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12 crazy conspiracy theories that actually turned out to be true

They say the truth is stranger than fiction. That's no lie.

2. Bad booze
2. Bad booze
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Conspiracy: During Prohibition, the government poisoned alcohol to keep people from drinking.

The truth: Manufacturers of industrial alcohol had been mixing their product with dangerous chemicals for years prior to Prohibition.

But between 1926 and 1933, the federal government pushed manufacturers to use stronger poisons to discourage bootleggers from turning the alcohol into moonshine.

That didn't stop the bootleggers or their customers, and by the end of Prohibition, more than 10,000 Americans had been killed by tainted booze.

Much of the illegal booze was sold in infamous night spots called 'speakeasies' - so called from the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police and neighbours. Here are some more examples of words not used much nowadays.



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