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.
The USS Cyclops
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.
- The ship was reported to have disappeared in the Bermuda triangle, and as a result the mysterious Triangle has claimed yet another victim
- 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.
The Ancient city of Atlantis
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)
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...