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My Top Six Favorite Conspiracy Theories

Ashley Estabrook

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Disclaimer: This piece is not meant to bring harm to any group, company, country or individual. It’s not necessarily representative of my beliefs nor are any of these theories proven factual but I have written this in order to entertain and spark questions in the minds of readers and also to showcase my knowledge of conspiracy theories. Thank you! 

The fact that there are things being hidden from the general public, that there are things we never realized, or things that we are being told that are complete lies is something that greatly fascinates me. I am always questioning what others perceive as sound reality. I enjoy looking into and finding out more about conspiracy theories, and here are my top six favorites…….

1.The Titanic Never Actually Sank…..

This theory goes that there was a ship called The Olympic (which is true) that was very similar to the Titanic. The Olympic was getting old, and the owners of the ship knew this. They knew that it could not make another full voyage. But, they wanted to collect insurance money on the ship. So, they put the logo for the Titanic on the side of The Olympic. This may sound outlandish until you find out that lots of very wealthy people, like J.P. Morgan, had tickets for the Titanic, but they cancelled last minute, and the ship owners were having a hard time finding workers for “the Titanic.” Was it merely a coincidence? I think not. I think that the word got out to the workers and they refused to work on the ship, and that the ship owners told their rich friends of their evil plans.

2. Facebook Listens To What You Are Saying…..

Many people would find that they would bring up a topic in their conversations, and a day or two later, an ad related to the topic would pop up on Facebook. Well, this was happening so often that a couple did an experiment on it. This couple didn’t own a cat or look anything up having to do with cats. So all day, they mentioned cats and cat food in their conversations. Then, one or two days later, adds for cat food popped up on their Facebook feed. And this is not an isolated incident. I was talking to a teacher who told me that he never looked up dresses on his phone, but his wife went and tried on a certain kind of dress, and he says that Facebook takes your information and demographics and tailors specific ads for you. They showed him an ad for that specific dress so that maybe he would buy it for his wife. On one hand, people may view this as a good marketing technique, but on the other hand, it causes you to wonder, when it comes to someone’s privacy, how far is too far.

3. The Media: A Distraction From What’s Really Going On?…..

Do you ever notice that everytime something bad happens in the world or in government, it seems like the media covers something that seems dumb and frivolous instead of something important? Well, it happens a lot. Do you remember when Brittany Spears cut all of her hair off and was acting crazy? Well, do you remember what was also going on at the time? Yes, troubles within the Bush administration. But, Brittany got far more media coverage than Bush. Remember the recent shootings in New York City? Probably not, because the media was far too worried about covering the fainting of Wendy Williams on the Wendy Williams Show. Still don’t believe me? Do you recall when all of America was obsessed (love or hate) with fidget spinners? Why? You’d probably say something along the lines of it being exciting and new. Wrong. Fidget spinners came out around 20 years ago, but just in 2016 they reappeared. Guess what else happened in 2016. That’s right, the Presidential Race. But, Americans were too busy worrying about dumb unimportant things like fidget spinners than about the future of our country.

4. We Are Actually Just A Computer Simulation…..

In the last 40 years alone, technology has progressed at a faster rate than any in known history. We went from simple things like the game pong to incredibly realistic Virtual Reality (VR) games that make you feel like you’re right there, fighting dinosaurs or living another life. Imagine what the technology will have become in 10 years, 50 years, 100 years. The graphics and capabilities of AI (artificial intelligence) will develop at a staggering rate. It is said that soon, Sims characters won’t know that they are fake. So is it really a stretch to think that we too could be AI? This theory is a very popular and controversial one, and has been portrayed in pop culture, including the movie The Matrix. One of the smartest people in the world, Elon Musk, says that he believes that there is a 1 in 1,000,000,000 chance that we are not a computer simulation. One theory is that we are a VR game, created by a future and more advanced civilization of humans. We would just be a video game of a past era, so they could experience how past civilizations lived, much like how we do with the Gold Rush Era, Prehistoric times, the Middle Ages, and World War 2. This would explain why we sometimes feel the sensation of deja vu, because we had already been played over and over and over. This theory would make sense of impulses and “voices in our heads”. And when we died, it would just be Game Over, and the player would take their VR headset off and start a new game. I am not sure how much I believe this theory for various reasons, but the evidence supporting it is intriguing. And, if nothing else, it will definitely make you question reality and keep you up at night.

5. The Mandela Effect…..

This is not as much a theory as it is a scientific principle, but I thought it was interesting and decided to throw it in. Do you remember that kid’s tv show, back when we were younger? The one about that bear family? Do you remember what it was called? Many of you would say, without hesitation, “yeah, the Berenstein Bears.” Nope, wrong. It was actually called the Berenstain bears. So many people remember it with an e, instead of an a (myself included.) But, when you look back at the books and show, it really has an a in it. So why do so many of us remember it differently? This phenomenon is called The Mandela Effect. It is a theory that goes along with the theory of infinite parallel universes. It states that since the amount of parallel universes is infinite, that means that there would be infinite copies of a universe in which the universe would be exactly the same as the one we are in now, with one or two minor changes. And the reason why many people remember something different than what it actually is, is because in the occurrence of an event (not quite surprised what that would be, because it could me so many different things), our universe switched over into another one, meaning, that the thing that we remember was in fact correct in the previous universe, but is not in the present universe. Take a minute, reread it if you need to. It makes sense if you think about it. The name Mandela was in honor of Nelson Mandela, whom many people believed had died, and those people recalled reports of his death, when in fact he was still alive. These are not just two random isolated incidents, they have happened a lot, and these next ones will blow your mind. One of the most famous and quoted lines of all time, “Luke, I am your father,” was never actually said in the Star Wars movies. It has always been “No, I am your father.” (look it up if you don’t believe me) Yet, virtually everybody remembers it the first way. Also, do you remember the catchphrase of Tootsie Pop? “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? The world may never know.” Well, actually it’s “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie roll center of a Tootsie Pop? The world may never know.” That one really messed me up, and there are so many more!

6. The Government Is Using Fluoride To Control Americans…..

The American government puts fluoride in city and town water.It says that putting it in the water helps to decrease the rate of tooth decay. This makes sense until you discover that the rate of tooth decay in Europe, where fluoride is not added, isn’t that far from the rate in America. But, fluoride has been said to cause cancer and lower IQ, which makes people slower, and easier to control.

End Note: If you are interested in learning about more conspiracy theories, there is a plethora of information about them online (while reading though, take everything with a grain of salt, because not all of the ones you find on the internet are even close to being true, due to the fact that anyone could put anything they wanted to on the internet.) And if you want some really intriguing ones with a lot of supporting evidence, I encourage you to go to YouTube and search “Shane Dawson Creepy Video Playlist” and you will find many great videos on conspiracy theories and also on serial killers, unsolved murders, the paranormal, and urban legends. And, if you know any good conspiracy theories that you would like to share with me, send me an email to [email protected] . So long readers, and remember, question everything.

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