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  • You walk through the streets, surrounded by people.

  • Everyone seems normal, just going about their day - or are they?

  • You've heard things, and you can't help but wonder, are all the people surrounding

  • you what they appear to be?

  • Or are there some otherworldly beings wearing human disguises living among us - and plotting

  • against us?

  • It's one of the most popular - and terrifying - conspiracy theories around.

  • Are there actually lizard people living among us, and possibly secretly ruling us?

  • The idea is simple.

  • We're not the only intelligent life in the universe.

  • There is a species of highly intelligent, highly ambitious aliens being out there.

  • But instead of evolving from primates like we did, it's not mammalian at all.

  • These beings are reptilian, and are believed to be either shapeshifters or masters of disguise.

  • That allows them to take on a human appearance, and infiltrate human society.

  • But we don't have to be worried about alien invasion - because the invasion is supposedly

  • already here and has been for a very long time.

  • That's because this theory often has ties to another famous conspiracy.

  • The Illuminati.

  • A powerful and shadowy group of power brokers that control the governments of every major

  • country.

  • A council so powerful that even the President of the United States takes his orders from

  • them.

  • The Illuminati are usually believed to be composed of the most powerful and wealthy

  • families on Earth.

  • While this mysterious group has never been found and their existence is unproven, the

  • believers in the theory say that's exactly what they want.

  • And a certain small and vocal group of Illuminati believers say they may not be human at all.

  • But is there any truth to this conspiracy theory?

  • And how did it begin?

  • The origins likely draw back not to events in our world, but to the world of fiction.

  • In his short but prolific career as a writer, Robert E. Howard created many of the most

  • lasting concepts in fantasy fiction.

  • Ranging from the barbarian nomad Conan to the warrior king Kull, his heroes faced a

  • bizarre mix of supernatural and sci-fi enemies - but few more bizarre than the Serpent Men.

  • This ancient prehistoric race had snake-like heads and lived underground.

  • Other writers like Clark Ashton Smith and most famously HP Lovecraft used inspiration

  • from this story to create their own stories involving terrifying ancient reptilians, but

  • the very first inspiration may come from much earlier.

  • And it may bring in another iconic mystery.

  • The Secret Doctrine, a book by Russian philosopher Helena Blavatsky, is hard to classify.

  • That's because it was classified as non-fiction - but most analysts believe it contained mostly

  • fiction.

  • A combination of modern science and ancient occult concepts, it claimed to represent the

  • Wisdom of the Agesand spoke of ancient lost civilizations in Atlantis and Lemuria

  • where prehistoric races of pre-humans lived.

  • One of theseroot raceswas described asDragon Men” - possibly the earliest

  • mention of these ancient beings in literature.

  • And while Blavatsky's book has been widely discredited, this concept has stuck around

  • far longer than the rest of her ideas.

  • So how did these literary ideas make the jump into our world?

  • One of the big tipping points was when a mysterious incident happened in Roswell, New Mexico in

  • 1947.

  • Officially classified as an Air Force balloon crash near a ranch, it became the launch for

  • a million conspiracy theories about alien UFOs coming to Earth - and just as many claims

  • of other sightings and even alien abductions.

  • People would run into the police and claim that they had been lifted out of their cars

  • by tractor beams and experimented on by bizarre alien beings.

  • While most of these reports had the common description of tall grey aliens, some had

  • a different appearance.

  • And one was by a man with a more trustworthy reputation than most.

  • It was 1967, and Herbert Schirmer was a police officer in Ashland, Nebraska.

  • The man had been having strange dreams and flashbacks, so he sought out the help of a

  • hypnotist.

  • While under hypnosis, he recalled being abducted by aliens and taken on a UFO.

  • His description of the aliens gained larger attention.

  • He said they had reptilian features, and more significantly reported they had a military-style

  • emblem of a winged serpent on their chests.

  • Could this be a close encounter with the mysterious dragon-men who supposedly preceded humanity?

