18 Strange Conspiracy Theories, According to Google's Search Bar

Everyone loves a good old fashioned conspiracy. The Moon landings were shot in a studio! JFK was assassinated by his own government! Nicolas Cage is a time-traveling vampire! That one, believe it or not, pops up as a suggestion in Google's search bar. (Probably because of this photo. Doesn't seem so crazy now, does it?) Below are a few more pop culture conspiracies, as suggested by the world's most popular search engine.

1. Adele is a potato

Correction: a very talented potato.

2. Justin Bieber is Miley Cyrus

Apparently, enough people think that there's a resemblance there. Other Justin Bieber searches include “Justin Bieber is dead”, “Justin Bieber is Joffrey”, “Justin Bieber is not real”, and the implausible “Justin Bieber is a human bean [sic]”.

3. Miley Cyrus is a chicken

Using Google's logic, we can infer that Justin Bieber is also a chicken and a party in the USA.

4. Taylor Swift is a robot

Weirdly, “Is Taylor Swift a famous person?” was also searched for. (Hint: the answer is yes.) Some also wondered if she’s dead. There's a theme here.

5. Kiefer Sutherland is a pirate

Many also think he's dead.

6. David Cameron is the Queen’s cousin

Not true, although he is a direct descendant of George IV, which does make them related in a tenuous way. Some have also taken to the internet in the belief that he is Iggle Piggle from In The Night Garden.

7. Eminem is scared of giraffes

Apparently, this is just one of Marshall Mathers's many fears—others are owls, and leaving the house. People also frequently ask, “is Eminem dead?”

8. Tom Cruise is a Sith Lord

Or a hippo. Or dead.

9. Bill Murray is a tree

Not an unfair accusation of wooden acting, but instead a reference to the movie Agent 13

10. Mick Jagger is Kesha's dad

He's not, but he does, apparently, frequent people's nightmares.

11. Britney Spears is an alien with three heads

It's amazing what a little time in the hair and makeup chair can do, huh?

12. Tom Hanks is a lot of animals

According to the Tumblr of the same name, he is. Either that or he’s dead.

13. Nicolas Cage is a time-traveling vampire

He is definitely immortal

14. Johnny Depp is a computer

Well, in a recent film he was. I guess this beats being dead.

15. Beyonce is my spirit animal

She can't be everyone's spirit animal, you guys. It just doesn't work like that.

16. Kim Jong Un is the sexiest man alive

This one's no conspiracy—he was actually named World’s Sexiest Man 2012. By The Onion. There are also plenty of suggestions that he might be dead, although to be fair there were news stories reporting that a few years ago.

17. Paul (McCartney) is dead

This is actually an old one. The belief is that in 1963, McCartney died and was replaced by a lookalike (and soundalike). 

18. Bob Marley is alive

Bob Marley is the only person on this list who is actually dead, so naturally, people search for "Bob Marley is alive."

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The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

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Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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50 Years of Monday Night Football's Memorable Theme Music

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Monday Night Football turns 50 years old today—notably on a Monday! And as the Raiders and Saints warm up for tonight's kickoff, fans will know it's game time when they hear four distinct, descending notes. But it wasn't always that way. The biggest game of the week has been soundtracked by a handful of theme songs, starting back on September 21, 1970.

When Monday Night Football premiered on ABC, it was accompanied by the thoroughly groovy, Hammond organ-heavy “Score” by Charles Fox. The composer had previously written the theme for ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and he would later make a name for himself doing the theme songs for Happy Days and The Love Boat, as well as composing Roberta Flack’s Grammy-winning “Killing Me Softly with His Song.”

“No network had ever programmed a regular sporting event in the evening in prime time,” Fox wrote in his autobiography, and though no one could know what a juggernaut the show would become, he set about writing a funky soul-jazz tune. The song was released under the alias “Bob’s Band”—presumably because Fox was employed at the time by Bob Israel’s Score Productions, a music company specializing in theme songs and background music.

Fox retained its rights over that song, but the show moved on to a new opener after a few years. “Monday Night Football is still on the air, but my theme was replaced after seven years by someone named … Bob Israel,” Fox wrote of his former boss. Well, almost. First, there was a version simply called “ABC – Monday Night Football Theme” that aired from 1976 to 1981. Then in 1982, Israel’s Score Productions was brought in to update that song. The three composers of the 1976 piece unsuccessfully sued for copyright infringement.

Then, in 1989, Johnny Pearson’s “Heavy Action” rang in a new era of watching live sports from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy. Though the company had retained the rights to the song a decade previously, they used it primarily as background music and didn't make it an official theme until '89. The first four notes of the British composer’s opener became synonymous with American football, and the song is likely one of the most widely and easily recognized themes in television history.

Also in 1989, country star Hank Williams Jr. reworked his earlier hit "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" into a bar-room blues rocker that spoke of "turning on [his] TV for some pigskin fun." The song was a huge success and ran in various forms on the program for over 20 years. Williams enthusiastically growling "Are you ready for some football?" became as identifiable to the show as the opening notes of "Heavy Action."

Unfortunately, in 2011, Monday Night Football (which in 2006 moved from ABC to ESPN) dropped Williams' theme after he made controversial statements about President Barack Obama on Fox News. The network reverted to featuring "Heavy Action" most prominently, and in 2015 they reworked the theme yet again. That intro, which ran before each of the season's games, featured archive videos and computer generated players to highlight some of the greatest plays and playmakers in the history of the broadcast.

In 2017, Hank Williams Jr. and all his "Rowdy Friends" made their way back to the top of the football broadcast, but they've been replaced again in 2020 for Monday Night Football's 50th anniversary season with a cover of Little Richard's "Rip It Up," courtesy of Butcher Brown.

Yeah, we're definitely ready for some football.