Ah, conspiracy theorists. You've gotta love them.
As part of a training exercise for the US military, areas in the states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado are being used to simulate different types of terrain for soldiers to participate in. Although the plans haven't been made available to the public, the increase in military activity in the region has sent bloggers, theorists and whack-jobs spiralling off into all sorts of outlandish theories about what's happening.
The prevailing theory is that the training exercise - known as Jade Helm - is actually a front for the US military's plan to invade Texas. In fact, that theory has become so widespread that the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, issued a statement warning Texans to "know their safety, constitutional rights, private property right and civil liberties will not be infringed."
However, there are also a good number of theories suggest that a massive asteroid is due to hit the Earth between September 22nd and September 28th, resulting in a post-apocalyptic scenario in that region - hence why all the army people are there, getting ready for the end of the world
Those same theorists believe that the asteroid was brought forth thanks to the Large Hadron Collider, which (in their words) meddled with the cosmic forces and dragged the asteroid out of its path. While some scientists have admitted that the LHC could cause a black hole to form, they have stated that there is no evidence that it can have an effect on the path that asteroids travel but hey, why should facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory? Plenty of vloggers and bloggers have taken to the internet to give us the official, 100% true version of what's definitely happening.
The growing concerns online has lead NASA to release a statement where they have had to tell people when the next asteroid is due to be anywhere near Earth, and it turns out we're safe for a few hundred years yet.
That hasn't stopped people coming up with plenty of theories about what's going on, with one blogger saying that the end of the world is nigh because "the CERN logo is 666 - the sign of the beast - in a circle. The CERN collider looks like the all-seeing eye or stargaze we see so much of", and another on the site Whistleblower 800 has said that they've figured out exactly what's going on with the training exercise: "This (asteroid) is why the military is deploying Jade Helm this summer, because it may no longer be possible to cover it all up. Jade Helm is an insurance policy. If we make it to fall, JH will just be a training exercise". Of course, the military would never admit that, because it would cause complete anarchy, so that's why no one is talking about it of course.
Our theory? We thinks this is all just a promotional exercise for The X-Files.