We’re pretty sure that everyone must have heard about conspiracy theories at least once in their life. Have you ever thought that the texts you send to your friends may have been read by someone else? If you answered yes, you’re likely to believe in conspiracy theories. In fact, people become really interested in conspiracy theories when a theory that seemed crazy turns out to actually be true.
Bright Side dove into historical facts that many people have looked for secret meaning in and actually found out the real story. And as it turns out, the truth is way more interesting than we could have ever imagined.
1. Tobacco companies concealed the truth about the harm of smoking.
For many years, huge tobacco companies have been donating millions of dollars to studies proving the lack of harm of smoking and sometimes even showed the positive sides. But they had to tell the truth back in 1998 when the tobacco giant Philip Morris admitted that their product had a negative influence on people’s health and that it caused lung cancer and other serious health issues.
2. Only Nicole Scherzinger sang in The Pussycat Dolls.
The beautiful woman from the Philippines, Hawaii, and Ukraine, Nicole Scherzinger, was the leader of The Pussycat Dolls from the very start of the group. Maybe this is why fans of this group had a theory that all the singing in the songs was done by one person only — Nicole Scherzinger. They figured the other girls were in the band just for show. In 2012, the conspiracy theorists found out that they were right when the singer admitted that she did 95% of the singing.
3. The CIA actually studied UFOs.
Several years ago, US intelligence published documents related to UFO studies from the 1950s online. In these papers, there is information about people who claimed to have witnessed unknown flying objects: 575 cases in 23 years. The peak of alien activity was registered in Washington on July 29,1952, where for 6 hours in a row, dozens of Americans saw a strange glimmering in the sky. The official version said that it was a result of temperature inversion. And only when these materials were published was it clear that the CIA considered these cases as UFOs.
4. Someone else sings instead of Britney Spears.
In 2007, the media found out that Britney Spears divorced Kevin Earl Federline and that she had treatment in a psychiatric facility. However, that same year, Spears managed to release a very successful album, Blackout. Fans from all across the world wondered how this was possible. This was a moment where everyone started to think that someone else sang instead of Britney. The theory was soon proven: the father of backup singer Myah Marie gave an interview where he said that almost the entire album was recorded by his daughter and the pop star was only on the cover.
5. Oil companies conspired about fixing prices.
The price of a barrel of oil is the determining factor of the level of life quality in almost all countries in the world. For regular people, this is first and foremost the price of gas and the services that depend on it. However, in 2008, journalists found proof of a conspiracy theory about oil companies fixing prices. The scandal revolved around the British company Shell, Spanish Repsol, German RWE, and French Total. The European Commission found out that since this conspiracy started back in 2002, the price of gas has grown all around the world.
6. The FBI watched John Lennon.
Creative people can and do use art to influence the views of millions of people. This is why they often become objects of surveillance for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This happened to Ernest Hemingway even though many people thought he was just being paranoid about surveillance. The truth was discovered only after the writer died. For many years, there have been rumors that US intelligence was concerned about the popular band, The Beatles.
In 2000, a historian at a Californian University named John Winer managed to get the case of John Lennon declassified. It turned out that the US government actually had surveillance of the singer. But it was useless. There was not a single word in his case concerning any kind of anti-American influence.
7. A Soviet spy was in American Congress.
During the Cold War between the US and the USSR, both countries made up stories and legends about possible spies. One theory was actually proven. Samuel Dickstein, a Democrat from New York State opened a commission on investigating anti-American activity that was supposed to track down Communists. And at the same time, he secretly worked for the Soviet Union, transmitting classified information about the military budget of the US. Samuel Dickstein was never charged with espionage and he worked as a judge in New York up until the day he died.
8. Pharmaceutical companies make up new diseases.
According to Georgetown Professor Adriane Adriane Fugh-Berman, today, the sequence of appearances of diseases and the treatment for them may be reversed. Marketing for a drug can start 7 to 10 years before they go on the market. Pharmaceutical companies convince doctors and patients that it’s necessary to solve a problem that doesn’t even exist.
As an example, take osteopenia, a bone-thinning condition. This is the mid-point between healthy bones and osteoporosis. So, if you have this, the only thing you can do is try to prevent the development of osteoporosis. And osteopenia is often presented as a disease that requires very expensive treatment.
9. Coca-Cola downplays the harm of sugar.
In 1967, the Sugar Association in the US paid 3 Harvard scientists $50,000 to make them write an article proving that there was no connection between sugar and the function of a person’s heart. The declassified papers were published by JAMA Internal Medicine.
But the giant company still influences scientific research even now. According to The New York Times’ data, Coca-Cola has spent millions of dollars on studies where scientists try to downplay the connection between soda and obesity.
10. US National Security agents listen to phone conversations all around the world.
We’re sure that everyone has had the feeling of being watched. In 2016, the entire world got proof of the theory that everyone was afraid of. An ex-member of US Intelligence named Edward Snowden declassified the information about the US National Security Agency listening to the conversations of millions of people. According to him, the US even listened to conversations between government leaders. Snowden’s testimony was a starting point for the international scandal. After that, big internet companies started encrypting their user data.
11. Stevie Wonder isn’t blind.
This musician is a household name in many countries. Blind people are sometimes even referred to as “Stevie Wonders”. However, there is a popular theory that Stevie Wonder is actually not blind. There is a video where the singer appears to be catching a falling mic stand and another photo where he’s taking a picture of a Michael Jackson wax figure. Both of these seem odd for someone who is blind.
As you can see, sometimes it isn’t all that crazy to believe a conspiracy theory. What conspiracy theories do you believe?