To a certain extent I can understand how rumors get started and how certain conspiracy myths spread. In some cases they start with a modicum of reality and stretch it into shapes that overly distrustful folks and/or those with overly active imaginations can latch onto. Take “chemtrails” for example. We can all see planes flying overhead and the long, white, cloudlike wakes they sometimes leave behind. The passing resemblance to crop dusting planes and the fact that the trails originate in jet-fuel guzzling and stratosphere polluting engines can, I suppose, confuse those with poor reasoning ability.
On the other hand, there are some conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific ideas that completely baffle me as to how they survive in this Internet world. “Flat Earth” and “Hollow Earth” myths being among them. The same technology that spreads such garbage should also quite easily provide abundant proof that they are so ridiculously wrong. Or it would seem.
And now there is one I have never heard of before, one that is so absurd I am stunned that it got spread in the first place. It seems that some folks do not believe that the nation of Finland actually exists. Despite a culture that goes back thousands of years, a fully developed and intricate language, and participation in international affairs, Finland apparently is a myth, a fake-state fabricated for political reasons in a collusion between historically unfriendly nations. It is hard to imagine a greater piece of stupidity.
I’ll let Brian Dunning fill you in on the details from his Skeptoid podcast:
And while you are reading, enjoy Finlandia by Sibelius: