The internet is four things: Cat videos, porn videos, cat porn videos, and conspiracy theories. This is the thread about all of the above
just the last one. Just the last one.
There are billions of conspiracy theories. Just a few of them:
Every pilot, astronaut, ship captain and basically all of science for the last two thousand years has been an elaborate hoax to sell expensive spherical paperweights, because when you think, "Mega rich assholes who rule the world," you think Globe Salesmen!
A couple years ago Flat Earth was kind of fun, full of trolls and bored grad students coming up with complex but workable physical models to fool the true believers, who were all probably trolls. At some point, Flat Earth became the new Yong Earth Creationism, and now all the fun is gone, replaced by willful ignorance and moral repugnance
Bush knew about 9/11 and did nothing. Bush DID 9/11. Jews did 9/11. 9/11 was a botched demolition job and the attack was a coverup. 9/11 was an elaborate display of CGI, holographic planes, and orbital directed energy weapons.
Spoiler alert: Those are all things people claim, I made none of them up. 9/11 is the mother of many modern conspiracy theories, with aspects of it splitting off into many others.
All mass shootings, bombings, terrorist attacks, and military action using banned weapons is a hoax. Crisis Actors portray the victims and nobody actually dies. This is always immediately followed by the government taking all your guns.
Marked by harassment of victims and trespassing on scenes, Alex Jones has managed to make this the most mainstream on this list, advocated by Donald Trump Jr and actual elected officials in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
Airplanes spray stuff from the sky for reasons.
What they're spraying and why changes almost every day, but believers in this one REALLY believe it, and have attacked pilots and TV meteorologists, and are behind many laser attacks on planes taking off or landing. Often closely associated with the older Morgellons Disease theory, in which sufferers believe fibers or crystals are growing out of their bodies (generally just bits of stuff from their surroundings getting stuck).
Everybody is born megarich, you just need to figure out how to access it. Also, laws only apply if you consent to them. And if you accidentally consent, you just need to separate your legal name from your physical self and escape all consequences.
SovCit theory works like a procedural magic system. They mash words and numbers together in hopes of finding the correct combination to unlock the secret of eternal life and inexhaustible wealth.
This guy almost seems quaint now.
Basically the same thing.
Q Anon/The Storm
All of the above and also Donald Trump is the smartest man in the universe and his entire trainwreck of an existence is an elaborate ruse to camouflage his campaign to take down the global Satanic conspiracy to molest children and extract their adrenochrome. Really.
Basically this whole theory is like watching a Voyager Q episode that isn't Death Wish while attempting autoerotic asphyxiation with a paper bag.
Time is a six-sided cube in four rotations, and if you don't believe this you are retarded and also homosexual and you personally nailed Jesus to the cross. Really.
The Internet Original, an incomprehensible -ism onion which somehow racked up a body count.
By Decree of Bogart of The Secret Brotherhood Of Wisdom And Also Chemtrails And Fixing Sports Matches And Cancelling Beloved TV Shows After Showing Episodes Out Of Order
This thread is FOR: A fun look at this particular brand of internet wackiness.
What this thread is NOT FOR: Advocating your personal theory about how Swingline is a front to smuggle Jewish gold out of the Vatican.
There's plenty of places on the internet to help decide if something is true or crazy. A few of my personal favorites:
The original urban legend website, expanded into the ever widening world of people being wrong on the Internet. Subject of a weird ownership dispute which does not seem to have greatly impacted its track record.
International Skeptics Forum
A merger of a couple other forums including the James Ramsey Educational Foundation, source of many of the derogatory terms applied to conspiracy theorists and their activities such as "JAQing off." Conspiracy theorists who appear here can expect to be treated with the calm, measured, reasonable, respectful reception of Hillary Clinton on the Donald Trump subreddit.
A somewhat harshly moderated website with a more narrow focus than ISF/JREF. Metabunk explicitly addresses purported evidence, not overarching theories, with the thought being that if you kick all the legs out from under a table it ceases to be a table. Metabunk tolerates conspiracy theorists to come and argue their case and often even holds them to a lower standard than regular members to avoid claims that they silence dissent, even including two subforums where the rules are relaxed specifically to avoid outright deleting rambling gish gallops and JAQing Off sessions. Ironically, Metabunk, its non-forum sister sites Contrail Science and Morgellons Watch, and those sites' owner, former video game developer Mick West, are all major boogeymen in numerous conspiracy theory circles, while ISF/JREF are not.
Wiki for conspiracy theories and debunking, not really a place for original research but a far better place to get details of exactly what a theory claims and how it's wrong than sifting through a playlist of two hour Youtube videos consisting of nothing but memes set to music.