When a piece of art or entertainment is sent out into the world, the world is going to consume it. And immediately, where that creation goes is largely out of the hands of the creator.
For an illustration, look no further than fan fiction and fan theories in chat rooms across the internet.
It seems that if you look hard enough, just about every story told has been probed and supplemented by a fanatical group of followers.
And although we usually can never know whether the creators approve or disapprove, sometimes it doesn't matter. Sometimes the theory is so compelling that we decide to believe it just for the heck of it.
AwkwardJeweler asked, "What fan theory do you 100% accept as true?"
Many theories hinge on one character in particular.
Often based on an overlooked side character or an overlooked aspect of a main character, these theories imbue a once-minor piece of the fictional world with a whole new significance.
"Kevin Malone, if not actually a genius, is certainly much smarter than he lets on in The Office. Clearly he's lazy, and gluttonous, and blah-blah-blah..."
"...but after the merger with Stamford, and its revealed that Martin had served time, Kevin realizes that he needs to give plausible deniability to any sort of financial maleficence that the accountants have been doing, and flanderizes himself in front of the camera."
"Occasionally he slips up and reveals himself to be something a math genius, and has to backtrack, and play it off as some kind of Food-based idiot savant."
"It's how he was able to afford ownership of the bar at the end of the series, I'm sure he made a bit just cashing in all those free drinks, but actually enough to buy a bar? I don't believe it."
A Very Suave Red Herring
"James Bond's primary purpose is to be a distraction to keep attention off the spies who actually spy. Villains and other spies know him, he rarely takes an alias, he makes his presence known early on and keeps messing up operations for the villains..."
"...but other spies have already infiltrated their ranks and work while Bond does as much visible damage as possible to keep the others safe."
More Office Lore
"My own theory that in The Office when Andy proposes to Angela the people playing his parents are different actors because they are literally actors."
"As in he hired them to pose as his 'perfect parents' because his own parents couldn't be bothered to come. The people in the season 9 episode Garden Party are his real parents, who clearly are di**s."
"Ed from Ed Edd n' Eddy is mentally stunted, which is why he's one of the "dumber" characters in the show despite appearing older than the other two Eds (he's about as tall as Kevin and Rolf, who are some of the oldest kids in the cul-de-sac)."
"Also that his parents are abusive to him because of his mental handicap (literally removing the stairs when he was grounded), and his sister's attitude towards him is learned behavior from their parents."
"This is further reinforced by him living in the basement, having non-existent hygiene habits, and 'retreating' into obsession with TV and sci-fi comics.
"In fact, the other two Eds come from troubled homes as well, which is why they're social outcasts in the cul-de-sac. It's been heavily implied that Eddy's parents knew his older brother was physically abusive to him and let it happen."
"Meanwhile, Double D's parents spend zero time with him, and won't even directly communicate with their son, choosing instead to leave him notes for chores instead."
Still a Witch
"Glinda dropped Dorothy's house on the Wicked a Witch of the East, not the tornado, and uses her to gain control of Oz."
"One of the first things Glinda tells Dorothy is that SHE killed the witch. They praise her so she'll accept it, and when the Witch of the West comes along, who killed her sister? Dorothy."
"Glinda then puts the ruby slippers on Dorothy's feet but DOES NOT TELL HER THAT SHE CAN USE THEM TO GO HOME. Instead, she sends Dorothy to Oz in possession of objects that a witch would MURDER her for."
"Dorothy, being forced into a situation where her only salvation is Oz and her worst enemy is the queen inadvertently exposes the Wizard of Oz as a fraud AND murders the Witch of the West."
"Now, who's left to rule Oz? Glinda fu**in' witch of the north. She used Dorothy as an expendable pawn to gain control of Oz without having to leave her bubble. And when Dorothy is done upheaving the two biggest powers in Oz, Glinda sends her home and makes her think it was all a dream"
"The Empire Strikes Back: Admiral Ozzel is a rebel spy."
"Everything Ozzel does in his brief bits of screen time is to the detriment of the Empire. When the probe Droid finds the rebel shield generator, Ozzel tries to dismiss it as smugglers before Piet speaks out of turn and gets Vader involved."
