Dr Karl Kruszelnicki reveals he was once a doomsday prepper who fled to the Blue Mountains

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki reveals he was once a doomsday prepper who fled to the Blue Mountains because he believed a massive tidal wave would overwhelm Sydney

Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki has spent much of his career destroying errors with facts.

But the doctor and TV personality, dubbed ‘the people’s scientist’, has been the victim of conspiracy theories in the past.

In an interview with The Australian on Saturday, the 74-year-old admitted that in the early 1970s he fled Sydney for fear of a tidal wave.

Past: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (pictured) has spent much of his career destroying mistakes with facts. But the doctor and TV personality, dubbed ‘the people’s scientist’, has been the victim of conspiracy theories in the past.

He and a group of “hippie” friends hid in the Blue Mountains – armed only with rice, water and kerosene – waiting for a disaster that never happened.

“I believed in it simply because my friends told me about it. That was enough; because my friends were so convinced, I took that as a very high authority,” he said.

The doctor says that because of this experience, he now understands how people fall into wild conspiracy theories.

Fears: In an interview with The Australian on Saturday, the 74-year-old admitted that in the early 1970s he fled Sydney for fear of a tidal wave

Fears: In an interview with The Australian on Saturday, the 74-year-old admitted that in the early 1970s he fled Sydney for fear of a tidal wave

Memories: Him and a group of friends

Memories: He and a group of “hippie” friends hid in the Blue Mountains – armed only with rice, water and kerosene – waiting for a disaster that never happened. Pictured at that time

‘I did not think. Trusting a friend’s information [rather than an expert] is a well-known factor in psychology,” he told the newspaper.

“That’s why peer recommendations are more persuasive than advertising. It’s because we’re social animals and we have to get along to survive.

“I was also a smoker at the time and had heard of the Surgeon General’s health warning, but didn’t accept the science until a friend advised me to quit.”

“I believed in it simply because my friends told me about it.  That was enough;  because my friends were so convinced, I took that as a very high authority,” he said.  The doctor says that because of this experience he now understands how people fall into wild conspiracy theories

“I believed in it simply because my friends told me about it. That was enough; because my friends were so convinced, I took that as a very high authority,” he said. The doctor says that because of this experience he now understands how people fall into wild conspiracy theories

Dr Karl is well known for bringing scientific knowledge to the layman and has been active in debunking Covid conspiracies in his popular TikTok videos.

It also went viral recently with videos that shared foolproof tips for recovering from a hangover and why you should never flush the toilet with the lid.

Dr. Karl says that while another drink provides short-term symptom relief, time is the greatest — and surest — healer.

The media personality, who has degrees in medicine and biomedical engineering, also said that rinsing with the lid up releases a “polluted plume of bacteria and water vapor”.

'I did not think.  Trusting a friend's information [rather than an expert] is a well-known factor in psychology,” he told the newspaper.

‘I did not think. Trusting a friend’s information [rather than an expert] is a well-known factor in psychology,” he told the newspaper.

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