10 of History’s Most Bizarre Conspiracy Theories

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We’ve all heard about the conspiracy theories behind the moon landing, behind the Kennedy assassination, and behind the cover-up of ancient aliens and advanced civilizations. There’s a huge number of conspiracy theories out there, though, and while some might make you think twice, others are just downright bizarre.

Poison Snow

In January of 2014, some snow fell in the southern United States. Odd, no doubt, but far from unheard of. Only, this snow was different, or so claimed a large number of residents who fled to the internet in search of answers. There was something off about this snow, they said, claiming that it didn’t melt like it should. There were a flurry of videos posted online of people trying to melt the snow, only to have it turn black and give off what they claimed was an unnatural odour.

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Conspiracy theorists loved it. They began to claim that it wasn’t so much snow as it was a chemical attack of some sort, perhaps carried out as an experiment on the unsuspecting people of the south. They claimed that the government was learning how to control the weather, and they were testing out their ‘snow’ on their own people.

The poison snow was soon debunked by meteorologists across the country, who pointed out that people were trying to melt the snow by applying the flame directly to it. That meant they weren’t melting the snow – they were turning it right back into water vapor in a process called sublimation. The black colouring wasn’t the snow turning black, either – it was soot accumulating on the snowball.

And the chemical smell? That was real, and it was alarming. All the precipitation that falls to the ground, no matter what form it’s in, picks up a certain amount of pollution along the way. When burned, that pollution was released back into the air – a scary enough idea that we shouldn’t need to build conspiracy theories around.

President Obama is a Space-Traveler

According to Andrew Basaigo and William Stillings, there’s a lot that’s being hidden about the college years of President Barack Obama. They claim that he – along with themselves – were chrononauts in the employment of DARPA while they were in college. Their mission? To walk into a top secret ‘jump room’ and walk out onto Mars.

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They visited the red planet more than once, they say, and now, the White House and the CIA are covering the whole thing up. Apparently, the program was hosted by a California community college in 1980, and it was the beginning of a larger program that would eventually form the basis of our planet’s defense against Martians that might want to conquer and enslave us.

Obama – then known as ‘Barry Soetero’ – was one of the students tasked with making contact with the Martians, and interacting with the locals once they got there. They were to make their presence known, to be non-threatening, and to basically establish contact.

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Supposedly, he’s been to Mars twice, sometime between 1981 and 1983, alongside the men who have since come forward to tell the truth about the Martian program they say the government is covering up. They were all sworn to secrecy, of course, so we now know who not to trust with a secret.

Needless to say, the White House officially denies that President Obama was part of any such program or that he ever went to Mars during his formative years.

CERN is Summoning an Egyptian God

CERN is an incredible place that most of us are quite content to admit that we really, truly, actually know nothing about what’s going inside of it – and we’re all right with that. People that are way smarter than the median level of intelligence found in the world are experimenting with some pretty wild stuff, and we’re happy to leave it at that.

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Except for the people who are convinced scientists at CERN aren’t trying to unlock mysteries involving atoms and energy, but that, instead, they’re trying to open a gateway that will summon Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead.

Osiris, depicted in ancient mythology as a green-skinned man dressed as a pharaoh, is among the most powerful of all Egyptian gods (along with Ra, his father). Killed by Set and still technically an immortal deity, he was forced to live in – and rule over – the underworld because he’d technically died and could no longer walk among the living.

According to conspiracy theorists, CERN is trying to change that.

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The basics behind the conspiracy theory is that CERN scientists are using talk of physics and atoms and such to hide the fact that they’re really experimenting with opening a wormhole between our world and the ancient Egyptian underworld. They’re supposedly supported by a painting on the wall of a temple in Abydos, center of Osiris’s cult, which shows him with an elongated neck. Just like he was passing through a wormhole…

And the only other real clue that we need that they’re up to something shady is right in front of us – in the form of a giant statue of Shiva near the CERN building. Who can argue with proof like that?

The Moon Doesn’t Exist

But… it’s right there, you might say.

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Not according to The Mad Revisionist – they say that the moon that you see in the sky is nothing more than a hoax. While they’re not 100 percent sure what it is, they suggest that it could be either a projection (what it’s projected on, they’re not specific) or that it might even be something like a balloon. The moon is so ingrained in our culture, after all, that it doesn’t occur to the masses to question it. The phases of the moon were all part of the hoax, all added into the story to make it all seem believable.

