Conspiracy theories are as fun to debate over as they are to unearth and rediscover long lost details. Despite overwhelming facts and evidence that debunks most of the conspiracy theories that exist in today’s world, the theories don’t die down easily owing to the simultaneous existence of facts and evidence to support them.
Ranging from being surprising convincing to being absolutely bizarre, conspiracy theories have spawned their own genre and fan following over the years. Here’s looking at top 10 most famous and mind-blowing and popular conspiracy theories that are still a matter of hot discussion in today’s world:
1.The 9/11 Massacre
One of the deadliest terrorist attacks that shook the very roots of The United States of America has brewed some of the most compelling conspiracy theories in the world. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, two planes crashed into the Twin Towers, also known as the World Trade Centres which was found to be the works of the Islamic terrorist group called al-Qaeda.
Many theorists believe that it was not planes but explosives in the shape of planes that had hit the Towers. The reason behind is this theory is that the towers have perfectly collapsed into their footprints without much scattering, and almost immediately. Also, there was an explosion heard right before the planes hit, which is very unlikely to happen. This led many to believe that it was in fact a controlled demolition done by explosives in the shape of airplanes.
Another among the most famous conspiracy theories around the 9/11 attack was that the American government already knew about it. The US apparently had one of the most powerful air force in the world but still failed to predict or control such a huge place hijack. Was that sort of a thing expected from a superpower like the US? Conspiracy theorists believe that the government intentionally let the attacks happen so that tit use this to later power an invasion in Iraq and Afghanistan for securing oil interests.
2.The Moon Landing
The greatest achieved by human civilization was the first steps of mankind on the moon. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the moon’s soil. But if conspiracy theorists were to be believed, then the whole thing might have been a hoax. It is said that the US was so desperate to win the moon race against Russia, that they faked the whole mission by filming it on a film set.
Unfortunately, there are many conspiracy involving this. Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick in his 1968 Film 2001: A Space Odessey has shown the world that it was possible to create a make-believe film set that perfectly depicted space. This further solidified the conspiracy theories that he might have helped Nasa to film the hoax. Also, the fact that the pictures and videos of the space mission were only available through NASA’s website further raised suspicions.
Another theory to support the hoax was that the American flag that Neil Armstrong put on the moon’s soil was seen to be waving. This is obviously impossible since the moon’s atmosphere is a vacuum. Though NASA counteracted saying that Armstrong was twisting the flag to dig into the soil which made it look like it was waving, people still believe what they believe.
3.The Aliens of Area 51
Perhaps one of the most interesting and talked about conspiracy theories that trigger the curiosity of people of all ages has to be Area 51. It is a highly guarded place located in the Nevada Test and Training Range in the southern parts of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles north-northwest of Las Vegas. Details of what goes on in this area are top national secret but speculations say that it is a training and development grounds of the United States Air Force (USAF).
Where something is called “top secret” to the public, conspiracy theories are bound to surface. This was back in the 1940s when mysterious flying saucers were claimed to been spotted by commercial airline pilots. Then later, what was found on the crash site, was described to be a UFO. Theories suggest that the government has kept within Area 51 many such UFOs and most probably its inhabitants, to re-engineer their aircraft and build highly advanced machines for themselves.
These theories were reaffirmed when a retired army colonel claimed that he was given access to extraterrestrial materials gathered from a crashed UFO in Roswell. MAny other conspiracy theories go as far as suggesting that the government is studying time travel in Area 51. Believe them or don’t but these are sure quite the talk of the town.
4.Secret Societies of the World
The conspiracy theories surrounding this one definitely received its due limelight due to our very famous novelist Dan Brown and his books about the Illuminati. Conspiracy theories suggest that the world is actually ruled by secret societies that are very powerful and influential. They control the world order.
Reports came out in 2004 that both the Presidential candidates were members of a secret society called the Skull and Bones Society of the Yale University. It is believed they control the world.
Apart from that, theories claim that most of the people sitting in some of the most powerful positions in the world are members of some sort of secret society.
The more famous societies that are at the zenith of conspiracies are the Illuminati and the Freemasons. The Illuminati, a Satanic society, which has apparently formed in 18th Century Germany, is said to be trying to create a single government to rule the world and contains some of the most influential people with the likes of Beyonce.
5. Earth is flat
Before you can laugh it off, hear them out. There is a huge community of people who believe that the earth is, in fact, not spherical but flat. Conspiracy theories claim that NASA has photoshopped images of the earth to look spherical. A theory claims that the earth is actually a flat disc-like structure.
The arctic circle is in the center of the disc while Antarctica is a tall wall of ice surrounding the rim. NASA, they say, protects this ice wall to prevent people from climbing over it and falling over the disc. Funny, right? What is below this disc though is still debated. The flat earth conspiracy theory isn’t new.
