18 Of The Most Messed Up Conspiracy Theories That People Can't Resist

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We all love a good conspiracy theory.

Normally spouted by your local pub’s most valued customer, they can range from the downright nutty to the actually slightly plausible. For some reason it’s actually quite reassuring to consider that ‘the establishment’ is lying to you in some form or other. Man on the moon? Nah, extensive government conspiracy theory mate.

Here are 18 of the most messed up conspiracy theories:

18. The sinking of Titanic was planned

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The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14th April 1912, four days into the ship’s maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. However, people have claimed the ship that sunk was not the Titanic but was in fact its sister ship, the Olympic.

Allegedly the Olympic had been damaged in a collision and there was evidence to suggest that the owners had actually switched the two ships prior to the voyage. They then proceeded to sink the imposter Titanic (the Olympic) for insurance money.

17. Obama can control the weather

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Back in the good old days of Obama’s presidency, there was a conspiracy theory making the rounds that he was able to deliberately manipulate the weather in order to deflect attention from his government in times of scandal. Very X-Men.

16. The earth is hollow

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While the more popular earth conspiracy theory argues that the world is flat, this one claims the contrary, stating that not only is the earth round but that it is also hollow. Apparently it’s also quite habitable down in the middle of the earth, with colonies of Vikings and Nazis living out their existence there.

15. The Denver International Airport is an Illuminati (or Neo-Nazi) hotspot

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Denver International Airport is covered in intricate murals. Some have claimed that the detail of these murals implies that the airport may be a secret meeting point, but there have been disagreements over who may meet there.

While some have considered that the Illuminati gather at the airport, others have claimed that it is actually Neo-Nazis. Lending weight to the latter of the two options is the fact that the airport hallways make up a swastika when you view the building aerially.

14. Crisis actors exist

Bracknell, England - May 09, 2017: A random selection of British daily newspapers currently in circulation

A crisis actor is the term given to actors who are planted at disasters for TV news channels to use. Supposedly these actors help governments to control what gets reported to the public. Pretty messed up.

13. Hitler is still alive

circa 1921: German dictator Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) on board a ferry in the Baltic Sea. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The idea that Hitler has yet to die has been circulating sine the 1970s, and gained serious momentum due to the fact that one of his cronies Josef Mengele was able to hide in South America for a good while.

This conspiracy goes one step further than merely suggesting that a 125 year old Hitler is currently relaxing in the sun, and claims that he is also responsible for 9/11 and the 2010 Gulf oil spill, which conveniently happened on his birthday. Coincidence? I think not.

12. Last Thursdayism

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The Last Thursdayism conspiracy theory claims that all your memories of the past were created around about last Thursday. This theory clearly falls into the downright nutty category of conspiracies but the messed up thing is that you can’t prove that this theory isn’t true.

11. The government sprays chemicals to control our health and food supply

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Despite countless evidence to the contrary, conspiracy theorists have argued that airplane trails are in fact chemicals that are being administered by governments in order to control both our health and food supplies. At least they make pretty patterns in the sky.

10. The Mandela Effect

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This theory claims that the reason that everyone remembers certain events and details differently is because there are actually multiple universes operating at once. This theory is named the Mandela Effect after some pretty weird happenings when Mandela was in jail. Apparently many people remembered Mandela dying, despite the fact he was actually incarcerated. They were then suitably shook when it turned out that Mandela was released from prison, very much alive since they remembered his death and all the details of his death so clearly.

9. A UFO expert’s death was orchestrated by the government

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British ufologist Max Spiers was allegedly closing in on details about UFOs when he was suddenly, and inexplicably, found death on a sofa in Poland.

Doctors have said that he died of natural causes, but members of his family have claimed that government powers wanted Spiers dead because of his research. Spiers apparently sent his mum a text the week before he was found dead saying “if anything happens to me, investigate”. Creepy.

8. Paul McCartney is not Paul McCartney

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: (STRICTLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Sir Paul McCartney performs live on stage at The O2 Arena on May 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

This theory claims that Paul McCartney actually died in 1966 and now a lookalike stands in his place. The other Beatles are said to have been involved in the scheme and they apparently hired someone who looked, sounded and acted just like McCartney. Their complicacy was short-lived, however, and they began to feel guilty for lying, dropping hints about McCartney’s death in their music.

There’s also a theory that goes one step further than poor old McCartney being a fake and instead suggests that the Beatles actually never existed.

7. 9/11 was planned by the government

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There have been various conspiracy theories surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

Some argue that then US Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the military not intercept any of the four hijacked planed, others suggest that the Twin Towers were destroyed by controlled demolitions, and a few have claimed that a plane did not hit the towers but a missile. Most notably, however, is the idea that President George W. Bush ordered the attacks.

6. Crop circles are alien communications

Crop circle in middle of corn field below Pewsey Downs near Avebury. Wiltshire. England

This conspiracy theory is perhaps one of the most classic. People have argued that the intricate shapes mown into fields are actually lines of alien communication. And why would they not be.

5. Fluoride is used by governments to control us

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I have been assured by my dentist friend that fluoride found in tap water is actually a really good thing for teeth. Other people, however, are convinced that fluoride is used by governments to make us more obedient.

4. Melania Trump has a body double

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Melania Trump, wife of Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

One of the most recent conspiracies on this list is the idea that Melania Trump has been using a body double to help her get through her husband’s presidency. And to be honest, if this is true, who can blame her.

3. JFK’s assassination was planned

1962: US statesman John F Kennedy, 35th president of the USA, making a speech. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Yet another conspiracy theory based around the deceit of the government, many have argued that President John F. Kennedy’s assassination was orchestrated by those in charge of the country.

A CIA historian has recently come forward to suggest that the government knew far more about the assassination than originally stated, including that assassinator Lee Harvey Oswald had many connections to powerful and important people.

2. The world is flat

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The Flat Earth Society have been operating for a good while, having been established in the early 1800s. They have recently gained a few new prominent members, including British artist B.o.B. who started a GoFundMe page in order to prove that the Earth is in fact flat. Ah the things past it celebrities will do to stay relevant.

1. Man on the moon is a farce

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Perhaps the most iconic conspiracy theory of all time, the idea that the moon landings were faked has proved to be a persistent notion. Evidence put forward to support this theory includes the fact that the American flag in the videos moves, and that the photos and material evidence of the trip were tampered with.

What also adds gravitas to this conspiracy is the fact that America achieved man on the moon in the height of the Cold War space race with the USSR. Another notion that adds weight to the whole thing being a farce is another conspiracy theory that claims the moon doesn’t exist at all. You can’t land on the moon if it doesn’t exist.

Do you believe any of these? Let us know in the comments.

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