Conspiracy theory is a popular term that has emerged over the years. It suggests a theory that explains an event as being result of a plot by a covert group or organization; a belief that a particular unexplained event was caused by such a group. While there are still many unproven conspiracy theories of varying degrees of popularity, frequently related to clandestine government plans and elaborate murder plots, some conspiracy theories that were believed in the past actually turned out to be true, exposing the secret plots that were largely unknown to the general public.
So, let’s take a look at some of the major infamous conspiracy theories that weren’t just a result of someone’s wild imagination and ended up being true.
1. The Nayirah testimony
Back in 1990, a 15 year old Kuwait girl, Nayirah al-Sabah testified before Congress that helped US government in gaining the support of the American public for the first Gulf War. She claimed in her testimony that she herself has witnessed Iraqi soldiers removing babies out of incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital and leaving them to die but this allegation was later refuted by Amnesty International. The testimony was so successful that in 1991, US govt launched Operation Desert Storm against Iraq. After the war, a journalist had a theory about this testimony. He outed the CIA for for paying the witness. And it was later reported that Nayirah was actually the daughter of a Kuwaiti ambassador and even her testimony was fabricated by American PR firm, Hill & Knowlton.
In 1972, Republican officials were accused of spying on the Democratic National Headquarters, but the public was reluctant to believe it. Later, it turned out to be true. In 1974, evidences in form of audio recordings were discovered which proved that President Nixon knew exactly what was going on. Republican officials had wire tapped the Democratic National Headquarters and then, they used to spy from the nearby Watergate Hotel. This shocking incident resulted in President Nixon becoming the first president in US history to step down from office.
3. Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
This was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service studying how untreated syphilis affected African-American men in comparison to white men under the guise of receiving free health care from the United States government. Around 400 black men became the victims of syphilis without even their knowledge or consent. They were told they had bad blood and the PHS even withheld treatment for the men as well. By the time it came to an end, only 74 of the total original participants were alive. In 1997, then-President Bill Clinton spoke about this study and apologized to the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Before that, it was just a horrific conspiracy theory which was too vicious to believe.
4. Project MK-ULTRA
Project MK-Ultra was launched by the CIA in 1953, involving secret mind control experiments on US citizens till 1973. In 1995, it was President Clinton who issued a formal apology to the human experiment victims on behalf of the US government and the conspiracy theory turned out to be true. The CIA gave oblivious human subjects drugs and even used electroshock therapy, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, subliminal persuasion, verbal and sexual abuse. In 1977, a Freedom of Information Act actually exposed 20,000 previously classified documents and stirred up a series of Senate hearings. CIA Director Richard Helms had most of the classified MK-ULTRA files already destroyed in 1973. This programme is even mentioned in the book The Men who Stare at Goats, which was later turned into a film starring George Clooney.
5. Operation Northwoods
Operation Northwoods was a cold war plan drafted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Military to create fake acts of terrorism on US public and blaming Cubans for it. The main idea was to drum up support from the American Public for a war against Cuba. The plan involved : innocent Americans being shot dead on the streets, boats on which refugees would fled to Cuba to be sunk in high seas, creating a wave of violent terrorism and framing Cubans for all the acts. Fortunately, President John F. Kennedy rejected the operation in 1962. For years, there were only rumors about the existence of Operation Northwoods. But in 1997, the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board publicized about 1500 pages of documents which even included records of Operation Northwoods, and evidences that it wasn’t a conspiracy theory after all.
6. CIA Drug Trafficking
In 1996, Pulitzer Prize Award winning journalist, Gary Webb published his investigative series Dark Alliance : The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion outlines. The report involved allegations on CIA claiming that the CIA facilitated the street gangs and drug deals of Los Angeles in order to profit off of them. His study stated how CIA smuggled cocaine to the CIA-backed Contra and they further distributed the crack to Los Angeles gangs, pocketing the profits. Finally, when CIA inspector general Frederick Hitz admitted that the CIA was indeed aware about the fact that Contra was dealing cocaine, it got largely overshadowed by the 1998 Monica Lewinsky scandal. In 2004, Gary Webb was found dead with two bullets shot in the head, and police ruled it as suicide.
New York, Older women remain sexually active beyond their seventh decade of life, a new study has found. The study suggested that at least one in seven women aged 65 to 79 years has hypoactive sexual desire dysfunction (HSDD).
Although HSDD was found to be more common in women with partners, the study confirmed that unpartnered older women are still sexually active and may be distressed by low sexual desire. For the study, published in the journal Menopause, the researchers took more than 1,500 women and assessed their sexual function and sexual distress.
The group consisted of 52.6 per cent partnered women, with a mean age of 71 years. Within this group, 88 per cent were found to have low sexual desire, 15.5 per cent had sexually related personal distress and 13.6 per cent had HSDD, which is defined as the presence of both low sexual desire and sexually related personal distress.
Independent factors included vaginal dryness during intercourse in the past month, having moderate to severe depressive symptoms, and having symptomatic pelvic floor dysfunction.
“This study demonstrates that healthcare providers need to have honest and open discussions with their patients as they age with regard to desire, mood, vaginal dryness, and pelvic floor issues to determine whether these factors are affecting a woman’s desire or ability to be sexual,” said JoAnn Pinkerton, Executive Director of the North American Medical Society.Read more
About 730 units of Samsung’s top-loading washing machines have exploded and injured nine people. Samsung has now become synonymous with exploding machines! As a result, amsung and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling 2.8 million washing machines, the CPSC announced on Good Morning America.
“We’re talking about … a very serious hazard of the top of these washing machines completely blowing off,” Elliot Kaye, the chairman of the CPSC, told “GMA” Investigates in an interview that aired Friday on “GMA.” “It is a lot of reports.”
Kaye said the tops of the affected units weren’t “secured enough based on a design failure. And the top just completely blows off.” The recall includes all top -loading machines that were sold from March 2011 to November 2016.
As reported by one customer of washing machine Melissa Thaxton said that she narrowly avoided getting a serious injury while her exploded as the laundry was in its final spin cycle.
Melissa said, ” ”All of the sudden, without warning the washing machine just exploded…It was the loudest sound. It sounded like a bomb went off in my ear”
In a statement, Samsung told “GMA” Investigates ”We apologize for the inconvenience this is creating to our loyal customers. We have worked closely with the CPSC to offer a consumer friendly recall that is safe, easy and complete with choices suited to the needs of anyone who may own a recalled machine. Our service teams are now scheduling visits to consumers’ homes to conduct free repairs and help resolve any concerns they may have.”
The company will offer a free, in-home repair to reinforce the affected washer’s top, a rebate to be applied towards the purchase of a new washing machine –of any brand -– or a full refund for those who bought the machine within the past 30 days.Read more
Have you ever gotta serious crush on someone whom you couldn’t have? We hope all of you are pretty much acquainted with the scenario. We always want someone who is probably unavailable, not interested in us, or not that much into us. But still we crave for that person, even after getting so many rejections. Though it rarely happens in other arenas of our life. We prefer to adjust whenever we find something unapproachable. But what happens in love? Why unattainable always fascinates us?
There is a logical reason behind each and everything, so here goes..
The recent study by Helen E Fisher and team, American Psychological society, shows that people who were rejected by their partner were intensely in love with them. The study was done to elucidate the work of neural system with the help of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) upon 15 women and men who were rejected by someone.
It was perceived that participants’ brains, specifically the mid-brain area of the VTA and the striatum, showed activation in the arenas related to stimulation, reward, addiction, distress, craving, whenever they were shown the photographs of the person who rejected them. It was concluded that “this partly because adversity tends to heighten feelings of romantic love and because when a reward is delayed in coming, reward-expecting neurons in the reward system prolong their activity”. The study also demonstrates the involvement of the angular gyrus in this process. Hence after concluding the whole idea, it is speculated that the intense romantic love is preserved in the mid-brain area of the VTA and angular gyrus, despite the rejection, separation and emotional negativity.
The reason of ‘addiction’ to the rejecting partner
It is anticipated that rejected men and women’s cortical and subcortical areas, specifically the nucleus accumbens and orbitofrontal/prefrontal cortex, which is associated with craving and addiction manifest neural activity, whenever the participants they see the photos of their partners. This also happens with other various kinds of addictions where a significant increase of dopamine in the stratium is seen. Even the angular gyrus, a region of the brain, related with romantic love is also associated with cigarette craving.
Hence it is evidently proved that romantic rejection is a kind of addiction same as other addictions. The study reports “The perspective that rejection in love involves subcortical reward gain/loss systems critical to survival helps to explain why feelings and behaviours related to romantic rejection are difficult to control and lends insight into the high cross-cultural rates of stalking, homicide, suicide, and clinical depression associated with rejection in love.”
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London, Nov 4 British scientists have identified the reason behind what makes a song so catchy that it gets stuck in our head and goes on playing in an endless loop — known as experiencing involuntary musical imagery or earworms.
Findings of a study, published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, showed that songs that are usually faster and have a fairly generic and easy-to-remember melody but have some unique intervals such as leaps or repetitions that set them apart from the “average pop song” get stuck in our head.
