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These theories range from the absurd to the, well, the more absurd, and are mostly constructed by groups of men and women (although let’s be fair, mostly men) living in their parents’ basements, taking short breaks from Star Trek marathons in order to speculate over whether or not it was the Government who was behind the disappearance of Tab (Mountain Dew to us English Folk).
They are the kinds of men who have very few life skills and exactly no social skills but can most likely do incredible things with a computer and could, if they so chose, probably communicate with you entirely through binary. They are also rather handy when it comes to making tin-foil hats (as pictured right). This may seem like a blatant attempt to stereotype a much maligned sub-society, but as the old saying goes, 011 000 001 100 01 001. So you can’t accuse me of being overly judgmental.
Anyhow, I fancied taking the time out of my busy schedule to refute a few of these theories, so without any further ado, or any further use of the term further ado, here are a few of my favourite conspiracy theories, and the reasons why they are utterly ridiculous.
Hitler is aliveThis one has been touted around for ages, no doubt since the end of WWII. Rumour has it that Adolf has been in hiding somewhere for the last however-many-years, presumably playing the world’s longest game of Risk and being racist under his breath. Some theories claim he is in Argentina, others suggest he is now living as a woman, and my personal favourite points out that he could quite possibly be running a Caribbean cocktail bar with Elvis. “Hey bartender, know how to make a Red Eye?”, “Nein.”
The truthI could probably spend quite a bit of time highlighting reasons why Hitler is very much not alive right now. However, time is short (as was the man in question) and I feel that one reason is good enough: Adolph Hitler was born in 1889, that means, if he were alive today, HE WOULD BE ONE HUNDRED AND TEWENTY-ONE YEARS OLD! If that’s not enough to convince you, it may be worth mentioning that he shot himself in the head whilst chewing on a cyanide capsule, an action which according to most doctors would end in death, or at the very least a severe headache and poorly tummy.
This seemingly irrefutable proof does not stop ‘I’ve seen Hitler’ photographs from emerging every so often however.
Similar rumours have been circulated regarding Elvis, Tupac Shakur, M.J. and pretty much anyone else that ever died. As far as I am aware, there has been no change regarding their state of deadness. Yes, deadness.
THE 2012 END OF THE WORLD THEORYRemember when people thought the world was going to end in 1998? And then again in the year 2000? Well, it’s pretty much that, again.
Tireless research has led me to believe that this has something to do with a calendar created by the ancient Mayans which runs out in the year 2012. You can probably find more in-depth info on this somewhere else, but it would more than likely be a waste of your time, so don’t. Apparently this whatever-it-is is going to cause numerous natural disasters ranging from volcanoes and earthquakes to another Jason Mraz album, resulting in us all dying a terrifying and painful death. Thanks a lot, Mraz, you prick. If anyone survives, I am led to believe that it will be probably be John Cusack.
The truthThere’s so much information on this that I was forced to give up after reading one paragraph. I say forced, I mean through choice I stopped reading and had a quick search for the above Hitler pictures. I do, however, after only reading a little snippet of info, have a counter-theory:
The Mayan’s lived from around 300AD to 900AD. Now, even my maths is good enough to figure out that was exactly… (counts fingers) a really long time ago. Presumably one man, let’s call him Brian, was responsible for constructing this calendar, a job that would no doubt be incredibly dull and have no sway with the ladies whatsoever. Here’s what I think happened:
The scene is a Mayan bar. Our hero, BRIAN, sits at a table drinking a beer, he is joined by KEITH (a typical Mayan name).Keith - Hi Bri’, how’s the calendar coming?Brian – Yeah, good thanks, I’ve got as far as 2012.Keith – Ha…you’re kidding right?Brian – No, 2012. Why?Keith – Dude, it’s 306AD! How long are you going to keep going for?Brain – Well I can’t just stop. What about when it runs out?Keith – Who cares, you’ll be really, really dead. Our life expectancy is, like, 15 years!Brian – Yeah, but Mayan Hitler lived until he was 121.Keith – Oh, Jesus, who I haven’t really heard much about yet. Not this again. Look, the calendar’s retarded, no-one needs it, we’re all going to die young and unhappy next time we anger The Sun God. Just relax.Brian – Shit, you’re right.(BEAT)Want to get really drunk? I don’t have to be at work until someone invents a clock.