"Later, Ozzel orders the fleet out of hyperspace too quickly, giving the rebels plenty of time to activate the aformentioned shield generator that Ozzel knew about."
"'Clumsy as he is stupid' or Rebel sympathizer who gave is life to give the Alliance as much time to evacuate their base as possible? I side on the latter."
What Could She Possibly See in Bowser?
"Peach is totally into being kidnapped, no one who isn't doesn't have that little security" -- Time-Vault
"Even more than that, she's having an affair with Bowser but doesn't know how to leave Mario. Bowser isn't kidnapping her, she leaves with him."
"That's why every time she gets saved she's like 'oh yay, you saved me again.' " -- Good_Cop_Yes_Donut
Other fan theories are based on glimpsed connections between two fictional worlds that hail from different stories.
These ideas propose that two universes once assumed to be disparate are actually linked quite closely, and the linkage can suggest some pretty diabolical transitions.
"The Jetsons and the Flintstones are living at the same time in a dystopian future where the 'haves' live above the clouds and the 'have nots' are stuck on a wasted Earth."
"The signs include that Flintstones celebrate things like Christmas and other holidays which doesn't make sense and The Great Gazoo alien appears in both series."
Beware of Dancing
"The town from Footloose is the same town from Tremors. The ban on dancing wasn't a puritanical attempt to control the youth."
"The town elders were aware of the graboid threat, and banned dancing out of the fear that it would cause rythmic vibrations waking up the creatures sleeping below the town."
"Kevin Bacon's character in Footloose stayed in the town, growing up to be his character in Tremors, at which point he has to try and contain the danger he inadvertently released."
Lots of Talk About Warps
"Event Horizon is a prequel to the Warhammer 40k universe." -- FeasibleBeaver
"The writer, Phil Eisner, tweeted at one point that he plays 40K, so it was definitely an influence on the script. That's as good as canon for me." -- ch1burashka
"YES. It makes the movie so much more fun in my opinion, they probably show this movie to people to illustrate what happens when you go through the warp without a Gellar Shield." -- waywardhero
And last, some people are all about adding a new lens to experience the story through. They jump on a couple key details and fill in a few more.
The result is a brand new--and convincing--context through which we can experience the story we already know and love.
"The reason each It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode starts with a date and time is because they're all testifying against each other in court." -- BigDirtii
"If this isn't how the show ends I'll be disappointed" -- Jupigorg
"I really hope they see this" -- AndroidDoctorr
Letting Kids Run the Show
"Pokedex entries are written by young trainers. When a professor sends a bunch of ten year olds out into the world to document Pokemon, of course the "research" can't be expected to be professional in the least."
"This is how we end up with the creepy legends of ghost pokemon that might have been passed around as playground rumors, or impossible facts like macargo being hotter than the actual sun."
"There's no reason why out of all the Pokemon professors, one of them couldn't have revised their dex information and correct the tidbit about pidgeot breaking the speed of light or gardevoir creating black holes or blazikens jumping over 30 story buildings."
"It's likely they leave the kids to their own devices without bothering to fact check, and kids, being kids, are going to exaggerate."
Layers and Layers
"The 'real world' in the Matrix movies is just another layer of the Matrix, designed specifically to appeal to people unwilling to conform to the normal Martrix."
"Humans in this outer Matrix have confirmation of their belief that something was wrong, and get to indulge in the fantasy of being a heroic freedom fighter against the faceless evil machines, thus choosing to accept this false reality."
"The anomaly of the One is that he's capable of rejecting both realities, which is the reason why he had powers in the real world."
Not of Sound Mind
"That Loki was controlled by the tesseract more than he let on."
"His eyes glowed multiple times and he shed a tear when Thor tried to talk sense into him."
Where He Came From
"In Disney's Ratatouille, the old lady in the beginning of the movie living in the house next to the river is the food critic, Anton Ego's, mother."
"In the flashback scene where he eats the ratatouille you can see similarities of the house from the beginning, her face and I think the bridge."
Just as Scary
"I 100% believe the two men accompanying the woman in the original 'Blair Witch Project' planned and successfully executed a plan to murder her while they were deep in the woods."
