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Twelve crazy conspiracy theories that turned out to be true

There are so many conspiracy theories in the world, and basically they are all false. But sometimes it happens that the truth is behind incredible guesses. 12 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true, said the publication Reader's Digest.

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1. The Horror of Project Sunshine

After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the US government began a major study to measure the impact of nuclear fallout on the human body.

  • Conspiracy: the government stole corpses for radioactive testing.
  • Righteousness: the government stole parts of the corpses. Because they needed young tissue, they hired a worldwide network of agents to locate recently deceased babies and children, and then take samples and even limbs - each taken without notice or permission from more than 1500 grieving families.

The world only realized a terrifying scientific history half a century later. But there are still many unexplained mysteries.

2. Poisoned alcohol

  • Conspiracy: during Prohibition, the government poisoned alcohol to keep people from drinking.
  • Righteousness: industrial alcohol manufacturers mixed their product with hazardous chemicals for years before Prohibition.

But between 1926 and 1933, the federal government pushed manufacturers to use stronger poisons.

This did not stop the bootleggers or their clients, and by the end of Prohibition, more than 10 Americans had been killed by tainted booze.

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Most of the illegal booze was sold in the infamous Speakeasies nightclubs, which are named after the practice of quietly talking about such a place in public or inside, so as not to alert the police and neighbors.

3. First lady who ruled the United States

  • Conspiracy: a stroke rendered US President Woodrow Wilson incapable of running the country, and his wife surreptitiously took over.
  • Righteousness: Wilson did suffer a debilitating blow towards the end of his term, but the government felt it was in the country's interest to remain calm.

The stroke was unaware of the public for several months, during which time his wife Edith Wilson made most of the management decisions.

Although Mrs. Wilson claimed that she only acted as a "steward", historians who analyzed Wilson's tenure in power confirm that Mrs. Wilson was actually president for over a year.

4. State control over mind

  • Conspiracy: The CIA tested LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs on Americans in a top-secret behavior modification experiment.
  • Righteousness: the program was known as MK-ULTRA and it was real.

The CIA began using volunteers - writer Ken Kesey was one of the prominent actors.

But program managers soon began to dose people without their knowledge; MK-ULTRA has left many victims permanently mentally incapacitated.

Currently, another drug that alters food and perception, and is of great public concern due to its harmful effects, is meth.

5. The Dalai Lama's impressive salary

  • Conspiracy: The Dalai Lama is a CIA agent.
  • Righteousness: Perhaps the reason the Dalai Lama smiles in all the photographs has to do with the six-figure salary he received from the US government in the 1960s.

According to declassified intelligence documents, he raised $ 180 in CIA funding for the Tibetan resistance.

The idea was to undermine and thwart China's infrastructure.

The Dalai Lama is believed to have the power to choose the body he reincarnates into, which means that the current Dalai Lama is the latter's reincarnation. Today, millions of people - representatives of all religions - believe in reincarnation.

6. John Lennon was under government surveillance

  • Conspiracy: The FBI spied on John Lennon.
  • Righteousness: they certainly followed him. Like many counterculture heroes, Lennon was considered a threat: anti-war songs such as "Give the World a Chance" did not particularly endear the Nixon administration to John Lennon.

In 1971, the FBI put Lennon under surveillance, and a year later the Immigration and Naturalization Service tried to deport him.

In 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met at a party in Woolton.

7. The government is spying on you

  • Conspiracy: with the advancement of technology, the government is using its enormous resources to track citizens.
  • Righteousness: In 2016, government agencies sent 49 requests to Facebook, 868 to Google, and 27 to Apple, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a major nonprofit advocating for civil liberties in the digital world.

8. Fake battle, real war

  • Conspiracy: the Gulf of Tonkin incident on August 2, 1964, was rigged to provoke American support for the Vietnam War.
  • Righteousness: by the time the news reached American ears, the facts surrounding the North Vietnamese attack on the USS Maddox were already fuzzy.

Declassified intelligence documents have since shown that Maddox supported South Vietnamese attacks on a neighboring island and that the North Vietnamese responded in kind.

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9. Big Tobacco knew cigarettes caused cancer

  • Conspiracy: For decades, tobacco companies have hidden evidence that smoking is deadly.
  • Righteousness: In the early 1950s, studies showed an undeniable statistical link between smoking and lung cancer, but it was not until the late 1990s that Philip Morris recognized that smoking can cause cancer.

The benefits of quitting smoking are enormous: the food tastes better, the mouth is fresher, and, most importantly, the risk of tobacco-related diseases is significantly reduced.

10. There is evidence of aliens in the American Southwest

  • Conspiracy: ET is buried in the New Mexico desert.
  • Righteousness: indeed, Atari ET's video game, Extra-Terrestrial, failed so badly that the company buried unsold discs in a desert dump. But there are no real aliens there yet.

11. Canada tried to develop "Heydar"

  • Conspiracy: The Canadian government was so paranoid about homosexuality that it developed the gaydar radar for gay people.
  • Righteousness: in the 1960s, the government did hire a university professor to develop a way to detect homosexuality in federal employees.

He devised a device that measured pupil dilation in response to same-sex erotic images; the Canadian government has used it to exclude or dismiss more than 400 people from public service and the military.

12. Illuminati and the US government

  • Conspiracy: the secret society that rules the world - the Illuminati - and the US National Security Agency (NSA) are in cahoots.
  • Righteousness: the link does exist.

Of course, this "link" is actually a hyperlink (that is, an electronic link between two Internet sites).

If you type the word Illuminati (Itanimulli) in reverse order (itanimulli) in your web browser, you will be taken to the NSA website.

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