As well as Candy Crush, nudie ladies and stalking, the internet also helps bewildering people talk authoratively about stuff they've just made up. I examine five of the internet's greatest conspiracy theories and finally attempts to answer the question that humankind has struggled with since time you can't remember.
Egypt is a great country for conspiracy theories - the nuttier, the better. In relation to penises, animals or the national football team, talk of agents and conspiracies are amusing and, although genuinely believed by some, are widely shared as a joke. But when they are used to shut down debate or demonise groups of people they become more sinister and even deadly.
Right now a film is being cut for YouTube. Within the edit, clips from various media broadcasts of Monday's shooting in Washington DC are being selectively stitched together. The film will start by suggesting a deception has occurred, one wrought in the American people by shadowy, unseen forces. It will distance itself from other conspiracy theory videos, purporting to show "just the facts" about the events at the naval dockyard.
Downing Street has confirmed that Conservative MP, Jesse Norman, will leave its policy board after abstaining in last week's vote on Syria. The decision to fire the influential Tory is being attributed to the necessity of retaining party discipline and highlighting the fact that three-line whips are to be treated with the utmost respect. However, this sudden dismissal begs many questions...