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The 10 dumbest conspiracies of 2022

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Mikael Thalen


Posted on Dec 27, 2022   Updated on Jan 3, 2023, 8:55 am CST



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🔍 The 10 dumbest conspiracies this year

1) Conspiracy theorists think these Reebok shoes are Satanic

A conspiracy theory spreading across social media claims that a pair of shoes recently released by Reebok are “Satanic.” But the theory falls apart under the slightest scrutiny.

2) Conspiracy theorists fall for fake article claiming conspiracy theorists are always right

In what might be the greatest example of irony ever, conspiracy theorists have fallen for a fake news article that claims conspiracy theorists “keep getting things right.”

3) Conspiracy theorists think Biden’s visit to Poland was entirely staged

President Joe Biden visited Poland to address the ongoing conflict in the neighboring country of Ukraine. But conspiracy theorists believe footage of the visit proves that the diplomatic trip was actually staged and that Biden was instead on a movie set.

4) Conspiracy theorists think this video shows Hillary Clinton leading an intergalactic space cult

A video surfaced online that conspiracy theorists claim shows Hillary Clinton dressed as a “space cult leader” during an “annual earth ritual.” Yet the event was anything but a so-called Satanic ritual as argued online.

5) Conspiracy theorists are outraged over fake Satanic coffee cups from Starbucks

Conspiracy theorists across social media were outraged over what they believe is a Satanic coffee cup being sold by Starbucks. But it turns out that the item has nothing to do with the multinational coffee chain.

6) Conspiracy theorists think your babies will be forced to drink Bill Gates formula

Conspiracy theorists accused billionaire Bill Gates (as always) of purposely creating the ongoing baby formula shortage in the U.S. as part of a sinister plot. But an examination of the facts shows that’s not the case.

7) Conspiracy theorists think ‘FEMA Camp Containers’ were used during the Super Bowl

While millions across the world enjoyed the 2022 Super Bowl, conspiracy theorists became convinced that internment camp containers had been prominently displayed during the halftime show. But as you’ve likely guessed, the claims aren’t true.

8) Ukraine invasion reignites a conspiracy theory about a soccer ball that could bring down the Deep State

A laughable conspiracy theory alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave former President Donald Trump a soccer ball full of secrets about the “Deep State” has resurfaced following the invasion of Ukraine. 

9) Conspiracy theorists think Jeffrey Epstein was referenced in an episode of ‘Spongebob’

Conspiracy theorists are convinced that they have found a connection between the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants and deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

10) Conspiracy theorists think Starbucks is ushering in the end of the world by going cashless

A photograph circulating online that purports to show Starbucks announcing plans to go entirely cashless has conspiracy theorists convinced that the end is nigh. As always, the actual explanation is much simpler.

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*First Published: Dec 27, 2022, 6:00 am CST