If you’ve been spending your part of the day on the internet, you’ve heard of some conspiracy theories. From the CIA’s alleged mind control research to fierce online disagreements about the true shape of the earth, most of them don’t look mind-blowing or even surprising. By now, almost all of the most popular have been discussed and debunked.
That doesn’t mean we’re almost running out of conspiracy theories, however. There is a new theory for every old one that we solve or forget, and some of them don’t even sound that ridiculous. In fact, make or make minor changes to the general premise, some of these new conspiracy theories may even be true.
8. The “Glee Curse”
joy is one of the essential parts of our pop culture that most people no longer care about but still exist among a handful of die-hard fans. While the show ran for six seasons and the final episode aired in 2016, joy Still popping up on the internet in the form of memes, fanatic jokes, and a particularly dark conspiracy theory.
Known among the faithful – if they could be called that – as the ‘joy Curse ‘, the theory claims that the entire cast of joy suffers from a harrowing curse that ultimately kills everyone, or at least causes them significant problems. It may sound absurd – since there is no scientific reason to believe that there are curses – although the theory has some backing in reality. Already a few occupation or their relatives have died since or while the show was airing. It may be a coincidence, although this could be said for any conspiracy theories that make too much sense.
7. The Tommy Westphall Universe
For those who remember the 80s show St. ElsewhereIt ended with the rather wise reveal that all of the events during his six seasons actually took place in the mind of child Tommy Westphall. While it was a completely unremarkable and memorable series – minus the nostalgia that came with it – the final five minutes of the finale led to one of the most overarching conspiracy theories on television: the “Tommy Westphall Universe”.
According to the theory, Tommy imagined not just the events of that show, but all of the shows. Ever. Everything from the show that is repeated in other universes – props, actors, locations, etc. – could be used to give credibility to this theory. Of course, there are certain restrictions on the shows that could be recorded as this only works for shows with a continuous storyline. There cannot be any fictional universes in these shows either, as this comes with its own complications. But other than that, a staggering number of popular shows – such as Newhart, Murphy Brown, breaking Bad, Friends, and Everyone loves Raymond – have a certain connection to St. Elsewhere, so it stands to reason that they are only in the mind of Tommy Westphall. While the theory has been around for a while, it comes up on chat forums every time a new show meets the criteria that adds a little more nuance to the ever-expanding theoretical universe.
6. Finland doesn’t really exist
Anyone who has been to Finland can tell you all about its beauty. Finland is definitely a developed and prosperous country, even if it is a bit underpopulated and boring. It has been an important nation in the history of Europe for as long as one can remember. All of this wasn’t enough, however, to convince a reddit user named Raregans, who, by the way, grew up believing in an alternate version of his parents – Finland isn’t real, but a joke that Russia and China keep up to keep access to the to have abundant fishing water in the Baltic Sea.
Of course, any of the 5.5 million Finns could easily debunk this, although the theory has taken on a life of its own since it was first published about four years ago. Everything in Finland – according to the few proponents of the theory – is an elaborate ploy to uphold the fisheries agreements between Russia and Japan, including Nokia and the Trans-Siberian Railway.
5. Conspiracies around CERN
CERN is an abbreviation for European Council for Nuclear Research, also known as the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It is by far the largest particle science physics laboratory in the world and is home to some of our most advanced technologies. Recently, CERN has been involved in some groundbreaking experiments, including exceeding the speed of light and smacking experimental particles together to create unimaginable amounts of energy.
While all of this is good news for most of us, it doesn’t go so well with the Conspiracy theorists. CERN is at the center of all kinds of theories related to the Internet, from experiments with parallel universes and artificial black holes to time travel. If they were all true, scientists would be far more powerful and sinister than we would ever have given them credit for. However, to be honest, we can never say for sure, as most of the experiments carried out in this laboratory are very secret and understandable to the layman at a high level.
4. The world ended in 2012
The world seems to be in a particularly bad position right now. From massive civil wars to previously strong economies struggling to pay their bills on time, almost none of us saw anything coming. The question is, where did it all go wrong?
According to one theory, we have an exact answer to that – 2012. Proponents of the theory claim that the prophecy that foretold the end of the world in 2012 did indeed come true, and we branched out to a different timeline at that time. That’s why completely unlikely events – like Trump’s presidency, the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexi – Much more often now than before. It didn’t happen by chance, if one wants to believe the theory, but rather through the discovery of the Higgs boson (the “God particle”) in the same year.
3. Facebook’s 10 year challenge could be a facial recognition tool
Facebook’s ‘Ten Year Challenge’ was a viral trend in early 2019, with everyone from everyday people to celebrities comparing their photos from ten years ago to their looks today. It was a seemingly harmless trend as there are few ways to take advantage of this. Unless, of course, we’re talking about Facebook.
According to somethingThe challenge was actually a long-term attempt by Facebook to improve its facial recognition algorithm. The before / after pictures give a good overview of how we looked ten years ago compared to today and give valuable insights into the changes in how people look as they get older.
Of course, this doesn’t have to be a conspiracy theory at all, as Facebook has stated on multiple occasions that they use facial recognition to improve their services. Regardless, the theory has kept the trend from going viral as we don’t have to make Facebook’s already invasive algorithm even better at its work if we can help it.
2. Donald Trump is indeed a high-level agent against the US
No matter what political side you’re on, it’s hard to deny that Donald Trump has made a fair share of questionable statements and decisions since he took office in the Oval Office. Perhaps it’s because we’re living in the age of social media that most past presidents fortunately avoided, but it seems like every slip and silly mistake Trump makes (someone excited to colonize Nars? For a covfefe?), is enlarged. He’s also tweeted classified military information and has faced his fair share of criminal allegations – including a recent fraud investigation. Overall, it is enough for many people to sit back and wonder: How does it make sense for this to come from the President of the United States?
Well, according to one corner of the internet, it actually does Perfect Sense. Trump is so flawed because he was trained by America’s enemies to bring him down from within. There are differences in who these enemies are, although Russia seems like the most likely candidate. Some versions of the theory make some great pointseven though it’s one of those things that we could never really confirm.
1. The Mandela Effect
Fast; Do you remember how Nelson Mandela died in prison sometime in the 80s? Many of us would likely answer “yes” and even remember details such as riots in South Africa after his funeral and a vague memory of his widow making a public speech. If you’re one of those people who remembers it like this – even if it’s a complete make-up of our imaginations and Mandela actually died outside of prison in 2013 – you may be living in a parallel universe.
Known as ‘Mandela effect – named for obvious reasons – the theory that different people remember different instances of the same memory due to branched alternate universes has been around since at least 2010. However, it has been expanded to include many other similar “glitches” in the matrix, such as Berenstain’s spelling Bears, the color of the C-3PO bot in war of starsor whether the queen in Snow White says “mirror, mirror on the wall” or “magic mirror on the wall” (it is the latter). It has all sorts of effects on our reality, such as time travel and different universes based on multiple outcomes in our daily life, although we don’t really have the scientific means to confirm or deny it. Yet.
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