Throughout history, people have dreamed up some pretty out-there conspiracy theories about secret government programs, the Illuminati, aliens, you name it. That’s why it’s especially alarming when some of those crazy premises turn out to be true. Here are 20 conspiracy theories that, despite their ridiculousness, turned out to be more than just theories.
What began as a sneaking suspicion about underhanded election dealings turned out to be one of the biggest presidential scandals in American history.
In 1972, Republican officials burgled and bugged the Democratic National Headquarters located at the Watergate Complex in Washington DC. In 1974, leaked recordings revealed that President Richard Nixon’s administration had helped cover up the crime, causing widespread outrage and forcing his resignation.