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19 Well-Known Facts That Sound Like Conspiracy Theories

The world is a freaky place. Some events sound so extraordinary that they sound like a crackpot fever-dream that no one could possibly have thought to do in real life. You don't need to be Dale Gribble to believe these. These are 100% true facts (however fantastical they sound). On the other side, here are some completely unproven obscure conspiracies that people personally believe in.

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    Text - EquanimousThanos 6.7k points 18 hours ago The US conducted a fake vaccination drive to find Osama Bin Laden.
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    Text - corvus-sick 18.2k points 15 hours ago The Hawaiian royalty was toppled by a fruit company (Dole).
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    Text - AmeglianMinorCow 6.9k points 17 hours ago Canada has amassed 90% of it's population within 100 miles of the US border.
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    Text - Tylendal 18.2k points 14 hours ago The reason only the orange variety of carrots is widely available is because the Dutch like the colour orange. They leveraged their powerful trade 2 networks to make it so.
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    Text - Karallys36 3.2k points 16 hours ago There is a high security vault somewhere in the frozen tundra, (I seriously think it is in Antartica??) that is full of seeds. Just seeds of almost every known plant species, donated by world governments. In case an apocalypse event happens and we need to repopulate that 1 type of grape.
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    Text - Moxman73 19.9k points 14 hours ago the monster study The Monster Study was a stuttering experiment performed on 22 orphan children in Davenport, Iowa in 1939. It was conducted by Wendell Johnson at the University of Iowa. Graduate student Mary Tudor conducted the experiment under Johnson's supervision. Half of the children received positive speech therapy, praising the fluency of their speech, and the other half, negative speech therapy, belittling the children for speech imperfections. M
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    Text - 14 hours ago tayferg 2.4k points Starfish's mouths are located on the center of their bodies, and in most mermaid movies they use starfish to cover their boobies. Pretty weird man. What's goin on there ya know..
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    Text - edited 15 VictorBlimpmuscle 33.3k points 17 hours ago Project SUNSHINE - in which the US government, in the wake of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ordered a major study to better understand the effects of radiation exposure/nuclear fallout on the human body, so international network of agents was recruited to locate recently deceased children, and steal body parts from them to use for testing.
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    Text - JoeBro8 1.3k points 14 hours ago The 1904 Olympic marathon. Not really a conspiracy theory but a story that sounds made up nonetheless. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athletics at the 190 4 Summer Olympics - Men%27s marathon From Wikipedia: The first to arrive at the finish line was American runner Fred Lorz, who had actually dropped out of the race after nine miles and hitched a ride back to the stadium in a car, waving at spectators and runners alike during the ride. When the car broke
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    Text - British-born Thomas Hicks of the United States ended up the winner of the event, although he was aided by measures that would not have been permitted in later years. Ten miles from the finish Hicks led the race by a mile and a half, but he had to be restrained from stopping and lying down by his trainers. From then until the end of the race, Hicks received several doses of strychnine (a common rat poison, which stimulates the nervous system in small doses) mixed with brandy. He continued
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    Text - A Cuban postman named Andarín Carvajaljoined the marathon, arriving at the last minute. After losing all of his money in New Orleans Louisiana, he hitchhiked to St. Louis and had to run the event in street clothes that he cut around the legs to make them look like shorts. Not having eaten in 40 hours, he stopped off in an orchard en route to have a snack on some apples, which turned out to be rotten. The rotten apples caused him to have strong stomach cramps and to have to lie down and ta
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    Text - Arriving without correct documents, French immigrant to the United States Albert Corey is inconsistently listed as performing in a mixed team in the four mile team race and performing for the US in the marathon I'm pretty sure there's more interesting stuff but I'm too lazy to find it right now.
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    Text - Tremcdesigns 8.0k points 15 hours ago Operation Paperclip. Recruit Nazi scientists and insert them into key government tech operations after WWII. This is how the world transitioned from the German V2 Rocket to NASA and the ICBM in the span of 30 years
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    Text - ThiccPaps420 5.5k points 18 hours ago Neil Armstrong had to fill out an immigration form when he arrived back to the US from the moon.
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    Text - edited 13 hours ago jish92 13.1k points 15 hours ago The CIA has a real deal Heart Attack Gun. It exposed to the public in the 70's
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    Text - Aperio43 4.3k points 15 hours ago Sadaam Hussain was given the key to the city of Detroit
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    Text - Tired_Slytherin 13.1k points 16 hours ago The Ancient Egyptians had a pregnancy test, that actually worked.
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    Text - MagDorito 4.2k points 14 hours ago The dolphin LSD experiment. NASA put a woman in a room that was flooded up to her hips, & let a dolphin loose in there to live with her in order to attempt to teach the dolphin to speak English & LSD was later used on the dolphin to see if it had some kind of reaction & if it affected its speech lessons.
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    Text - -eDgAR 12.4k points 17 hours ago Project Acoustic Kitty Basically the CIA wanted to put microphones and transmitters inside of cats and use them to spy on the Soviets in the 1960s. It cost about $20 million and was a huge failure. Allegedly, the first attempt at this resulted in the cat running out into the street and getting run over by a car almost immediately.
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    Text - NaClFreeSalt 3.5k points 14 hours ago Lobsters can't actually die of old age because they have an enzhyme that replicates some of their dna or whatever throughout there life but they can die of anything else e.g. disease, consumption, etc. So if you think about it there really could be just a huge ass lobster like the size of a Vw Bug chilling in the middle of the Atlantic or even bigger
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    Text - Ezra611 856 points 14 hours ago You're better off buying one large pizza instead of two mediums, in terms of area. This is why pizza companies push the "2 mediums for $ " deals
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    Text - humdinger44 9.8k points 18 hours ago During prohibition the US government added poisons to industrial alcohols because they were being chemically modified for consumption. This resulted in many deaths that the government justified by saying the dead had been breaking the law.
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    Text - apnagy 3.5k points 15 hours ago The egg industry as a whole embarked on a two year war on a single vegan mayo brand
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