LIST: Every US State’s Favorite Conspiracy Theory


For decades now, Americans have been fascinated with conspiracy theories, melding and molding together ever-more complex webs of deceit and betrayal, (and a whole lot of pedophiles, too).

From JFK to 9/11, every major event in history seems to have some alternative nation lingering around it, picking up new plot twists every time our intrepid researchers log into Reddit.

Now, someone has taken it upon themselves to determine what is the favorite conspiracy in each and every state, and the findings are fascinating.

An odd study of online activity has produced an enlightening look at the most-searched conspiracy theories for each of the United States. The thought-provoking list was created by DirecTV dealer USDirect, who “combed through the mothership of all intrigue databases, Reddit,” to determine the most popular theories discussed by users. It then took that list and harnessed the power of Google Trends to figure out which of those nine conspiracy theories were the most searched for in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Although not exactly a scientific study, the project resulted in some rather illuminating findings.

Some of the big names took their rightful spot on top of the list.

Topping the list with a whopping 27 states was the infamous New World Order conspiracy, which posits that a nefarious group of power brokers aim to take complete control of the planet. Interest in the concept topped searches in an array of different locations across the country including Texas, Florida, Hawaii, and Maine. Among the remaining conspiracy theories, chemtrails and the Flat Earth theory proved to be particularly popular, garnering five states each. The somewhat vague concept ‘black helicopters’ picked up four states, including California, Illinois, and Maryland.

But there were some rather odd theories that made the list as well, including one purporting that the “New Coke” product released during the 1980’s was part of a tricky marketing ploy to build brand loyalty for Coca-Cola, as the company’s customers were being siphoned off to Pepsi’s newer, younger, hipper image.

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