It hasn’t even been a week since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a global emergency, and already the conspiracy theories are piling up. Of course they are. A pandemic that’s sparked an abortion rights dystopia and legit discussion of genetic warfare? The Rockefeller family must be involved.
The Zapruder film may be the most famous footage taken of the Kennedy assassination, but it’s not the only one. The “Nix Film” may be lesser known, but it’s no less important. It has been missing for decades, so the granddaughter of the photographer who captured the film is now suing the US government. She wants it…
In Chicago, in 1902, an outbreak of typhoid was killing people and no one knew why. One courageous scientist waded into the middle of the epidemic and figured it out. Or so she thought. Years later, she discovered her efforts had enabled a cover-up of the real problem.
One of the most popular documents released by the CIA in 2014 was an account of U-2 testing from 1954-1974. In a creepily sarcastic comment, the CIA's Twitter rep wrote, "Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the '50s? It was us." You can imagine what the citizens of Twitter had to say about that.
Like aliens above, the notion that there's life below the Earth's crust is catnip to conspiracy theorists.
In 1981, over six hundred people in Spain died from a mystery illness. Panic mounted as people across Europe read the news. Eventually, the epidemic was declared the result of food contamination — but some scientists think there's more to the story.
November 22 marked the 51st anniversary of the death of President Kennedy — a tragedy that changed the course of history. It also spawned the greatest conspiracy-generating machine of all time.
Boyd Bushman says he was a senior scientist at Lockheed Martin, and before he died he wanted the world to know about all the classified data he'd gathered about aliens from top-secret sources at Area 51. So he did this final interview, complete with pictures.
The prophecies of the French astrologer Nostradamus remain famous more than 400 years after his death. He has been credited with predicting events like the French Revolution and World War II. But, after careful scrutiny, we present evidence that his prophecies were, in fact, plot spoilers for the Star Wars films.
The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids to inspire awe, but could they have known that they would also inspire idiocy? For millennia, individuals have gazed upon these edifices, seeing them not as they are, but as projections of their own beliefs. Here are ten of the strangest theories—no aliens required.
This terrifying, greenish UFO appeared hovering over Montréal last week, right in the middle of an evening newscast. It appeared to change shape and plunge to earth. Now there are reports of the same "mysterious ball" cropping up in Lima, Peru. What is this thing, and what is it doing?
The anti-vaccination movement sees itself fighting against the shadowy forces of the CDC, Big Pharma, the media and their "lies" about immunization. And now, with the Ebola outbreak, they've cranked their crazy-meter up to 11, declaring the disease to be everything from an autism cover-up to a complete fraud.
Look at the sky above you. Are those long, glittering clouds actually part of a government experiment to poison you? If you believe in chemtrails — a conspiracy theory that's spawned a political movement — then yes. If you believe in science, not so much.
Over fifty years ago, a group of pranksters founded a satiric religion devoted to creating conspiracy theories so insane that nobody would ever believe uncritically in conspiracies again. They called themselves the Discordians. And their weird ideas are still influencing us today.
This UFO was captured in the skies above Tucumán, Argentina. What kind of craft could zoom so close to the treetops and then into the skies?
Can a facility that has inspired global conspiracy theories be designated a World Heritage Site? If so, that might be the only way to prevent the shutdown of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska, which studies the ionosphere—or creates lethal hurricanes—depending on whom you talk to.
Techno-paranoia has become the norm in our post-Snowden world, and hit shows like Person of Interest play on our fears of being watched. But the high-tech conspiracy tale has its roots in the 1970s, which saw a great wave of movies about assassins, surveillance, secret governments, and corporate cabals. The result was…
Two German students, in an effort to prove that the Great Pyramids are 15,000 years older than they really are, chipped off samples from the walls of an ancient burial chamber and brought them back home for analysis. Both Egyptian and German authorities are outraged.
In early October of 1948, the U.S. Steel plant and the Donora Zinc Works were working away, and most of the inhabitants of Donora were working with them. By November seventy people were dead and thousands more were sick. Why?