Famous Conspiracy Theories, which actually have entirely logical explanations!

Ever since their creation the world has been captivated by conspiracy theories. The mystery seems to attract so many people into believing what are effectively stories told by other people, and just like with horror films and ghost stories, we lap it up. Why? Probably because, as people, we hate to believe the truth is just a simple application of common sense.

Well, unfortunately for everyone who loves to believe, after some research I've found a few conspiracy theories everyone loves to believe in - that have perfectly logical explanations.

Have you checked behind the sofa?
Have you checked behind the sofa? | Source

The USS Cyclops

The conspiracy
In March 1918 the US Naval ship USS Cyclops departed from Baltimore, Maryland, and after being spotted by another ship not too far from Virginia, was never seen ever again. There have been two prevalent conspiracies that have stemmed from this incident.

  1. The ship was reported to have disappeared in the Bermuda triangle, and as a result the mysterious Triangle has claimed yet another victim
  2. The ship's German Captain, George Worley, who was often accused of being pro-Nazi and along with another known German man, the US Consulate General of Rio, Gottschal gave her to the Nazi's for their own use.

What really got everyone going however was one little detail. The ship never gave an SOS signal. Not one, which is extremely unusual for a ship that is Sinking, whatever the cause.

The probable reality
No-one can say for sure the exact fate of the ship, which is why conspiratorial-ists got an erection the moment they heard the ship had "mysteriously" disappeared. Really though the reality is much more mundane.
After WWI had ended German files were found and checked, and not a single one even mentioned anything about the USS Cyclops. The German's on board? A pure coincidence, which completely rules out theory number 2. This also rules out any possibility of a Nazi-torpedo strike.

As for the Bermuda triangle B/S, well, if you look at the facts about the ship you'll see why she probably went missing. The ship was a.) Overloaded and b.) In a state of disrepair. A large storm could have easily sunk her.
The problem really stems down to the people who created the myths, and the gullible people who care to listen. Using phrases like "The ship was never seen again" is retarded, because if a ship sinks, you're very unlikely to ever see it again!

And the final shred of mystery? The missing SOS call, well that's just another one of those things nobody will ever know. But maybe the captain was drunk or something, or it was aliens.

Seriously, wouldn't this be cool?!
Seriously, wouldn't this be cool?! | Source

The Ancient city of Atlantis

The Conspiracy
For thousands of years people have pondered the fate of the mythical city of Atlantis. First documented by Greek philosophers, it has inspired hundreds of books, a few films, and many Television shows, all devoted to the mystery behind the lost city. In fact it is probably one of the biggest mystery/conspiracy stories of all time.

So what destroyed the mystical city? And where exactly is it? Is there some massive secret down there that's just waiting to be uncovered?! Were they as sophisticated as us? And most importantly, did they have Wi-Fi?! Maybe there's a race of super-mutant mermaids down there?!

The probable reality
Okay, so really here, it's not a case of 'the probable reality', it is simply 'the reality'. The answer to where Atlantis is, what happened, and what secrets it holds has already been uncovered by man.

"What?! When?!" You may cry. Well, an ancient Greek Philosopher named Plato (You may have heard of him) actually admitted he made the whole place up, simply so him and Socrates could have something to talk about. Don't believe me? Well he wrote it down in his works thousands of years ago, and in fact the whole 'Atlantis is real' thing only really came to fruition in modern times, because somehow people may have gotten more gullible recently.

Alright, that's not the only evidence against the lost city either. What we currently know about plate tectonics discredit the whole idea too. Thanks to the marvel of the computer age, if such a place existed then we'd pretty much be able to find it, I mean, seriously, it's not like you can lose a city...(I apologize to everyone who wanted there to be super-mutant mermaids under the Ocean)

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Pictured: Large rocks | Source

Stonehenge

The conspiracy
I don't think this one needs any introduction, since nearly all of us have heard of the legends surrounding Stonehenge. And it's easy to see why people would form conspiracies about this whole idea.

