This is...oddly specific.

A large Brazilian Internet community believes Avril Lavigne died after her first album and was replaced with a double. I love that harmless information and oddly specific culture.

This is...oddly specific.
The NASCAR effect.

The Miss Universe and Oscar flubs were deliberate attempts to get people talking and boost ratings. Producers are going for the NASCAR effect---folks are just watching for the inevitable crash and if the shows run too smoothly, people get bored and flip the channel.

The NASCAR effect.
This is intense.

Michael Jackson's father had him chemically castrated so Michael would never lose his high, youthful voice.

This also emotionally stunted Michael. He never had the childhood he wanted, and he also never really grew up, which was why he built Neverland Ranch and admired children so much. His sleepovers weren't an attempt to molest kids - to Michael they were an innocent opportunity to make new friends and have fun with people who wouldn't idolize or judge him.

Michael was a victim who never belonged in our world.

This is intense.
Money, money, money.

Women's pockets are super small because the fashion industry wants to force us to buy purses.

Money, money, money.
The Bacon Monsters.

That bacon companies only designed "thick cut" bacon with the intention of making their regular cut thinner. Then they slowly made thick cut thinner and now thick cut is normal sized and normal is paper thin bullcrap

The Bacon Monsters.
Uh...I...what?

"The Flat Earth society has members all around the globe"

--- The Flat Earth Society.

Uh...I...what?
You can only dream.

North Korea is a socialist paradise, and everything we see about it is capitalist propaganda.

You can only dream.
This is very suspicious.

The Dutroux Affair.

Several young girls go missing in Belgium in the 90's. Witnesses testify seeing a white van. Investigation leads to an unemployed electrician with criminal history named Marc Dutroux. He was previously let out of prison for sex crimes despite his mother's insistence that he was very likely to offend again. Despite collecting welfare, he owns several houses. Police set up camera outside his residence, but for some reason they only record from 8:00AM to 6:00 PM. A police officer inspects one of his homes, accompanied by a locksmith. The locksmith says he hears girls yelling, but the officer insists the sounds are coming from outside. Officer does not investigate thoroughly enough to reveal door to basement dungeon behind some boxes. Finds video tapes as evidence, but police never watch the tapes because they apparently didn't have a VCR. The tapes show Dutroux constructing the dungeon in his basement. The 2 girls inside died.

Public outrage over police "incompetence" ensues, hundreds of thousands of protestors. When progress on investigation was made, the judge in charge was dismissed and replaced by someone who hindered the case by focusing on dead end leads. Several prominent people involved in the investigation died under suspicious circumstances.

Marc Dutroux was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He testified that he kidnapped girls to supply a larger organized pedophile network that serviced politicians, influential businessmen, police, and judges in Belgium's court system. He also claimed that he had a partner who helped source girls from eastern Europe. These claims were never investigated and as far as the authorities were concerned, the case of the missing girls ended with him.

Those are the facts. The conspiracy theory is that the authorities actively sabotaged the investigation to cover up evidence of an elite pedophile network that still operates today.

This is very suspicious.
Pure evil.

Women's magazines like Cosmo deliberately offer bad advice on relationships and sex, because women who are searching for a new relationship tend to spend more money on makeup and clothing (Cosmo's biggest advertisers) than women in stable, long-term relationships.

Pure evil.
Far reaching, but funny.

I'm for Elon Musk is Martian, exiled to earth, and is now attempting to take us back to Mars to get revenge. Started around when Elon suggested that we just nuke mars to prepare it for our colonization.

Far reaching, but funny.
Can't it be love? :(

Real life relationships of famous teen and early 20s stars are manufactured to give both sides maximum fame.

Can't it be love? :(
We're on a big balloon.

The hollow Earth conspiracy. I mean, the flat Earthers are bad enough, but this one's just ridiculous it's so funny.

We're on a big balloon.
Pray it's not true.

Hitler fled at the end of the war and the bodies found by the Russians were just body doubles.

Pray it's not true.
This is strange.

The phantom time hypothesis. It's a theory that several hundred years of history didn't happen. They were made up so that some emperor could be crowned in year 1000.

This is strange.
This is definitely the coolest one.

That Jar Jar Binks was the real Sith Lord and was just acting like a fool. But George Lucas wimped out last minute and brought in Count Dooku

This is definitely the coolest one.
Super cool.

Perestroika Deception announced by Anatoliy Golitsyn. The man was one of the highest ranking Soviets to ever defect to the West and after his defection he made hundreds of predictions and statements as to what the Soviets were planning, spanning from short term to long term.

