Conspiracy Theories

Woman doesn’t understand how light refraction works so a conspiracy theory ensues

A tragically hilarious video from the early days of YouTube is a reminder that conspiracy thinking has been around long before the Facebook fake news crisis.

Image via screen grab

If you have a flicker of hope left for humanity, this article will extinguish it.

A video taken in 2007 features a woman looking at a mini rainbow emanating from her sprinklers — a pleasant scene that’s reminiscent of summers in the backyard. But she sees something different. She sees a government conspiracy.

“I’m just wondering what the heck is in our water supply? What the heck is in our oxygen supply?” the woman says while filming the sun’s reflection off water droplets.

“What is oozing out of our ground that allows this type of effect to happen?”

It’s called refraction.

The fundamental process at work in a rainbow is refraction — the “bending” of light. Light bends — or more accurately, changes directions — when it travels from one medium to another. This happens because light travels at different speeds in different mediums.

Not much is known about the woman who took the video. But hopefully now she’s been dissuaded from her confusion of light refraction in water droplets with a secret government water-poisoning campaign. Unfortunately, the track record of people who believe silly things they found on the internet suggests that it’s not likely.

The video is also a good example of how pseudoscience causes people to waste their energy (that could otherwise be spent improving life in a civil society) on non-existent problems, while real issues pertaining to public health and the environment are right in front of them.


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  1. Kristin

    December 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    The stupid, it burns

  2. David Bell

    December 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    This is actually not a government conspiracy. There is a unicorn attached to her water system and it is farting rainbows.

  3. ndjinn

    December 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    You joke, but I know people that seriously think the government puts bad stuff in the water. I don’t take them seriously, but they think it.

  4. totztheplaid

    December 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    It _is_ possible to laugh yourself to death!

    It’s happened before. Most notably, a man’s heart gave out due to how hard he was laughing while watching “A Fish Called Wanda.”

    I also occasionally black out from laughing too hard when the oxygen isn’t flowing properly to my brain. If that went too far, I could suffer serious damage or possibly die.

  5. randomdhu

    December 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States…………………………………” –Isaac Asimov

  6. Kevin Michael O'Connor

    December 17, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Wow,the stupid…it burns…

  7. helenahanbasketRieRie123

    December 17, 2013 at 10:57 pm


  8. Monty

    December 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Absolutely pathetic level of education exampled here.

  9. Bruce L Arvidson II

    December 18, 2013 at 4:39 am

    And this is the kind of people that the creationists want to produce with insisting on the bible be taught as true science.

  10. rogerwolsey

    December 18, 2013 at 5:25 am

    even though seeing rainbows in sprinklers has **nothing** to do with fracking, it is the case that fracking natural gas is a dangerous endeavor and that many fracking wells leak nearly every day and that the drinking water of some communities have been affected by the chemically laden waters used in the fracking process.

  11. Skip Moreland

    December 18, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Lady doesn’t water her lawn very often, does she? What is oozing out of her head? It is certainly not wisdom or intelligence.

  12. Stephen Gyetko

    December 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

    What is oozing out of our ground? Well, it her case, I’m more concerned with the ‘stupid oozing out of her mouth’. This is what happens when you fall asleep in third grade general earth sciences class. What an asshole. I hope she isn’t a ‘breeder’, or she’ll whelp a whole new generation of ‘mega stupid’ kids. Tie off this woman’s tubes. Now!

  13. Ben Anderson

    December 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    “Ms. ,
    What you just said…. one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
    At no point, in your rambling incoherent (comments), were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought.
    Everyone, in this room, is now dumber for having listened to it.
    I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

  14. Rufus

    December 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    We as nation have got to ask ourselves: rainbows, how do they work?

  15. Artie

    December 19, 2013 at 1:44 am

    It’s “Rainbow’s” lol.

  16. Michelle Malkin

    December 19, 2013 at 3:32 am


  17. Jim S

    December 19, 2013 at 3:39 am

    What a stupid bimbo. She’s been listening to the idiotic Glen Beck and Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh because they can cook your brain with their totally unfounded conspiracies and beliefs that the government is out to get us.

