People Share 55 Conspiracy Theories That They Actually Believe In

It seems like there’s a conspiracy for every aspect, event, and occasion in our life. Think of the theory that there is some kind of a connection between 5G internet and the coronavirus pandemic, which has been continually debunked by our experts. In fact, raising these rumors is considered inappropriate, and those who do can even get into trouble for spreading fake news.

But leaving the pandemic conspiracy aside, there are numerous other conspiracies that people genuinely believe in: Area 51, Bigfoot sightings, chemtrails, New World Order, Freemasonry, Illuminati, Sandy Hook, “stolen election,” the list goes on. And while most skeptics cringe at such improbable scenarios, some actually scratch their heads and wonder… “what if?”

So when someone asked “What is a conspiracy theory you actually believe in?” on r/AskReddit, people, skeptics included, shared some very interesting answers. Let’s see what they had to say below and be sure to share your thoughts on conspiracies in the comment section!


That my phone listens to conversations. Far too many situations where I’d talk about something random and see adverts about it on FB and Instagram without me ever searching for it

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Apps track your location, even if you have the permission turned off.

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The “Fine Art” market is a scam used/run by the ultra wealthy to hide and preserve their wealth.

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There are people out there hired by companies to make dozens of fake accounts that retweet, reblog, etc and act like real people just to advertise products.

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Women's clothing doesn't have adequate pockets because the purse and handbag industry wants to ensure women continue to buy bags to carry their things.

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The media is the biggest stirrer of fear and anger and use it in order to stay relevant to keep the funds rolling in

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Everyone’s going heavy with theirs but I have one that’s less serious.

Baby wipe containers are purposely made so that you always pull 2-3 wipes out at a time and therefore need to buy more often. It’s definitely something I can see Big Wipe engaging in to get just a few more containers out of us each year!

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Products are not made to last

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That the government creates or at least promotes crazy conspiracy theories to make the true ones seem crazy by association.

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Aliens 1000% exist, maybe not UFOs and all that but there’s no way in hell we’re the only life in this gigantic galaxy

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The cardboard rolls that toilet paper are on have gotten wider in diameter over the years. This is one way to make the rolls look bigger. Because you know 6 mega rolls equals 32 normal sized rolls...

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The US doesn't provide free college because military numbers would plummet

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That questions like this are market research, and this question in particular is likely to be used for some pretty nefarious purposes.

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Apple made the original AirPod memes and jokes to boost the sales on them after their sales sucked the first year.

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Bic doesn't fill their lighters with as much fluid as they used to.

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That Charles Lindbergh was responsible for his son’s death.

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Well I don't actually believe the government is putting stuff in our water that's turning the frogs gay

I do however believe the large amount of urine containing birth control waste getting out into the sewage is becoming an ecological problem

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China is using tiktok to develop a database to experiment and perfect deep fake technology and techniques.

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That someone from the inside knew that the Boeing 737-max was absolutely trash and shorted the stock

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Trump ran as a stunt. He was never supposed to win and didn't even want to.

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That Facebook’s outage the day before the whistleblower went in front of the Senate was no accident.

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This might not be a groundbreaking hot take, but i think that applying for disability status/benefits is intentionally made to be a convoluted mess of bureaucratic jargon and endless hoops to jump through SOLELY so that disabled people don’t take advantage of them, either because they give up trying to navigate an intentionally confusing system, or because they make a mistake along the way, and the process gets f***ed up. I’m really lucky I had my mom helping me with a lot of the paperwork because otherwise I would never be able to get the supports I need in post secondary. It’s like someone purposefully designed the process to be as unobtainable, messy, and overwhelmingly complex for a disabled person as they possibly could.

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For the record, serious answer. But, there’s this soup place at our local mall that’s been there for three years now. I’ve never seen anyone order anything from there, and I rarely see anyone at the register. When our mall was closed due to COVID lockdown/quarantine, several locally owned stores shut down, and a few places in the food court. Last time I was there was for my birthday in August, and the soup place is still there.

My mom and I have an array of theories about what it could be, ranging from money laundering to a front for drugs, but I cannot believe that place is legitimate.

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Disney called the movie "Frozen" in an attempt to dilute search results about Walt's head.

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The world stock market is rigged, and most trading happens behind the scenes

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That the government collaborated with tech companies to promote taking "selfies" to advance facial recognition software.

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The Royal Family had Princess Diana killed for a multitude of reasons: pregnant w/Dodi’s child; going to blow the whistle on Andrew being a pedo; spilled other secrets.

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Marilyn Monroe did not die from an “accidental” overdose.


That video game companies got a taste of the kind of money that gambling brings in and changed an entire industry to emulate the casino structure but for children.

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That the international establishment are not cracking down on the slave trade because too many of them benefit from slaves, wage slaves, debt slaves, indentured servants, passport hostage victims, magdalene laundresses, unpaid internships, etc. themselves.


That the DOT bought way too many traffic cones but had nowhere to store them so they just move them from road to road.

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Tom Cruise wants out of Scientology, but they have way too much on him and he's in too deep. That's why he does his own insane stunts and tries to outdo himself every MI movie; he doesn't care if he dies, it's his only way out.

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This is serious, but I do actually believe we live in a world where there are multiple universes. What I mean by this is even if there is a 0% chance, in another parallel universe, that 0% is 100%. I believe there are many different parallel universes, and what choice we make in this one affects them. i know it sounds stupid but it's what I believe


Chap stick actually causes your lips to feel more chapped after their affect wears off, causing you to use it more often and buy more chapstick

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Republicans/Democrats aren’t as hostile as we’re lead onto believe and actually agree a lot but are using our differences in beliefs to control us.


