#10 IBM Rigged Chess Game with Kasparov
In 1996 and 1997, chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov faced off against IBM’s computer, Deep Blue. Kasparov won the first match. For the second, Deep Blue became the first computer to defeat a human, causing IBM’s stock to go up by 20%. According to a documentary, IBM rigged the computer to cheat in order to get the win. The documentary Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine claims that human chess players intervened on Deep Blue’s behalf.
#9 New Coke was a Scam
One popular theory about New Coke is that it was a scam by the Coca-Cola Company to drive up demand for Coke Classic. Some add a twist to the theory: that New Coke bought the company some time to reintroduce the old formula without a more expensive corn syrup. The idea is that people didn’t notice because of the advent of New Coke.
#8 Project Cumulus
During the late 1940s the British government was experimenting with artificial rainmaking. In 1952, a serious flood hit Lynmouth in Devon, causing 25 deaths and significant property damage. Project Cumulus has been blamed by some people, who claim the project resulted in enough rain to provoke the flood. Nine inches of water fell in 24 hours.
#7 Solar Warden
Scottish hacker Gary McKinnon conducted a massive hack on the U.S. for 13 months in 2001 and early 2002. He claims to have discovered the existence of Solar Warden, a secret space program consisting of at least 300 personnel who are currently in space. McKinnon claims to have found a transfer list of non-terrestrial military personnel, their ranks and ship assignments (“USSS” – standing for United States Space Ship). He also says NASA edits out UFOs from official photographs.
#6 Frozen Envelope Theory
The “Frozen Envelope Theory” is the name of a conspiracy theory explaining how the NBA rigged its 1985 Draft Lottery so that the New York Knicks could draft Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing. The theory is that the Knicks’ envelope was put in a freezer so that when the NBA Commissioner reached into a bowl containing all envelopes of teams in the lottery, he would know which one to pick.
#5 HIV Comes from Hepatitis B Vaccine
There are many theories about where HIV originated. Some scientists believe HIV is a genetically modified organism developed by government scientists who were engaged in testing Hepatitis B vaccine on gay and bisexual men between 1978 and 1981. Believers say the U.S. Government has covered up this fact.
#4 The Port Chicago Blast was a Nuclear Test
In 1944, an explosion at Port Chicago in Sacramento, California killed hundreds of people. Some people believe it was not an accidental explosion of munitions, but rather a purposeful or accidental test of nuclear weapons. The explosion happened on a ship manned by mostly African American sailors.
#3 Montauk Project
The Montauk Project is an alleged series of United States Government projects conducted on Montauk, Long Island, to develop psychological warfare and time travel. UFO researcher Jacques Vallée contends it grew out of an alleged event called the Philadelphia Experiment, which caused the USS Eldridge able to be momentarily invisible.
#2 Suppression of the Electric Car
A documentary called Who Killed the Electric Car? summarized evidence showing that oil and gas companies had purposefully suppressed electric technologies. As proof, the film shows the California Air Resources Board caving in to the automakers and repealing their 1990 Zero Emissions Mandate. Electric car technology dominated the 19th century.
#1 Christ Myth Theory
The Christ myth theory is the theory that Jesus of Nazareth did not exist. Some say if he existed, he had nothing to do with the actual events in the gospels or the founding of Christianity. Other proponents theorize that Jesus existed in the far, far past, as did mythical figures like Zeus.