THE MOON LANDING WAS A FAKEYou can hardly walk into a bar these days without hearing this one. That is if the bar you drink in happens to be full of morons, who talk a lot, specifically about the moon landing being faked.
Conspiracy theorist seem to have an idea that all that ‘people landing on the moon’ malarkey was just a big fabrication to fool the Russians into thinking they were shit at exploring space during the Cold War. That’s it, hit ‘em where it hurts America, ‘your rockets are shit’ *snigger*.
Other theories probably, but not actually, extend to the moon itself being fake and being created by giants of the cheese trade ‘Cathedral City’, astronauts all being dickheads (that theory is mine) and spaceships being phallic in shape not because it increases aerodynamics, but because world leaders find it highly amusing (also mine).
Apparently all the fuss comes from some photographs where some people think some things just don’t add up, whereas other people, people who know about both photography and the moon, think the first set of people are bona fide idiots.
So was the moon landing filmed on a Hollywood sound stage?
The truthNo. No, it wasn’t. Here are some reasons why.
*Have you seen films from the 50’s? They couldn’t make earth look convincing, why would they try and pull off the moon?
*Surely a better way to show Russia who’s boss would be to bomb the shit out of it. Lot less effort, no?
*Where do people think these astronauts went? Real people, with real eyes, saw a space ship with real astronauts take off. Were they just flown to Palm Springs for a few weeks of gay sex and cocktails, doubtful.
*My Gran watched it on telly.
*Who cares? Looks boring there anyway.
George bush orchestrated September 11thFor those of you just waking from a coma I feel it’s only polite to fill you in on a couple of things. Firstly, America recently had a president who was retarded. Investigations are still going on as to how this was allowed to happen, but recent theories are blaming equal-opportunities employment legislation. Secondly, whilst George Bush was in the White House, some bad men flew some planes into some tall buildings killing lots of innocent people. Up to speed? Good.
Many conspiracy theorists seem to think that Bush himself orchestrated this entire event. There are countless documentaries and articles online that provide endless amounts of ‘evidence’ that El Presidente knew a little more than was let on. Close links with the Bin Laden family and immediate attempts to take over some parts of the world in order to steal oil under the guise of a ‘war on terrorism’ increased suspicion to the point that there were a lot more theorists being ignored than usual.
The truthIt’s not my place to say whether or not the U.S government had any hand in this attack on their own soil. personally, I doubt it, although let’s be fair there were some shady fuckers in that cabinet and I wouldn’t put much past them. What I will say is this, George Bush couldn’t orchestrate a fart without help. Have you seen how close together his eyes are? Have you heard the man speak? No, not our guy. The aptly named Dick Chaney however…
The swine flu vaccination is designed to control the populationSo, swine flu eh, sucks if you have it, irrelevant if you don’t. As with all other people, conspiracy theorists tend to jump on to tabloid bandwagons at will. When the news of a swine flu vaccination hit the headlines it was only (probably) a matter of hours before someone came to the conclusion that the government-issued injections were designed to kill people in order to control our ever-increasing population. But is it true?
The truthI don’t care if this is true or not, but if it is may I suggest that we vaccinate the following:
- Simon Cowell – for crimes against waistlines
- Mika – for crimes against my hearing
- Bill O’Reilly – for crimes against journalism
- Bono – for crimes against sunglasses
- The Program Commissioner for BBC3 – for crimes against television
- Jeremy Kyle – for crimes against chavs
- Paul Walker – for crimes against acting
- John McCririck – for everything