  • The site has been dated back to approximately 2,500BC, the bronze age.
  • Each rock weighs several tonnes each, and back then there weren't exactly any Cranes or Trucks around
  • It's almost a complete perfect circle
  • Many of the stones have ancient markings on them

What really gets people about this site though, is that it is so far from anywhere, it doesn't actually seem to serve any particular purpose. Maybe, once again it's aliens, as one of the theories suggests, or maybe people were seriously smarter 2,500 years ago than we thought?! Maybe they did have cranes, we just haven't found them yet...

The probable reality
So you're probably thinking "Aliens, right. Let's blame everything on the little space critters." Er, no. You see, all evidence now gathered suggests that Stonehenge was made using perfectly logical techniques and would have been reasonably simple to construct.
One man even created his own version, using only old construction methods, and guess what? It worked. He also did this all by himself, thus proving that a.) This guy is hardcore, and b.) It can be done.

What about the fact that it's pretty far from anywhere though? Again, science and archeology come to the rescue! A nearby excavation has actually shown a massive bronze age settlement wasn't too far away, just a stones throw! (Get it?!)
So, in 2,500BC Stonehenge would have been at the center of a pretty crowded community, and it's construction would have been entirely plausible without the use of aliens and/or modern equipment.

Now the biggest mystery is when crack-pot theorists will lay the conspiracies to rest...

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

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someonewhoknows 5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

"Attempt" to give explainations - "Probably" this or that "is" the reason for everything deemed "conspiracy" is too funny to be taken seriously.Nice try though!

It,was funny at least!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

@Jay, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

@Someonewhoknows, At least you found it funny! That was my intended purpose, but thanks for the feedback!


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Mandrake_1975 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

I think conspiracy theories prevail for a number of reasons, but probably two of the biggest reasons for many of the more outlandish ones are: a society that believes science can completely explain all mysteries and a lack of individual knowledge.

Unfortunately, our society has people believing in the insane concept that science can explain every little detail in a satisfactory way. Science can't do this and it isn't made to do such a thing. For one thing, what is a satisfactory answer for one person may not be satisfactory for another, which is where personal knowledge comes in.

Notice how I did not use the term education. The reason I did not is simply that just because one obtains an education it does not mean they were taught correctly, it does not mean their instructor was right, and it does not mean the pupil was satisfied with the answer.

Individual knowledge comes into the equation not only because a person may be ignorant to the facts and believe in a crazy theory, but also because an individual may be ignorant of the facts and believe in what they think are true factual events (such as the August 4th Gulf of Tonkin Incident that led to the Vietnam War), yet are not, and fall prey to the belief that they hold a truth that the so-called "crazy" person (in the case of the Gulf of Tonkin those crazy people would be the NSA) knows is entirely untrue.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Well, that certainly is a very interesting theory Mandrake! You're right in my opinion in the sense that, everyone chooses what they do believe in, the scientific explanation or another. And yes, you're right that often in history, the people perceived to be the raving lunatics are correct in many ways.

However, this was not my intended purpose of this hub, I simply found a few theories that had a few facts people have overlooked over the years, or missed out in the retelling. (USS Cyclops had been overloaded, as mentioned in a report published a few days prior to her disappearance.)

In the end, no-one knows the actual truth behind any conspiracy theory, but everyone needs to find their own logical explanations, these are my own!

Thanks for commenting!


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lobonorth 5 years ago

Awesome and useful Ryan-Palmsy. We live in a culture that enjoys its conspiracy theories - as a species we obviously enjoy a good story rather than a banal explanation.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

I was always interested in unsolved mysteries, My favorate one being the Bermuda Triangle. I read many books amd articles about it, then I read a book entitled, The Bermuda Trangle Solved. I highly recommend it. The author examined the evidence from 30 popular diasapperances and exposed the fact there were reasonable, logical Raisonable explanations for all of them. In fact the lost of the military jets, The military knows exactly what happened.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

I find that a lot of the time with conspiracy theories, the weirdest details are often not in the original reports - they're added in the retelling. I think in many ways this makes people more likely to believe it's something abnormal!


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

Strangely enough I watched a drama documentary today that explained the mystery of Atlantis.

'Featuring spectacular visual effects, this factually-based drama tells the gripping story of the greatest natural disaster to shake the ancient world, a disaster that triggered the downfall of a civilisation and spawned a legend.

