Sometimes things aren’t always as they seem, especially when we are talking about conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories are used as an explanatory hypothesis that a group puts forward, basically stating that an organization or certain group of people are secretly behind, or have manipulated certain events that have occurred throughout history. Regardless, one of the best things we can consider when it comes to conspiracy theories is that they keep us curious and critical – they get us to keep questioning the world around us. Here are 10 conspiracy theories that stem from the good ol’ United States of America.
10. JFK Assassination
The investigators looking into the JFK case posit that one single bullet entered into JFK’s upper back, exited out his throat and then hit Connally, who was seated in the front seat of the car, breaking his rib and shattering his wrist and then finally came to a stop once it hit his thigh. Many theorists have argued that this is completely impossible and thus the theory that Oswald could not have been working alone was born.
So, who was the second shooter? While some theorists have argued that it was the CIA, others have pointed fingers at the mafia, The KGB and The Illuminati.
9. Elvis is Still Alive
Want more evidence? The spelling of Elvis’ tombstone is incorrect. You may not know that Elvis was born a twin with a stillborn named Garon. To pay tribute to his brother, Elvis’ parents named him Elvis Aron Presley. In 1966, Elvis decided to change his middle name to read Aaron instead of Aron, but later, due to his father’s wishes he changed it back. However, Elvis’ tombstone read “Elvis Aaron Presley”. Theorists have maintained that this is a clue that Elvis was symbolizing the death of his former self, but his present self is still very much alive.
Still not convinced? On the day of Elvis’ death, black helicopters appeared on the lawns of Graceland. It has been said that these helicopters were FBI choppers that came to warn The King that he needed to disappear before the mob whacked him, as he was assisting the FBI on an ongoing investigation into the Memphis Mafia. Apparently an Elvis look-a-like was spotted later that day buying a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires. The name on the ticket? Jon Burrows. Elvis commonly used Jon Burrows as a decoy when booking hotels and restaurants to avoid any unwanted attention.
With all that said, we have to wonder: with the amount of Elvis Presley impersonators out there, it wouldn’t be too hard to fake your own death and remain under the radar, would it?
The conspiracy theory still remains prevalent today. Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, has shut down previous claims that the virus originally started in Africa, and has insisted that AIDS was created in a military lab by the U.S. government. Other supporters of this theory have said that during 1978, the government was injecting gay men with the virus disguising it as a Hepatitis-B vaccine in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The HIV/AIDS epidemic blew up just a few short years later.
7. Paul McCartney is Dead
One of the leading theories regarding Paul’s death is The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover. Conspiracy theorist have pointed out that the cover symbolizes so much more when broken down. John is dressed in all white on the cover to represent a clergyman, Ringo, all dressed in black, represents the mourner, George wears jeans to symbolize the gravedigger and Paul is the only one not wearing shoes, implying that he doesn’t need them, because he is dead. You can also note that McCartney is walking out of sync with the rest of the band, another indication that he is not actually “with” them.
While some theories claim that Paul died in car crash, others point to the idea that McCartney committed suicide. One clue towards this theory lies in the lyrics of the Beatles’ song A Day in the Life with Lennon singing “He blew his mind out in a car”. Along these lines, it has also been rumored that if you play I’m So Tired backwards, you can hear John singing “Paul is dead, I miss him, I miss him.” And lastly, if you listen closely, Lennon can be heard saying “I buried Paul” at the beginning of the Beatles track Strawberry Fields Forever.
What are chemtrails? They refer to the white lines that are left in the sky after an airplane flies by. Chemtrails have a very scientific reason for appearing. Basically, the water particles that escape an airplane’s exhaust, quickly condense and freeze, this is what creates the vapor cloud that trails behind them. However, in recent years, it has been noted that these vapor clouds have multiplied and are lingering much longer in the sky than they used to.
The conspiracy theory behind chemtrails incites that the white streaks in the sky left from airplanes are actually full of chemicals that are poisoning us. The reason? Theorists have explained a couple of different ideas when it comes to the purpose of these poisons. The most popular conspiracies surrounding chemtrails are that they are being used a means to “weed out” the sick and elderly, while others have stated that it’s being used as a way for the government to control the weather.
The one thing that all parties can agree on? The white trail of poisons that are being released into the atmosphere are certainly not good for any of us.
5. Area 51 and The Aliens
It wasn’t until 1970 that this conspiracy gained huge traction when physicist, Stanton T. Friedman wrote a book concluding that the crash was a result of alien activity. Many believe that this supposed weather balloon was a cover for some kind of secret project, while others are still holding fast on the theory that there really is extraterrestrial activity going on in Area 51. The restriction on Area 51 and the lack of information we have on the land has only helped fuel beliefs that the government must be hiding something.
4. Global Warming
3. The Illuminati
The purpose of The Illuminati? To establish the New World Order in which the planet will be controlled by a one-world authoritarian power. Some theorists believe that The Illuminati, has themselves, created conspiracy theories surrounding their group to convince people that they really don’t exist, or just to convolute all the information they read on them. Seems a little bit silly, but still quite brilliant, no?
2. The Moon Landing
Want some proof? Well, if you watch the video of the moon landing, you will of course notice Buzz Aldrin planting an American flag on the moon. If you look closely, it looks like the flag is waving. Given that the Moon exists in a vacuum-like atmosphere, the waving of the flag would be completely impossible.
Let’s begin with the actual collapse of the World Trade Center. Theorists have argued that the way the towers fell after the plane hit, mirrors very similarly to how buildings fall when during a controlled demolition. This has been one of the most fundamental arguments for conspiracy theorists, stating that there were bombs already set up in the building before the planes hit, thus inciting that it was an inside job. Some witnesses who were trapped in the World Trade Center at the time of the crash, stated that they heard explosions as they were trying to escape the towers.
To add on to this belief, many architects and scientists have maintained that a plane’s fuel could not produce enough heat to melt the steel frames of the 2 towers that collapsed. Furthermore, the light weight aluminum that planes are constructed out of to make it easier for them to fly, could not have caused as much damage as they did, bringing 2 buildings completely to the ground. Not to mention the rapid collapse of both buildings, the South Tower collapsing 56 minutes after being hit, and the North Tower falling about 90 minutes after being struck.
The reason for the attack? Many have argued that 9/11 was a means for the U.S. government to start a war in Afghanistan with very little backlash from the American public.