Is it a conspiracy? Or is it for real? Let's go with the latter. You're about to learn about Desertron, a Superconducting Super Collider that was to serve as a particle accelerator complex near the town of Waxahachie, Texas.
Designed to address the most pertinent needs of the American science industry, this massive piece of machinery was supposed to have a planned ring circumference of 87 kilometers and energy of 20 TeV. In other words, it would become a new record holder.