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.

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Why I Listen to Depressing Music Even Though I'm Depressed

Music that's powerful, music that speaks to me, music that means something.

It took me a long time to find my preferred genre of music. In middle school, I remember listening to pop songs that I often heard on the radio. I could (and still can) rap the entirety of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj and I dreamt about my crush professing his love to me by serenading me with Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. 

By my freshman year of high school, those songs were no longer cool, so I went along with the crowd and started listening to the next most popular type of music: trap music. In my experience, these artists talked solely about fucking bitches and smoking ganja, even though, at that point in my life, I had no intent of having intercourse or "doing" the marijuana (boy was I naive). Though I listened to these genres to appease everyone else, I never felt completed like so many people claimed to feel when they listened to music. I did not have a passion for any bands or artists and I did not feel any sort of deep connection while I was listening.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I decided to explore certain genres that I hadn’t yet explored. The first bands I really grew to love were the Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, and The Kooks. Their music not only sounded great, but the lyrics actually meant something. They spoke about relationships, internal struggles, mental issues, and societal problems. Their lyrics resonated with me, and, surprisingly, the most depressing of their material resonated the most.

I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember, though I was not diagnosed until a little over a year ago. I’ve been on meds and have learned coping techniques, but the most counterintuitive of those techniques is listening to these depressing songs.

One of the hardest struggles I have with depression is not being able to tell people how I am feeling, not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have the words. I find that listening to others put into words the exact emotions that I have not been able to convey myself is quite reassuring.  These songs help me better understand my own emotions and give me an idea of how to turn those emotions into spoken language. 

When Alex Turner says “you can shriek until you’re hollow or whisper it the other way” or when AJJ says "everything is real, but it's also just as fake” I feel as if someone has entered my thoughts and put into lyrics the fears and feelings I struggle with on a daily basis. These songs make me feel as if there is a whole community of people out there who experience the same, seemingly-lonely experiences that I do. I feel more connected to the world when I listen to this type of music. I feel understood.

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Two Inspiring Movies Everyone Should See

Movies that take you on an emotional roller coaster.

I have always loved watching movies, especially ones with inspiring and emotional storylines. I get very invested and intrigued (maybe a little too much), but I love having that whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire movie.

Recently, I got the opportunity to see two amazing movies that I think are very important and had a huge effect on me. The films were “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name”. Both of these films came out in 2017 so they are fairly new. They are making a huge impact and receiving a lot of deserved recognition.

“Lady Bird” has such a special storyline. It follows the relationship between a mother and daughter in such a realistic way. As many girls know, a relationship with a mother is not always an easy one and the film really captures that frustration.

It follows the life of a young girl that is about to leave to go to college. So many things change for girls during this time and there are so many emotional challenges and obstacles. I absolutely love how this film displays this situation and many relationships in a very graphic and honest way. I think it is so important for young girls to watch this film and channel all those feelings. It is incredibly relatable and it reminds girls to be courageous.

“Call Me by Your Name” is seriously one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It is a love story, which we have seen is countless movies, but this film displays a relationship in such a unique and beautiful way.

The best thing about this movie is that it is awkward at some points and maybe even a little uncomfortable. I admire this because love and relationships aren’t always magical and perfect. It expresses a type of love that is so unapologetic and pure. I could watch it over and over and still have the same inspiring feeling at the end. If you are a fan of emotional love stories or small independent films watch this movie. You will not regret it.

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