the FBI investigated ESP.They looked into extrasensory perception to determine if it could be used as an espionage tool. The idea was abandoned when no scientific support for its potential was found.
The FBI Laboratory started out as a one-man operation.In 1932, the lab boasted one special agent, a borrowed microscope and a few other tools. Now it’s one of the largest crime labs in the world, with 500 employees on staff. Next, why was Sacha Baron Cohen on the FBI’s radar?
Sacha Baron Cohen almost got himself into hot water with the FBI.While he was filming Borat, his method acting put some people on high alert. His character drove around in an ice cream truck pranking strangers, and the FBI gathered a file of complaints as a result.
J. Edgar Hoover had a tumultuous and controversial career as FBI Director.
via: GettyOne example: He had a well-documented disdain of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1964, an anonymous and threatening letter was sent to King that "clearly implied that suicide would be a suitable course of action for Dr. King."
The Bureau never solved the mystery of a missing plane.
via: GettyIn 2003, a pair of men working on the mechanics of a 727 plane in Angola took off without warning. Despite being investigated by the FBI and the CIA, neither the men nor the plane have been recovered.
The FBI spent two years investigating a fictional cult.Their investigation into “The Church of the Hammer" started in 2005, and continued until they realized it was a parody all along, thanks to a helpful disclaimer on the “cult’s" website.
Break out the tape.
via: GettyFormer FBI Director James Comey says that he covers the webcam of his personal computer with tape—and he thinks you should too. You never know who could be watching! On the next page, a story that’ll make you update your passwords.