Want proof that you can fool all of the people some of the time? Read these Craziest conspiracy theories that Americans fell for in the last year.
1. Meghan Markle is a robot?
This theory took off in June after a video showed Meghan Markle in the audience of Britain’s Got Talent clapping alongside Prince Harry, but not moving her face, eyes, or lips. It turns out the clip was actually just a stunt promoting the “Live Figures” exhibit at Madame Tussauds in London. Someone was wearing a mask of Meghan Markle.
2. The U.S. government actually caused the “romaine crisis”?
The deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in late 2018 was devastating, but no one yet knows what caused it. What we do know is that it wasn’t caused by our government, or, in particular, a decision by President Donald Trump to reverse existing rules on agricultural water inspection. First, the rules weren’t overturned; second, such rules would not have covered all the romaine involved in the outbreak, according to fact-checking website Snopes.
3. Christine Blasey Ford was played by an actress?
In another variation on the “imposter” theory, many decided that Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had assaulted her as a teen, was played by an actress and paid by Coca-Cola for the purpose of product placement (Dr. Ford sipped Cokes during her testimony).
4. Brett Kavanaugh has an evil twin?
In yet another imposter theory, some believe that Justice Kavanaugh wasn’t at the party where the alleged incident took place, but had been subbed out and replaced by an evil doppelgänger. Another version of this theory is that Kavanaugh was a victim of mistaken identity and that whomever Dr. Ford believed had assaulted her was actually someone else.
5. The “migrant caravan” was a stunt?
After thousands of Central Americans headed in the direction of the U.S. in search of asylum, rumors began circulating about how the Central Americans happened to come together in what’s been called the “migrant caravan.” One rumor has it that 88-year old liberal billionaire George Soros funded the migrant caravan in an attempt to call attention to immigration issues. Another rumor is that the caravan was organized by a violent criminal.
6. It’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno?
In October, a tweet was responsible for convincing many that the pizza chain Little Caesars is actually serving pizza straight from the supermarket freezer section, and specifically, DiGiorno brand pizza. According to the New York Post, it all started when a Kmart employee was photographed at a Little Caesars inside a New York Kmart with a shopping cart full of DiGiorno pizzas. People presumed she was delivering the pizzas to Little Caesars.
7. Our water supply is poisoned with a neurotoxin?
This conspiracy theory is born out of the fact that a significant portion of U.S. drinking water is fluoridated, which helps keep our teeth strong and white. The practice of fluoridating water has always been a point of contention, however, and it’s surfaced again: Conspiracy theorists claim a legitimate scientific study found fluoride to be a “neurotoxin.”
8. Meghan Markle is part of an English plot to reabsorb the US?
Would the United Kingdom even want the United States back? Well, a viral tweet convinced a lot of people that not only is it true, but that the marriage of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry is a political gambit to allow the U.S. to become part of the U.K. once again. Nope: These two kids are in love.
9. Nigeria’s president is actually a clone?
Yes, 75-year-old Muhammadu Buhari was ill for much of the last year, and he spent a significant amount of time dealing with his illness. However, he has not been replaced by a “clone,” as conspiracy theorists would have us believe. There’s no solid evidence that Buhari has died or been cloned. And he hasn’t been replaced by a lookalike imposter.
10. Wait, Earth is flat?
“The Earth is a sphere, a fact that dates to ancient Greece,” confirms Live Science, yet there are those who have been debating this since time immemorial, and never so vehemently as in 2018, which was the year the first annual Flat Earth Convention was held in the United Kingdom.