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Conspiracy theories offer something else to chew on at lunch


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In recent years, many documentaries and YouTube videos have surfaced entirely dedicated to conspiracy theories.

On May 12, a conspiracy theory that popular early 2000s pop singer Avril Lavigne was dead and had been replaced by a body double surfaced on Twitter and the thread went viral, with more than 120,000 retweets and 191,000 favorites.

Conspiracies have become a popular topic over lunch in the cafeteria. Some popular ones involve celebrities whose deaths were ruled suicides, such as Marilyn Monroe and Kurt Cobain. Some people say those suicides were actually homicides.

“I love reading conspiracy theories, personally,” stated Jettaka McWilliams.

One of the reasons conspiracy theories have become so popular in recent years is because of the internet. There are countless websites and forums where people discuss and create conspiracies.

However, some conspiracy theories reach the public in less high-tech ways. On Roosevelt Boulevard near Archbishop Ryan  High School, a man sometimes stands holding a cardboard sign that reads, “Investigate Pizzagate,” a debunked conspiracy theory that alleges Hillary Clinton and other high-ranking government officials are running a child sex trafficking ring in a pizza shop in Washington D.C.

“Rain or shine that man is out there. If he’s done anything, he’s sparked my curiosity enough to Google the theory, which is definitely false,” stated Vic Costa, a senior at Ryan.


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Conspiracy theories offer something else to chew on at lunch