This compilation contains 10 of the most popular conspiracy theories that humanity believes in to this day. Despite the lack of evidence and a lot of rebuttals, theories continue to be fueled by new versions and conjectures.
10. Electronic banking
The electronic conspiracy theory is considered a variant of modern New World Order conspiracy theories. According to some conspiracy theorists, virtual money — credit and debit cards — were created by a “secret group” that plans to dominate the world.
The plan, according to theorists, is to eliminate paper and monetary currencies entirely, so that citizens rely solely on electronic banking. Once this goal is achieved, the “secret group” will cause a worldwide power outage that will simultaneously wipe out information on all bank accounts, thus creating chaos and panic. The alleged motivation behind the conspiracy is the return of slavery to the modern world. Benefactors change depending on which theory you hold.
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9 Secret Societies Control The World
If you really were a member of the global elite, you would already know this: the world is ruled by a few powerful and secretive people.
Take, for example, the Illuminati, a sect that originated in 18th-century Germany and is allegedly responsible for the pyramid and eye symbol that adorns the $1 bill. They intend to start world wars to strengthen the argument for a world government. Or take the Freemasons, who advertise their group as “the oldest and largest worldwide fraternity” and boast alumni like George Washington. Some think that, despite donating hefty sums to charities, they are plotting your doom in Masonic temples around the world.
8. Landing on the moon
According to conspiracy theorists, the moon landing that the world witnessed live on July 20, 1969 was a hoax orchestrated by NASA and other key organizations. Theorists believe that the surface that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on was not a celestial body, but an artificial soundstage.
Conspiracy theorists insist that the technology of the time was not enough to accomplish such a feat. In their view, environmental obstacles alone — cosmic rays, radiation belts, and the solar wind — would make travel impossible.
As proof of their belief, theorists point to photographs and videos taken during the mission, which they claim contain several oddities; including inconsistent shadows, the same background, and the absence of any visible stars.
Why simulate a landing? Theorists argue that the United States sought not only the prestige of the event, but also monetary gain.
In 2008, MythBusters stars Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman explored several myths surrounding the moon landing. After conducting various controlled tests with a group of scientists at a NASA training facility, they concluded that there was no conspiracy.
NASA makes little effort to rebut the claims, deeming them laughable; however, in July 2009 they used the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to photograph the Apollo 11 landing site, which they say shows the remains of the 1969 landing site. Despite efforts to debunk the myths, conspiracy theorists stand by their claims.
7. Reptilians and the Elite
They are among us. Blood-drinking, flesh-eating, shape-shifting extraterrestrial reptilian humanoids with the sole purpose in their cold-blooded heads: to enslave mankind. They are our leaders, our corporate executives, our favorite Oscar-winning actors and Grammy-winning singers, and they are responsible for the Holocaust, the 9/11 bombings and the attacks. Some Britons are sure that members of the royal family are nothing but reptilians with crowns.
Conspiracy theorist and philosopher David Icke says that these “Annunaki” (reptilians) have controlled humanity since ancient times; they include Queen Elizabeth, George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bob Hope. Invading the territory of other conspiracy theorists, he even claims that lizards are behind secret societies like the Freemasons and the Illuminati. Earning the dubious title of “paranoid of the decade” in the late 1990s, Icke wrote several books on the subject, including his latest work, David Icke’s Guide to the Global Conspiracy, while running his own website full of merchandise and advertising services.
6. CIA and AIDS
Ever since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first reported on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1981, there have been rumors that the deadly virus was created by the CIA to exterminate homosexuals and African Americans. Even today, the conspiracy theory has a number of prominent proponents. South African President Thabo Mbeki once promoted the theory, challenging scientific claims that the virus originated in Africa and accusing the US government of creating the disease in military labs.
Nobel Peace Prize-winning Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai has also used international attention to support this theory. Others insist that the government deliberately injected the virus into gay men during the 1978 hepatitis B experiments in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Still others point to Richard Nixon, who merged the US Army’s biological warfare department with the National Cancer Institute in 1971. However, most members of the scientific community believe that the virus passed from apes to humans sometime in the 1930s.
5. Holocaust revisionism
Despite overwhelming evidence and apologies from Germany decades ago, revisionists continue to claim that almost 6 million Jews were not killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for example, called the Holocaust a “myth”.
