5 More Conspiracy Theories That Were True

Leaded Gasoline, Operation Paperclip and more.

5 More Conspiracy Theories That Were True

The Hidden Dangers of Leaded Gasoline

You might not think twice when you fill up your car with unleaded gasoline, but there’s a dark history behind it. The oil and gas industries once added lead to gasoline to reduce engine knock, despite knowing that lead is a deadly neurotoxin. They knew about the dangers as early as the 1900's but chose to hide it. Even when a study in the 1920's confirmed the dangers, they suppressed the results and continued to promote leaded gasoline. It wasn’t until the 1970's that leaded gasoline was phased out in the U.S., but the damage had already been done.

Operation Paperclip: Recruiting Nazi Scientists

As World War II came to an end, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. scrambled to recruit as many Nazi scientists as possible for their own rocketry programs. The U.S. did this under Operation Paperclip, which quickly turned Nazi scientists into American citizens. When it was revealed that high-profile Nazi scientists were behind the American space program, a conspiracy theory emerged that the government had covered up their Nazi ties. This theory turned out to be true, with the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency recruiting Nazi scientists who had been involved in various atrocities.