You thought the USA had weird conspiracy theories? Well buckle up, because it's about to get weird in here.

And that's because people are weird worldwide. The human race is varied, wildly, but the one constant across all of humanity is that we are weirdos who make up stories. And sometimes those stories are so out of left field that they merit an investigation.


u/Night-Sky-Rebel asked:

Non-Americans of Reddit, what do your country's conspiracy theorists believe?

Here are some of those conspiracies.


Ah, My Knee Fluid

Mexican here. Bringing you gems like:

  • Covid hospitals secretly kill you to extract your knee fluid, worth thousands per liter in the black market.
  • Infrared thermometers emit radiation that causes brain damage.
  • Oxymeters are used to steal your fingerprints and commit fraud.

Really stupid things compared to what is sadly not a conspiracy theory...

Steel__beam

Oh America

Russia. All the problems in Russia come from the evil American (sometimes "world", but mostly American) goverment. All of them. At some point it got so ridiculous that people created a joke that Obama personally sh*ts in our elevators of apartment blocks every night. But when it's something stupid as anti-vaxxers that comes from the west, that's not the "evil government", that's "western people fighting for freedom from their evil government" so they are welcome.

_Decoy_Snail_

Let's Just Sell This Part Of The Country

Aussie here.

When Victoria was in lockdown, there was a conspiracy where the state premier created the virus to put Victoria into lockdown so the lockdown would cripple Victoria's economy so it could be sold to China.

Shoey_master6382

Ah, Bigfoot Gets Out Of Control Sometimes

Not widespread but a friend of mine here in Canada told me that national parks were created by the government to keep most of humanity out of Bigfoot territory. I think his logic was, they are not open for development now so we won't accidentally infringe on their land and start the Homosapien-Bigfoot civil war.

DuffShotGod

Sweden Raking In The Thoughts

A phenomenon found only in Sweden, some people are convinced they are allergic to electricity flying in the face of science. Nobody has been able to demonstrate that this allergy exists other than as a delusion.

During the 1980s, a Soviet submarine ran aground in the Stockholm archipelago. The Soviets claimed it just lost its way, but in Sweden this began the period of the "periscope sickness", where scores of people reported seeing submarines deep into the archipelago (similar to the UFO phenomena). In spite of the Swedish Navy being beefed up year after year, not a single Soviet submarine was captured or destroyed. It was later revealed that the navy had been dropping depth charges on wrecks on the ocean floor and had been chasing sonar contacts that turned out to be made by animals and schools of fish. Not even the US thinks there's anything to this obsession.

Also during the 80s, the prime minister of Sweden, Olof Palme, was murdered by an unknown assailant. The investigation went off the rails almost immediately, going after Swedish Kurds on the theory that the PKK was behind the prime minister's death. There were also various shady private investigators making fools of themselves. After the police gave up on the Kurdish trail, they arrested a junkie named Christer Petterson.

He was put on trial and found guilty, but on appeal he was found not guilty, mainly due to botched police procedures. In the meantime, another conspiracy theory started to take hold: Palme was assassinated by South Africa because of his support for the ANC, maybe by Swedish police officers. Much like the JFK conspiracy theories there's not much to this and it probably was Christer Petterson acting alone who did it. Doesn't stop a few stalwarts to keep looking for the murder weapon though, although by this point it is probably just a smear of rust on the bottom of some lake.

During the 1990s, a cruiseferry named Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea leading to the death of over 1000 people. Various colorful theories about the cause of the sinking has sprouted, I don't know too much about them, but I've heard some believe Estonia collided with a Swedish submarine or that the Ruskies bombed her because Sweden was smuggling stolen military equipment from the Baltic states on her.

bangdazap

Rewriting History

I used to own a Turkish restaurant with a Turkish born and raised chef; between him and some Turkish customers, I found out that pretty much everything I knew about world history, since WWII, was wrong, and that the CIA had actually been behind everything, up to and including the World Trade center attacks. And the Islamic stuff was a bit much: Neil Armstrong heard the voice of Allah on the moon, salt water and fresh water can't mix, etc.

This sounds like I'm piling on, so I'll add this caveat: great-GREAT- people. So generous and nice. And the food! OMG

DropAdigit

Oh Here Are The Aliens!

Oh I got one! Hope it doesn't get buried. I'm from Mexico, and there is a state in the north called Tamaulipas. Its capital, Tampico, is next to the apptly named Sea of Tampico. There, several people FIRMLY believe that aliens live underwater and protect the city with their brain powers. Apparently there have been several hurricanes that have gotten really close to hitting Tampico but they always calm down before touching land.

So the only explanation is that aliens are happily living in the Sea of Tampico, chatting about how beautiful it is compared to maybe Cancun, the Mayan Riviera or Los Cabos, and saving the city from certain catastrophe with their powers. Ricardo O'Farril, a comedian, makes a funny point about this in one of his shows.

OmegaPower24

Q Is Everywhere

That 1080 poison used to control Aotearoa (New Zealand)'s hugely destructive invasive mammal population (bloody possums, stoats and cats) is actually being used to kill our native birds in order to keep making the Department of Conservation powerful and stop hunters from being able to hunt.

Utter nonsense. 1080 is a horrible poison, which I hate, but it's the only effective solution we have that doesn't do more harm than good. Most of our die hard greenies/conservationists start off despising it, but once the see the actual results, change their minds. Can't convince a lot of people, though.

That and all the usual imported Q nonsense.

ershatz

The Royal Lie

UK.

I heard one where Princess Diana was killed because she discovered the royal family weren't human (some kind of lizard aliens) and was planning to expose it. Thats why she was dating that guy, because he was rich enough to protect her while she blew the whistle.

rainbow_beret

The Devil Went Down To Zambia

Here in Zambia, if you were poor and after a while you become rich they call you a satanist. They really believe the devil is real and most rich men sell their souls to the devil and become satanists. Effects of poverty and iliteracy.

manjipo

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!