I hope I'm not the only one sick of seeing people on the internet blame conspiracies for everything from 9/11 to the Newtown shootings to the Boston bombings to Rihanna's popularity. I generally find them idiotic and offensive. But even more, I find the ulterior explanations to be like lazy, hackneyed fan-fic that was retold by a paranoid schitzophrenic on meds. So let's see how easy it is to blame historical news events on the sinister machinations of the shadowy government. Make your own conspiracy theory about a historical event that's so far in the past it's almost universally undisputed. I think this is a good exercise to show just how dumb conspiracy theories generally are. Anyway I'll start: The British didn't really invade the 13 colonies and try to enforce taxation. It was a secret 14th colony that was covertly funded by Benjamin Franklin as a "black flag" operation to convince Americans to form a union of states that would be co-dependent on each other and usher in the birth of big, federal government. In truth, the 14th colony was the missing Jamestown colony. To add authenticity to the operation, Franklin dressed them in thousands of coats he had dyed red at the print-shop he worked at. He also made them take theater classes and memorize Shakespeare plays to help them learn and absorb the British dialect and intonation. When the operation was deemed a success and goals were achieved, Franklin gave the order to the 14th colony to stand down and surrender. At which point they quietly assimilated back into America. See how easy that is? Who's next? EDIT: Mods if you think this thread should go elsewhere like Community Diner, feel free to move it.