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 ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It


When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello
Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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