"Too many factors point to good old fashion murder than a supernatural occurrence."
Through Dog Eyes
"The monsters in Courage the Cowardly Dog are regular people but seem monstrous from Courage's perspective (since he's cowardly)."
"Also they live in the middle of nowhere because his owners never take him out so that's how he views the world."
The question that remains is how we're supposed to take these theories.
Are they to be compartmentalized, interpreted as less meaningul than the original source material?
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Some people, like me and Fetty Wap, only have one eye.
Some folks are "allergic" to being hungry or full.
Some people have visible limb differences that their partner calls their "lucky fin" (hi babe!)
Some people have hair birthmarks! Yep, those are a thing.
Reddit user red2one asked:
"What’s an unusual body feature of yours?"
So many people have weird and wonderful things about themselves that the comments turned into a celebration of strange.
And we loved it.
"Because of a blood disorder, I have extremely acidic tears. My face swells, burns, and I get hives or an allergic reaction."
"A couple tears are annoying. Serious crying will eat away at my contacts, I’ll have to use cold compresses, and take antihistamines"
"Can you collect them and throw them at other people when they make you sad?"
"Do you find that this has made being emotional more difficult? Do you find yourself suppressing the urge to cry when you may think you might?"
"What blood disorder is that?"
"It’s a genetic mutation similar to sickle cell and thalassemia."
Big Calvesbart simpson GIFGiphy
"I have massive calf muscles. It looks like every day is leg day despite not doing weight lifting."
"My dad had the same."
"There’s a medical condition that can cause this, but if you had it, you would know. (Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy)"
"I realized my calves were big when watching a plastic surgery show and this guy got calf implants and his circumference was still less than mine."
"I have this too, the first time I sprained my ankle in high school the doctor wanted to check my calves for tumors, and I told him I could pop them, like popping pectoral muscles on buff people, and he had never seen something like that."
Scent DetectiveCan You Smell The Rock GIF by WWEGiphy
"I have a pretty ordinary sense of smell, with two glaring exceptions."
"I can tell when I’m about to get sick because all water smells very metallic all of a sudden, and without fail i start feeling sick within a day of that happening."
"I can accurately tell my wife’s cycle by smell to a crazy degree of accuracy. It spooks her and she didn’t believe me for the longest time until one day I said she smelled different like I have never smelt before."
"I joked she must be pregnant, and I was right. The absurd part is that we backtracked the dates and I made that comment about her smell within a day or two of the egg attaching to her uterus."
"It’s kind of fcked up"
"You have to use that for science!"
"I would love to. How?"
"Science probably knows better than me ._."
"Hello, is this science?"
"Yes, I would like you to use my nose"
"I was born with tumors inside the bones in my one of my feet, that grew so quickly, they permanently disfigured it."
"Also, my penis is two different colors, brown and vitaligo, yet the rest of me looks like a white guy. It's like my Hispanic side and white side decided to fight it out on my member"
"Haha. Not the feet, but the other thing, kinda cool."
"So did you have to amputate the foot"
"No. They just removed the bones that had tumors, and hoped that as I grew, my foot would go back to normal. It didn't. Instead the other bones grew to fill the space. Doctors in the 80's yo. Lol."
"I can walk just fine. Only pain is if I happen to stub the toe that can't bend. You'd be surprised by how much more it hurts when your toe can't curl when you stub it. There's really nothing that can be done. All of the tumors were removed by the time I was 3. I just have the same chances of cancer returning as anyone else that's had cancer."
Weird Sneezing TimingBaby Eww GIF by America's Funniest Home VideosGiphy
"At some point I gotta sneeze when I‘m very hungry…."
"Every now and then I’ll feel nauseous then sneeze, and the nausea goes away. I think it has something to do with the vagus nerve."
"Yes! I also get 'hunger sneezes'. Nobody believes me."
"Lolol my brother starts sneezing when he gets full. It skips generations in my family so we usually get some runny noses during the holidays after the meal lol"
"This is me and my family. Anytime we eat beyond the bare minimum, we just get sneezing attacks where we sneeze 10-15 times in a row"
"My stomach is two different colors, split right down the middle"
"Maybe you are a chimera?"
"(That’s where you started out as two fertilized eggs with different DNA but merged early on to be a single organism.)"
"Is it as if you fell asleep at the beach with a towel over half your body, or are they wild colors?"
"More like the first. One side is darker than the other and it’s a pretty distinct straight line down the middle"
"Me too! Same on my back, straight down my spine"
"My Dad had 4 nipples. The extra two were on his abdomen on either side of his belly button. As a kid I just assumed all men had 4."
"Was he ever a cow for Halloween?"
"lol i have 4 nipples"
"I think I have almost that. I don't grow a lot of chest hair, but my nipples sprout hair like bamboo. On the bottoms of my rib cages I have two hairy patches with callicks to match my nipples. It's a bit darker but no nipples."
"My sternum is concaved, so there's essentially a divet right between my breasts (I'm a guy)"
"Apparently it's has an actual medical term (Pectus Excavatum) which is most definitely not a spell out of Harry Potter and way more common than I realized. It even has it's own subreddit (r/pectusexcavatum) There's an opposite condition where the chest convexes outwards (Pectus Carinatum)."
"If the 2 hug, they fuse into one superbeing. There are surgeries to repair them but hurt like hell and have a long recovery time. Only recommended if it is a problem in your daily life."
"Common uses include cereal bowl (not that I have done it), cell phone holder, candy dish, cuddle spot."
"When I was on the swim team in high school, there was a kid with a sternum like yours and another kid who was protruding. We made them hug. It was magical and unlocked Narnia"
"I have this. Also a guy. It really affected my confidence growing up especially after a few incidents of people staring. Not so much now, but I never go shirtless in public and avoid swimming pools to this day."
"I grew up being extremely self-conscious of my chest to the point where I’d also never take my top off in public and always try to cover my chest with my hands when swimming - until I was about 15 and I saw another much younger kid at a swimming pool also trying to hide it. That’s when I realised that the only person who gave a sh*t about my body was me - I let my guard down and he smiled at me and did the same! I’m 22 now and if anything I find it to be a great conversation starter - I used to hide it because I was different but now I show it off because I’m DIFFERENT!"
"Let em stare, king."
"I have a bifurcated uvula. That teardrop thing in the back of your throat? Mine is shaped like a butt."
"Mine is long as sh*t and sits on my tongue. Sometimes if I get crazy with a drink and chug too fast I'll swallow it and it tugs and hurts like a mf."
"My doctor called it a heart too"
"Me too! ONE OF US ONE OF US!!"
You're up, lovelies.
Step up to the mic and tell the world what's weird about you!
As much as we all try to make sure there is an abundance of good in the world, there will always be people or acts that are classified as profoundly immoral and wicked. Another word for this is evil.
The word evil often makes us think of the monster or villain of a fantasy story. However, there are evil people in the real world as well. Corrupt politicians, people who crave power, and those who have a tendency toward violence all count.
When it comes to evil people and acts though, their motives ought to be given just as much thought as their actions. The root of all evil is different in everyone's mind. Some people think it's a person's environment. Others think it's a feeling or emotion that gives way to evil. Whatever the case, everyone has a different opinion.
Curious about the varying opinions, Redditor Rude_Acanthisitta626 asked:
"What do you believe is the root of all evil?"
A Cartoon Villain
"Had to scroll way too far for this reference. Have some fool's gold"
"OP asked root. Not square root. Could also be the cube or quad root"
We May All Be Evil
"Ham. Dangerous sh*t."
"Damn. In that case, I'm a f*cking supervillain."
"Ham is delicious, fear my (apparent) dangerous insanity."
"The first track of Octavarium by Dream Theater. Next question?"
"Nutritious and disappointing..."
"Hardy, but evil. Especially the roots."
"The square root of 666..."
Others took the question seriously.
One Deadly Sin
"I think it’s impossible to boil it down to one root but if you had to, yeah. Greed."
"Nailed it. Was having a discussion with some buddies and offered the following question. What would happen if greed was universally replaced by altruism?"
"Fear. Fear creates hatred and all negative emotions, but there’s no way to get rid of fear so"
"I think it's fear. As far as I can tell fear is the root of greed."
"Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering."
Power and Control
"The desire to control other people."
"Yup, the need for power."
""Power! Unlimited power!" was the motivation of Palpatine, one of the most evil villains in cinematic history. He's basically the Devil."
Is Anyone Better?
"Us vs Them mentality."
"Be it war, racism, politics, religion etc. It's all the same. My people are better than your people. Forgetting that we are actually all the same. People."
"Ignorance. In all its possible meanings."
"Ignorance leads to fear of the unknown. Fear leads to hatred. Hatred causes violence. Violence is the basis for conflicts. Conflicts lead to death. And death causes only more fear, hatred, and conflicts."
"Ignorance causes withdrawal. Withdrawal can lead to dogmatism. Dogmatism breeds intolerance. Intolerance leads to hatred. And once again, hatred causes violence and conflicts, which cause death, etc."
"Ignorance leads to decline. Decline causes frustration. Frustration leads to hatred. And once again, hatred causes violence conflicts, which cause death, etc."
Evil can be contained if the cause is known, and that's why knowing the root is so important.
But again, the root cause of evil is different depending on who you ask.
They don't tell you that you need money to fund the dream.
Nothing is free, not even our imagination.
So what jobs would we take if money didn't matter?
The list is endless.
RedditorJust_Replacement3989 wanted to hear about what jobs we dream of if anything was possible.
"If money wasn't an issue, what would be your profession?"
I'd be so many things. I'd actually have to time to find out what I was capable of doing.
Bang HardLoop Drumming GIFGiphy
"Drummer in a crappy band."
"Is there room for a second drummer in your crappy band? I'll even settle for being like the guy in Slipknot who just hits a keg with a bat."
"I would want to be a florist."
"I worked at an indoor farm that mainly sold edible flowers. My favorite part was making edible flower arrangements for fancy restaurants. They would just order their flowers and I could arrange them however I wanted. Good times."
"I worked as a florist for 4 years, to this day it’s my favorite job I’ve ever had. I wish it paid the bills!"
A Language Field
"Field linguist, studying, documenting, and preserving endangered languages. That’s why I spent years getting my PhD in linguistics. Unfortunately, there’s not really any jobs in field linguistics outside of academia, which is incredibly competitive, and there’s limited grant money, to boot. But I’d love to work with interested communities and speakers, and be able to say, hey no need to worry about where you’re getting the money for that."
"If you haven’t heard it already, highly recommend listening to the Nat Geo Overheard podcast episode 'Scuba Diving in a Pyramid' as well as 'Cave of the Jaguar God.'"
"Checkout the David Gibbins books. He's a legit underwater archeologist, and the books are very much Indiana Jones meets MacGyver adventures. Lots of fun."
The Beauty of It AllBob Ross Art GIFGiphy
"I'd be an art guy. Not make art but be the dude who finances artists, opens a local gallery, gives money towards fostering local theatre and film talent. Basically try to turn the area in which I live into a creative hub."
"Wonderful quote on the wall of Seattle’s Museum of Museums 'There is no version of a great city with a declining artist population.'"
Loving art full time is not cheap.
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"Cottage dweller and personal chef for myself."
"This is my dream too. Been doing as much research as I can to make it a reality. I learned food preservation, gardening, woodworking and basket weaving, I already hunt and fish, I can make soap, cheese and bread, beer and mead. I just need to learn how to build a cabin now."
"I have/had several friends that do/did that. I have a buddy that was a writer on News Radio. I have a friend that runs Bloomberg in Bulgaria."
"He also has several director credits for B movies you've definitely heard of. I have another friend who produces a huge show in NYC. Bottom line- They are absolute workaholics. Like 7 days a week, no time off. Yes they make tons of money, but missed most of their kid's childhood travelling and working. Not for me, I'm not a workaholic at all."
"Stay at home dad, so I can spend more time with my son."
"That is the dream. To have everyone home at the same time goofing around. I look forward to the weekends, the three of us chill out in bed in the morning watching either toy story or minions. It’s great."
"That’s like my dream. Hoping I make less money than who I’m put with."
"Permanent Student. I want to learn how to do everything!"
