It is a natural human urge to seek explanations for events. Especially if the event is surrounded by a halo of mystery, mysticism or mystery. Usually fans of conspiracy theories are not satisfied with a simple explanation of the situation, they tend to believe that there is a global web of intrigue weaving around them, skillfully managed by mysterious rulers of the world. Where does this belief come from, and why are people inclined to become supporters of even the most fantastic stories? What explains this deep-seated belief in conspiracy theories, especially in an age when it is so easy to find information and facts to disprove any of them?
Researchers of this problem believe that there are a number of psychological mechanisms, many of them the result of evolutionary processes, which contribute to the development of these beliefs.
In a dynamically evolving world, a huge number of different events occur every day, often shocking and difficult to explain, the blame for which can easily be placed on secret communities or people who are always plotting something sinister against humanity. And while paranoid ideas are not a revelation to society, the Internet has greatly influenced the speed and manner in which they spread.
We have gathered for you the most popular, bizarre and unbelievable conspiracy theories, and whether or not to believe in them is up to you to decide.
Area 51 and aliens
A mysterious place that often appears in sci-fi movies and TV series (such as the ’90s hit “The X-Files”) and is a pilgrimage destination for many ufologists and people interested in extraterrestrial civilizations. “Area 51” is a military facility that has a specific location on the map and is located in the Nevada desert near Las Vegas.
There is a U.S. Air Force base here, which is supposedly involved in the development of new military aircraft. But this is only a guess, because the base itself and the activities inside it are secret. The area is surrounded by warning signs, guards, video cameras, flying over it is strictly forbidden – all this, of course, has generated a lot of the most incredible rumors about this place. The most famous is the claim that the base is studying aliens from a spaceship that allegedly crashed in Roswell in 1947.
Bill Gates and the coronavirus
A virus unknown to nature, which the entire world has quarantined, has naturally given rise to many sharp questions, incredible theories and heated debates. Around the world, residents frightened by the menacing disease, questioned the natural origin of the virus, suggesting that it had been artificially created in a laboratory. But for what purpose?
Unexpectedly, a 2015 video surfaced online in which Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, discussed the Ebola virus outbreak during a TED video conference and warned of a new global pandemic and the need for mass vaccination. The video sparked a public outcry and speculation that it is unlikely that Gates has psychic powers and could have foreseen the emergence of COVID. Anti-vaxxers sounded the alarm, fearing that under the guise of a vaccine there would be a global implantation of digital microchips that would take control of the lives of the entire global population.
Alaska and Mind Control
In 1997, in the mountains of Alaska began its work American station HAARP, whose activities were aimed at studying the ionosphere and its interaction with electromagnetic radiation. The facility, which was located on 33 acres of land had at its disposal 180 antennas. The complex collected data on many phenomena of astrophysics and geophysics, as well as engaged in the development of the U.S. air defense.
Undoubtedly, such a facility instantly attracted the attention of conspiracy theorists. Some suggested that the antennas were experimental weapons that could control people’s minds. Some argued that it was HAARP, as a former military training ground, could be involved in the disaster of the U.S. shuttle Columbia in 2003. Despite the fact that in 2013 the project stopped its activities due to lack of funding, and even opened its doors to visitors, fans of this conspiracy theory are in no hurry to part with it.
Stonehenge and… aliens again
Giant boulders, which form the basis of one of the most popular and mystical world sights – the British Stonehenge – have long puzzled by their appearance and, most importantly, the origin of both experts and ordinary tourists. The most relevant question is: how have moved and carefully placed in a certain sequence stones, weighing several tons, if about 5000 years ago (approximate time of the monument) there were no means for such large-scale transportation?
Scientists have not yet found a definitive answer to the question of how and for what purpose Stonehenge was built. And the lack of clear answers – fertile ground for the emergence of incredible conspiracy theories. The most popular one calls the “dancing stones” a message from aliens. The heavy weight of the stone blocks suggests that they can only be moved by beings with non-human abilities. In addition, the composition of the monumental structure raises many questions about its purpose: some believe that previously it was a burial place, or an observatory for studying the structure of the starry sky, or it is a message from aliens, which we have not yet been able to decipher.
Paul McCartney is dead
The world of show business is full of riddles and mysteries. Wanting to intrigue their fans and draw attention to the next album, celebrities use all available methods, including the most unconventional. For example, devoted fans of the Liverpool Four think that one of its leaders, Paul McCartney, died long ago. He died in a car accident in 1966, and his place in the group was taken by a double, a Scottish policeman named William Shirm Campbell.
