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22 Bizarre Conspiracy Theories – mental_floss List Show Ep. 323

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A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John looks at some bizarre conspiracy theories that people actually …

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    Drew Randall

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    How do we know you aren’t the one behind the Super Conspiracy, John?

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    Rebecca Limberg

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    You talk about DIA, but not about the demon horse there? 🤔🤣

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    Javier the Wario fan

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Just google map denver international airport

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    AlmiraBat

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    If there was fluoride in the water, I would have noticed by now, as I have a sensitivity to it.

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    Luv AI

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I'm surprised that nothing about Matrix or the world being a dream and/or video game popped up.

    John, since you think about life and how it could all be an illusion, I'm dissapointed that there was nothing about that on this list.

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    the pug awsome gamer

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    The freemasons in the simpsons hid the electric car they also made Steve Gutenberg a star and they rig the Oscar nights

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    germán giacomazzi

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    the moon landing isn't faked, they just designed a flag that looks like it's being moved by wind even if there's none, because we all know there's no wind on the moon and still the flag ignored that

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    Sagiri

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    My super-conspiracy is that all conspiracy theories are created and promoted by a single, small group of individuals – specifically, delusional people with little concern for truth.

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    SlyPearTree

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Poor John, he was murdered the day after this episode went public and replaced by a lizard. There is a bible code that predict this as there is a bible code that predict everything. (Google bible code if you do not know what I'm talking about.)

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    Sandra Wong

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    DO you think that maybe the reptilian overlord thing might have been some people trolling like "Is this question really asking me if we are ruled by reptilian overlords? Well, ooofff course we, this is a stupid poll…"

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    Kristy Hughes

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I heard a pretty good explanation on why the moon landing was not faked. Russia would never have let us get away with it. Seems legit to me. And the Kennedy assassination– it always gives me the feeling that something hinky was going on. I don't know what– I have no real theory. But, I think people are suspicious, because there is just more to the story then the general public was told. For all I know JFK's dad decided he sucked as president and had him killed– heck the man was mean enough.

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    Tony Perri

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Stanley Kubrick did in fact film the moon landing, but being a perfectionist, he insisted they film on site.

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    mmwpro63

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Waaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttt, electric cars weren't held back by the gasoline companies?

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    Ian Fleury

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I once worked with a guy who honestly believed that the internet did not exist. Any time you thought you were using the net, it was just "algorithms." I have no idea what that means.

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    Eliza Derfelt

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Tbh I believe almost all of these wholeheartedly

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    Sebastian Orellana

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    fluoride is an element, therefore has been deeply researched, and thus cannot "include mind altering chemicals to make us a more obedient population". but what does logic mean to conspiracy theorists? also the illuminati definitely does not control us. definitely…

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    Priceless

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Tupuc's aunt lived in Cuba not his godmother.

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    Avery-Quinn Maddox

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Advertisers are a plague. They are a cancerous mass of consumerist control that force unwanted items into our faces until we want them.

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    Emma Sclafani

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    no disease (including tooth decay) is caused by fluoride deficiency. in fact, tooth decay started decreasing well before fluoridation in water supplies began.

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    **

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    The murals they had on the walls of the Denver airport were really weird. And airport officials were oddly taken aback and couldn't understand why people found it strange that an alien-looking soldier would be pointing a gun at a baby 😒

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    **

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    The murals they had on the walls of the Denver airport were really weird. And airport officials were oddly taken aback and couldn't understand why people found it strange that an alien-looking soldier would be pointing a gun at a baby 😒

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    Exploring Tampa

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    My dad is CONVINCED that Santo Trafficante Jr. ordered the hit on JFK.

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    Mike likes trains

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Most of these are obviously pretty silly, but the electric car one is absolutely true. "Who Killed The Electric Car" sums it up pretty well. Obviously, things are looking much better now, since cars like the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S and Chevrolet Bolt have been introduced, to reasonable success. (I should know – I drive a 2012 Leaf.)

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    RichardThePear

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Nice try exculpating the clintons.

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    Hannah Mills

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Advertising is actually highly effective. Studies show that you're more likely to want something from an add that you don't even remember seeing.

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    Willtendo

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    The one about electric cars is one I could believe with more evidence

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    Safersephiroth777

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Americans believe stange things.

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    stevee5

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    the princess Diana one could very well be true

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    tracy ash

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Kurt Cobain can also be Wes Scantlin from puddle of mudd

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    insert cheesy pun here

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I don't know if I've posted this before…but my mom thinks there are aliens in the moon. IN the moon. Inside it. She flipped the moon off once because of it.

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    Weretyu7777

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Fun fact: a flying saucer DID crash at Roswell. However, when the government examined it, they found Cyrillic writing on the disc and the pilots, while deformed, were human. So basically, the govt. did a double cover up; first they planted evidence for aliens, then they covered that up with the weather balloon story.

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    God Dangit

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Number 15 doesn't seem bizarre at all. In fact, it seems downright reasonable.

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    Mallory Taylor

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    whenever he says "mental floss" i hear "menopause"

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    Kira Stenzel

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

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    ishaIa8

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    There is another that says that digital cameras were also in the same boat as electric cars. Or is that one confirmed?

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    Hastings

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    The gloss-over of 9/11 theorists is a bit troubling given the means+motive angle of the war-driven US military-economy at the time… I am ever the "grain of salt" distributor, but I also feel that the subject of conspiracies is innately out of your depth if you are unwilling to undertake any risk of conspiracy-support except when convenient… I've gotta say: this ep was a misstep in more ways than one, but you've likely encountered this criticism already. Yikers, right?

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    Kahanu Morales

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Which is worse?
    1. The world is actually run by a small group of people called the Illuminati who want to enslave us
    2. World governments are run by people who are actually doing their best, but can't figure out how to solve the world's problems

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    Vercalos al'Corlin

    April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I have to say that out of all those conspiracy theories listed, the suppression of the electric car seems to be the most likely to be true. It's certainly a reasonable approach for those listed, and it wouldn't be the first time that auto companies and the government suppressed potential competition. Look at Tucker Cars, for example.

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