When the world is witness to a major event, it usually doesn’t take long for the conspiracy theories to begin surfacing. Some of them are obviously a bit too far “out there” to take seriously, while others may provoke curiosity even in the minds of devoted skeptics. The general population has no way to determine whether a given conspiracy theory has any validity or not since the vast majority of us have only the news media or official explanations from government authorities to tell us what happened. Then, of course, there are the conspiracy theorists to consider. Please keep in mind that this list is not intended to make judgments regarding the integrity of any conspiracy theory and that this list is comprised of those we considered the oddest ones, and not necessarily the most well-known.
1. Moon Landing
We’ll kick things off with one that may not be as well known as conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy or the attacks of 9/11, but it is one that has been bandied around for a few decades at this point. Most people who were alive at the time were amazed and fascinated by man’s first landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. Since that time, some theories have been forwarded that claim the whole thing was a hoax and was simply all acted out for the cameras on a Hollywood-type stage. Proponents point to weird shadows on lunar photographs, a flag that appeared to be blowing in the wind and other alleged anomalies.
All of us in the modern world are well-accustomed to seeing the sky streaked with those puffy-looking white lines that high-flying jet aircraft leave behind. To most, they are known simply as contrails, but some people believe there is more to the story than simply flying from Atlanta to Denver. Although there is some disagreement about exactly what these planes are said to be spraying, those who believe in chemtrails are convinced that whoever is doing it is up to no good. Some of the more common explanations among conspiracy theorists are that the government is spraying materials into the atmosphere to influence the weather. Others believe that chemtrails contain tiny objects like “nanofibers” that can wind up inside our bodies where they cause serious health problems and contribute to a significant reduction in the human population.