|Mitt Romney, left, and Barack Obama square off in the bid of the White House, Nov. 6. (REUTERS)
As Americans head to the polls, some voters will count on issues their neighbours may have missed during more than 700,000 campaign ads.
Instead of the economy or foreign policy, a few will wonder -- what leader is really a lizard overlord and what party maniacally created hurricane Sandy?
Deep in the crust of independent radio and conspiracy websites, alternative nutty issues are carefully nurtured. Even more than catastrophes, U.S. elections are where fringe alarms thrive.
Some conspiracies have worked their way into the mainstream, including Donald Trump wondering if President Barack Obama was born outside the U.S. But there are countless other theories growing wildly you may have missed.
Arizona commentator Christopher Greene wonders whether hurricane Sandy might be a man-made storm, saying: "The federal government engineered the largest financial crash in the history of man in 2008. Why couldn't they engineer a storm?
"At the very least, it's engineered politics with very convenient timing."
He says it's having an impact on support for Mitt Romney.
But others, including Texas radio host Alex Jones, wondered whether a "weather weapons system" could be used to Obama's advantage?
But the storm over the storm isn't the only dippy issue out there.
Retired South Carolina software developer Kevin Davidson, who tracks fringe rumours on Obamaconspiracy.org estimates 40 to 50 million Americans at least marginally believe a tall-tale about the president.
"Another new one was that Obama wears a ring with an Islamic inscription," Davidson tells QMI Agency, adding there is no inscription.
Online, legions believe the president is a lizard-being in disguise.
One citizen journalism site promised Obama would head a military takeover of the U.S., and mass graves had been dug. Though it was supposed to happen last month.
But wait. You think Romney is really Mexican? Others do as well.
That the villain in the last Batman movie was designed to make you think of the Republican candidate, that he's planning a Mormon takeover or managed to have his part in a 1968 deadly car crash covered up? Welcome to the other 2012 campaign.
Brandon Tozzo, a teaching fellow at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., says wild conspiracies have a long history in American elections. But he doubts they have any impact.
"They're not going to matter," he's sure. "At the checkout counter, it may turn your head to see a headline that 'Obama makes pact with aliens', but ... this election will be about the economy and trust."
Though, maybe that's what they want us to all believe.