Around 1620 BC, a gigantic volcano in the Aegean Sea stirred from its nineteen-thousand year slumber. The eruption tore the island of Thera apart, producing massive tsunamis that flooded the nearby island of Crete, the centre of Europe's first great civilisation - the Minoans.

This apocalyptic event, many experts now believe, led to the eventual downfall of the Minoans, and provided the inspiration for Plato when he later wrote about the people of a mighty island, Atlantis, which sank beneath the waves and was lost forever, 'in a single day and a night of misfortune'.

Based on the work of leading scientists, archaeologists and historians, this film immerses viewers in the exotic world of the Minoans.'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0113f70/Atla...

Nevertheless it's yet another fascinating hub!


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

You're right about there being a logical explanation!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

It's an interesting story, Atlantis. However, it is unfortunately, still a story. It's only really been the past few hundred years people have taken it seriously too, which is quite odd really. I didn't know about why Plato wrote about it though, but I do now!

We learn something new every day :)

Thanks for commenting


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

Perhaps there isn't any smoke without fire and most myths and stories had some kinds of historical beginnings? And now Science is getting better at analysing evidence from the past.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

That's one possibility! In a lot of recent theories however, the 'creepy' facts in the story aren't in the original reports. Usually they're added at a later date through the retelling.

Some though probably have a historical beginning at first, which snowballs until the final story is very much different from the original!


carter james 5 years ago

i think everything in this world has a perfectly logical explanation.i think anyone that would fall to rediculous stories has yet to discover the obvious effects of society an its tendencies to overwhelme truth with bull shit.some might have u believe that the history of man kind has anything to do with e.t wen in fact we possess key elements that either make or destroy us.if there was a chance u could prove gods existance would u? i wouldn't because it would change everyone around u not even for the best.it would tear a hole between folk tales an fact an these r something we need to keep us sane! carter james bitch get at me!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Most things do! Apart from where are my keys etc!

Many people don't want to find out, sometimes having something to believe in is more important than doubting everything's existence, but only sometimes!


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

Someone in a poetry website had on their page: 'Myths are the blankets of fire that we wrap around ourselves on the dark, cold nights.'

I rather like that!


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Stump Parrish 5 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

I enjoyed that quote as well asian, I could just be this...the human race is regressing back in time. We are reacting with the herd mentality of our animal ancestors. One tail goes up and the whole damned herd is of and running. No one knows why they're running, they just know in their heart, they gotta keep running.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

That is one way at looking at it! Although you have to ask, are we regressing or are we just programmed to do that even though we have evolved?


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Stump Parrish 5 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

I often wonder if those who dis-believe evolution are some how exempt from the process. I can still find rather large groups of fanatical religious people that have managed to forsake logical thought. Everything they need for this life comes from one book few of them have ever read thru. And even fewer actually know what they read.

Take the conspiracy theory going around about homosexuals. Homosexuals are attempting to take over sciencetific fact. They are spreading the theory that they have been born this way and the whole herd knows, based on the fact that they have never knowingly met a homosexual, they know more about them critters than they know about themselves. Gay parade spotted, tails are up, gotta run.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Haha! This is true! I'm not one for criticizing everyone based on what they believe, in reality they can think what they like, however one thing I do find annoying is people completely ignoring evidence presented right in front of them! Maybe god is real, and maybe he planted said evidence so only the true believers will go to heaven, but how annoyed would you be if you found after a life without sin, not committing a single one ever, and continuously spending every Sunday in Church, that God, Heaven and an Afterlife wasn't real? Might as well enjoy yourself now!


LarsMac 2 years ago

I am fascinated by the reference to Nazis in the Cyclops conspiracy. Never heard that before.

Given that at the time she went down, the young Mister Hitler was still a Corporal in the German Army, and had not even begun to think of world domination, I somehow doubt that the Nazis can be blamed for her loss.

She was overloaded, and under powered, and ran into a storm. That has sunk more vessels than even the Nazi U-Boats.


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Ryan-Palmsy 2 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

LarsMac - Indeed it has, the ship was doomed from the start - which is a shame. Nazi's weren't to blame this time though, in this case it was simply facts and observations about its state being overlooked.

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