Conspiracy theorists are often regarded as loons wearing tinfoil hats who believe in some of the most outlandish, far-fetched ideas a human being can muster. They get written off by a majority of the public who simply can’t get behind such ideas, and while oftentimes conspiracies are completely bizarre and proven to be false, there are actually a good number of them that have turned out to be true.

WikiLeaks just released a tidbit of info about “Vault 7,” a document detailing out just how intimate the CIA and FBI’s surveillance of people all over the world truly is. Some of the strangest revelations have come in the form of the CIA being able to actually hack a person’s vehicle to the point of being able to turn off their brakes and power steering--something conspiracy theorists said was happening long ago, even though people dubbed them crazy.

Here are five other conspiracy theories that people thought were crazy, but turned out to be true:

Gaydar

While Canada has achieved a reputation of being one of the most friendly countries on Earth today, the same could not be said 50 years ago. In the 60s, the Canadian government contracted Frank Wake, a professor at Carleton University, to develop what they dubbed the “fruit machine.” This machine was to detect and identify gay men so that they could get them out of Canada. The machine resulted in 400 people losing their jobs and 9,000 more being kept on a list as “suspects.”

It worked by measuring a person’s pupils while they were forced to view erotic images of same-sex couples.

The CIA had the Dalai Lama on salary

Seeking to undermine the Chinese government in the 60s, the CIA sought to help the Tibetan resistance by giving them millions of dollars, including a six-figure “salary” for the Dalai Lama himself. Even though the Dalai Lama denies these revelations, a declassified document from the State Department reads as follows: “The purpose of the program … is to keep the political concept of an autonomous Tibet alive within Tibet and among foreign nations, principally India, and to build a capability for resistance against possible political developments inside Communist China.”

The Gulf of Tonkin

The Vietnam War will go down in United States history as one of the most unpopular wars that America ever engaged in. In 1964, an American ship reported firing on North Vietnamese targets, a move that would ultimately bring the United States deeper into the conflict, resulting in thousands of deaths on both sides. It later came out that the “targets” that the USS Maddox had fired on didn’t actually exist at all.

Whether or not the military used these attacks as a reason to go to war is still debated, but one truth in the matter is that President Johnson’s claims that the North Vietnamese fired first were proven false.

MKUltra

MKUltra was a program enacted by the CIA in the 50s that sought to secretly drug numerous individuals with the psychedelic drug LSD and see how they responded to the effects of mind control. The CIA allegedly continued this program for at least two decades. Some people who were dosed by the CIA reported being left with permanent disabilities due to the large doses of the drug consumed and the subsequent electroshock therapy that was practiced on them.

I don’t know about you, but I would not want any sort of electroshock therapy while under the effects of LSD.

Leaders of the world gather in cult-like meetings

While we’re not 100% certain that the leaders of the free world are a race of reptilians, we do know that they often have meetings together, and that these meetings feature some bizarre rituals that involve a giant wooden statue of an owl. The Washington Post reports that these meetings often take place at Bohemian Grove, “where the rich and powerful go to misbehave.” They drink and have fancy dinners at these two-week long retreats, and allegedly discussed things in the past such as the first atomic bomb. Also, Nixon and Reagan both attended gatherings here before being sworn into the White House.

What else goes on there is shrouded in mystery.

h/t Good

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