Top 5 Conspiracy Theories

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Pramod Mamillapalli , online editor

In the world of conspiracy theories, we find ourselves asking, “Are they true or are they false?” Here are the top 5 conspiracy theories (in my opinion), and whether or not I believe in them.

5. Time Traveling
Ok, so this one may seem a little far fetched, but who knows? There have been many incidents in the past that prove time traveling may exist.
One example is a man holding a phone in an old painting. The painting was created by Umberto Romano, an Italian painter, and dates back to 1937. Some may argue that the telephone was invented back in 1876, so the idea of a phone in the painting doesn’t seem crazy, but there are two things to prove that argument wrong. First, the painting depicts meeting between Native Americans and Englishmen back in the 1600s, back when phones weren’t invented, and although the painting was painted in 1937, the supposed phone depicted in the painting resembles a modern smartphone, which was first invented in 1992, many years after the painting was created. Is this evidence of time travel?
Another example is the astronaut carving on an old Spanish cathedral. Located in Spain, visitors to the cathedral will notice the out-of-place space explorer. The cathedral was built between 1513 and 1733, long before space exploration was possible. How did the architect know what an astronaut was? Is this another sign of time travel? Maybe, but we may never know for sure.

Do I think time travel is possible? Maybe. It definitely seems possible, but there is not much evidence besides what I stated above. From one source I read, a “time traveler” claimed that time travel was actually invented back in 2003, but won’t be open to the public until 2028. So I guess we will have to wait till then to see.

4. Cloning/Look Alikes
This also seems a little far fetched, but like all conspiracy theories, there is proof that it may exist.
We have already discussed this one before, but I’m going to bring it back because it is a popular theory. Is Avril Lavigne dead? Does she have a clone named Melissa Vandella? There are many YouTube videos on this topic, some showing side-to-side comparisons of the two. Some videos claim that Lavigne is alive and well, but she has a clone to help her out with her career. To me, this seems crazy, but the proof is there, so it’s hard not to agree with the theory.
Another incident of supposed cloning happened recently, revolving around the First Lady, Melania Trump. Many people believe that this person is not a clone, but a look-alike. During an appearance on October 13, 2017, President Trump was talking to the press while Melania was quietly standing by his side. After this appearance, many people took to Twitter to explain that woman standing next to the president was not Melania, but a look-alike. I somewhat believe this theory because the two seem to have some noticeable differences when it comes to their facial features – unlike Avril and Melissa, where it is very hard to tell.

Do I think cloning is real? Yes, but I don’t believe that there are any roaming the streets at the moment. On the other hand, I believe that many celebrities do have look-alikes to take their place in photoshoots or whatnot when they are busy with other things or if they are feeling sick.

3. Reptilian People
Now this theory goes along with cloning, except it is a more specific topic. Also known as reptilian shapeshifters, there are many clips on Youtube exposing these creatures.
One example of reptilian people are news reporters. Many YouTube clips show instances where the eyes of a reporter would change into a reptilian-looking eye when they blink. Many people shrug it off as a glitch, but many people find this scary and very real. This hasn’t happened only once, but many times in the past. News reports are the only ones that could be reptilian shapeshifters.
Celebrities are also victims of reptilian people. The same thing occurs where the eyes would change for a split second, then go back to being normal like nothing ever happened. One incident I found scary is Justin Bieber. This event occurred in Sydney, Australia where he was ambushed by screaming fans. But what people didn’t know was that those fans were screaming for another reason. Apparently, a recording taken on one of the fans’ smartphone shows Justin Bieber transforming from a normal human into a lizard-human hybrid in front of everybody. This event was so shocking that it was even covered on 9 News Australia.

Do I think these reptilian shapeshifters exist? It’s hard to say because the idea of a lizard-human hybrid seems only real in the movies, but these Youtube clips show that these creatures could exist in our world. I hope this isn’t true, so for now, I’m just going to say this is not possible.

2. The Illuminati
Now this what we have all been waiting for. Although the Illuminati is well known by a lot of people, most don’t know exactly what it is.
The founder of the Illuminati is Adam Weishaupt. He was born in Germany and was a descendant of Jewish converts to Christianity. At a young age, he believed that religion wasn’t the right system to use to run a modern society, so he decided to find another form of “illumination” that could be used to govern society.
Although there is much more to the story of the Illuminati’s creation, the first meeting of this secret society was held on the night of May 1, 1776 in a forest near Ingolstadt. There were five members, and their rule for future candidates was that they must have a strong reputation in society, have social connections, and be wealthy.
The reason I bring up the backstory of the Illuminati is because in recent times, many people believe that some celebrities are part of the Illuminati since they have strong reputations in society, social connections, and are very wealthy. The reason for these requirements is because most people believe that the Illuminati are trying to take over the world, and to do so, they must have people that are influential to make everyone follow their orders.
Famous celebrities that have been speculated to be in this secret society are Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and so many more. You have a celebrity in mind? They could be part of the Illuminati.

Do I believe in the Illuminati? Yes, I believe they are a very real secret society that still exists today. There is a lot unknown about them, but as time progresses, more will be revealed.

1. The Mandela Effect
Now this one is my favorite conspiracy theories of all time!
The name of this phenomena comes from Nelson Mandela, who was the former president of South Africa. Many people thought that Mandela died in prison back in 1980, but he actually passed away on December 5, 2013, many years after his believed death date. This caused many people to question what is true and what is false. After this incident, many people have come forward and showed proof that there other things people thought was right, but are wrong.
One popular example of this is the children’s book, The Berenstain Bears. Wait, did you have think something was wrong with the spelling? Well actually, the way I spelled it is the correct way and has always been spelled that way, but many people thought that The “Berenstain” Bears was spelled with an “e” as in The “Berenstein” Bears. This confused a lot of people, and some even tried to prove that it was spelled with an “e”, but it seems like it never was.
Another popular Mandela effect theory is the famous Star Wars quote “Luke, I am your father.” Hold up! That’s not right. The actual quote from the movie is “No, I am your father.” Shocking, right? The strange thing about this one is that whenever this quote is being referred to in TV shows or movies, people always say “Luke, I am your father.” So which one is right? If you watch the movie, then you will hear “No, I am your father.” Is this just a misunderstanding, or is it another Mandela Effect theory?
Many people believe that the Mandela Effect has to do with time traveling. The claim is that time travelers from the future went back in to the past and altered something that changed all these little things we are now noticing. Maybe in an alternate universe, The Berenstain Bears is actually The Berenstein Bears.

Do I believe in the Mandela Effect? Of course! The reason for this is because I have experienced this myself, and I’m sure many of you have as well.

There are many more conspiracy theories out there, but these are the 5 most talked about. Remember, these are just theories. They could be fake, or they could be true. We may never know until they are truly proven, but for now, all we can do is wait for that day to come.