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Top 20 Conspiracy Theories That Have Already Sprung Up Around President Obama's Birth Certificate

Well, that didn't take long. All of the purported inconsistencies and mysterious anomalies with President Obama's long form birth certificate. And this is only within the first few hours of the document's release. Give the Birthers a few days to come up with some really juicy stuff. Between this and the conspiracy theories about Osama bin Laden's death, they're going to be very busy.

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  • 1. The patterned background is too seamless for a document kept in a bound volume.

  • 2. The "Date Accepted" is four days later than "Date of Birth."

  • 3. Smudges in box next to name of attendant.

  • 4. M.D. who signed the document conveniently died eight years ago.

  • 5. Two mysterious Xs above "twin" and "triplet."

  • 6. Unexplained "8991" on document's right side.

  • 7. "41" at to right of document looks suspicious.

  • 8. Birth certificate of someone born at the same hospital a day later has a lower number.

  • 9. There is no official seal.

  • 10. Still says "Certificate of Live Birth."

  • 11. Instead of "African" under father's race, "Colored" or "Negro" would have been used in 1961.

  • 12. The type for "Caucasian" is too perfect, not possible for a typewriter from 1961.

  • 13. No footprint.

  • 14. No birth weight.

  • 15. Signature of mother and attendant are too similar.

  • 16. Under hour of birth, the "M." in "P.M." is a different font.

  • 17. Address for Obama's childhood home is the middle of a highway.

  • 18. Hawaii's Governor until recently claimed there was no birth certificate.

  • 19. Obviously Photoshopped. Layers!

  • 20. We all know his real name is Barry Saetoro and he changed his name to Barack Obama after visiting Pakistan.

    All of these theories have been culled from The Smoking Gun's article on the birth certificate and the resulting comments.

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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