All of these so-called “conspiracy theories” turned out to be legit
They say the truth is stranger than fiction. That’s no lie.
1. The horror of 'Project Sunshine'
Laughing at conspiracy theories is good fun – at least until they turn out to be true.
Take the conspiracy surrounding the “Project Sunshine,” for example.
In the wake of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.S. government commenced a major study to measure the effects of nuclear fallout on the human body.
Conspiracy: The government was stealing dead bodies to do radioactive testing.
The truth: The government was stealing parts of dead bodies. Because they needed young tissue, they recruited a worldwide network of agents to find recently deceased babies and children, and then take samples and even limbs – each collected without notification or permission of the more than 1,500 grieving families.
The world only woke up to the the horrific scientic history of Project Sunshine half a century later. But there are still a lot of unexplained mysteries out there.
2. Bad booze
Conspiracy: During Prohibition, the government poisoned alcohol to keep people from drinking.
The truth: Manufacturers of industrial alcohol had been mixing their product with dangerous chemicals for years prior to Prohibition.
But between 1926 and 1933, the federal government pushed manufacturers to use stronger poisons to discourage bootleggers from turning the alcohol into moonshine.
That didn’t stop the bootleggers or their customers, and by the end of Prohibition, more than 10,000 Americans had been killed by tainted booze.
Much of the illegal booze was sold in infamous night spots called ‘speakeasies’ – so called from the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police and neighbours. Here are some more examples of words not used much nowadays.