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5 Unbelievable Conspiracy Theories (That People Actually Believe In)

Conspiracy theories: You’ve probably heard of the fake moon landing theory, or 9/11 truthers, or the Obama-is-Kenyan theories. But…

But these are only the tip of the iceberg of conspiracy theories that are circulating on the Internet. Here are five examples:

1. Electromagnetic beams control people’s thoughts and actions

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Government agencies such as the FBI and the NSA are beaming out electromagnetic waves that can put thoughts in your head, cause physical pain, and control your actions, according to the website

The most recent manifestation of this theory is the Washington Navy Yard shooting, where the killer had reportedly believed that he was being controlled by electronic transmissions, according to Reuters.

Of course, there is little evidence that this was actually the case, but a research paper published in The American Psychologist in 1973 did confirm that microwaves can transfer sound, both in the form of Morse code clicks, and recordings of the numbers 1 through 10 (experiments with more complex words not conducted because they went over the safe limit for microwave exposure).

So-called voice-to-skull weapons are also mentioned on the Federation of American Scientists website, and a weapon that can transmit “recognisable sounds,” possibly voices, into people’s heads was under development in 2008, according to New Scientists.

2. Shapeshifting reptilian aliens control Earth

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Some of the most powerful people on earth, from Barack Obama to Queen Elizabeth, are secretly shapeshifting reptilian aliens who pose as our leaders in order to enslave humankind.

This shadowy cabal runs everything from governments, the military, banks, corporations, and the media, and controls the masses with mind control and false religion. To maintain their lizard shape, they have to drink the blood of humans (preferably children), which they receive through Satanic ritual sacrifice.

That’s the theory put forward by David Icke, a former BBC broadcaster who has written more than 20 books on the topic and inspired thousands of followers on the Internet.

3. Electronic banking will enslave us all

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Since the Renaissance, money has gradually grown from being intrinsically valuable objects (such as gold coins) to become paper representing value, and finally just digital numbers transferred via the Internet.

Once banks consolidate further into the hands of the few and powerful, and all our value is in electronic accounts, a global system of electronic ID cards will be established.

Then, a worldwide blackout will wipe out all accounts, and a new dark age will follow in which the secret organization behind this centuries-long plan will enslave humanity.

The six steps of this conspiracy circulates the web on conspiracy forums like Godlike Productions, and often goes hand in hand with thoughts on the Illuminati, the New World Order, and FEMA concentration camps.

4. The Illuminati raised a monument to depopulation in Georgia

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The Georgian “American Stonehenge,” a mysterious granite monument raised in 1980, contains the recipe for the perfect New World Order.

With slogans such as “maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature” and “guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity” carved in 12 different languages (including English), it’s clearly a recipe for a eugenic “reboot” of humanity in which 90% of the current population is dead, according to the website Vigilant Citizen.

5. There’s a planet called Nibiru and it’s going to destroy Earth

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A giant planet called Nibiru, which was discovered by the ancient Sumerians, passes close by Earth every 3,600 years and will soon be back to wreak havoc on us by disrupting the Earth’s magnetic field, according to several pages on the Internet (such as this one).

This pole shift will cause earthquakes, massive tsunamis, and global warming. Other versions of the theory state that Nibiru will simply collide with Earth, vaporizing the planet.

The Nibiru theory, which was created in the ‘70s by author Zecharia Sitchin’s book “The 12th Planet,” has been tied to multiple celestial events, most notably the December 21, 2012 doomsday scenario.

Of course, NASA has declared the theory a hoax.

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