Google Earth holds so many of the world's secrets, guys. A UFO hunter believes he found a 140-foot underwater UFO off the coast of Antarctica. Of course, theories immediately abounded. The consensus among UFO enthusiastsseems to be that there is clearly an underwater alien base in Antarctica. Obviously.
The conspiracy theory surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy is possibly the most pervasive, most troubling conspiracy out there. On November 22nd, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was killed by two bullets. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the assassination, and it was found that he acted alone.
But a 2003 ABC News poll found that 70 percent of Americans believe Kennedy's death was part of a broader plot. There are all these discrepancies with the trajectory of the bullets and Oswald's location. Some think there was a second gunman. Others are convinced the CIA was involved. Where do you land on this issue?
Popularized by Charles Berlitz's novel, the Philadelphia Experiment conspiracy theory involves military testing, teleportation and time travel. The legend revolves around a ship, the USS Eldridge, which was part of military testing at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. There are, supposedly, two incidents that took place on separate days in 1943.
The first occurred on July 22nd. It was an experiment of electrical field manipulation that apparently made the USS Eldridge invisible. Yes, an invisible ship.
The second occurred on October 28th. In this story, the same ship teleported from Philadelphia, PA to Norfolk, VA then back again and was simultaneously sent back in time (a few seconds). That's not all, though. Accompanying this tale are horrific accounts of mangled seamen and impaled sailors. (Apparently they hadn't quite perfected teleportation and time travel at that point.)
While there were confirmed experiments of the Navy trying to make ships "invisible" to magnetic mines, the USS Eldridge wasn't commissioned on the day in July it reportedly became invisible. And it sat in a New York harbor on October 28th, the day it supposedly traveled through space and time.
Everyone knows the conspiracy theory that the moon landing was faked. But the intricacies, details and surrounding theories make this a never-ending conspiracy theory wormhole that you could spend hours, days, weeks or even years investigating. Some think the whole landing was faked and we never went to the moon. Others believe we went to the moon but that the footage we saw was fake, filmed on a soundstage by Stanley Kubrick. Some even think Kubrick's film, The Shining, holds his confession that he did indeed film the fake moon landing. So how about it? Did we go to the moon?
There is a persistent rumor backed by several high-profile people concerning the origin of the AIDS virus. The belief is that it was concocted in a laboratory by the CIA in order to wipe out populations of homosexuals and African Americans. Others believe the U.S. government deliberately injected gay men with the AIDS virus during the hep-B vaccine experiments in 1978. It's no secret that the AIDS epidemic exploded shortly thereafter. Do you think there's any truth to these rumors?
Word puzzles are the best! And proponents of the Bible Code theory believe there are warnings about future events hidden in the Judeo-Christian Bible. According to conspiracy theorists, events like the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the September 11th terrorist attacks have been predicted by a precise arrangement of equidistant letters in the Hebrew translation of the Old Testament and the Koine Greek translation of the New Testament.
If these codes work, then why haven't we predicted the future, you may ask? Well, since we don't know what's going to happen in the future, we don't know what to look for. Kinda makes sense, doesn't it?
The Denver International Airport is a veritable hub of conspiracy. It's the largest airport in the United States, which leaves extra room for all its secrets. Among these secrets are strange markings on its floor that some people think are symbols of a new strain of hepatitis that could be used in biological warfare.
There's also the dedication marker (pictured above). The symbols on the marker are associated with that old secret organization, the Freemasons. The marker also mentions the "New World Airport Commission." The problem there? Well, the Commission doesn't exist.
Oh yeah, and there are secret tunnels throughout the whole airport that probably lead to an underground bunker used as the headquarters for the New World Order. That has to be it.
Everyone knows about the Illuminati, the secret, nefarious organization seeking a New World Order. Everyone knows Beyonce's a thousand percent a high-ranking member. But a conspiracy theory about the Illuminati that's maybe not so well known is the idea that the Illuminati put hidden Satanic messages within Saved by the Bell, possibly the most '90s show ever.
Zack Morris did get into Yale with a mediocre SAT score, and Yale is the home of the Illuminati secret society, Skull & Bones. Pretty fishy if you ask me.
The Bermuda Triangle is a real-life unsolved mystery. Countless boats, ships and planes have disappeared for good or disappeared and then reappeared in this eerie stretch of ocean, which is surrounded by Bermuda, Miami and Puerto Rico. Since no adequate scientific explanation for this phenomenon has been provided, conspiracy theories abound. Is it simply a case of human error? Or is it a warp in the space-time continuum? Unpredictable weather? Or alien abductions? We may never know.
On July 7th, 1947, about 75 miles north of Roswell, New Mexico, debris from a classified US Army Air Force project landed on a ranch. The next day, the Roswell Army Air Field issued a press release saying a "flying disk" had crashed near Roswell during a storm. Then the story changed in a subsequent press conference, and the debris went from a "flying disk" to a weather balloon. But the Roswell Daily Record had already suggested the "flying disk" had extra-terrestrial origins.
Any time the government keeps secrets, the rumors that result are the stuff of (quite interesting) fantasy. Whether or not the Air Force was actually covering up the discovery of a UFO or not, Roswell pretty much became the alien capital of the United States.
The tragic death of Princess Diana of Wales in a 1997 car crash was investigated and there was no evidence of foul play. However, there is still a fair amount of speculation surrounding the incident. Some are convinced she was set up by rogue secret service members because her relationship with Dodi Fayed threatened the monarchy. According to this theory, the driver of the car was blinded and disoriented by a car full of agents, then his blood was switched with that of someone who'd drunk alcohol. There is no evidence of this, but the rumor persists.
MKUltra was a real underground CIA program of human experiments starting in the early 1950s. Oh yeah, we're talking psychedelic drugs, hypnosis, mind control, abuse of every kind. And this isn't just a theory ”” MKUltra was real.
However, there are many conspiracies surrounding the program. While the MKUltra program was discontinued in 1973, conspiracy theorists believe that it continued far past that time, possibly even into the present. People believe many celebrities are victims of MKUltra mind control. While this theory may or may not hold water, it's pretty bonkers to know MKUltra is a real part of history.
For such a famous and prolific writer, very little is known about who William Shakespeare actually was. And while there is that famous painted portrait of him and you can visit his grave, theories about his true identity are plentiful. Was he Christopher Marlowe? Sir Francis Bacon? Or was Shakespeare actually a bunch of different people?
And, most importantly, will we ever know the truth?
The "Paul is dead" Beatles conspiracy is long-standing, pervasive and pretty fascinating. The theory purports that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by an imposter. There are, apparently, clues throughout their songs that refer to Paul's death. When you play "A Day in the Life" backward, you can supposedly hear John Lennon say, "Paul is dead, miss him, miss him." In this famous Abbey Road cover, Paul is the only Beatle who's barefoot and has his right foot forward.
But "Paul is dead" is not the only Beatles conspiracy out there. Some believe that they don't actually exist, and all four of them have been played by a rotating cast of similar-looking actors throughout the years. Some are convinced the band is a pawn of the Illuminati and has been used as a tool for mass brainwashing. What do you think?