You Really Believe That?
In the 1950s, the U.S. government conspired with the tobacco industry to conceal the connection between smoking and cancer from the American public. The CIA and other organizations conspired to conduct ghastly experiments on unwitting American citizens in programs like Project MK-Ultra in 1953 and the Tuskegee experiments in the 1930s. Many conspiracies are real, and they're often scary — a fact that compels some to look for them where none exist. Thanks to the internet, today's conspiracy theorists enjoy huge followings and a larger-than-ever platform. Here’s a look at the conspiracy theories that refuse to die, including new cries that bird flu, which is forcing farmers to cull millions of birds, is all just a big hoax.