    God help us all. VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS because they are the purveyors of the lies and fear mongering.

  18. Patricia

    December 19, 2013 at 6:08 am

    If only she had “discovered” this two years later. Fox “News” could have picked it up and run with it as another Marxist-Socialist-Nazi-Muslim-Kenyan-Obama conspiracay.

  19. Tony

    December 19, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Wow! I guess ignorance is truly bliss!

  20. Davej Djthedj

    December 19, 2013 at 10:43 am

    “…the tides come in, the tides go out…no one knows why”
    Stupid is everywhere

  21. hoopmarvel

    December 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    She never ran through sprinklers as a child poor lady. I can assure her that 50 years ago there were rainbows in sprinklers

  22. nick al

    December 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    They do? You’re kind of ignorant since this information is publicly available and documented BY the government.

  23. rob bullock

    December 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    alcohol may have had a role in posting this video.

  24. Karen

    December 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    face plant……have another drink…

  25. Omar Spence

    December 27, 2013 at 4:29 am

    We as a nation have got to ask ourselves what the hell is going on. How the hell can someone pass through the school system and be completely befuddled by something as simple as this?

  26. camarelli

    January 2, 2014 at 10:06 am

    he said “bad stuff”, nutter

  27. Bill Noble

    January 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Her name is “dbootsthediva” on YouTube. This isn’t her only failure.

  28. Stephen Gyetko

    January 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Do you or anyone else want to take bets on when she will ‘disprove’ the “commie, libtard, Godless, so-called ‘theory’ of gravity, by jumping off a roof somewhere? I’d pay good money to see that.

  29. irishconnell

    February 24, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I hear she is one of the curators of the Creationist museum, where kids can learn about the dinosaurs that were on Noah’s Ark.

  30. Stephen Gyetko

    February 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    They’re not dinosaurs, they’re “Jesus Horses”. Everyone knows that….

  31. bayhuntr

    March 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

    In America, it seems stupid is the new smart. The stupid looked around and saw there were more stupid people than smart. …it is a democracy after all!

  32. Laura Shannon

    March 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    OMG. How can anyone be that stupid?

  33. Patricia Clements

    March 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    This one is scary. The only thing missing is the aluminium hat. Sawdust?

  34. jymwrites

    March 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    She’s right about one thing, as a nation we have to ask what’s going on?

  35. Edward J. Belanger

    March 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Lady, you’re a freaking MORON! And that does Morons an injustice because I’m pretty sure that morons see nothing unusual here too.

  36. Matt

    May 9, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Well, since it’s Rainbows – it must be because of “the gays.” That’s gotta be it.

  37. JWilson

    May 9, 2014 at 5:29 am

    To be fair, the woman is likely being fed a diet of pseudo science and paranoia by “news” sources like Fox News. Yes, she’s missing some basic education about how light prisms through water, but the conspiracy theory stuff doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s being created by sources that profit through creating fear rather than understanding.

  38. Ramil

    May 9, 2014 at 6:26 am

    C’mon guys – Atleast you have to give her credit for being inquisitive. Sure she doesnt know why is something happening but she is curious… Just like Newton I guess…!!!! But my only question is – What the Hell is going on in our nation’s schools and education???

  39. kfizz

    May 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I think its just the united states itself.

  40. Floyd Brookman

    May 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Are the sirens coming to get her?

  41. James

    May 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I just….I just don’t want to live on this planet any more.

  42. Steven Burkhardt

    May 9, 2014 at 11:13 am

    The stupidity is hurting my head! She has never heard of rainbows?

  43. Randy S

    May 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Yes they do. What fool would call someone else ignorant because they state that other people believe something? He said HE doesn’t take them seriously. Then you actually go to the trouble of telling this person, who doesn’t believe them, that HE is ignorant? No…the ignorance lies with you for not understanding what you read.

  44. Randy S

    May 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Everyone knows that the Flintstones was based on a real stone aged family.

  45. Elizabeth

    May 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    No, that would show possession. .. the plural of rainbow is rainbows.

