We, as people, have always been fascinated with the mysterious and the macabre, resulting in the widespread fan base of horror stories, true crime novels, and the most popular: conspiracy theories.
I know I can’t be the only who’s spent their evening browsing through Reddit reading the impassioned descriptions of how the government controls everything we do.
The Internet is a hotbed for conspiracy theorists to find fellow believers, which often ends up turning a fictitious horror story once used to scare children into a scaremongering theory with thousands backing up this version of events.
So, we at DMT thought we’d compile a list of a few of our favourite conspiracy theories that have ended up going viral. Buckle up, it’s going to be a crazy ride.
One for the Twitter fans out there, ‘Dear David’ is the story of Adam Ellis, a writer and illustrator, who started live tweeting about his apparently haunted apartment.
He tells the story of being haunted by the ghost of a little boy with a misshapen head, who plagued Adam with horrible nightmares and creeped out his cats.
He had the entire Twitterverse on the edge of their seats as he updated his captive audience with mysterious tweets and creepy pictures. Check out the thread here.
So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he’s trying to kill me. (thread)
— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) August 7, 2017
A year on and amidst the theories of movie deals and marketing tactics, Dear David is very much still on people’s minds. And Adam Ellis? He’s busy getting yelled at by parents.
You wouldn’t believe the number of angry emails I get from moms telling me I’ve given their kids nightmares and I should be ashamed of myself.
— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) September 2, 2018
Deemed as the ‘ultimate conspiracy theory’, the flat/round earth debate is one of the most controversial topics discussed online.
The leading theory for ‘Flat Earthers’ is that the world is actually disc-shaped, with the Arctic Circle in the centre and Antarctica around the rim.
Choosing to disregard thousands of years of scientific evidence, the believers of this particular theory are convinced that all pictures of the Earth have been faked.
These well-rounded theorists (see what I did there?) get a lot of backlash and ridicule, resulting in many a mocking Tweet.
I want a reality show where flat earth believers are sent on a quest to find the edge of the world.
— Blue Tick Tom (@Tom_Shepz) September 9, 2018
— Guy Caruana (@GuyCaruana) September 18, 2018
One of the more disturbing theories out there are Chemtrails, which are those puffy plumes you can see trailing behind aircraft.
Chemtrail theorists believe these plumes have been filled with chemicals. But why, I hear you ask? Well, some say they’re for controlling our minds, making us more complacent. Whereas others believe it’s the government manipulating the weather.
The more positive among them say it’s an effort to stop climate change, but you’ve also got those who think it’s a form of biological warfare. Swings and roundabouts, eh?
What an exotic toxic brew spewing into the air and our lungs! I call it “Chemtrails Over Atlanta.” pic.twitter.com/ggvKHqci3R
— Cynthia McKinney PhD (@cynthiamckinney) September 14, 2018
Either way, there’s a strong force of Chemtrail believers out there, many of which you can find on Reddit.
A personal favourite of mine is the ‘Elevator Game’, which first blew up online after the mysterious death of Elisa Lam, whose body was found in a water tank on the roof of a hotel.
Her last known movements were captured by CCTV in the elevator of the hotel, with Lam acting suspiciously, talking to somebody that isn’t there and trying to hide from view.
This strange behaviour left the Internet feeling very unsettled, leading theorists to believe she was playing the Elevator Game, which is an urban legend originating from Japan and Korea.
The legend says that if you follow these precise rules then you will be able to travel to another world. Creepy, huh?
I personally tried this one myself, but nothing too bad has happened yet. Although some say that it takes a few weeks to come for you, so stay tuned…
From Donald Trump to Mark Zuckerberg, there’s not really a celebrity around today that hasn’t been accused of being a giant alien lizard.
To offer a bit of context, Reptilian theorists believe that there are shape-shifting alien lizards on Earth that are on a quest for world domination.
Youtube, Facebook and Twitter are absolutely brimming with ‘evidence’ videos, with close-up shots of our world leaders and A-list celebrities showing their true Reptilian nature. Click here to see Miley Cyrus revealing her lizard-like eyes.
I’m not sure how convinced I am with this one, but I’ll be sure to keep a close eye out for any lizard people looking to take over the world.
So, there you have it! Those were DMT’s top 5 viral conspiracy theories. Let us know of any more mysterious theories that keep you browsing through the darker side of the Internet.