He's got a ridiculous accuracy rating. He outed numerous spies, and outed numerous long term plans. With his second book the Perestroika Deception he stated that the Soviets knew their economy and empire wouldn't last and as such made a plan in the 80s or 90s to collapse and revert to a more capitalistic society, as well as to make moves to befriend the west. Once their deception was legitimized in the eyes of the American and other Western powers they would start preparations for an invasion, first by infiltrating and taking out the nuclear stations and subs of the US and it's allies and then a mass Blitzkrieg on NATO.

Considering Anatoliy's previous long term predictions being so accurate, and even the Perestroika Deception being incredibly accurate save for the attack it's definitely a conspiracy that may have some legs to it.

Super cool.
Don't smoke.

Since tobacco companies have to pay for anti-smoking campaigns, they purposefully make the ads aimed at teenagers dorky as hell so that teens will actually want to smoke to be cool.

I like this one because it seems kinda plausible. A certain ad comes to mind, it had so many outdated memes crammed into it, it seemed like a joke. I'm at work so I can't link it but I may when I get home.

Don't smoke.
There are many theories surround JFK's assassination.

That the CIA, under Lyndon B. J's orders, actively planned and assassinated JFK and the Secret Service knew and let it happen.

There are many theories surround JFK's assassination.
When Alex Jones is involved, it's gonna be wild.

This is courtesy of a friend who thought this would happen on Election Day. My friend had been watching a lot of Alex Jones and other conspiracy theorists and determined that on Election Day, Obama was going to declare martial law nationwide and give himself a third term or hand the presidency over to Hillary. Then US soldiers were going to start coming house to house all across the country collecting people's guns to have them destroyed. Hillary will then announce that she is dissolving the UN and form the new world order.

When Alex Jones is involved, it's gonna be wild.
The 'Paul is dead' theory.

Paul is dead. The theory that Paul McCartney died in the 60's and was replaced with a lookalike.

The best part about this theory is that it says he died in 1966. Which means the new Paul would have been a part of the latter portion of the band's discography. Which are some of their most acclaimed albums. THEN The Beatles broke up and this imposter manages to put together a successful solo career spanning decades where he worked with some of the greatest musicians in the world. Doppelganger Paul still has one of the most successful live acts today.

So even if this conspiracy is real, they managed to replace a great musician with another, equally great musician.

The 'Paul is dead' theory.
Cue Orson Welles.

Rather than aliens, it was actually the Soviets who were behind the Roswell Incident.

The Soviets wanted to cause a crippling mass hysteria in America, but with limited means and resources they had to get creative and employ psyops. The Soviets were counting on the free American press to run with the story, and wanted to cause a panic greater than the one caused by the radio broadcast of War of the Worlds 9 year earlier. (The newspapers of the time greatly exaggerated how much panic WotW actually caused, but a foreign reader wouldn't know that.)

They used cosmetic surgery on some orphans to make them look alien, then strapped them in to a "UFO" dangling below a balloon.

American authorities quickly deduced the Soviets were behind this, but were afraid that the truth (mutilation of children for nefarious purposes) would cause a public outcry for war with the Soviet Union, so they covered it up.

Cue Orson Welles.
Can't trust anyone these days.

The CIA orchestrated the Super Bowl "dress malfunction" so that the FCC would impose a 3 second delay on live tv so they can alter news broadcasts in real time.

Can't trust anyone these days.
People of North Dakota, unite!

One of my good friends is convinced that nobody actually lives in North Dakota. He claims that the entire thing is a huge military base, and that the signs are all changed so it looks like you cross into North Dakota, but in reality, if you had a top-down view that showed borders, it would show that you are actually in South Dakota still. GPSs are made to fool us. Google maps won't show it. It's the actual site of Area 51. Huge military base where they make all sorts of illegal war machines etc.

Problem is, nobody lives in North Dakota anyways. I have not found a single person yet who can refute it; that state is one giant hole as far as humanity seems to be concerned.

People of North Dakota, unite!
Messed up if true.

That the US dropped the bombs on Japan solely to intimidate Russia. Japan in the last days of the war had sent letters to Russia begging for assistance but Russia was following through on promises to the Allies and amassing troops on their Eastern coast. Japan would have surrendered once they found this out so Truman had to demonstrate the new bombs before the war ended, not 'saving lives from a costly invasion'

Messed up if true.
Still paying off my loans.

The reason colleges and universities are so expensive in this country is to create a loyal work force that can't afford (literally) to quit their job. They can't protest, they can't start their own businesses, they can't pursue their passions. They have to go to work everyday to pay off student loans.

Its modern day indentured servitude.

Still paying off my loans.
It wouldn't be a conspiracy theory without mentioning secret societies.

That all those handwritten we buy homes for cash signs are actually a secret society. It allows all the members to find each other state to state.

It wouldn't be a conspiracy theory without mentioning secret societies.
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