Sammy Sofa wrote:We all know the type of people you're talking about; what I'm talking about are people who are seemingly normal in every other way and then randomly drop something like "I'm not going to get a flu shot because the government puts chemicals in them" like it's just this everyday fact of life. It used to be, yeah, people who bought into that sort of thing so completely were usually up and down paranoid, but now it just seems like there's a lot of people who basically grew up with it as background noise and they've glommed on to aspects on conspiracy theories as if they were facts, but it didn't wholly dominate their outlook on life like with the typical conspiracy theorist.
One of my coworkers got a puppy a few months ago and told us that the dog would usually bark at black people when he'd take the dog out. So we of course would joke that the dog was racist. A few weeks ago we were talking about dogs with another person and I joked again about the guy's dog barking at black people and the third guy laughs at the joke but then says, completely seriously, "but sometimes that can be a good thing." He then repeated what he said a few seconds later, as if we hadn't heard him the first time. That wasn't awkward at all.