Conspiracy Theories Every Person Should Know

October 25, 2017


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“I love government conspiracies. My favorite theory is that JFK’s assassination was either an inside job or an assassin, and the guy who they claimed shot him was framed,” says Meghan Curinga (’18).

According to, conspiracy theories are defined as the idea that many important political events or economic and social trends are the products of secret plots that are largely unknown to the general public.” Conspiracy theories can range from being controversial to ridiculous and far stretched. These theories may not be 100% true, but the information behind each theory can make them seem very convincing. Here are a few conspiracy theories that every person should know.
  • The Mandela Effect

This theory is named after the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). The basis of this theory is misremembering a significant event: Mandela’s death. The theory became popularized after Mandela’s funeral in December of 2013. There was mass confusion about his death as some people recalled him dying in the 1980s, while he was in prison, and even remember seeing his funeral televised. The Mandela effect can be seen in modern times, such as the common misconception that the brand “Froot Loops” is called “Fruit Loops.” It also seen in books such as “Berenstain Bears” as some versions are spelled “Berenstein Bears.” The theory can even be seen in movies. A popular phrase in the movie “Star Wars” from Darth Vader is often re-quoted as “Luke, I am your father” when the actual phrase is “No, I am your father.” All of these scenarios could be blamed on bad memory or failure to pay attention to detail, but it could also explain the possibility of an alternate universe or time travel. 

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  • The Illuminati is controlling the world

The Illuminati is a secret group whose main goal is to create a “New World Order.” This theory explains how the Illuminati controls the world and often uses celebrities or large events to shift the focus of what people see and how they react. Those who are in the Illuminati are called “Illuminitiam,” a collective group of “global influencers who work to further the interest of human species as a whole.” Celebrities and others have reported strange and sometimes dangerous events happening to them if they refused or tried to bow out of the Illuminati. The group’s endgame is to create one government for the entire world from which they would control everything that happens on Earth and essentially erase every person’s identity and national boundaries. To join the Illuminati, visit here.
  • Adolf Hitler escaped Germany and fled to Antarctica, surviving to see the end of World War II

This theory concludes that neither Adolf Hitler nor his wife committed suicide on April 30, 1945. Instead, they used look-a-likes to help fake their death and escape Germany to see the end of World War II. Hitler’s death was announced by the Nazi’s; none of Germany’s allies could confirm his death. Hitler’s body was burned and buried very shortly after finding him dead in his private bunker. Forensic evidence shows that a piece of Hitler’s skull, that was provided by the German government, did not actually belong to Hitler but to a middle aged woman. Afterwards, Germany’s government refused to hand over any more of Hitler’s remains. For more information, watch episode one of “Conspiracies” on Netflix.

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  • The Big Event – John F. Kennedy’s assassination was an inside job

Former President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was shot and killed on Nov. 22, 1963 while riding in a Lincoln Continental through Dallas, Texas. The theory follows the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald, the supposed assassin of Kennedy, was actually used as a scapegoat for this planned attack called “The Big Event” carried out by the C.I.A. A possible motive for the C.I.A. to kill Kennedy was Kennedy’s professed desire to “splinter the C.I.A. in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”

  • Fake moon landing

The Apollo 11 mission was a historic event in American history. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin were the first Americans to ever step foot on the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin examined their surroundings, took pictures of what they saw, and picked up rocks, dirt, and other things on the moon. They stuck an American flag on the surface of the moon before blasting off to return back to earth. This theory explains the possibility of the moon landing being a complete lie told by the U.S. government. In the pictures and footages released by NASA, there were multiple observations made of things that were not able to be physically or scientifically possible done on the moon. The theory points towards the idea that the moon landing was actually created in a film studio.

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