Theorists believe that days and nights occur due to the circular movement of the sun and the moon over different portions of the disc and different times of the day. There is also a theory that claims the existence of an ‘anti-moon’ that causes the lunar eclipse.
Another conspiracy theory claims that the GPS is rigged to make pilots think that they are flying straight over a spherical surface when in reality they are actually flying in circles over this disc.
However, Einstein’s laws of relativity still somehow fit in these conspiracy theories. But they claim that gravity is an illusion. The disc doesn’t go downwards but accelerates upwards powered by a force called dark energy. And maybe it’s Einstein’s law of relativity that prevents this acceleration to ever reach the speed of light.
So, beware the next time to climb a mountain, you may topple over!
6. Paul McCartney is dead
This is one of the very many conspiracy theories that has entertained fans in pop culture for decades. According to claims, The Beatles legend Paul Mc Cartney died in a gruesome car accident in 1966 when the band was in the peak of its fame. Fearing that the news of his death would severely affect the band’s image so early on in their career, the band members decided to replace McCartney with a look-alike who, as we all know, is still very much alive and kicking.
Fans have speculated the albums the band released after 1966 and found many references and clues which suggested McCartney’s untimely death. In the album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, fans have pointed out several clues which validate their suspicion. In the song, A Day In The Life, lyrics like “He blew his mind out in the car” are said to suggest his car accident.
The song, Strawberry Fields Forever has been under the midst of a huge conspiracy which still gets talked about. It is said that John Lennon is clearly heard mumbling at the end of the song “I buried Paul” twice. Lennon has vehemently denied the claims insisting that he was saying “Cranberry sauce”.
Another famous conspiracy theory arises due to the cover of the album Abbey Road where the band members are walking in a line. There John is seen leading a “funeral procession” dressed in white, Ringo is dressed in black signifying a mourner and George appears as a gravedigger. Paul, however, is seeing walking out of line from the rest, barefoot. This, fans claim is a sign since there is no need for shoes in the afterlife.
7. Cure For Cancer Has Been Discovered
There is perhaps the most talked-about conspiracy theory in the medical world. It is claimed that major pharmaceutical companies have already discovered the cure for cancer a long time back but they are not revealing it to the world and won’t be doing so ever. The reason for this is that every year some thousands of billions of dollars are generated from cancer treatment and selling cancer drugs.
A cure for cancer would cause a huge impact on revenue and seriously affect the business of pharmaceutical companies. Also, all the doctors and researching who have dedicated their lives to cancer research would go completely out of business.
8. Finland is Fictional
This conspiracy theory started as a joke on Reddit in 2016 but soon became a huge debate and gained worldwide attention when everyone started looking deeper into it. It is said that Finland is just part of the Baltic Sea and people who call themselves citizens of Finland are actually from eastern Sweden, western Russia, or northern Estonia. Conspiracy theories around this suggest that Russia and Japan created Finland for their own benefits. Japan’s profit was that it could catch the fish from the sea without any environmental problems or consequences and then bring home the acquired fish through the Trans-Siberian railway from the Eastern Russian coast under the pretext of shipping Nokia Products. Funny, right?
It is said that other nations are aware of this fictional theory but they let it remain a secret to have an ideal nation to model and look up to. This theory is strengthened by looking at the picture-perfect state of Finland where it ranks highest in almost all areas: healthcare, education, gender equality, least corruption. It’s almost too good to be true.
9. The Holocaust is a Myth
No one can overlook the gruesome death of over six million Jews by the German force that shook the world during World War 2. But there are numerous conspiracy theories that question otherwise. The torture and killing of Jews by the Nazis aren’t denied, but the number is way too much inflated than what really took place. It is believed to have been designed for the betterment of the Jewish race by the Jews themselves.
A big name in the Holocaust deniers is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has passed the Holocaust as a “myth” and claimed that not Palestine, but Germany and other European countries provide land for a Jewish state.
Despite thousands of photos and documentaries and real-time accounts of the horror hasn’t discouraged the theorists to turn the whole thing into a blatant lie.
10. 5G causes Coronavirus
Living during a pandemic, how can we miss out on the latest and most happening conspiracy theory that is afloat among us right as we discuss this. This theory claims that 5G technology may have been responsible for the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus.
Though scientists and experts all around the world have rubbish theses claims stating that it is biologically impossible for a virus to spread through an electromagnetic wave, it hasn’t stopped theorists from second-guessing. The idea around is that 5G lowers the body’s immune system and thus accelerates the spread of the Covid-19.
Also, the huge debatable conspiracy around the coronavirus is that it is a bioweapon created by China to weaken the world. It’s surely one of the tragic events to have ever struck the world. Public health now remains a worry more than ever.
Whatever it is, we would like nothing more than to get rid of the deadly virus and get our normal lives back.
For all we know, the real world is a strange one indeed.