Redditors what is the weirdest thing you have heard of someone not believing in?

  1. Meerkats. My father, a man of 50+ years, did not believe meerkats were real. Rather, meerkats were invented by Disney in 1994. Even after we had a reality TV show called ‘Meerkat Manor’ that followed the lives of a meerkat family he was doubtful. It wasn’t until I took him to the ‘Meerkat Cafe’ at the Zoo that he lost his shit and laughed hysterically at “all the little Timons”

  2. /u/Raregan’s family don’t believe in Finland. It is by far the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard of someone not believing in. I think even the flat-earth people, moon-isn’t-real folks, and the geocentrism bunch would all agree that Finland is actually a place.

    I sort of wish I could meet her parents someday because I do think I would come out of that conversation either thinking they’re lunatics or I’d find myself suffering some sort of existential crisis in relation to the past three decades of my life.

  3. In elementary school I had a classmate that didn’t believe in sharks. He thought they were just a scary thing grown-ups made up to get out of taking their kids to the beach.

  4. i’ve encountered a guy who was extremely convinced that humans hadn’t landed on the moon, not for any of the usual reasons, but because he thinks anything originating on Earth ceases to exist if it leaves the atmosphere.

    He thinks Earth matter detunes it’s vibrations or something and simply blinks out of existence.

    He doesn’t believe in the moon landings, the ISS, or satellites.

    Edit: To answer the additional questions: I don’t understand the finer details, especially since they weren’t always presented coherently, but satellite signals and GPS were supposedly bounced off the ionosphere (I think?…) as part of the cover-up, and photos of the landing and the ISS were photorealistic CGI made in a program he claimed to be an expert in.

    I looked up the program. It is a drafting program. It doesn’t even produce renders.

  5. There is a friend of mine who thinks the existence of waves is a joke. I don’t understand him.

  6. One of my old coworkers didnt believe in solar eclipses. He said you would have to be stupid, bc the moon would melt if it went into the sun… I tried explaining why he was mistaken and he called me a scientologist.

    Edit* My wife just arrived home and I asked her if she remembered anymore of his stupid moments and she reminded me that he once argued that there are 52 states in the USA, and that Hawaii and Alaska are NOT states. I can’t remember where his math came from on this but I do remember he argued that the Philippines are a state.

    Edit #2 Holy Shit Reddit, RIP in peace inbox. Also thank you for the gilding mysterious benefactor.

  7. The earth spinning. His argument was that, if the earth was spinning, we would not go anywhere when flying east, and it would go twice as fast flying west. But as that is not the case, the earth must not be rotating.

    I did not even have the courage to explain it, he was a lost cause.

  8. Until 2013, my wife didn’t think nuns existed.

  9. Greenland. She thought it was a joke name given to a large iceberg. (Though now that I think about it, she’s not far off.)

  10. A girl at university thought owls were mythical creatures because they are in Harry Potter. She was genuinely shocked/amazed when we showed her that they did exist.

  11. I had a professor tell the class about a student he had once. He had mentioned France in a lecture and a girl raised her hand and and asked “why are you talking about France as if it’s real?”. When the professor asked her what the fuck she was talking about she explained that France is just a myth. Her reasoning was that she had never been there before and had no proof that it actually existed.

  12. Ants. No matter how much proof we showed her, my dumbass cousin was convinced they were spiders. She had to have been 15 at the time.

  13. Little late to the game, but here’s one from my sister. About a year ago (she’s 21) she and I along with my parents were riding in the car and she looks at the crescent moon and says “it’s so weird how the moon does that” and we ask her to explain. She went on to explain how she still couldn’t wrap her head around how the moon’s light could just stop shining like that.

    That was the day we had to explain that the moon was just a rock and not emitting its own light to a 20 year old college student who just got accepted to law school.

  14. My ex gf didn’t believe in headaches.

  15. When he was running for President, my grandmother was convinced that Barack Obama wasn’t half-white. So I showed her pictures of his white mother. Nope. Still not convinced.

    Grandma: If she’s so white, how come we never see her?

    ME: …Grandma, she’s dead.

    Grandma: Well, isn’t that convenient.