  • Or was it a hoax?

  • Most UFO skeptics say Schirmer is not one of the most convincing cases, especially given

  • the addition of a third-party hypnotist, but his case continues to intrigue conspiracists

  • to this day.

  • But is there any real evidence of evolved, secret reptiles living among us?

  • That depends on what you consider evidence.

  • There are many cryptids out there that people describe as reptile-like.

  • Some, like the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland and the Mokele-mbembe of Africa, are said

  • to resemble dinosaurs who have survived to the modern day.

  • Others, like the Lizardman of South Carolina or the Loveland Frog, resemble reptiles or

  • amphibians who are evolved enough to stand on two legs - close to the legend of the lizard

  • people.

  • But the one thing all these creatures have in common is that they've only been sighted

  • by a few people, none of whom have managed to take a clear picture, and most scientists

  • believe it's highly unlikely that a creature of this size could hide from human discovery

  • indefinitely.

  • So how did this conspiracy theory jump the line into a major belief?

  • Sometimes, all it takes is one charismatic believer to get everyone else on board.

  • And the lizard people found their believer in the form of British radio host David Icke.

  • Originally a footballer and sports broadcaster, he soon started expressing beliefs in bizarre

  • theories and using his platform as a radio host to spread them.

  • What started as an exploration of New Age philosophies and alternative medicine to heal

  • his chronic arthritis briefly led to a prominent position in the Green Party and a series of

  • books that predicted doom for the world, expressed antisemitic views, and claimed we were just

  • one of many parallel dimensions.

  • His bigoted views soon got him kicked out of the party.

  • But it was a 1999 book that left the biggest impact.

  • The Biggest Secretwould soon become the most in-depth exploration of the Lizard

  • People theory ever published, giving these creatures a name.

  • He claimed they came from a distant star system called Alpha Draconis, although they didn't

  • stay there - they could travel across dimensions.

  • Called the Archons or Anunnaki, they had been there on Earth for ages and had already hijacked

  • the Earth.

  • But they weren't the ones actually ruling the Earth - they had placed another group

  • of genetically modified hybrid beings on the planet to rule in their place.

  • And they had a name - the Babylonian Brotherhood.

  • These powerful hybrids were supposedly the one running the planet in the form of an Illuminati,

  • and they had the ability to feed on fear and negative energy.

  • Thus, their manipulations of the government were aimed at keeping us in a constant state

  • of fear and lead us to embrace an authoritarian global government that would end freedom of

  • speech and elections and rule indefinitely, as part of a “New World Order”.

  • But Icke went further than most believers in this theory.

  • He named names.

  • Icke claimed that these human-reptile hybrids had been running Earth for centuries and were

  • secretly behind several of the most powerful people in the world.

  • These included the Merovingian dynasty, a powerful ruling family responsible for uniting

  • much of Europe starting in the fifth century.

  • In more modern times, the list supposedly includes the Rothschilds, a powerful family

  • of businessmen; the Bush political dynasty responsible for two US Presidents, and the

  • British royal family.

  • He also named former President Barack Obama and former Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld

  • - indicating the conspiracy is a bipartisan affair.

  • While these are the most prominent names, Icke claims we've never seen most of the

  • lizard people - because they live underground in massive bases, and we won't see them

  • until they've made their move and it's too late.

  • It's a terrifying conspiracy - but is there any truth to it?

  • Icke and his fellow believers have been widely criticized for their conspiracies having little

  • to no basis in reality and working in many antisemitic theories.

  • Icke even personally endorsed the famous historical forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,

  • which claimed a powerful Jewish conspiracy ruling the world and bears many similarities

  • to the lizard people theory - including having the Rothschilds at the center of many versions.

  • Scientists and politicians have both condemned Icke and denounced the theory, and he finally

  • made Twitter run out of patience in 2020 when he claimed that the Covid-19 pandemic was

  • caused not by a virus but by 5G cell towers.

