Dumb Conspiracy Theories With Awful Real-World Consequences

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Conspiracy theorists like to see themselves as noble truth-seekers, starring in their own investigative reality shows. The thing is, what can seem like harmless speculation can cause a huge, horrifying backlash that ruins people's lives.

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Chris Bovey posted a video with evidence of chemtrails, toxic chemicals sprayed from planes, then explained it was meant to poke fun at believing in

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THE KNOW-NOTHING MOVEMENT believed the 19th-century wave of Catholic immigrants was a PLOT BY THE POPE to take over the United States and destroy the

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Days after Leonard Pozner lost his son, Noah, in the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, theories that the whole incident was staged by actors started emergin

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Claiming the West was deliberately attempting to cause outbreaks of HIV and infertility, many religious and political leaders in Nigeria encouraged a


LOVE ALLINEED IS Earlier this year, an Australian woman whose baby had tragically died was inundated with online comments from nti-vaxxers (those who

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Braden Matejka survived getting shot in the head during the Las Vegas shooting, only to have people bombard his social media accounts with conspiracy

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5 After reporter Alison Parker was murdered on live television along with her cameraman, her boyfriend Chris Hurts has become the target of harassment

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The rise of the nti-vaxxer movement caused the resurgence of various preventable diseases. Reduced vaccination rates in Europe and America paved the w

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Charlie Veitch was a 9/11 Truther who changed his mind. After he expressed his doubt that the 9/11 incident was an inside job, he was swarmed with dea

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At least two people have been arrested on separate occasions for plotting or threatening to kill Barack @bama... ...because they thought he was the An

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Brennan Gilmore captured the shocking footage of a white supremacist plowing his car through protesters in Charlottesville. Virginia: and within hours


Dumb Conspiracy Theories With Awful Real-World Consequences

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An environmentalist group claimed that it was not Zika virus that caused microcephaly; it was a pesticide known as pyriproxyfen. Farmers in Pernambuco

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Michael Mann, a climate scientist, was just doing his job when he began receiving death threats from people who didn't believe that climate change was

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The idea promulgated by the Alt-Right--thal the Obama administration was pro-Islamist and secretly conspiring with both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherho

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Dumb Conspiracy Theories With Awful Real-World Consequences