Behind pretty much every single news story or historical event, if there is any type of mystery behind it or something is unanswered, there is more than likely a conspiracy theory out there to try and clear up any uncertainty. Some of these theories are incredibly farfetched and questionable, whereas some sound like they could realistically have happened. I’m going to be breaking down 5 interesting conspiracy theories and giving my verdict on how likely they are to be true/close to the truth.
1. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
On July 17th 2014, a Malaysia Airlines from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport was shot down when flying over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. There are plenty of conspiracies about why this commercial flight was shot down, but the most interesting to me is the one detailing that 7 of the passengers were disease experts. There is belief that the flight was shot down to avoid revealing the truth about HIV.
Although this is an interesting theory, others include the involvement of the Illuminati and even that it was in fact the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing earlier on that year. Due to tensions between Russia and Ukraine, it is more likely that those tensions has something to do with the flight being shot down.
2. Hitler surviving World War Two
One of the most famous conspiracy theories of the 20th Century, the belief that Adolf Hitler did not commit suicide at the end of World War 2, but in fact he escaped Berlin and fled the continent. The vast majority of people would shoot down the possibility of this being true but why isn’t is possible? There was never a body that was 100% identified as the leader of the Nazis and as someone with pretty much endless wealth at the time, why couldn’t he have gotten away?
Considering the ‘Angel of Death’, Josef Mengele lived his final days with his young Brazilian wife living in immense wealth, why couldn’t have Hitler done the same? There is obviously no way we will ever know the answer to this theory, but there is multiple ways that he could’ve escaped. The final season of Hunting Hitler is very interesting with the methods they put forward.
3. Artificial Diseases
This is a very interesting one and the conspiracies surrounding disease and illnesses are pretty much endless. The biggest one by far surrounding HIV, which was allegedly transmitted from monkeys to humans in the 1930s, however, in the 80s the KGB suggest that it is a disease that was created by the CIA. There are multiple theories that point towards the US Government, stating that HIV is a genetically modified organism which was then introduced into the population through Hepatitis B (via the Hepatitis B vaccine) experiments performed on gay and bisexual men between 1978–1981 in major U.S. cities.
Interesting theory considering the amount of money US citizens have to pay for their healthcare…. just a thought!
4. Ronaldo and the 1998 World Cup Final
Ronaldo, arguably one of the most potent strikers the world has ever seen. In 1998, at the age of 21 he was lighting up the World Cup in France, scoring 4 goals in the tournament, including one in the semi-final to put Brazil into the final against the host nation. One hour before the kick off, when the team sheet was released, there was one shocking absence from the starting 11, R9 was nowhere to be seen. Half an hour later, his name was re-added to the starting lineup and the questions started to build as to what on earth was going on. There was talks of an ankle injury, a stomach bug and others, but it was revealed after the game was lost 3-0, that Ronaldo had suffered a convulsive fit in the hours before the game. The team doctor said that he will not play, and you see why as he was a shadow of his usually lethal self.
The conspiracy surrounds Nike, the sponsor of the Brazilian national team who had pumped hundreds of millions into their campaigns, with Ronaldo as the poster boy. Is it possible that Nike intervened and demanded that the young superstar played on the biggest stage of them all, wearing their boots? Sounds possible to me!
5. Australia Doesn’t Exist
This has to be my favourite one of all, simply because it is just quite simply hilarious in every detail. Allegedly, the country of Australia, one of the biggest nations in the world, does not exist. The land of kangaroos, Steve Irwin (RIP) and most of the deadliest snakes and spiders in the world, simply isn’t real. Apparently, all Australian people you know or have heard of are paid actors by other governments to make you believe it is real. If you think you have been there, think again. When flying to ‘Australia’ you are flown to another island mimicking the supposed country.
Of course this is all a bit silly but just the fact that people believe stuff like this is amazing, and don’t get me started on Flat Earthers… they’re an interesting bunch aren’t they! I’m not a scientist by any means, but I think I am confident in saying that Australia is in fact real, and the earth is not flat.
Let me know what conspiracy theories you find interesting and what you think of these in the comments!