“Our findings show that you can, to some extent, predict which songs are going to get stuck in people’s heads based on the song’s melodic content,” said lead author Kelly Jakubowski from Durham University in Britain.
In addition to a common melodic shape, the other crucial ingredient in the earworm formula is an unusual interval structure in the song such as some unexpected leaps or more repeated notes than you would expect to hear in the “average pop song”.
“The study could help aspiring song-writers or advertisers write a jingle that everyone will remember for days or months afterwards,” Jakubowski added.
In the study, the team asked 3,000 people for their most frequent earworm tunes and compared these to tunes which had never been named as earworms in the database but were a match in terms of popularity and how recently they had been in Britain’s music charts.
The melodic features of the earworm and non-earworm tunes were then analysed and compared. Songs were limited to popular music genres, such as pop, rock, rap, rhythm and blues.Read more
The sweet fragrance that Delhi inhabitants know all too well post-diwali, no we are not talking about the pollution and smoke, comes from a tree called Devil’s Tree. Around mid-October, the tree starts blooming creamy white flowers filling the air at dusk with a distinct and unmistakable fragrance. It is this scent that beckons, nay compels you to stop and take notice of the tree. But it is also this scent that is the cause of respiratory issue for thousands if not more.
The tree commonly called Saptaparna, Saptaparni, Indian Devil Tree or Scholar’s Tree and is native to India. It is now present in China, South- and South-east Asia and Australia. Its English names “scholar’s tree” and “blackboard tree” refer to its use in making school black boards and wooden slates for children to write on. Its other name “devil tree” or “shaitan ka jhad” is based on the belief in Western India, that the tree is an abode of evil spirits..
In the past decade the tree has become a bone of contention for people who suffer for asthma or those who have pollen-allergy.
“Not all green is good for human beings”
So what exactly is in the scent that causes so many problems?
In a study from Vietnam, more than 34 components were identified, representing 92.5% of the oil. The major portion (35.7%) is made up of linalool, a terpene alcohol found in over 200 plant species, mainly in flowers (e.g., lavender, sweet basil and hops) and spices. Other major ingredients included cis- and trans-linalool oxides (14.7%), α-terpineol (12.3%), 2-phenylethyl acetate (6.3%) and terpinen-4-ol (5.3%). More than 90% of the volatile aroma compounds were oxygenated, and together contributed to its fragrant odour.
Now, Linalool is found naturally in other flowers as well such as lavender, mint, and other plants. Linalool breaks down when it comes into contact with oxygen, it becomes oxidized and can cause allergy. Is known to cause skin allergies for atleast 5-7% population. Especially the oxides. Linool and its oxides make up about 50.4% of the frangrance.
Not just NCR that suffers
In Pingtung City, Taipei, residents complained of feeling nauseous and headaches caused by the Indian Devil’s Tree. Officials from the Pingtung City Public Works Bureau said they receive a large amount of complaints during the tree’s flowering and seeding seasons. As a result, Alstonia Scholaris trees were chopped down because the residents would complain of nausea, difficulty breathing and trouble sleeping because of the fragrance released by the tree.
The residents’ of the city had enough of the tree and demanded that the odour emitters be cut down. They said that if the city government could not find a solution, they would demand compensation from the central government for the psychological and physical damage they had suffered due to the trees.
The first documented issue of allergies to the tree in India was in 1992 when 10 trees had to be felled in IIT Kanpur. The IIT campus has nearly a thousand tall, evergreen Alstonias. After several staff members complained of asthma attacks, some trees were chopped down,however the environmentally conscious staff members raised an outcry.
A B Singh, an allergy expert at the Centre for Biochemicals (CB) in New Delhi, however, claims that there are as yet no studies indicating that Alstonia pollen is an allergen. But he indicates a number of trees that do stimulate allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. He complains that numerous exotic trees are nonetheless being planted under afforestation programmes without evaluating them for their allergen potential.
Singh cites the example of mulberry (Morus alba) which is planted extensively in India while, because of its allergenic pollen, its plantation is prohibited in certain arid regions in USA. “Not all green is good for human beings”, he emphasises. Now this is a major in India, around 20-30% of the population is reported to be afflicted with an allergic rhinitis. and 10-15 % are estimated to suffer from bronchial asthma.
In Noida alone, as per the department records, there are around five lakh Alstonia trees, planted on the lines of trees at Rajghat. Around 2007,the department realised that the tree causes problems for asthma patients. “If asthma patients stand near the tree for a longer time, they could develop breathing problems. We want to make the city people and environment friendly. The effort is to plant trees like Indian rosewood (Sheeshum), Jambul, White fig and Cassia Fistula-Amaltas,” said the official at the Horticulture department of Noida. Thus, In 2010 the Horticulture department of Noida decided to put the plantation of Alstonia scholaris trees on hold for now.
