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It seems that no matter how thoroughly a subject is investigated, there will always be those who doubt its validity, or question whether there’s more to the story.
Some theories can be a little scary to think about. Take Hitler’s death for example.
Though there was a definitive answer provided to the public, that the Fuhrer and his brand new bride had died in a tandem-suicide in the Fuhrerbunker, the public demanded proof. When the government didn’t provide bodies, and irrefutable evidence that Hitler was actually dead, thousands of conspiracy theories were born.
Since 1945, dozens of hypotheses have been tossed around, from Hitler living in Argentina to the Soviet Union harboring him under a new identity.
Then, there are the more campy conspiracy theories, that are clearly false. Like the long-lasting theory that Paul McCartney died decades ago.
After 1966, the rumor emerged that McCartney had died in a car accident. Indeed, there had been a car accident in 1967 involving McCartney’s Mini Cooper, but McCartney wasn’t in it at the time. Before long, fans began finding “clues” in Beatles songs, claiming that if “Revolution 9” and “Strawberry Fields” were played backward, they said things like “turn me on, dead man,” and “I buried Paul.”
Of course, Paul McCartney himself (or, at the very least, a strikingly similar in every way stand-in) has come out to publicly denounce the rumors. He even put out a solo album titled Paul is Live, to put the rumors to bed. At least he’s finding the humor in his own theoretical demise.
And then there are the ones that, over time, seem to gain more and more followers despite the fact that almost everyone on the planet thinks they’re phony. Like, the moon landing.
While half a billion people watched it happen on live television in 1969, there are still those (six percent of the American public according to a Gallup poll) that believe the entire operation was a big hoax. Now, of course, the government, the astronauts, and the television companies have all confirmed that it was, in fact, very real, but that hasn’t stopped anyone.
Ever since Neil Armstrong took his one small step for man, people have been pointing out all of the things that “prove” that that small step never happened. The biggest piece of proof theorists have offered up is the movement of the flag. When Buzz Aldrin put it down on the moon, the photographer snapped a shot of the flag waving in the breeze. Only, on the moon, as there is no atmosphere, there is no breeze.
Aldrin later explained that the flag appeared to be waving because of a technical glitch. However, the rumors still swirl to this day.
So, we’ve given you some of our favorite theories, and you can find even more of them here. Now, it’s your turn. Let us know which ones we missed, by telling us what some of your favorite conspiracy theories are.