Top 10 conspiracy theories
From the Moon landings to Area 51, here are the top 10 conspiracy theories ever.EDGAR staff July 20, 2014
1. The moon landing
One of the most common conspiracy theories out there is that the moon landings in 1969 were nothing more than an elaborate hoax by the US government to assert their victory over Russia in the space race.
All manner of apparent 'evidence' - from the photos of the waving flag (even though the moon has no atmosphere), to unexplained objects reflecting in the visors of the astronauts - has been presented, but so far NASA has had an answer for everything.
2. Area 51
A heavily guarded military base in a remote location somewhere in the Nevada desert, Area 51 was always going to arouse suspicion.
The favourite conspiracy theory is that crashed alien spacecraft are being examined there. Other popular myths are that the site is used to develop time travel machines, a means of weather control and new weapons.
3. The death of Princess Diana
When one of the world's most-loved personalities died, claims that her death was staged to look like an accident were rife.
From rumours of pregnancy to her suspected engagement to the son of Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, most fingers were pointed accusingly at the British royal family and secret service. Obviously the Windsors denied all the accusations.
4. Bermuda triangle
A stretch of ocean that covers roughly 500,000 square metres in the North Atlantic Ocean has been the subject of much speculation due to the abnormally large amount of air disappearing in the area.
Apart from it being simply a dangerous stretch of ocean, magnetic fields, crazy weather systems, aliens and even the lost world of Atlantis have been blamed.
5. The Illuminati
This theory dictates that a secret society made up of the richest and most powerful people on the planet are planning to take over the world.
Sounds rather over the top, but many people believe that this group is responsible for a lot of the events on this list.
The tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 are widely understood to have been the work of terrorist organisation Al Qaeda.
However, some conspiracy theorists claim that the US government was either involved in the attack or at least knew it was coming and did nothing to stop it, in order to justify their offensive in Iraq.
7. The assassination of JFK
November 22, 1963, was the day that shook the world, as US president John F Kennedy was assassinated in broad daylight and in full view of the public.
Lee Harvey Oswald was the man arrested for the crime, but conspiracy theorists have blamed everyone from the Soviets to the Mafia, and even Kennedy's wife!
8. Life on Earth was seeded by aliens
Presumably the people who doubt the moon landing won't believe this conspiracy theory, which, in basic terms, says that aliens created all life on Earth.
A notable exponent of this theory is Professor Richard Dawkins, and the concept is also explored in Ridley Scott's 2012 film Prometheus, above.
9. Subliminal advertising
Many people believe that governments and large corporations subject the general public to a barrage of subliminal advertising, which allows them to set the social agenda and determine which products people buy without their knowledge.
Many also claim that this advertising is specifically aimed at children, in order to get them under control from an early age.
10. Global warming
One of the primary concerns of the modern era is climate change. We're told that the ice caps are melting as a result of global warming caused by pollution, and encouraged to change our consumption habits in order to stop the damage to the environment.
But some conspiracy theorists believe that global warming is in fact a ruse by the government, designed to control people's way of life and provide an excuse for raised taxes.
These are 10 of the most popular conspiracy theories of our time. They do not represent the views of EDGARdaily.