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The Bielefeld Conspiracy (wikipedia.org)
22 points by MrsPeaches on Aug 12, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 13 comments

It is a lot easier to create a successful conspiracy theory than it is to create a successful conspiracy.

This is one of those memes that stopped being funny around 1998, but is somehow still repeated all the time.

As someone being born and living in Bielefeld I can assure you that every local is tired of it...

Aha! You're one of them!

Sorry, I actually never thought that meme was funny in the first place, until I realized how much it pisses off people from Bielefeld. That's when I suddenly had a mission.

What's rather funny about it is that the author just intended it to be a fleshed out example of how conspiracy theories work and their followers think and argue, but that aspect of it got completely lost along the way, only the slightly humorous aspect of the whole piece remained and got memed to death.

Interestingly, people visiting Bielefeld often think it is a great way to start a conversation with locals. Having no intention of using it as a meme, but rather as a way of „breaking the ice“, not knowing that they will induce the complete opposite reaction.

If you' re tired of it, does that mean that you receive a lot of tourists?

Not really. To be honest, I would not visit Bielefeld either. However, working at University you meet a lot of people from abroad.

Bielefeld Uni is quite an interesting place by itself. Indoor pools, stairs that lead nowhere...

One of the lesser known conspiracy theories states that Bielefeld University has the second highest suicide rate in academia (after Bochum University) because of the depressing look and atmosphere of the building, but administration tries to keep it secret. Another one claims, that the University’s architecture was originally intended to be used as a prison....

Hi there. Same here.

you say that as if it really exists

I think I firstly heard of it in 2003 or something, so I guess it's an ongoing thing.

i still think it is very funny. actually it gets funnier every day.

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