Japanese Twitter Was Consumed By A Conspiracy Theory About A Plastic Duck
Conspiracy theories concerning doctored footage are as old as the sound stage they filmed the moon landing on. And now, because of the internet, people are more eager than ever to call everything "fake news." So it shouldn't come as a surprise that this led to the moment when the internet launched the equivalent of the Warren Commission for a Tweet about a toy that was out in the sun too long.
Over the summer, Japan suffered a major heatwave, which led to the tragic demise of one Mr. Plastic Duck. If the photos provided by its owner, @shiohitoshi, are to be believed, the duck was reduced to a puddle of googly-eyed, lime-flavored jetsam in a matter of hours.
shiohitoshi/TwitterThe perfect representation of 2017, quite frankly.
The tweet went viral, but, much like that stupid dress that captivated the world for 24 hours in 2015, people started to question its authenticity. Their main argument was that the scene of the murder didn't look like the same car as where the duck was last seen alive and well. A convincing line of thought, considering the apparent changes in the radio and dashboard, as well as the weird coincidence that they happened to take a photo of their dashboard duck that very morning. Clearly, a conspiracy was afoot, and the internet proceeded to investigate the mystery of a generation.