So last night, courtesy of Twitterer extraordinaire @SuperSpacedad, I learned of a new catchphrase that’s apparently catching on (or maybe not) amongst the internet’s conspiracy theorists: the Fluoride Stare, which is the blank-faced, glazed-eye look conspiracy theorists apparently encounter quite regularly when they start explaining their favorite conspiracy theories at great length.
Or, as @SuperSpacedad put it.
Obviously, that’s not quite how the conspiracy theorists would explain the look. Here’s one definition that @SuperSpacedad ran across:
Naturally, “fluoride stare” has become a meme. Here’s one that @SuperSpacedad found on Facebook:
I’m not sure where the original picture came from, but as someone pointed out to me on Twitter, that looks a lot like Thom Yorke there on the right.
But what a perfect illustration of crank magnetism: Of course the Flat Earth “Truthers” also believe that water fluoridation is part of a
global flat-earth-wide conspiracy to “sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids,” as one famous fictional conspiracy theorist once put it.
The meme has made inroads amongst other sorts of conspiracy theorists as well:
— The Global Elite (@TheGlobalElite) January 31, 2016
This is how I feel when I tell people about my all natural products ??? pic.twitter.com/QcncVbGx7N
— Valerie (@valeriebowlingx) February 13, 2016
Anyway, as soon as I saw this meme I realized that the mememaker had missed the obvious opportunity to combine it with this popular meme:
So I whipped up the meme at the top of the page and introduced it into the wilds of Twitter. Then I drank a nice cool glass of fluoridated water. No, I actually did.
Flat Earthers — you’re welcome!
Longtime readers of We Hunted the Mammoth — from the time when it was still known by the rather silly name Man Boobz — will no doubt recall the legendary MRA troll NWOslave and his obsession with the alleged evils of fluoride. Which he invariably referred to as “flouride.”
As Shaneon Garrity paraphrased his version of the theory in her legendary NWOslave Book of Learnin, which you can find in my post here:
Children are lined up and injected with a dangerous chemical called flouride to make them stupid.
NWOslave, a veritable magnetic pole of crank magnetism, had many other unique thoughts on medicine and science:
Mammograms cause breast cancer. Doctors advise women to get mammograms at least once a week until they develop cancer from it.
Evolution is impossible, because otherwise we’d be able to watch dogs evolve into super-dogs. Unless anyone can produce evidence of dogs with super-powers, evolution is a myth.
To be fair, he had unique perspectives on any number of topics:
The University of Cincinnati and all University of California schools have gotten rid of their engineering and computer science departments and replaced them with women’s studies and gender studies.
There are twice as many teachers and half as many students in U.S. schools as there were 20 years ago. These teachers spend class time walking around in their underwear to arouse elementary-school boys.
Spanish and Russian use the same alphabet. The Russians just have a funny kind of handwriting called cryillic script.
The musical Chicago is a polemic about how men should be shot to death. It was written by a female college student last year.
Women become sexually aroused by wearing clothes.
There are no poor women. Whenever a woman needs anything, she sits in the middle of the street and cries, and passerby throw food and money at her for free.
Without government, homosexuality would not exist.
Someday a straight white man will beat up a lesbian for molesting a five-year-old. Everyone in the world will sympathize with the lesbian and immediately legalize child molestation.
There are many more of these lovely “facts” to be found in the Book of Learnin.
I wonder if NWO slave has become a flat earther?