Belief in conspiracy theories is more common than you might think. There seems to be a conspiracy being “uncovered” all the time these days, and no matter how outlandish they may be, they seem to have no trouble drawing in passionate believers.
The popularity of conspiracy theories is supported by biases hard-wired into us all, such as our tendency to look for information that confirms our beliefs and disregard information that challenges them, or the desire to find significant causes for big events. That means conspiracy theories will probably always be with us to some extent.
Here are 16 conspiracy theories that some people actually believe in.
1. There’s a chemical in the water that turns people gay.
Radio host Alex Jones is an anti-vaxx, pro-guns, and a conspiracy theorist. He also believes that the government, which he claims controls the weather, puts chemicals in the water to turn people gay.
2. Avril Lavigne passed away and was replaced by a clone named Melissa.
Many believed that Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress Avril Lavigne passed away back in 2003. The one that continued her career is claimed to be a body double named Melissa.
3. Paul McCartney was replaced by a look-alike.
Paul McCarthy may not be as active in the entertainment world as before, but he does some appearances once in a while. However, some believed that The Beatles’ bass guitarist and vocalist actually passed away in 1969, claiming that the Paul we see now is just a replacement.
4. The government is spreading poisonous snow.
It all started when people tried to torch the snow in Georgia and it wouldn’t melt. Many believed the this was done by the government as a way to spread chemicals.
5. Hillary Clinton’s campaign logo has a connection to 9/11.
6. Government has a blood sacrifice season.
Some people pointed out that most tragedy happens in the month of April.
7. Aliens built the Stonehenge.
8. Prince Charles is a vampire.
It all started when the Prince himself joked that he’s the descendant of Vlad the Impaler. Now, people are wondering if it was a joke or a revelation.
9. The moon doesn’t exist.
One conspiracy theory claimed that the moon is just a hologram and doesn’t really exist. However, there are no solid proofs to back up this claim.
10. Phantom time hypothesis.
A 1991 conspiracy theory states that 297 years of our history didn’t exist.
11. The Lizard People.
Conspiracy theorist David Icke claimed that there are reptilian humanoids from the Alpha Draconis star system and shapeshifting reptilians.
12. Barack Obama has the power to control the weather.
13. Elvis Presley is still alive.
This theory had been going on for a long time. Some fans said that there are more proofs that the King is alive than that he’s de ad.
14. Barack Obama is Malcolm X’s son.
15. Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari is just a clone.
The theory is so absurd that the president himself felt he had no choice but to address it:
“It’s the real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday, and I will still go strong.”
16. American Pie by Don Mclean predicts takeover of satanic-communist.
A blog entry dedicated to analyzing the band’s famous song “Bye bye, Miss “American Pie” stated:
“As soon as I read those words the song ‘American Pie’ jumped into my head, and it occurred to me that maybe what the song was about was the take-over of America by foreign elements. Upon looking up and reading the lyrics, my suspicion was more than confirmed.”
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