  46. David Cronen

    May 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Isn’t this what Bill O’Reilly said?

  47. elo

    May 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Idiot ! It’s Obamas fault !

  48. Jehtro Bodien

    May 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    See, this is the same stuff in the Chem-Trails!

  49. Cheri

    May 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    No words. just…..just…

  50. Cindy Koehn

    May 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Uh, no it’s not. The apostrophe denotes a possessive, not a plural. The original poster was correct. This error is so common, I don’t point it out every time, but, since Artie brought it up…

  51. Cindy Koehn

    May 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    You’re right, Roger. What’s sad about this video is that the woman, with her lack of even rudimentary scientific knowledge, is completely incapable of understanding the issues that revolve around fracking – how can she make informed and reasonable choices about the laws she supports and the candidates she votes for if this is the level of her ability to reason and to understand even basic science?

  52. sandra

    May 10, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Do you known that whatever you use to embed videos does not play with sound in most cell phones?

  53. Karen Cole

    May 10, 2014 at 5:31 am

    GEEZ, is she for real? I think Forrest Gump said it best; “Stupid is as stupid does!” After watching that, I had to go to the Science Channel to get that stupidity out of my head. My head still hurts.

  54. Raquel Nunes

    May 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    OMG RAINBOWS!!!! WHAT IS OOZING OUT OF OUR GROUND?!?!?!? How can some one be this thick. Damn!

  55. Gavin Dodd

    May 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This may be a generational thing. The neighbor’s kids were out, playing with a garden hose, while their grandmother was minding them. One figured out how to make a mist, and announced, “Watch me make a rainbow!” The grandma asked me what the kid meant by making a rainbow with a hose. I explained it, and she had NEVER heard of the idea.

  56. Liz Thatcher

    May 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm


  57. GG Johnson

    May 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Fluoride is bad stuff.

  58. Daniel Carey

    May 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Dihydrogen monoxide. It’s everywhere nowadays. Noxious stuff.

  59. matthewjtanner

    May 11, 2014 at 2:51 am

    “Like is no box of chocolates… when you’re an idiot.”

  60. Mike Tragesser

    May 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Awww! That is so sad. Such unreasonable paranoia is actually a form of mental illness. She needs help, but she will more likely find others who have the same disease and form a political action group.

  61. Stephen Gyetko

    May 13, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I’m not so sure about this being a form of mental illness.Seeing conspiracy theories behind just about everything is a natural outgrowth of lack of knowledge. When you don’t know what the hell is going on, and you have a deep seated distrust, this lack of knowledge and distrust of available knowledge, inevitably leads to an individual spinning the most outlandish explanations. The mind literally spins out of control and ‘grasps at straws’ of the kind that would not pass the ‘smell test’, in other circumstances. Additionally, I suspect that the kind that come up with the really ‘out of left field’ stuff, are the kind that have practically ‘left the planet’ since the inauguration of President Obama. Their whole world, literally was ‘turned upside down’ and after a shock like that, that goes right to the core, anything is possible.

  62. derick sharnbroich

    May 15, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Lol, i like that bit about “chemtrail alarmist,” a good old dose of scientific knowledge might tell you also that chemtrails sap moisture from the air (it means it pulls water droplets together ;). When you see a rainbow around the sun, through a chemcloud, u are seeing that process unfold. But don’t worry it’s just water…or contrails LOLOLOL…or whatever else tells you everything is ok ;). Just don’t test the soil around your home after a year or two of constant chemming, or you’ll find the aluminum content has skyrocketed.

  63. RedDonnaAnn

    May 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    One word for ya: vodka.

  64. Heather Kenealy

    October 16, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Damn gay agenda is everywhere

  65. William Fosgreen

    October 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    What is so sad is, these people are dead serious in their lack of knowledge. I though everyone knew what

    light passing through water looks like. Starting a fire with a magnet would really blow her mind.

  66. Aaron Boone

    October 16, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    No. No it is not.

  67. dr pepper

    October 17, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Doesn’t she believe what the Bible says about rainbows?

