Top 10 Conspiracy Theories Of All Time

Top 10 Conspiracy Theories Of All Time

Because things aren't always what they seem.

Lately Conspiracy Theories and all things creepy have been trending. With shows like Stranger Things and Black Mirror, we find ourselves doubting reality often. Prominent YouTubers such as Shane Dawson and Kendell Rae often cover these topics in their videos. Creepiness, deep thoughts, questioning reality, and mysteries are some of my favorite things, so I thought I'd go over some of my favorite theories.

1. The Moon Landing Was Fake

The reason that landing on the moon was such a big deal was that it encouraged patriotism-- we were racing Russia to be first to the moon and they were way ahead of us technologically speaking, yet we won. Could the government have faked it all to boost American morale and pride? Kind of funny that there are no stars visible and the flag is waving when there's no wind on the moon... Some claim they can see prop markings and stage lights in the video.

2. The Mandela Effect

Ever remember something one way, just to learn that it was always something else? Although the Mandela Effect started as a discrepancy over Nelson Mandela's death (many people remembered him dying in prison), it has blown up the internet in regards to the Berenstain bears-- which most millennials remember as being Berenstein (with an e not an a). More examples have come up including Febreze, the monopoly man, and even the famous quote "Luke I am your father" (which never actually happened).

3. Illuminati/The Reptilian Elite

Those weird vapor like things in the sky are supposedly jet streams... or are they? Could the government be releasing gasses to subdue the population and make us dumber, hypnotize us, and make us more compliant? Some also believe that fluoride is added to the water supply not for health or white teeth, but for the same nefarious reasons.

5. The Government funded experiments called MKUltra

The show Stranger Things now has a cult following on Netflix. But what some don't know is that parts of the show are loosely based on government sanctioned human experiments called MKUltra. The goal of the experiments were to look into a truth drug, hypnosis, mind control, and compliance to more effectively interrogate criminals and prisoners of war. Interviews can be found online with people who claim to have been subjects of these experiments.

6. Jack the Ripper and HH Holmes were the same person.

HH Holmes' great grandson is the main advocate for this theory that his relative, HH Holmes of the Chicago Murder Castle was one and the same as Jack the Ripper, who terrorized London around the same time. He argues that they have similar handwriting and he bares a resemblance to the police sketch of Jack the Ripper. It was also noted that Holmes was actually in London during the time of the Ripper's murders... interesting...

7. Snapchat is keeping a database of our faces.

What if those cute dog ears and flower crowns come at a cost? That being, a government database of all Snapchat users' faces. Instead of only having photos when people get mugshots, why wouldn't the government want a more inclusive database? They probably also have a copy of my horrible drivers license photo...

8. The Titanic never sank/The Titanic was sunk on purpose

Theorists believe that The Titanic was actually The Olympic, an older ship owned by the same company. Perhaps the Olympic was disguised to look like the Titanic and purposely sunk to collect on insurance. People pointed out discrepancies in the appearance of the Titanic, and notable people who were invited but never boarded the Titanic, maybe notified by workers that something would go wrong.

9. We're all living in an augmented reality

Elon Musk suggests that it is highly improbable, if not impossible, that we are not living in a simulation. One day, technology will be advanced enough that a simulation will be so realistic that the avatars don't know they aren't real. So what if that's us? And every time we walk into a room and forget why, our "player" cancelled our action.

10. The government is listening to us through Siri and Alexa.

What if Siri and Alexa aren't just listening when we want them to, but ALL the time. The government has tapped phone lines before, so why not this? The technology surrounds us-- our phone is almost always with us, and Alexa is in our homes. Maybe its even more nefarious, and the information is being sold to corporations. Have you ever been talking about something and seen an advertisement for it an hour later?

For more theories and creepy "what ifs," definitely check out YouTube and documentaries about all the things there are to question in life. And remember-- the truth is out there.

Cover Image Credit: Michael Hartzell

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Live Music Is Better Than Pre-Recorded Music

Have you ever been in an arena with 15,000 people singing along to your favorite songs? It gives me goosebumps every time.

As an avid concert goer myself, sometimes going to two or more per month, I fully believe that hearing music live is way better than listening to it on Spotify.

