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Hitler once said “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” The world has been always riddled with lies, misinformation, and fraud. Consequently, people became skeptical and always doubt that telling the truth is rather a scam.
Conspiracy Theory can be defined as giving a new angle to a specific historical event or hypothesis and new perspectives on what the world is told to be the truth. Some scholars suggest that people formulate conspiracy theories to explain, for example, power relations in social groups and the perceived existence of evil forces.
The anticipation of the conspiracy theory is usually divided: some people believe that behind every story there is a secret twisted plot that the government uses to manipulate and control the population, while others mock the theories, judging them as paranoid nonsense or trash gossip.
Here is a list of the world’s 10 biggest conspiracy theories of all time:
1. The Death Of Princess Diana
The Conspiracy: Тhe Princess Diana of Wales was murdered by the Royal Family.
Despite the official inquiry that found no evidence on secret plot or any other entity to murder Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in 1997, the speculations didn’t stop. The main theory was that the Royal Family killed Princess Diana for embarrassing and contaminating the royal name, also Diana’s relationship with Fayed was a threat to the monarchy. Allegedly, secret agents were sent to blind and disorientate driver Henri Paul, who drove Princess Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed in Paris. Later, the blood of Paul( who also died in the accident) was switched with a sample of somebody who had drunk a lot of alcohol.
2. The Moon Landing
The Conspiracy: The landing was fake.
“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” proudly said Neil Armstrong as he became the first man to walk on the moon ,on July 20, 1969. While, half of the world was awestruck and amazed, the other half claimed that the moon landing was a hoax concocted by NASA, and other powerful organizations. Conspiracy theorists believed there was not enough technology to accomplish the moon landing at that time. Those who thought that the landing was hoax, brought an evidence to the photographs from the lunar surface which shows camera crosshairs partially behind rocks, a flag planted by Buzz Aldrin moving in a strange way, the lack of stars over the lunar landscape and shadows falling in different direction. Theorists believe that the moon landing was staged by NASA, because they desperately needed the glory of such an event and that the U.S. refused to lose the space race with the Russians. There are also theories claiming that Stanley Kubrick has directed the moon landing in a studio.
3. Pearl Harbor
The Conspiracy: The attack was allowed to happen.
Theorists claim that the President Franklin Roosevelt knew all along about the Japanese attack on the US Naval base in Hawaii in December 1941, and covered up his failure to warn his fleet commanders. Allegedly, Roosevelt needed the attack in order to provoke Hitler into declaring war on the US because the American public and Congress were overwhelmingly against entering the war in Europe.
4. Project MK-ULTRA
The Conspiracy: CIA Conducted Mind Control Experiments
MK-Ultra was a code name for the mind-control and chemical interrogation research program, run by the Office of Scientific Intelligence. The project began in the early 1950s, stretching over almost two decades, ending in late 1960s. The MK-Ultra used American citizens as test subjects, using drugs, electrodes, hypnosis, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as torture, to conduct behavioral experiments.Theorists claim that MK-ULTRA was behind many so-called black-ops: Lawrence Teeter, the attorney for Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, pictured, believed Sirhan was operating under MK-ULTRA mind control techniques. The idea that CIA ran secret mind control experiments was treated as an insane conspiracy theory of paranoiacs. In 1995, President Clinton issued a formal apology on behave of the U.S government, revealing that the speculation weren’t just morbid fantasies of unstable individuals.
5.The assassination of John F. Kennedy
The Conspiracy: There were more than one shooter
The president John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas at 12.30pm, while riding with his wife – Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy – in a motorcade. After one year investigation it was concluded that the President had been assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. However, conspiracy theorists claim that there were more than one shooter and that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the only responsible for the killing of the President. Some believe that Oswald was either a patsy or worked for the FBI, KGB or the mafia.
6. Roswell, New Mexico
The Conspiracy: Unidentified Flying Objects.
At Roswell, New Mexico, sometime before July 7, 1947 something crushed, and that event kick-started more than a half century of conspiracy theories surrounding unidentified flying objects (UFOs). In 1947 a press release was issued from the Roswell Army Air Field claiming that a “flying disc: had been recovered from a ranch in New Mexico. There was also a claim that unidentified bodies were found at the crash site. This caused the conspiracy theories claiming that U.S. government is keeping a secret about aliens and UFO from the public. However, the military said that, in fact, it was just a weather balloon that was recovered and that the “bodies” were actually test dummies.
7. The New World Order
The Conspiracy: Secretive groups are plotting to rule mankind with a single world government.
This is one of the most frequent conspiracy theories claiming that secretive and powerful groups (the Illuminati, Bilderberg Group and other shadowy cabals) intending to rule the world with single world government. Allegedly, this secretive group is responsible for many historical events, for one goal New World Order (NWO). To achieve their goal and aims, these people use finance, social engineering, mind control and fear-based propaganda. Supposedly, these influential groups are in control with global health, finances, education, food, politics, media, and financial industries, and they contribute to the military industrial complex. Organisations like the World Bank, the European Union, the IMF, the United Nations, and Nato are listed as founding organisations of the New World Order.
8. The AIDS
The Conspiracy: Genetically engineered virus.
According to Dr. William Campbell Douglass theories, the deathly HIV virus was genetically engineered in 1974 by the World Health Organisation. Dr. Douglas claims that it was a cold-blooded attempt to create a killer virus which was then used in a successful experiment in Africa.Thabo Mbeki, the former South African President, said that the scientific claims that the disease originated in Africa is false and that the U.S. government actually created the virus in a lab and is trying to place the blame on Africa. Other theroies claim that this virus was genetically engineered by the orders of CIA and KGB, in order to get rid of homosexuals and to weaken the groups numbers.
9. Shakespeare Conspiracy
The Conspiracy: Somebody else wrote his plays.
Conspiracy theorists believe that the greatest English language’s writer Shakespeare could not have possibly written the plays but rather was used as the author to cover up the real identity of the brilliant poet. Because there is very little historical information about Shakespeare, theorists claim that the actor could not have had the education to write such deep and profound works. Among the numerous alternative candidates that have been proposed Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, William Stanley (6th Earl of Derby) and Edward de Vere (17th Earl of Oxford), are the most popular.
10. The Holocaust
The Conspiracy: Holocaust didn’t happen at all.
Conspiracy theorists believe and claim that Holocaust may be a hoax. Allegedly, the Nazis never murdered over 6 million Jews during World War II but claims of the Holocaust was conspired by the Jews to advance their own interests and to justify the creation of Israel. Theorists claim that the Jews died in concentration camp from starvation, not not because of Nazi policy to exterminate the Jews.