Sunday, 24 November 2013

Heeeere's another conspiracy theory

Like the stories of a tee-total Australian and generous Scotsman, some tales are just so unbelievable that they are dismissed immediately but all the best conspiracy theories work because they contain just enough 'proof' that you pause before dismissing them.  
My favourite is the 'Steven King Killed John Lennon' theory based on the fact that the guy in the picture of John Lennon signing his autograph book just before the shooting has dimples and Chapman was dimple-free, unlike author Steven King who is suspiciously dimpled.
Strangely, i found out this weekend that Steven King is also involved in the new challenger for the 'Lucy's favourites conspiracy theory'.
Steven King published The Shining in 1977 and in 1980 Stanley Kubrik made the novel into a film but more than just doing a bad job of a good novel, he stuffed it full of references to his role in filming the fake moon landings.
The story goes that the American government saw 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968 and asked Kubrick to help them fake the Apollo 11 moon landings in order to gazump the Soviet Union who were handing America it's arse in the Space Race at the time.
Kubrik agreed but after the shoot was 'in the can' he realised just what a big deal it was and worried that he might be silenced by his Government so to protect himself, he filled The Shining with clues about the conspiracy.
Need proof?
Danny wears an Apollo 11 jumper, Room 237 is a reference to the distance between Earth and the moon: 237,000 miles, when Jack types “All work and no play…”, the first word looks like “A11” or Apollo 11. The twins represent NASA’s Gemini space programme, the guy in a bear suit represents the Soviet Bear and then there is Jack’s rant at Wendy when she wants to leave represents Kubrick arguing with his own wife about his deception: 'Does it matter to you at all that the owners have placed their complete confidence and trust in me, and that I have signed a contract in which I have accepted that responsibility?'
If that isn't enough to convince you then how about the final piece of the jigsaw, Jack agreed to look after the Overlook Hotel during the winter just like Kubrick agreed to help America during the Cold War.
I don't know how much more proof anyone would need but it would explain why Kubrik made such a pigs ear of filming the King novel, because he was too busy stuffing it full of fake moon mission hints that he completely forgot how the book finished and just made up his own ending.

5 comments:

Keep Life Simple said...

old news. that was all the talk on my van pool about 6 weeks ago. to me it proves that the human mind is a terrible thing...

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Lucy said...

Six weeks ago? First i have heard of it and that was only because i asked my mad conspiracy friend if he had any new ones!

Cheezy said...

That's a truly wonderful conspiracy theory; its only fatal flaw is the fact the moon landing wasn't faked.

I actually found out the other day that my new boss thinks it was a fake too. Hmmmm, I was looking forward to a rational one this time...

She couldn't really answer my question about why (oh why, oh why) did they bother going to all the time/trouble/risk of 'faking' 5 more manned moon landings), but I didn't push it (for reasons of corporate harmony).

Lucy said...

I guess if you are mad enough to believe this theory then you also have to crazy enough to think that the moon landings never happened. It is a cracker though.

Keep Life Simple said...

a few years ago I had breakfast and lunch with one of the main actors, buzz aldrin.

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