Public Policy Polling conducted a national survey about 20 of the most widespread conspiracy theories. The survey sampled 1,247 registered voters. The results: • 51% of voters say a larger conspiracy was at work in the JFK assassination; just 25% say Oswald acted alone • 15% of voters think the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry “invent” new diseases to make money • 14% of all voters believe in the existence of Bigfoot • 7% of voters said that the moon landing was fake. • 6% of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive • 5% of voters believe that Paul McCartney actually died in 1966 • 15% of voters say the government or the media adds mind-controlling technology to TV broadcast signals • 14% of voters say the CIA was instrumental in creating the crack cocaine epidemic in America’s inner cities in the 1980s • 9% say the government adds fluoride to the water supply for evil reasons • 5% of voters believe that exhaust from airplanes is actually chemical spray the government is using for undisclosed sinister reasons.
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On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1984, the group U2 had their first top 40 hit with a song about Dr. King. Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders sang background vocals on the song, which was historically inaccurate, in that the shooting took place at 6 in the evening, rather than "early morning, April 4th." "Pride (In the Name of Love)" today's "Lost 80s Classic"