"Yes this is it for me. Being able to study and not worry about the actual result, but have it structured etc. - the dream. I’d still try, I just wouldn’t stress that a less good mark will impact my career or opportunities. I’d not feel the need to be competitive. I’d just cruise in and out and have a good time!"
By the SwordDungeons And Dragons Pathfinder GIF by SeesoGiphy
"Hosting and teaching Dungeons and Dragons games. Would be nice to have the ability to learn all the books cover-to-cover and use that info 4+ days a week as a job."
I just want money. I'll do anything. That is all.
Who doesn't love adding to a story?
We've all watched a film, a tv show, read a book or played a game that once it was over, our hearts sank.
We wanted more!
What happens next?
You never want great stories to end.
And sometimes, the continuation surpasses the original.
It's rare, but it happens.
And I will die on this hill.
Redditor FireSwarm21 wanted to know what sequels and beyond were a step above the originals.
"What sequels are better than the original?"
I love sequels to my favorite stories. The characters never leave.
Rescue Methe rescuers worry GIFGiphy
"The Rescuers Down Under."
"Wow! I haven't seen this movie in likely over 20 years!! Used to be one of my favorites... does anyone know if it's on Disney+?"
"Uncharted 2: Among thieves."
"I think is extremely common in games since the first one usually doesn't just have to set up characters and story but also the style, engine, etc... With the second the studio can invest way more into the actual game."
"The even numbered Uncharted games are my favorites even though 1 and 3 are good too."
"Silent Hill 2. The game, to be clear, not the second film."
"Even though I wouldn't call the first Silent Hill a good movie, I do really think Cristopher Gans cared about Silent Hill and tried his best."
"You can see he made some changes to the characters and story to male it a more 'palatable' movie for Hollywood. Maybe those changes shouldn't have been made but you can see the reason why it was. If nothing else that movie looked like Silent Hill."
The Next Generation
"Wrath of Khan."
"The movie that saved Star Trek. And over Gene Roddenberry's objections, I might add. Also, it still kind of blows my mind that only 5 years passed between The Wrath of Khan and The Next Generation. They feel like completely different eras."
"Wrath of Khan has a late 70s feel in a 1982 movie. What most people think of as the 80s hadn't quite hit its stride culturally yet. Meanwhile, if you look at the early episodes of TNG they feel a little dated, although not as much."
Star Storiesthe empire strikes back GIF by Star WarsGiphy
"The Empire Strikes Back."
"Rewatching the trilogy with my girlfriend and the fight scenes are way waaaay better! The pacing, too!"
Ah the drama of the Star Wars series. A neverending saga.
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"The Dark Knight is leaps and bounds better than Batman Begins."
The Through Line
"I agree but what is interesting about T2 is that the world-building and plot of the original Terminator plays a major hand in making T2 amazing. Having the antagonist from the first become the protagonist in the second sets up for an amazing plot and throughline."
"𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙤𝙖𝙙 𝙒𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙧 is better than 𝙈𝙖𝙙 𝙈𝙖𝙭."
"I watched mad Max recently for the first time and was so confused. I was like, 'where's all the post-apocalypse stuff?' I thought I was watching the wrong film and had to double-check. To be honest I didn't enjoy it that much but I did love all the sequels."
"Shrek 2 = better."
"Shrek 1 was very good but Shrek 2 was an improvement in many ways. Shrek 3 was definitely the weakest of the series but not a terrible movie by any means. Shrek 4 was at least as good as 1 and 2."
"Actually Dreamworks does sequels pretty well as the major companies go. Kung Fu Panda 2 was just as good as if not better than the first. The third was not actually that good but they can’t all be winners. The tv shows are pretty good. How to Train your Dragon 2 tore out my heart and stomped on it but it was still a good movie. The Madagascar movies are all of similar quality to each other."
Talking to the Spirits...Ouija Board Movie GIF by Ouija: Origin of EvilGiphy
"Ouija: Origin of Evil was surprisingly better than Ouija the original. Now Ouija was pretty bad so it didn’t take much but usually these off brand horror movies go from bad to worse if they attempt a sequel."
Sometimes more of the story is always better.