Top 10 Conspiracy Theories
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- All’s not well in Roswell: Being so famous (or infamous), this theory needs little explanation. Possibly the most widespread and well-known conspiracy theory, huge numbers of people believe that, in July 1947, something crashed close to Roswell Army Air Field in New Mexico.
Despite the Army claiming to have recovered a “flying disc” from the area, officials quickly saw to it that the military changed its story to read that the UFO was nothing more than a weather balloon. Of course, some were far too smart to believe such a far-fetched lie, and remain dedicated to the pursuit of revealing the truth. The "truth" being that the US government keep the remains of the alien aircraft hidden away in Area 51 – apparently the only plausible explanation for all of the UFO sightings in the area over the years.
- One giant lie for mankind: Almost 10% of Americans believe that Apollo 11 and its inhabitants, including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, never made it to the moon in 1969.
With evidence such as a waving American flag (there’s no wind in a vacuum!) being planted on the moon’s surface, it is suppossedly hard to believe that such an event really took place. NASA can verify all the moon rocks they like, and show us all the photos and videos of the Apollo missions under the sun, but it doesn’t change the ‘fact’ that the U.S government was just desperate to cover up its own failure to beat the Russians in the race to space. So desperate, that they executed the three astronauts who tested the equipment for the first mission to the moon, afraid that they would expose their shortcomings. Or maybe not!
- Long Live the King: Many diehard fans of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n Roll, continue to believe that the crooner with a fondness for blue leather and Brylcreem is still with us today. People may claim that Elvis died in his bathroom in Graceland in 1977, but it would seem the more likely explanation is that he is still alive and in hiding from the world. There have been so many sightings of the King since his death that it seems silly to argue otherwise. However, whatever the reason for faking his death, it is safe to assume that Elvis did so in order to be left alone to live a normal life. Or he could just be dead!
- Assassination of JFK: On November 22nd 1963, President John F. Kennedy was murdered as he rode through Dealey Plaza in an open-topped limo; shot by two bullets from the gun of Lee Harvey Oswald. Or so the official statement reads. Many members of the public fail to believe this version of events, with many "investigations" seeming to prove that at least six bullets were fired, from at least two locations. This not only disproves the idea that Oswald was a lone gunman, but also leads us to ask who wanted Kennedy killed: CIA agents? Vice President Lyndon Johnson? The late Paul McCartney?
- The ‘Murder’ of Princess Diana: Almost everyone can remember the death of Princess Diana on August 31st 1997. The world’s most beloved Princess died in a collision in a Paris highway tunnel, at the hands of a drunken driver and the relentless pursuit of the paparazzi.
But this explanation just wasn’t enough for some, including Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Dodi Al-Fayed who was killed alongside Diana. Al-Fayed’s claims that the crash was actually an assassination by request of the Royal Family gained support within hours. While the claims were examined and dismissed in 2006, this is one conspiracy theory that refuses to go out quietly, and huge numbers of people persist in the belief that Diana’s death was anything but an accident.
- RIP Paul McCartney: Sir Paul has been sadly missed since his death in 1966 - at least by those who believe this to be the truth. Theorists claim that his death was covered up by the Beatles and, ever since, a McCartney imposter has been at large. His name is Billy Shears, and it is he that could be seen at this year’s Olympics opening ceremony, strumming that guitar with his lying hands and encouraging the crowds to join his silver-tongued rendition of “Hey Jude”. Don’t believe it? Just look at the clues provided by the other guilt-ridden members of the group, one only has to listen to the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album to find them. If that isn’t enough, just try holding the album cover up to a mirror and read the writing across the drum logo. That’s right, we know the truth.
- 9/11: Countless sources agree that the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001 are nothing more than a conspiracy. The question, apparently, is who those conspirators were.
Your guess is as good as anyone’s, but suggestions include President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney, Bush advisors Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld. Those that don’t go as far as to believe it was an inside job still consider the events of 9/11 to be some kind of cover up. The spectrum covers those who think that the US Government had advance warning of the attacks, or let it happen to give them a reason to wage war on the Middle East, and some that claim the airliner didn’t hit the Pentagon or twin Towers at all; that these landmarks were instead destroyed by “controlled demolition”.
- Shakespeare Who?: It is generally accepted that William Shakespeare was one of the greatest literary minds of all time, but not by those who believe the theories decrying Shakespeare as a FRAUD.
Who would have thought that good old Billy was nothing more than a cover for Francis Bacon? Or maybe for Christopher Marlowe. Or Edward de Vere, William Stanley or Roger Manners. These are the most popular alternative candidates thought to have penned the most famous English plays in history. According to the many individuals who favour this theory, this is all perfectly believable, considering the lack of biographical information about this so-called ‘William Shakespeare’.
- The Flat Earth Society: You would be forgiven for thinking that this theory died out around the time of Christopher Columbus, but no; the idea that the Earth is flat is still alive and kicking, even in an age of fairly frequent space travel.
For the Flat Earth Society, founded in 1956 by Samuel Shenton, even satellite imagery simply isn’t evidence enough to prove that the world is round. Shenton based his society on flat-world theories by the likes of English inventor Samuel Rowbotham and gained a fair few fellow believers. After Shenton’s death in 2001 the society, for a time, faced an uncertain future. Fortunately, the Flat Earth Society was resurrected in 2004 and continues to fight for the truth, no matter what nonsense those conspirators may spout out. A spherical world, whatever next!
- Reptilian Rulers: According to former BBC sports reporter David Icke, and a surprising number of followers, humanity has been controlled by reptoid beings for centuries.
These reptile “Annunaki” include George Bush and the Clintons among other political figures, singers, actors and even our own Queen Elizabeth! While their aim may be to enslave the human race, the good news is that they are also the sworn enemy of the grey aliens – a group of aliens provided with a base in New Mexico by the US government, who perform genetic experiments on humans – and, thankfully, may be our last defence against this all too familiar terror.
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