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People Predict What Will Become The Next Flat Earth Head Scratcher

Humans LOVE conspiracy theories. We love to attribute our ills to some nameless force working against us. Most of us, however, do so in jest. We understand that there isn't really some great conspiracy to make us, specifically, miserable or mislead us.


Increasingly though, more and more people seem to latch onto these conspiracy theories and the flawed "logic" (I use that term loosely) that their proponents use to justify their assertions. Most of us just read about it and shake our heads in confusion (with the odd facepalm here and there for the especially wild ones), but some people are misled into believing them.

Reddit user dank_meme_machine30 asked:

What do you think will be the next anti-vax or flat-earth?

Everybody knows...that?

Anti moon.

The moon doesn't exist.

You think you've seen it?

You're wrong.

-jenemb

It's just the back of the sun, everyone knows that.

-Xeeko

Everything is chemicals, even your precious essential oils.

Since it's not that far of a stretch from anti-vax...everything is a conspiracy by Big Pharma & doctors to make more money. Here, have some essential oils.

I have an autoimmune disease and already have tons of people telling me to stop taking my medication. It's worse now that I'm pregnant; people get really mad and claim I'm poisoning my baby. The pills are to stop my body from killing my baby, f**k your essential oils.

-eraser_dust

Yep!

Not the next one perhaps, but I can see a time when people flat out deny that we as a species came from Earth.

-Georgeisthecoolest

Isn't that Scientology?

-yaboyjiggleclay

Giphy

Can you really prove it?

Anti-Australia, as a sub-sect of the flat-earth movement. Been to Australia? You were on a flight flying in circles that landed somewhere outside of Los Alamos. Australians? Paid actors. Kangaroos? Overgrown squirrels.

-horse_you_rode_in_on

Yeah, it's the same thing like North Dakota is not real. Do you know anyone from North Dakota? No. Do you use any product made in North Dakota? No. It's a lie made up by those filthy politicians so they can manipulate and rig the election!!!

-ArnoF7

How do we know?

Denying germ theory.

-scottdenis

I could totally see that one catching on.

"I got a cold when I was spending a month in the woods by myself. ...BY MYSELF! So then tell me, 'scientists,' who gave me the cold 'virus?' I obviously gave it to myself with my negative thoughts!"

It would be pretty epic to see people getting sneezed on to prove a point.

-wishIknewwho

I don't know anyone from Delaware, do you?

Delaware doesn't exist. I'm pushing that very hard to make it a thing. I mean do you really know anyone from Delaware?

-CitationX_N7V11C

I was messing with someone about this theory and turns out her kid went to college there.
Is she sure? Is she really, really sure?

rockthatissmooth

I am currently sitting in a University of Delaware hall, I can't confirm if this actually reality. Standby.

HenryHazard21

People disappoint us, yet again.

Flat Mars

-Shadowzade28

Mars landing deniers

-ohmygoditsaguy

Unfortunately that's already a thing

Spec_Ops_Firefly

The cognitive dissonance must be nearly intolerable.

Anti-internet.

Nothing on the internet is real, the internet isn't real, it was created by scientists to spread lies and misinformation.

-Narmooto

Never happen,, because these are the people that -require- the internet (FB, etc) in order to spread their bullshit...

-osmotar

In the same way that flat-earthers talk to other flat-earthers around the globe, on a planet that is a globe, that they are themselves existing on about the earth being flat?

There's not a science behind stupidity. They can still believe the internet was made for mind-control reasons while still using it.

-Narmooto

Mni Wičoni, Water is Life.

Being in the water industry I am meeting more and more people who completely mistrust the public water supply. They are completely misinformed about basic treatment and complain always about the "chemicals" in the water. I've had people complain about everything from chemicals we never use in the process, strange colors and odors coming from their toilets and showers, phantom illnesses and tall tales of neighbors who died from the water. I had never met people who never drink water before starting this career path, and now I get yelled at by several a year and they legit only drink soda or Gatorade, maybe tea and coffee only. Its got the recipes of ignorance, easily spread misinformation and a helpless group of professionals only seeking the best for the public.

-Djackso

I'd be willing to bet some of these people don't realize soda and Gatorade and tea and coffee all have water in them.

-Abracadabruh

Giphy

Mad-lib conspiracies.

Flat vax?

-FroggoFrogman

I like anti-earth better.

-keen4e

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Serena was a conservative activist who, along with her husband Fred, spearheaded the Puritan movement that ultimately gave rise to Gilead. Inspired by women whom she perceives to have "abandoned" their families in the name of female autonomy, Serena Joy delivers impassioned speeches at venues around the nation calling for policies that would place women back in the home. She even wrote a bestselling book, A Woman's Place, that served as the vessel for much of her conservative dogma and inspired many of the Commander's Wives who become her friends and neighbors.

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Pray God you can cope
I'll stand outside
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This woman's world
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Now starts the craft of the FatherI
know you've got a little life in you left
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I know you've got a little life in you yet
I know you've got a lot of strength left
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I should be hoping but I can't stop thinking
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