Conspiracy theories can be fun or downright scary. These claims have stood the test of time, constantly returning after brief dormancy. Regardless, even people who are not fans of conspiracy theories believe these are the exception. From body doubles to famous ships, here are some conspiracy theories folks believe are true.
1. How to Make Women Buy Bags
Ever wonder why women’s jeans often have those tiny, practically useless pockets? Well, here is the twist: Some say it’s not just a design flaw. But this, according to one commenter, is done “to encourage us to buy handbags and purses.” Think about it—if your pocket doesn’t have enough space for all your essentials, you’ll need to buy another one. While it may sound far-fetched, this theory raises some intriguing questions about the fashion industry’s marketing tactics.
2. Frozen’s Origins
True or not, claims that Walt Disney is cryogenically frozen—or at least his head—have been around for decades. Even MTV’s Daria references it in the “Road Worrier” episode. However, a new conspiracy came after the famous film Frozen came out.
One conspiracy theorist claims the movie got its name, so anyone googling “Disney” and “frozen” would find info about the film rather than sites discussing the Walt Disney conspiracy. Another person quips that Disney “just wants us to ‘let it go.'” Hey, the head never bothered me anyway. It could possibly be one of the most believable conspiracy theories.
3. PETA Maligns Animal Rights Activist
Was PETA always insensitive? Who knows. But it makes sense when another conspiracy enthusiast says PETA’s actually “run by the meat industry” to paint all animal rights activists in a negative light.
After all, PETA’s ads attacking people’s weight, declaring women cannot be feminists, and ingesting eggs suggest a high level of unhinged, even trollish behavior. This one, I believe.
4. Apple Petty
When it comes to maneuvers by big companies to stop competition, it’s easy to believe. Apple does ensure most of their accessories must be other Apple products.
So, other Apple users discussing the claim that Apple intentionally removed the headphone jack to attempt to “remove Square,” eliminating challengers for Apple Pay does not seem farfetched. Healthy competition might be great for consumers, but companies hate it.
5. It’s Not Just Cushy Beds
Another conspiracy I believe is about Mattress Firm. A poster said they “aren’t only holding mattresses.” Someone points out how there are far too many Mattress Firms around. Another eerie aspect is they are almost always empty.
In my neighborhood, I’ve seen customers in that store once in a blue moon over the years. So many people believe it’s a front for money laundering because how they stay in business with hardly any customers is suspicious, especially in places like New York City, where renting a space is expensive.
6. Throwback Thursday Facial Recognition
AI is terrifying because the people running it are scary. This one feels believable because the government does plenty of shady, unscrupulous things to its citizens.
A commenter suggests that the government is behind the hashtag Throwback Thursday, explaining that when people upload old pictures, it helps “improve age progression and facial recognition algorithms.” It might seem harmless to some now, but the future is chilling. So maybe think twice before you upload that oldie but goody picture.
7. The Titanic Switcheroo
This one I heard briefly years ago, and a believer in this conspiracy breaks down how the Titanic did not sink. It was the Olympic, both owned by White Star Line.
After the Olympic suffered a few accidents, the conspiracy claims White Star Line switched the Olympic and Titanic so they could collect insurance if the Olympic had another accident and sank. If seeing is believing, looking at pictures of the Olympic, Titanic, and then the ship that set sail that fateful day raises suspicion that this conspiracy is solid.
8. Avril Lavigne Body Double
A poster said their belief that Avril Lavigne died two decades ago and a body double took her place changes daily. This is another conspiracy that has stuck around despite others asserting that the scheme’s originator admitted to lying to show how easily conspiracies spread. It isn’t the most believable conspiracy theories but, no matter what, the “Sk8er Boi,” “Complicated,” and “Losing Grip” singer continues to captivate as much as this story.
9. Food Pyramid Fakery
Everyone knows about the food pyramid, which shows a nutritious, balanced food intake hierarchy. Someone asserts that the food industry funded the FDA to make this pyramid to encourage people to purchase their foods regularly. No need to take this one with a grain of salt, as the FDA continues to make questionable choices; this is likely true.
10. Lost Cosmonauts
Another person mentions the famous theory that Yuri Gargarin is not the first man in space. Perhaps the first to successfully return intact is accurate. But there are accusations about the “lost cosmonauts,” various members who either remained adrift in space or died on re-entry. There was a chilling audio recording of the first woman cosmonaut in space. Unfortunately, if the audio is accurate, she did not survive re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.
11. Your Phone Is Listening
Maybe your phone’s mic is never truly “off.” A poster explains that the phone listens in for keywords so they can give targeted advertising. While visiting a colleague, they complimented their acquaintance’s standing desk, saying, “Nice standing desk.” After leaving, they went on Facebook, and there was an ad for the same standing desk.
The person emphasizes they never possessed this desk or researched it. It may be time to speak in code. What do you think? Are any of the conspiracies on this list believable, or are the people in this forum missing their tin foil hats?
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