I think it's just proof that science and media cannot kill culture that develops on local levels, though it seems to come kind of close. I mean, you have angel sightings, ghosts and aliens. Imagine the stuff that doesn't make it on camera. Imagine some of the strange things you and your friends have talked about and just imagine the kinds of things that are talked about in smaller towns.
But I don't know what it means. Maybe there is a part of the brain that sees small patterns and jumps to quick conclusions that are sometimes irrational, because in a jam, such a function may have come in handy for certain situations, and just hans't become enough of a disadvantage to cause it to exit the gene pool.