For me, it would without a doubt have to be the 'moon landing hoax'. Personal experience has shown me that a massive majority of the American public knows little-to-nothing about the incredible endeavors that took place during the space race. I recently had a discussion with three friends, and I was astonished to find out that they all believe the moon landings never happened. This topic has never come up between the four of us before. I was amazed that they were spewing things about 'no stars', 'intersecting shadow paths', etc. Arguments that are so easily debunked that I'm surprised they're still the number one choice articles of the conspiracy claim. With nothing more than a camera, a few rocks, and 4:00pm sunlight I was able to show how these claims are ridiculous, based on nothing, and take little effort to toss aside as complete rubbish.
Upon further discussion I came to find out that they all only knew about Apollo 11. They literally, all kidding aside, thought that only two men had ever stepped foot on our lunar neighbor. This complete lack of historical education is the main reason that ignorance seems to triumph over reason, evidence, and the beauty of human accomplishment.
This is a conspiracy theory that sadly will never go away. The LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) was able to take many aerial pictures of the landing sights, still in seemingly pristine condition, astronaut footprints still visible in the undisturbed ancient lunar soil. These images won't sway the hoaxers, they seem to believe that an entire new generation at NASA is still covering up a 40 year old government head-game. If you haven't seen these images, I highly suggest taking a gander.
If there's one conspiracy theory that must die, it is this one. The accomplishment is single-handedly mankind's greatest achievement. Our moon has always been a beacon of wonder in our night sky. Our ancestors would never have dreamed that one day a fellow human being would be dancing upon the rim of it's craters. Long live Apollo!
Birthers, truthers, creationists and now this idiotic Grades debacle. They're all idiots and all need to jump in front of traffic. Out of all things to be skeptical about these people choose to question whether the top ranking man in the government is really American. I was in the Air Force for four years and I had to have a Secret clearance to do meaningless paperwork. Do they really think the fucking President wouldn't have been vetted? I think they know exactly what they're doing, it's a healthy dose of xenophobia mixed in with all American dose of racism and just a pinch of mass stupidity sprinkled with religious fuckery.
Fuck this shit makes me mad. lol
The 9/11 conspiracy nuts do it for me.
Apart from having no evidence, they completely ignore the science, for example, that shows how the buildings collapsed the way they did.
Their whole thesis is:
We cannot explain minor detail x
Therefore the Bush administration did it on order to go into Iraq and get the oil etc. . .
This one bugs me too because it's not just one conspiracy, it's everything being conspiracies. It's personal ignorance combined with nice traits such as anti-semitism, religious apologetics, NWO adherency, paranoia, and a near endless list of flashing warning lights. And people buy into it in droves without questioning. Kinda like religion.
And since this involves thousands of people dying as the result of religion gone amok, it completely destroys the larger debate.
I think that a lot of people take the "fake moon landings" just to nettle everybody else.
I was glued to the tv when they happened. Even in school , they wheeled a tv into the classroom.
Ben Franklin said "three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead". With the hundred thousand or so people working on the space program, we would know if it was fake.