Friday’s Mental Exercise

Invent a conspiracy theory and attempt to convince someone else that it is a) a genuine conspiracy theory that exists (ie that you didn’t just make it up) and b) that it’s the truth but was covered up.

An example:

Everyone knows the funny story of how Elvis tried to convince J Edgar Hoover to take him on to spy on his fellow celebrities and uncover potential communists. What’s always been covered up is that in fact Elvis was retained for such a purpose; but he didn’t make the initial approach – J Edgar did.  Instead, the whole ‘stoopid Elvis wanted to be a spy’ story was fabricated as a double bluff in order to reassure the famous that Elvis was both trustworthy and a little naïve.

In later life a disillusioned (and increasingly cash-strapped) Elvis intended to publish a tell-all memoir about his experiences. This would’ve caused no end of embarrassment to a US government then very publicly critical of the levels of paranoia in the USSR.

Within a week of his first meeting with HarperCollins he died in a manner so outlandish, embarrassing and silly that no one thought to look any deeper than whether or not he died through his prodigious intake of food or his equally prodigious intake of various narcotics.

If you look on the internet you can find evidence that traces of sodium pentothal were found in his bloodstream but that this was covered up in favour of focusing on his mild allergy to codeine.

Please do share your own invented conspiracy theories and stories of success in the comments section.

Finally, because the internet is a crazy frontier town of swivel-eyed madness and paranoia, I would like to reiterate once more that the conspiracy theory set out above is a total fabrication.

Or is it?