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The editors at Best Psychology Degrees decided to research the topic of:
The United States of Conspiracy

12 of the weirder things Americans believe.

- Barack Obama is the anti-Christ (13%)
- A “New World Order” is conspiring to rule the world (28%)
- The government covered up a UFO crash at Roswell in 1947 (21%)
- Bigfoot and Sasquach (14%)
- The moon landing was faked (7%)
- Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike so The Beatles could continue (5%)
- The government adds fluoride to the water supply for sinister (not health) reasons (9%)
- Shape-shifting reptile people control the world (4%)
- Exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons (5%)
- The sun revolves around the earth (18%)
- The media or the government add secret mind-controlling technology to TV broadcast signals (15%)
- The number 13 brings bad luck (18%)

 

The United States of Conspiracy
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23 Responses to “The United States of Conspiracy”

  1. JamesHutchinson says:

    I was surprised to learn there are people who believe

    Planes didn’t hit the World Trade Center on 9/11

    FEMA has a death camp in Indiana.

  2. hawks5999 says:

    *headscratch*
    So does this mean that a very insignificantly tiny percentage of people don’t believe 9/11 was an inside job? Or is that not considered one of the weirder things to believe?

    Also, didn’t Matt Taibbi sorta concede the NWO point a few weeks ago?

  3. bgad says:

    Obama as the Antichrist is not so much a conspiracy theory as it is a value judgement.

  4. rwboomtown says:

    The real corruption is known. We know Big pharma, Big Ag, military industrial complex and the banks (Fed and the their too big too fail pals) run the highly centralized system of government. Centralized, highly concentrated power will always be corrupt. It will be filled with crony capitalism and rent seekers from the corporate and government classes. Is the current administration as bad as Bush, in some ways yes in others no.

  5. Iamthe50percent says:

    What! Are you trying to say that Obama is NOT the Anti-Christ? Then why was he born on June 6, 1966? You KNOW that Birth Certificate is a fake.

  6. Sarge says:

    Slow news day?

  7. jaymaster says:

    I’m actually surprised at how low some of those stats are.

    But I’d like to see some comparative stats from other countries.

    Based on my travels, I’d say America is more anchored in reality than a huge chunk of the world.

  8. MayorQuimby says:

    I simply refuse to believe 18% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth.

  9. Mike in Nola says:

    I imagine there’s a lot of overlap between the various beliefs.

  10. Bob A says:

    …not to mention that little thing about most people in the world believing their “God” is the “one true God”

    • beaufou says:

      You beat me to it, or most people believe there is a magical wizard in the sky that rules all.

  11. Takeyourfinger says:

    13% believe that B.O. is the anti-christ? That’s bad luck.

  12. bergsten says:

    While you are all self-satisfyingly enjoying your Dinner with Schmucks, please remember the bell-shaped curve. There are always going to be, well, edges. There be the ones with these beliefs, assuming they ARE beliefs — my guess is some are so ignorant and/or disinterested, the concept of what revolves around what else never occurred (and, in passing, the only problem about “everything revolving around the earth” is that it makes the math that much more needlessly convoluted). Seems to me there’s a very short trip from proven to obvious to reasonable to tribal-password when it comes to “belief.”

  13. bergsten says:

    @beaufou – seems there is a magical wizard in the sky that rules all. Well, at least on Twitter – @GreatSkyWizard. Can’t vouch for his qualifications, but his comments are usually pretty funny. And, no it’s not me, so don’t even start.

  14. Gonzop says:

    Paul McCartney ahahaha

    i could have done with the abrupt stop of Beatles in 66.. if they had found lookalikes for Jimi, Janis and Jim instead.. and Tim Buckley too

  15. raholco says:

    After reading this diatribe, all I can say is thank god for Guinness Extra Stout.

  16. nj-professor says:

    What about…..the economy is actually improving and is sustainable?

  17. PeterR says:

    Interesting article out today.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/magazine/why-rational-people-buy-into-conspiracy-theories.html?hp&_r=0

    “The best predictor of belief in a conspiracy theory is belief in other conspiracy theories,” says Viren Swami, a psychology professor who studies conspiracy belief at the University of Westminster in England. Psychologists say that’s because a conspiracy theory isn’t so much a response to a single event as it is an expression of an overarching worldview.”

  18. pastafarian says:

    I wonder what percentage of interviewees feel obligated to answer polls honestly, and what percentage may be playing games. We need another poll!

  19. jaytrader says:

    Barry-
    You just described Glenn Beck and Alex Jones weekly programming schedule.

  20. AtlasRocked says:

    The #1 mistake populations make with Communist movements is they keep thinking the communists will come to their senses as the corruption gets bigger.

    Now, do you see the Democrats confronting the lies of Benghazi, which is probably a cover up for a treasonous Muslim Brotherhood gun running operation?

    Are democrats confronting the corruption of the Pelosi FCIC report, where Obama chose to not prosecute the primary recipients of the bail out money? The Pelosi report found evidence of “trillions of dollars of fraud”, and Obama declined to prosecute it? Surely they saw it on 60 Minutes? Or did they all turn off the TVs that night?

    Are they upset that the press has been wiretapped? Where’s MoveOn and Code Pink?

    The IRS is a being used as a bullying organization by an IRS “Union Boss”? Tax shakedowns are ok now?

    Civil liberties are at an all time low, lying at an all time high, corruption up by 10,000X, by the numbers. TEN THOUSAND TIMES MORE CRIME THAN ANY PRIOR SCANDAL (prior to FCIC report),, AND DEMOCRATS ARE NOT UPSET.

    The liberal press is running the stories and their readership is just turning their heads away folks, and repeating the lies while their lips move in unison: “Benghazi was just a mistake, incompetence, not a lie.” IRS? “Just some mistakes that’s all. Rogue employees. ” Declined to prosecute the FCIC report? “Just weird, not sure what to make of it when the president refused to put a trillion dollars of crooks in jail. ” Wiretapping AP? “Not a big deal.”