They’re also not sure who is behind this hoax that apparently has spanned all of human history, but they suggest the Freemasons, the Illuminati and the Rosicrucians as likely culprits of the ruse. And all the official people that say there’s a moon – astronomers and professors and such – they’re all in on it, too. After all, isn’t it a bit odd that everyone seems to agree that there’s a moon, when most scientists spend a good part of the time arguing with each other? To conspiracy theorists, that’s proof enough that they’re all in on the scam.

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So where does the conspiracy theory part come into all this? The Mad Revisionist states that it’s all a giant conspiracy based around getting money and funding. NASA, they say, is a huge, corrupt organization using the idea that they’re going into space, exploring non-existent moons, to get billions of dollars from the government for their nefarious schemes, going on behind the scenes, and they’re definitely not doing anything regarding this so-called moon. Whatever they’re doing, they’re in league with those that are keeping up the nightly illusion of the moon, and probably building their New World Order in the process.

HAARP and Weather Control

HAARP stands for the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, and it was a United States Air Force project located in Alaska. The actual reason for the project was the study of the planet’s upper atmosphere, which plays a crucial role in how radio signals are transmitted across the world. The facility was designed to emit certain signals, and then measure their impact on the atmosphere.

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But some people, of course, believe something completely different…

Conspiracy theorists think that HAARP isn’t so much a research facility as it is a weather-controlling facility. It’s been blamed for pretty much every single natural disaster since its inception, including the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 – and among those pointing the finger at HAARP was Hugo Chavez, then president of Venezuela. And that wasn’t all that HAARP got blamed for – others said it was altering the fabric of reality, or mucking about with people’s minds, or monitoring (and interfering with) global communications.

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Theorists point to the proposed fate of the HAARP project as signs of just how shady it really is. When the government finally decided in 2010 to stop funding the project, they were going to destroy the facility rather than, say, lease it to other countries who might have a use for it. Because obviously, there’s a lot there that they don’t want anyone else to see.

The Nazis Are Re-grouping in Antarctica

There are a couple of different versions of this one, but the basic idea is that during World War Two, Nazi reconnaissance found something incredible beneath Antarctica. Usually, it’s a series of tunnels that makes the underground area of the pole a pretty pleasant place to live.

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There’s usually also some alien technology in there, too, and the Nazis got their hands on it. They’re either waiting and biding their time to come out and try to take over the world again, or they’ve gone off with the aliens to create a race of alien-Nazis…. to again try to take over the world with. According to some theorists, the aliens are long gone, and the Nazis are just trying to get their technology working again, so they can come back and…. say it with us…. try to take over the world… again.

Like a lot of good conspiracy theories, there’s actually a grain of truth to this one. There were some Nazi-led expeditions into the Antarctic, but they were largely scouting territory and looking into the possibility of expanding their whaling fleet. After the war got started in earnest, they had other things to worry about.

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At the time, the closest thing to a working military base that far south was a British Antarctic station, essentially a manned communications and scientific research facility.

But still, conspiracy theorists believe that it’s entirely possible that Hitler made his escape perhaps through a tunnel or on board a submarine, heading into the depths of the planet – or into the farthest reaches of space – aboard some kind of alien spacecraft. If it sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie, it’s been done – but it’s also an honest-to-gosh conspiracy theory put forward by those who believe that Hitler’s death was a cover-up.

The Dark Ages Never Happened

Forming the basis of this theory is the difference between the Gregorian and the Julian calendars. In theory, when the Gregorian calender was introduced in 1582, there should have been 13 days difference between it and the Julian calender – one for each 100 years it had been around. But it was only 10 days off… So, clearly, 300 centuries that we thought did happen, didn’t.

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This is all according to Heribert Illig, a German writer who was developing his Phantom Time Theory in the late 1980s and early ’90s. In addition to being completely wrong about what year it was, the cover-up, he said, had been a deliberate act by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III. Otto III ruled in what we now think were the years around 1000 AD – and, according to the theory, that was only because that’s when he wanted to rule, because it sounded like a good time to be emperor.

With the help of his minister and Pope Sylvester II, Otto supposedly just sort of told everyone that they’d had it wrong all this time, and it was actually 1000. Everything in the nearly 300 years prior to him, he had made up. He also, Illig says, made up historical characters like Charlemagne, along with other rulers, leaders, artifacts… you get the idea. That’s why they were called the Dark Ages; people were illiterate and not producing a whole wealth of information, after all – it was a nifty was to explain why they hadn’t made up more stuff to fill the centuries.