The reason these trees were planted is that this tree is able to form leafy canopies that create shade in just a couple of years. Few decades ago, the pollution levels were not as high as they are today. More people have dust, pollen and linool allergies now than they did ever before. The percentage of population with asthma has increased from 4% in 1992 to 20-30% in 2015. All these reasons coupled together have made the scent of this tree a cause of breathing difficulties and choking-sensation for people with allergies.
So what is the solution?
The obvious one is to not plant this tree. But whats important is how we deal with the trees that are already blooming? In Taipei, the government official had advised that citizens trim the leaves and branches just before the flowering season (October – December) because this can prevent the release of the irritable odour and seedlings. If the community has funds, it is better to plant trees that will not cause allergies and add to the already existing woes of people struggling with extremely polluted air.
1. Green Monkey
This is not a real monkey this is the horse which which was sold for $16,000,000 in 2009. According to a report by CNBC, the first time Green Monkey raced, he ran an eighth of a mile in just under 9.8 seconds.
2. Miss Missy
Miss Missy is the name of Holstein breed cows.The plus pint of this cow is she produces 50% more milk than your average cow. In 2009 became the then-current most expensive cow in the world, auctioned for $1.2 million.
3. Sir Lancelot Encore
This animal is world’s first cloned dog which cost around $155,00.Edgar and Nina Otto, couple in Florida had a world famous dog Lancelot but due to cancer they lost him in 2008 and then decided to clone his DNA.
4. Tibetan Mastiff
It is a Tibetan dog look like a lion. It is also considered as the sign of wealth of society. The fur of this ferocious god can be black, brown and red. The white ones are very rare and can cost upto $ 582,000.
5. White Lion Cubs
This breed of lions were first spotted in 1938. They have creamy white furry skin and beautiful eyes.These single species of lions are very rare and are difficult to calculate. The white colour is due to the recessive genes of both the parents. If you want one as a pet, be prepared to pay upto $140, 000.
6. Arabian Horse
One of the most recognizable breeds of horse in the world, the Arabian horse originated on the Arabian peninsula more than 4,500 years ago. The breed is intelligent, strong, fast, and always eager to please its owner. An Arabian horse will cost around $100,000 and even higher.
7. Stage Beetle
This is very rare, strange and horrible insect in the whole world.These are very large, commonly their size is about 2 to 3 inches in length. It’s estimated worth up to $89,000.
8. Lavender Albino Ball Python
Do you know that a snake can be a pet? Yes its true and this lavender snake is the worlds most beautiful snake. It has yellow markings and red eyes, that what makes this snake so unique.It’s estimated worth up to $40,000.
9. Palm Cockatoo
The unique quality of this bird that it can change color when it is excited or alarmed. The Palm Cockatoo has one another name Goliath Cockatoo. It is a large smoky-grey or black parrot of the cockatoo family. It’s estimated worth up to $16,000.
10. German Shepherd
German Shepherd is strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience dog. In Britain formerly known as the Alsatian. A German Shepherd puppy bought from a respected breeder will usually cost between $300 and $900 or more, depending on whether she is a normal German Shepherd, show-dog or a working dog. Adult German Shepherds who are proven show dogs or work dogs cost $6,000 to $7,000 or more.
“This is a good place,” he said.
“There’s a lot of liquor,” I agreed.”
― Ernest Hemingway,
Too much of drinking can causes hypertension (blood pressure) which may lead to stroke, Sexual problems, Cancer, Stomach problems, Osteoporosis in men and women both. It also becomes the reason for obesity, as it contains an excess of calories. Giving up alcohol is quite tough even for a person not addicted to it. But as Denise Hildreth has said:
“Some things just couldn’t be protected from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off…Once old thing were broken off, amazingly beautiful thing could grow in their place.”
But once it is overcome by a person, the body undergoes through a shocking metamorphosis. The pictures in this article are gonna show you the before and after consequences of drinking too much and giving it up.
Take a look at these pictures and see what happens to you body when you booze up too much:
1. 7 months sober
2. 1 Year sober
3. 1 Year
4. This couple had 3 Years, 4 months 17 days of abstinence together
5. 3 months and 1 week
6. 5 years of abstinence
7. 1 year sober
8. 3 months and 5 days
9. 7 months sober
10. 8.5 months abstinent
11. 1 year of abstinence
12. 1 year of abstinence
13. 5 years of sobriety
14. 1 year 5 months of abstinence turned her into a beautiful woman
15. 5 months of abstinence
You have tried boozing up. But now try to give it up. The world will look more beautiful