  • So he's probably just a niche conspiracy theorist and the lizard people theory isn't

  • very popular...right?

  • Wrong.

  • Despite no real evidence for the theory, it has a surprisingly large following numbering

  • in the millions in the United States alone.

  • A recent poll indicated that four percent of American adults believe there's truth

  • to the theory - which might not sound like much, but it comes out to over twelve million

  • believers.

  • These believers may not get much mainstream attention, but they communicate actively on

  • the internet, even sharing their beliefs on how to supposedly spot these impostors among

  • us.

  • So what are the supposed signs of a lizard-person in human form?

  • Some are related to the nature of lizards, like low blood pressure.

  • Others are seemingly random, but the believers will insist they're a giveaway - like good

  • eyesight and hearing or red hair.

  • Unexplained scars on the body are supposedly a giveaway - maybe because they're not fitting

  • in their skin quite right.

  • Others have nothing to do with the body and more to do with the mind, with believers claiming

  • that they can tell when someone is too interested in space or gives off theVibeof not

  • belonging to the human race.

  • Have you ever had the feeling someone is sizing you up and trying to figure you out a little

  • too much?

  • They might have been looking for clues.

  • But these bizarre conspiracies are jumping the line into affecting the real world.

  • The conspiracy first picked up some mainstream attention in 2008 when a man named Lucas Davenport

  • decided to write inlizard peopleon his Senate ballot in Minnesota.

  • While his vote was thrown out and it later turned out that he wasn't an actual believer

  • - instead wanting to make a funny joke because he didn't like any of the candidates - the

  • gecko was out of the bottle.

  • Different media outlets covered the conspiracy and it sent countless people running to their

  • computer to google what exactly the lizard people were - giving the theory, and Icke's

  • writings, a whole new platform in the digital era.

  • But the theory would influence a far darker day over ten years later.

  • It was Christmas day in 2020 when an explosion rocked downtown Nashville, blowing up a building

  • next to an AT&T network hub.

  • While the bomber, Anthony Warner, was the only person killed, it disrupted network communications

  • for days in the area - and the only clue to his motive was a series of bizarre packages

  • he had sent to friends days before his shocking act.

  • Anthony Quinn Warner had previously worked for AT&T, but he held some bizarre views,

  • including beliefs that UFOs had already invaded Earth and that the moon landing had been faked.

  • And the mastermind behind these plots?

  • You guessed it - our reptilian friends.

  • So what gives this conspiracy theory so much staying power?

  • The world is scary out there, so why make it more scary?

  • Why do people believe in evil forces where there is no proof?

  • Psychologists believe that this may actually be a way to take back control in their minds.

  • If bad things are just happening in the world with no purpose behind them, it's impossible

  • to know when or how it will get better.

  • If there is actually a shadowy evil force behind all the bad things, people convince

  • themselves that all they have to do is find the people responsible and they can make things

  • get better.

  • Which, in 2020, certainly sounds better to some people than the alternative.

  • And for those who believe in conspiracies, it's notoriously hard to convince them otherwise.

  • After all, if you believe there's a conspiracy to hide the truth, wouldn't someone telling

  • you it isn't true just make you more suspicious?

  • The Lizard-people conspiracy theory is clearly ridiculous, but then again that's exactly

  • what we would say if we ourselves here at The Infographics Show were part of the Lizard

  • People agenda and wanted to get you off the trail.

  • Or maybe we would admit that we were Lizard People and play it off as a big joke, yet

  • again to get you off the scent.

  • Guess you'll just have to take our word for it that we're definitely, probably,

  • not part of the global lizard people conspiracy.

  • Now if you'll excuse us there's a giant bowl of delicious flies to eat that we've

  • been eyeing this whole time.

  • For another of the greatest conspiracies of all time, check outIs There Evidence That

  • Aliens Did Come to Roswell”, or watch this video instead.

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