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There are a surprising number of historians and academics that believe the theory at least warrants further examination. Some point to the idea of just how incredibly unlikely the whole story of Charlemagne is as an indication that maybe, just maybe, the whole thing was made up by an emperor so he could live in the year 1000.

FEMA’s Coffin Stockpile

According to the theory, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been stockpiling coffins in a field in Georgia not far from the Centers for Disease Control. In 2008, local citizens became suspicious about the appearance of black, coffin-like shapes that had suddenly appeared in a field – by the thousands.

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Conspiracy theorists leapt on the idea, stating that clearly, the government was planning for something. A massive amount of deaths, by the looks of things, with one of the favorites being something along the lines of a widespread, zombie-like infection.

And, like so many conspiracy theories, there was partial truth to this one. The suspicious items in question weren’t coffins, per se, but burial vault liners. Required in some states where the ground can be particularly unpredictable, they’re designed to prevent water from rotting wood coffins which, in turn, makes the ground collapse.

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And, the government has bought a huge number of these burial vaults, but they’re not for the victims of some weird plague. They’re for soldiers. Along with the burial vaults, the government also bought memorials, and they were all destined for the Department of Veteran Affairs.

But, those government vaults weren’t even these vaults. A phone call to the company that manufactured the vaults seemed to confirm that they don’t even have a contract with the government, and the government doesn’t have anything to do with the vaults being stored in the Georgia field.

And, Speaking of FEMA…..

For our non-American readers who may not be familiar with him, Jesse Ventura is a professional wrestler turned politician who knows more than a thing or two about conspiracy theories.

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So, it wasn’t too surprising to find his TV show at the forefront of a massive conspiracy theory that said, in no uncertain terms, that FEMA had built more than 800 internment camps across the United States with the intention of using them to contain American citizens whose ideas deviated from the norm. When the revolution came, the country was ready.

One piece of supporting of evidence for this theory was the aforementioned coffin storage unit, which was, according to a controversial episode of Ventura’s show titled Police State, where the bodies of the revolutionaries would be headed rather than, actually, a storage field for a legit company.

There are more wild claims, too, including a photo that’s been going around of one of these supposed camps. The camp itself is very real, and it’s pretty much what it’s said to be – only, it’s not in Wyoming, it’s in North Korea. Other camps, too, have been debunked as military training facilities and, in one, even an Amtrak repair yard.

This conspiracy theory isn’t anything new – it first reared its head with the release of the X-Files movie, when conspiracy theorists pointed the finger at FEMA for their power to declare a state of national emergency. While many people think they might just be there to respond to the natural disasters that are getting more and more frequent (and perhaps, that’s the work of HAARP?), others think they have a much more shadowy purpose.

The Codex Alimentarius

First, what everyone wants you to think: the Codex Alimentarius is an international compilation of food safety standards and practices designed to help ensure a worldwide system of producing and packaging food, along with trading it, importing it and exporting it.

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In its current form, it was established by the United Nations in the 1950s, but has its roots in earlier publications dating back to the 1800s. After World War Two, it was decided that there needed to be a series of international guidelines for regulating food products, which ultimately led to the founding of the Food and Agriculture and World Health Organizations.

The codex basically talks about things like standardizing food labels and the regulations that production facilities are held to, and there’s a ton of information in it.

Of course, conspiracy theories abound about what may be hidden deep in the bowels of this freely available text. It’s claimed that there are rules in place for the genetic manipulation of food, the treatment of foods with products like growth hormones and poisons, and that those that wrote it were ‘reformed’ members of the Nazi party.

It’s also alleged that the book tries to hide the true benefits of holistic therapies, herbals medicines and the like, pointing to the Codex Alimentarius as a sort of leftover seed once planted by the Nazis that has grown to take over our nutritional world.

The conspiracies stem mainly from two doctors who, strangely, condemn each other’s radical theories as completely bogus. One, Rima Laibow, campaigns against ‘food Nazification’, while the other, Matthias Rath, claims to have cured cancer with vitamins.

In fact, one conspiracy theory concerning the codex claims that it’s trying to pave the way for outlawing those same cancer-curing vitamins, in spite of the fact that there’s  nothing in the text to suggests anything of the sort. Of course, a lack of concrete proof hasn’t stopped conspiracy theorists before, and it’s doubtful that it’s going to stop them in the future.


About the author: Debra Kelly




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