Among the legions of pop culture-related conspiracies out there are some truly bizarre ones, mentioning dead people who are actually alive, government mind control and celebrities putting hits out on each other. And these 20 theories in particular are so outlandish that they would even struggle to make a convincing narrative for a one-hour special on Syfy.
20. Michael Jackson’s famous falsetto came from an acne drug
Michael Jackson was a magnet for conspiracy theories, plagued by rumors just as bizarre as he was throughout his lifetime. One such story, for example, held that Jackson’s famous voice was high-pitched because the young man had been chemically castrated. The claim came from French surgeon Alain Brancherau who, despite having had no contact with the superstar, alleged that he could have been taking the experimental hormone cyproterone acetate for acne. And this, Brancherau argued, would have blocked his male sexual hormones and stopped his voice getting any deeper.
19. J.K. Rowling only pretends to have written the Harry Potter series
It’s hard to understate the enormity of the popularity of the Harry Potter series. And that could be why some people evidently have a hard time believing that they could have been written by just one person. In 2005, for example, Norwegian film director Nina Grunfeld claimed that J.K. Rowling couldn’t possibly have written such a long, commercially successful franchise in such a short space of time. Grunfeld asserted as a result that the popular books had been penned by a group of commissioned writers instead.