With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on the horizon, we’re taking a brief look at several lunar conspiracies that have taken a place in history, and never quite left. Do they have any truth to them? Are they completely crazy? Can we ever know for sure? Put on your thinking cap - or your tin foil hat - and apply your critical thinking skills as you check out these 5 enduring conspiracies about the Moon.
If you’ve been on Facebook at all this week (and who hasn’t) you’ve probably encountered a barrage of photos of your friends and family looking like they’ve aged 50 years (and really, really badly). You haven’t fallen into a time slip - it’s actually the latest social media fad brought to you by the artificially intelligent photo editor app known as FaceApp. For many, the app offers some funny opportunities to try on different face-altering filters and share the shocking results online. For others, the app is a controversial tool to steal privacy and data mine.
You may heard the term “Reptilian” in paranormal, cryptid, and alien conspiracy circles, but what are they, exactly? The Reptilian concept was brought to popularity by David Icke in his 1999 book The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the World. In the book, Icke posits that society could be controlled by humanoid reptiles, generating the term Reptilians. While it may sound like a really strange and even unbelievable theory (but isn’t that the nature of conspiracy theories?), there are many who hold it as truth, with approximately 12 million Americans believing there is a conspiracy against humans perpetrated by the Reptilians.
The devastating Mandalay Bay Massacre happened well over a year ago, but the investigations and the questions left in its wake still continue. One such ongoing investigation returned a verdict only recently, in January 2019, when three independent mock juries ruled that the MGM Resorts International-owned Mandalay Bay Hotel was negligent in the mass shooting, for failing to prevent the catastrophe. The mock jury rulings came after MGM Resorts International took unprecedented action in July 2018, and sued over 1,000 victims of the Las Vegas massacre, in an effort to avoid liability.
In August 1952, the village of Lynmouth in Devon, Britain was struck by one of the worst floods the country has ever seen. Thirty-five people lost their lives when 90 million tons of water and thousands of tons of rocks battered the town. At the time, the disaster was classified as "the hand of God," and locals were left to clean up the very messy aftermath.