First off, if you’re going to hear it live, you’re more than likely going with a friend. What’s better than being at the barricade singing along to your favorite songs? Nothing! Being with my best friends at a concert for an artist we all love dearly has grown to be one of my happy places.

Second, you get to hear things live that you’ll never get to hear with a pre-recorded track. Something that’s pre-recorded is the same thing over and over again, you can never change it, but with live music, it’s different every time. Some bands that I’ve seen throw in extra guitar solos or drum solos and even climb into the audience to let fans sing into their microphones, which is something you don’t get to hear on pre-recorded tracks.

There is no autotune at a concert, and if the artist is really good, they sound just like they do on the pre-recorded track. All Time Low is a great example of this - and if you haven’t seen them live, I highly recommend that you do! They are one of my favorite bands and they put on an amazing show whether it’s your first one or your one hundredth.

Acoustic songs and hearing the crowd sing the song right back is something that will always give me chills, especially big arena shows with more than 15,000 people in attendance. Nothing warms my heart more than knowing that thousands of people are there together for one night to do one thing - sing their hearts out to their favorite artists.

Getting the chance to possibly meet the artist is another added benefit of live music that I like to throw in. If you don’t have meet and greet, most artists will usually meet fans in the back by the busses! It’s one of the most exciting things about the after-concert, hoping they’ll come out and say hello.

I could go on forever about why live music is better than pre-recorded, but if I had to pick a reason over everything, I would say the memories of live music.

Sure, I can capture them on my phone and re-watch them later, but nothing beats being there with your friends and listening to all your favorite songs unfold in front of you. Nothing beats screaming the lyrics and forgetting about everything stressful in your life for awhile.

My next concert is not until June and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do until then. Attending concerts is one of my favorite past times, and this year, my friends and I will be traveling to see quite a few shows, which I can’t wait for.

Next time you attend a live show, think of all of these things discussed in this article and ask yourself which you prefer: live music or pre-recorded?

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11 Of The Best 'Powerpuff Girls' Quotes

Sugar, spice, and everything nice

Growing up, the Powerpuff Girls was one of my favorite television shows. I spent a lot of time with my sister and cousin, watching and re-watching episodes, and running around pretending to be the amazing super-heroines we looked up to. When I watch the show again at age 20, I realize how funny, clever, and insightful some of the lines are. If you grew up watching the Powerpuff girls and you need a laugh, these 11 quotes are sure to remind you of the three wonderful girls who save the day, as well as their friends (and enemies)!

1. Bubbles: "There's nothing wrong with talking to yourself."

2. Blossom: "I'm not boring! I'm a... a fiery redhead! And who made Bubbles the cute one? I'm cute! Look at this bow!"

3. Mojo Jojo: "Annoying little girl, you must wait your turn, in which I am first and you are second, which, in essence, makes you last, since 1 is before 2."

4. Bubbles: "Goodness gracious! Sir, you are being slowly digested. We need to get you to a hospital."

5. Buttercup: "It takes a lot more than a couple of cheap shots to make us cry."

6. Princess: "QUIET. Now listen. It doesn't matter that you've got your little gadgets, or that you're the ultimate evil. All that matters is that I destroy the Powerpuff Girls, which I will because I have the most powerful power in the whole wide world. COLD HARD CASH."

7. Talking Dog: "Well, I may be able to talk, but I sure as heck can't drive!"

8. Bubbles: "What are you doing in our closet, Mr. Mayor?"

Mayor: "You mean...we're not in my house?"

Buttercup: "Sorry, Mayor."

Mayor: "Well that explains all the cool furniture!"

9. HIM: "You see, the thing about gift giving is it's the thought that counts. And obviously, thinking isn't your strong point."

10. Brick: "If you're gonna do graffiti, at least spell the words right! Sheesh! Talk about dum-BUH."

11. Professor Utonium: "Hey, where's Bubbles?"

Buttercup: "She's probably upstairs combing her hair so she'll be the 'prettiest girl at the party'!"

Bubbles (upstairs, combing her hair): "I'm gonna be the prettiest girl at the party!"

Cover Image Credit: Randall Petersen: Flickr

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