We’ve all had friends and family that are really into the conspiracy stuff. You know, the ones that send you emails with blazing red headlines proclaiming how 9/11 was an inside job and the president is actually a KGB agent and the KGB works for the CIA and it’s the connections bro, the connections. Ok, that’s not what we’re doing here. But while most conspiracy theories you hear about are probably pretty bogus, there are a few that are actually worth knowing about. These are 25 conspiracy theories that actually ended up being true.
The 1919 World Series was thrown
Often referred to as the Black Sox Scandal, eight White Sox players were accused of throwing the World Series in 1919. When the story broke late in 1920, the players were acquitted because throwing games wasn’t technically a crime.
The government poisoned alcohol during prohibition
When people continued to drink after alcohol was banned, the government basically tried to prevent moonshiners from cooking up more alcohol by “spoiling” their ingredients. Because the moonshiners didn’t stop, many of them ended up getting sick and even dying.
Car companies bought up and destroyed streetcars
According to a report done by Congress in 1974, car companies bought up and then destroyed many of the street car and rail connections in the United States in the 1930s in order to increase demand for cars. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you were stuck in traffic this morning.
Area 51 is a top secret military installation
In July 2013, following a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request that was filed in 2005, the CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of Area 51 for the first time.
French soldier Alfred Dreyfus was framed
Known today as the Dreyfus Affair, Alfred Dreyfus, a French soldier, was accused of treason in 1894 for selling secrets to Germany. In 1906 Dreyfus was finally pardoned and it was revealed that he was in fact a scapegoat. The real traitor had been quietly acquitted but due to Dreyfus’s Jewish heritage he made an easy target.