Unlike Ahmadinejad, most revisionists do not deny that Jews were interned in POW camps during World War II. Rather, they argue that the number of deaths has been greatly exaggerated. Gas chambers are a particular stumbling block: Holocaust deniers say they were purely hearsay and weren’t powerful enough to kill — though evidence and history suggest otherwise. And the photos of emaciated and dying Jews? Revisionist Edgar J. Steele says, “All these photographs of skinny people and bodies piled up like firewood were actually Czechs, Poles, and Germans who died of typhus raging in the camps.
4. Area 51 and aliens
Who gave us so many innovations that humanity has today? Aliens, of course. Conspiracy theorists believe that the remains of crashed UFO spacecraft are being stored at Area 51, an Air Force base about 150 miles from Las Vegas, where government scientists are reconstructing highly advanced alien technology. This was based on various alleged UFO sightings in the area and the testimony of a retired Army colonel who says he was granted access to extraterrestrial material collected from an alien spacecraft that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Some believe that the government is looking into time travel in Area 51, also known as Groom Lake or Dreamland.
The government has developed advanced aircraft and weapons systems at nearby Nellis Air Force Base, including stealth bombers and reconnaissance aircraft. And the government’s official position that the details of Area 51 are classified for national security purposes is only seen as further evidence that the military is hiding aliens or alien spaceships.
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3. September 11
While videos and photos of two planes crashing into the World Trade Center towers are known all over the world, the sheer amount of documented evidence has only fueled more conspiracy theories.
A May 2006 poll found that 42% of Americans believed that the government and the 9/11 commission “covered up or refused to investigate important evidence that contradicted their official explanation for the 9/11 attacks.” Why did the military fail to intercept the hijacked planes? Did the government issue a “fallback” order to minimize interference with the secret plan to demolish the buildings and blame it on Islamic terrorists?
In 2005, Popular Mechanics published an extensive investigation into such claims and responses to them. The reporting team found that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) had no experience in training fighters to intercept aircraft that had gone off-route. And while the team found no evidence that the government planned the attacks, the lack of evidence has rarely stopped conspiracy theorists before.
2. The assassination of John F. Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963, by two bullets while riding in an open-top limousine through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with his murder, and a presidential commission led by Chief Justice Earl Warren found that Oswald acted alone. But this conclusion was not approved by the public. There are countless conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
A 2003 ABC News poll found that 70% of Americans believed that Kennedy’s death was the result of a wider conspiracy. Some say that the trajectory of the bullets did not coincide with the place where Oswald lived. Others speculate that a second gunman was involved in the shooting, possibly on the grassy knoll of Dealey Plaza. Others believe in an even wider conspiracy.
Was Kennedy assassinated by CIA agents? KGB officers? Gangsters who were angry at Kennedy for starting the persecution of criminal gangs? Speculation about one of the most notorious political assassinations in history is so popular that most people take the rumors to heart: only 32% of those polled by ABC believe Oswald committed the murder alone.
1 Bermuda Triangle
Is there a mysterious force that makes ships and planes disappear into the Bermuda Triangle, or is it just another far-fetched theory? For hundreds of years, people have been telling stories of strange happenings in the Bermuda Triangle.
Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, the Bermuda Triangle is located in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. It covers approximately 500,000 square miles of ocean with peaks in Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico. There is no doubt that a large number of ships have gone missing in the area. According to some theorists, supernatural elements are to blame. Some say alien beings are to blame, while others point to the mythical lost continent of Atlantis. Read more about the unsolved mysteries of the ocean in a separate article.
The US Coast Guard and other experts familiar with the triangle do not blame supernatural elements. Instead, they point to the fact that the triangle is located in a heavily traversed part of the ocean. They say that the number of accidents there is no more than in other parts of the ocean. They believe any number of natural phenomena could be the cause, including tropical storms and killer waves. They also point to the possibility of pirates and mechanical failures. As for compass issues, experts say there are no unusual magnetic anomalies in the area and cite the fact that all compasses have natural magnetic fluctuations.
No matter who you believe, one thing remains the same: the Bermuda Triangle will undoubtedly continue to be a source of mystery and intrigue.