  68. Lorelei Lee

    January 4, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Canada has banned fluoride in the water, so I’m guessing their is some concern. It is poisonous when ingested, this is why you aren’t supposed to swallow your toothpaste.

  69. Lorelei Lee

    January 4, 2015 at 3:56 am


  70. Francis P. Hotdog

    January 4, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I have worked in municipal water departments in California, Washington State and North Carolina.
    There are absolutely nothing beyond disinfection and flouridation that is added to drinking water. These chemicals usually exist at a concentration of 0.8 to 1.3 parts per million.
    First off, where would the secret toxins be stored? There would have to be tons of these chemicals stored at well sites, pump stations, reservoirs, etc. Adding enough agent to be distributed evenly in hundreds of millions of gallons of water daily would require a pretty good amount of storage.
    Where would these agents be introduced to the water system?
    Who would poison the well?
    Read up on your municipal water and wastewater systems. They are what is keeping you from living in a third world country, not cops, not the fire department. Police and fire do a great job, but they are not stopping pandemic on a daily basis.

  71. Karen Lester

    January 4, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    LMAO, thank you for that David!

  72. Rob

    January 4, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Was it Einstein who said, “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits”.

  73. Damian Kaizer

    January 4, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Obviously it’s the Illuminati. XD

  74. Troy Boyle

    January 4, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    What is in our drinking water that made this concerned woman a complete moron.

  75. Robby Lopez

    January 5, 2015 at 12:14 am

    at least she said visible spectrum lol

  76. Maria Werner Brejner

    January 5, 2015 at 12:20 am

    …… Prodominantly……

  77. Darla

    January 5, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Oh sweet 8 pound 6 ounce baby Jebus.

  78. Shirley Massey

    January 5, 2015 at 1:44 am

    I guess since she’s on this–the rest of us can go on about our business. I think she will stay on the case until she solves it. LOL.

  79. John-Christopher Ward

    January 5, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Dumber than a stick.

  80. Eduardo

    January 5, 2015 at 2:26 am

    This woman is right. i think you are failing to see how the Gay Agenda has conspired with Obama and the EPA to cause rainbows to appear everywhere, that way we become insensitive to Gays becoming accepted as part of the larger society. They must be STOPPED!!

  81. edward

    January 5, 2015 at 3:36 am


  82. Nodda Nothen

    January 5, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Dead State, the Fox News of online blogs. It is a pathetic insult to your readers to lump together confused uninformed people with those who are well informed and above the level of pathetic sycophant. It takes a stupid person, and that is who DS must believe reads their pages, who would believe there is a correlation between this woman and those know that solar management is a real science that the US government has funded and looked into. It is not quackery as DS so ignorantly keeps trying to claim.

  83. Wild Willy

    January 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    …and what caused the Earth to tilt so dramatically at the end of the video??

  84. Kimberley Jackson

    January 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Wow… I have no words for this. What the hell is wrong with her? It didn’t happen 20 years ago?
    What planet did she live on back then? This is one of the typical examples of argumentation, many religious (or just plain stupid) people use: I can’t understand it, so that means it can’t be true.

    When will those people stop opening their mouths to spread their stupidity and start opening books to educate themselves?

  85. Patrick M

    January 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Just tell her its fracking and use the stupidity for our own uses…..

  86. Michael Powers

    January 5, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    The dumbing down of America is proceeding on schedule, I see. This is what Carl Sagan feared when he wrote The Demon Haunted World.

  87. Victoria Meyers

    January 5, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Well said!

  88. DuckyPoo (@duckyou101)

    January 5, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Holy Hell! It looks like Mother Nature really needs to improve her Natural Selection skills.

  89. Cart Duncan

    January 7, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I read the wikipedia article and it appears to me that all or nearly all of the procedures have only been suggested not implemented. Two of the things in the list were cloud seeding and painting your roof white. I’m not too afraid of a conspiracy to implement either of those.

  90. Dickson

    March 20, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    PotHoler54’s channel on Youtube has a great educational takedown of this exact video, among others. One of the best informative channels on Youtube by far.

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