Top 10 Conspiracy Theories Of All Time

Top 10 Conspiracy Theories Of All Time

Because things aren't always what they seem.
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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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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Things To Do When You're So Bored All You Want To Do Is Cry

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Everyone has times when they have nothing to do and boredom strikes way too hard. From experience, I have found some top things to do when you literally have nothing else to do!

1. Clean

Not super fun, but will keep you busy.

2. Netflix

Find a new show to binge watch. Watched them all? Rewatch something you haven't seen in a while!

3. Shopping

Retail therapy can always keep you busy.

4. Make a home cooked meal

Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

5. Visit friends/ family

Pop in on some people you care about that you haven't seen in a while!

6. Write

Writing is something we all do and is a great way to express ourselves!

7. Exercise

Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

8. Volunteer

Go to an animal shelter, food bank, museums, or anywhere in your area that needs help.

9. Look for a job

If you're bored, maybe getting a part time job will keep you a little occupied. Plus it's extra money in your pocket.

10. Draw/ do something artsy

Even if you think you're a bad artist, drawing is something fun to do! You'll get better in time.

11. Join an Odyssey Team!

Writing articles through the Odyssey is an amazing experience and can always keep you busy!

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