You need to know about these obscure conspiracies

I looked in my closet recently and noticed it was overrun with footwear that represented a score of abandoned hobbies: hiking, golfing, bicycling, dancing, running, walking, skiing, and snowmobiling.

That’s when I had an epiphany: conspiracy theories are real.

Isn’t it obvious that footwear manufacturers are in the game to promote sports? Sports that the average overworked, overcommitted American will abandon when schedules become pinched?

I tied up my Nikes and charted a journey to discover other obscure conspiracies that you need to know about.

Woman peeking through venetian blinds

Photo courtesy depositphotos_Copyright photography 33

Dry cleaning companies are in cahoots with toothpaste manufacturers. All toothpaste has the potential to leave white splotches even on a white blouse. If you watch C-SPAN long enough I believe you will witness the dry cleaning industry lobbying to make disappearing toothpaste illegal.

Eye doctors invented white twisty ties to remind people to have annual exams. Why does misplacing one of these always turn into a game of “Where’s Waldo?” It is because they are white and blend with countertops, floors, and rice dishes, making me suspect gastroenterologists are part of the plot so they can probe into our glistening deductibles.

Tide Stick manufacturers Sharpies. If I even look at a Sharpie, I have to go fishing for my Tide Stick to undo the inevitable damage. I’m positive there is a relationship between these two companies that promise to make and erase stains in two convenient pens.

Dentists fund popcorn research. I don’t know about you, but I approach a peck of popcorn with caution until I am lulled into a false sense of safety, begin to cram handfuls into my mouth, then bury my face into the bowl making smacking sounds. And that’s when it happens. I break a tooth. Drilling deeper into this rotten business I learned that dentists invest in research at Ivy League schools to genetically engineer kernels with rock-like cores and randomly distribute them in ordinary popcorn, maximizing the need for gold crowns, so they can send their children to Ivy League schools.

Crazy woman wearing a metal colander for a helmet

Call me crazy but these gold crowns are real and I LOVE popcorn. Photo credit: Depositphotos_Copyright-creatista with edits by author

Band-Aid makers fabricate plastic things that attach tags to clothing. I needed an updated tetanus shot after this elusive weapon bore a trench in my gluteus from my new Jockeys. And when I snipped it off, it literally disappeared. Until I had to have it surgically extracted from the bottom of my foot, that is.

Psychiatric profession is the force behind coupons and rewards. It’s a little known fact that a few years ago the field of psychiatry was in danger of being replaced by drugs that accomplished more in two weeks than years of therapy. And then they came upon a brilliant idea and invented manufacturer’s coupons. When that showed promise, they expanded to rewards points. There is no drug or shock treatment that can relieve the angst of years of accumulated failure in redeeming these baffling dividends, but you can recoup your sanity with decades of discussion.

My hope for you, dear reader, is that you will apply this newfound knowledge to avoid these dastardly maneuvers of trickery.

What conspiracies have you uncovered in your daily life?



*This post marks the 100th essay I have published since the beginning of this blog in January 2015.
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23 thoughts on “You need to know about these obscure conspiracies

  1. Like Leanne, I also have a broken filling…and a broken tooth. Apparently, I now need this one crowned too. I will never eat popcorn again. I am also with you about the cunning eye doctors.

  2. As I sit here at this very moment with a broken filling I want to add that dentists are also in cahoots with the free mint people – we have them on the counter at work and as I finished up my day with a fresh breath treat I noticed it was crunchier than usual – yep bits of my tooth were in the mix – now I’m off to make a dentist even richer – grrrr

    • What a terrible feeling to realize you are chomping on your own tooth parts, Leanne. It has happened to me way too many times. I put both of my dentists’ children through college and didn’t even get invited to their graduation parties. What is up with that??

  3. Okay, I have had a back ache for days and when I phoned my chiropractor on his cell phone instead of office phone, he answered, “Simmons, Serta and Sealy, may I help you?” Caught him red handed! Molly, Molly, Molly! This is so much my humor. Brilliant. Congrats on 100 my friend.

  4. Aw, jeez, you’ve got my paranoia working overtime now, Molly! I’ll wager the wine industry is likely in cahoots with countless entities: cardiologists who tout red wine’s health benefits, water bottlers who benefit from our need to hydrate after consuming too much wine, cheese makers for the hard-to-resist wine-and-cheese pairings…their alcohol-infused tentacles are everywhere!!! P.S. Congratulations on your 100-post milestone–well done, my friend!

    • Thank you Roxanne. Hmmm…..there is an endless array of what the wine industry could be paired with. How about ‘Red Wine’ cleaner that I have to stock in my cupboard as an added item to your excellent list?

  5. The Dentist-Popcorn connection is REAL!
    All I need to do to hear my dentist chortle is to tell her “I was enjoying a bit of popcorn last night….”

  6. Ha, those coupons indeed. I need a psychiatrist after whipping out too many coupons with expired dates. I know they were the ones behind putting out coupons that only last a month.

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