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What are some strange conspiracy theories you have heard of?

Asked by seawulf575 (10851points) 1 month ago

One of the earliest conspiracy type theories I heard when I was younger concerned Gumby and Pokey. They were an advance force of aliens looking to invade our world. The proof was that pretty much everyone had a Gumby or a Pokey at one time or another when they were young. And except for the few that the dog chewed up, no one could actually remember what happened to them, but they are all gone. They had all gone back to the mother ship to report. Yes, this theory did involve recreational pharmaceuticals. Are there any other bizarre theories out there? The weirder, the better!

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Patty_Melt's avatar

During my Navy days, civvy husband of a friend insisted the smurfs were a communist plot to make an entire generation of Americans soft and stupid.
I didn’t believe him at the time.

chyna's avatar

The first one I remember hearing was when I was in grade school. The rumor was Paul McCartney of the Beatles was actually dead and the song “Come together “ over me, proves it.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@Patty_Melt

But you believe him now?

SEKA's avatar

The republicans were so afraid of John F Kennedy that George H W Bush had him assassinated in Dallas to stop him before he could do any more harm. They used Lee Harvey Oswald as their patsy and paid Jack Ruby to kill Oswald so Oswald couldn’t out them during his trial

Yellowdog's avatar

Backward Masking—that playing tapes and records in reverse would reveal hidden, often Satanic, messages.

“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zepplin—in about the middle of the song, the words ”—there’s still time to change the road you’re on” does equate, in reverse, “Ooh here’s to my sweet Satan.” I don’t know how the reverse of one line equates to the other. But it does.

And ‘Another one Bites the Dust (another WOM bites the dust, to be exact) does say something about “smoke marijuana.”

But the really bad stuff came out in the later 1980s with some of the Heavy Metal music—which were, as rumor said, rife and loaded with satanic messages. They were next to impossible to discern if they were buried deep in the tracks.

I told parents I was more concerned about what the messages were played forwards—they were reason for concern enough, than to be concerned about anything they said in reverse,

Patty_Melt's avatar

@ Darth, as a plot, no. Happenstance, well, it seems likely. The smurfs alone can’t change the mindset of a generation, but it might be a contributing factor. Lots of Americans have grown up whiny and anti active. Children cry bully over the slightest things.
The current youth and young adults are learning on their own to stand up for themselves.

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