All countries have Ninjas. We only know about Japanese Ninjas bc they're the worst.


The conspiracy that created the term "conspiracy theory". Think back to the 30s, 40s, 50s. There were stories of the black cars showing up and making people that start finding out too much "disappear". Enter the 60s and 70s. Mass media starts growing at a massive rate. A rate at which the government realizes that they cannot ever fully control. Their genius solution is to open the floodgates of crazy. Push a bunch of conspiracy theories into the populace that makes real conspiracy reports be ignored as just "tinfoil hat crazy". Label ALL reports as conspiracy theory. This over time creates a societal misunderstanding in the form of the term "conspiracy theory" becoming equated with "crazy". An example of this is I believe that there really aren't many people that truly believe the earth is flat. There are just some entities planted that push it as a "theory". This then becomes one of the main examples of "all conspiracy theorists are not to be taken seriously".

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Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when he was still in office and his advisers told him to write a letter to the American people to be released later after it got too bad to hide. When his condition went public in 1994, they released the letter and it was almost perfect handwriting, spelling, and grammar. Six months later he couldn't carry on a conversation. I'm convinced he didn't progress that fast in 1994 and that the entire thing was constructed over the years to look like he was mentally competent while he was president.

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Home DNA tests are backed by insurance companies to build a database so they can exploit gene-related issues in the future.


Certain ultra wealthy rich have slowly politicised the news over the past decades in the way of brainwashing the population into believing their agenda. Along with possibly having multiple news channels eg left or right leaning channels to attract more viewers so if they don’t like one they may go into the other one which they agree more with. Additionally increasing the entertainment part of the news and decreasing the ‘news’ and educational parts of the news.


Dollar slice pizza places.

This may not make sense to people who don't live in New York City. We have these great places that sell a plain slice of pizza (cheese only) for $1.00.

I can't believe they make rent and payroll on volume with $1.00/slice and the going rent rates. This has to be some sort of money laundering scam, but one where no one cares because you get a slice of pizza for a dollar.

Might not be the best pizza, but damn, a dollar slice. I'll always stop in if I'm passing one on the street. This just can't be economically feasible and something else is going on.

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Honestly, I find the idea gold isn't at fort Knox anymore believable. In the same vein, I doubt they keep anything important at area 51 anymore. I bet they keep the sites up so we don't look anywhere else.

Why or how? I don't care enough to think that deep. This is just something I heard that makes sense to me.


The government deliberately works on keeping the populace uneducated. From school funding being tied to local property taxes, to allowing militant religious parties to "politicize" and censor science based education. It's easier to manipulate an uneducated society by pitting it against itself across socio-economic and political lines. In the mean time the civil servants meant to b representing us do favors for the wealthy in return for funding and insider trading privileges.


West Nile virus came to the US east coast from Plum Island. This island officially has an animal disease reasearch lab. Unofficially it's suspected as being a bioweapons research facility. Anthrax being the most know suspect. However several diseases have suddenly appeared over the years in the area with no history. West Nile and dutch duck disease being two big ones. There is a book " lab 257" that goes into greater detail.


There's a direct correlation between the decline of Spirograph and the rise in gang activity.


“Deflate Gate” was a distraction from brain damage and domestic abuse scandals in the NFL. And I say this as someone who hates Tom Brady. It should have just been a small fine and forgotten quickly. But this is the type of scandal the NFL can tolerate whereas brain injuries and domestic abuse can hurt the league’s reputation. And it worked! Distraction and new cycle dominated by this for an entire off-season rather than more serious issues.


I honestly believe there are aliens that live deep in the ocean but they’ve been here longer than us.


The secret service is also the group in charge of keeping all retired / passed government officials quiet. It’s crazy to think that all of these powerful people don’t spill their knowledge at some point before they die. Once they get a certain clearance then a detailed profile is built of who their family and friends are and somehow passed to them as a “keep your mouth shut or things will happen to these people”. Whenever a popular congressman voluntarily retires in the middle of their term I think that they keep learning that they wished they hadn’t and that it’s time to just get out.


OJ Simpson is Khloe Kardashian’s father

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The Tianjin explosion was a result of China either working on or moving dangerous materials, and while explosion was non-nuclear, materials were radioactive. Radioactive slag was found nearby afterwards as well as the epicenter of the explosion doesn't match the official reports. Later deleted satellite photos showed the explosion was either on the street or below in the sewers/access tunnels, not within the nearby factory like China suggests.

Not a huge conspiracy, just china trying to keep it's nuclear energy/weapons information hush hush after a mishap.


"New Coke" was just a distraction so we didn't notice the change to high fructose corn syrup. It was never supposed to work.


That Rogue and non rogue members in the FBI, CIA, and mafia conspired to kill, and killed JFK, RFK, MLK, and Malcom X.

We have documented proof the government worked with the mob on a couple different occasions. I think the proof is there to connect all the dots.

Just my opinion.


I'm pretty convinced acne washes/cleansers contain materials that cause the acne to flare up when you stop using them, so you keep buying it.

Realistically, maybe it's just your skin adjusting to producing its own oils again and it'll even out after a bit, but who knows?


Osama bin Ladin wasn’t killed the way they said he was, and they kept him alive for interrogation.

Doubt he’s alive today but there’s no way they’d just Chuck the most wanted man in the world over the side of a boat. Bet they interrogated him then killed him, or jailed him who knows.


The bad Sonic movie trailer was only made to gain coverage. Don’t you think it’s strange that they fixed the animation so quickly? I think the “new” design is actually the original.