Fans believe that The Beatles themselves told them this information through a chain of veiled clues they filled their songs and albums with. For example, John Lennon’s hit “A Day In the Life” has the line, “He blew his mind in the car,” which fans thought was a reference to McCartney’s tragic death. “After all Paul is dead. He lost his hair, his head,” is exactly what you can hear in the chorus of the song “It’s Getting Better” if you scroll it backwards.
The fans found a lot of signs pointing to the legendary Beatle’s death on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club: there are hyacinths (flowers of death) with which the band’s name is laid out, and the palm raised above Paul’s head, also symbolizing death, and the prophetic inscription on the drum (if you mirror it in the center, it points to McCartney and decoded reads: “On November 9th, he died”).
…and Elvis Presley is alive.
But the king of rock ‘n’ roll and the author of legendary love songs, as all the same music fans believe, on the contrary, faked his “death” and to this day quietly lives, farms and enjoys solitude at his Graceland estate in Memphis. Refusing to believe in his untimely demise, tireless fans never stop looking for proof that their idol is alive. Every year, such “investigations” break out with renewed vigor on the next anniversary of the famous singer’s birth.
Not so long ago, on one of the channels, YouTube surfaced video titled “The Shadow”, it featured a gray-haired old man with a beard, who was surprisingly similar to the “late” singer. The video got 2,2 million views and gave rise to heated debates on the topic: is it Elvis or not? The most meticulous viewers saw signs indicating that the hero of the video is Presley, even in his greeting. In the story, the man raises two fingers in the shape of a V sign to the left side of his head. In Chaldean numerology, as one commentator on the video notes, this sign carries the meaning of life. “In this way, Elvis is letting all of us, his fans, know that he is indeed alive,” the commenter concludes.
Secret World Government
One of the most famous conspiracy theories is the existence of a secret government that controls the world population. All crises, pandemics, economic surges, wars and other global world events are the work of this group of rulers of the world. The theory states that the “Illuminati,” that is the name of this secret society, have the goal of ruling the world through a single authoritarian government and the New World Order.
The organizations that are said to be part of the conspiracy are: European Union, UN, IMF, Yale University and others. Also, the theorists believe that a large number of celebrities are associated with the secret community, including Beyonce and the now deceased Whitney Houston, Madonna and Jay Z, Queen Elizabeth II, the Rothschild and Rockefeller dynasties.
The theory is so popular around the world that it has become the subject of numerous books and articles that put forth the most incredible versions of what really goes on behind the scenes in public life. Some even claim that the basis of the secret government has long been constituted by aliens, who take people for experiments and prepare the planet for a mass invasion by extraterrestrial beings.
5G and health hazards
Another theory that has been propagated with renewed vigor thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The idea that radio waves used in mobile communications can be harmful to health is not new and is based on the effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation on humans. The damage that can be done to the body usually depends on how far away the source of the radio waves is, or whether it is high-energy or low-energy.
A high voltage power line can create a higher energy electromagnetic field that has a low frequency, so there are precautions around these locations. But the radio waves used in mobile communications, according to the WHO and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, do not cause any harm to human health.
In March of this year, Dr. Thomas Cowan posted a video on the Internet suggesting that 5G may be the cause of COVID-19: cells poisoned by radio wave radiation synthesize a virus. The video quickly went viral and attracted the attention of a large number of people, among them many celebrities. Although many scientists refuted Cowan’s claim, and the video was removed from the YouTube platform, the residue, as they say, remained…
George Soros rules the World
The Hungarian financier and philanthropist is the most popular pretender to head a secret government and, according to conspiracy theorists, the organizer of all major unrest, wars and coups in the world. Half a million angry tweets are written about Soros every day, blaming him for all of humanity’s ills.
Right-wing conspiracy theorists are increasingly claiming that Soros is the financier of the protests and riots in the United States that began after the murder of George Floyd. And that he was involved in the emergence and spread of the COVID-19 virus, hoping later to profit from the sale of an antiviral vaccine around the world. Despite the fact that the world’s famous financial tycoon is considered the ideological mastermind of the global coup, he does not seem too concerned about the accusations against him and does not even try to deny his involvement in the global cataclysms.