They say it’s always best to trust your gut. But what if it tells you there’s something off with a particular person, place, situation, you name it? Today, we are diving into some hard-to-believe scenarios shared by people with very strong suspicions. The only catch is that they have zero proof of the conspiracies.

What do you strongly suspect but have no proof of?” asked u/757jsmith on the r/AskReddit subreddit and the answers started rolling in.

Let’s scroll through the most interesting ones below, and who knows… sometimes life is stranger than fiction!

#1

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Religion was created to control the masses.

madtrippinfool , cottonbro Report

Linus Nilsson
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe todays religion, but from the beginning it was simply a way to explain things we didn't understand.

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#2

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Our ancient (human) history is far more vast and impressive than we can even begin to imagine.

anonymous , maxpixel Report

Akalvin
Community Member
2 months ago

True. True. True.

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#3

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Suspect my Physically and mentally abusive ex husband was planning on offing me during our separation/divorce. He got a $75,000 life insurance policy on me during our separation. Found out 2 years after our divorce when he had overpaid the policy and the insurance sent me a refund check. Mistake on their part.

During our separation, he had invited me to join his “family” vacation at Grand Canyon, I said no. He invited me to the mountains that same summer to try to be a family again, I said no. Then he invited me to Mexico for “reconciliation, again no. ( I said no because the gut feelings I had and my mom told me not to) She had 3 dreams in a row that my soon to be ex husband would tell her I was dead.

I have no proof, just the insurance policy and my mom’s dreams. 2 years after divorce, he canceled policy. I didn’t know you could get insurance on someone without them knowing

salemonadetea , cottonbro Report

Calyfan Yelood
Community Member
2 months ago

glad you're alive :-)

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#4

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Woman's clothes have either no pockets or crumby pockets to promote handbag sales.

wags83 , Mikaela Shannon Report

Bobert Robertson
Community Member
2 months ago

I've heard this one so many times, but I've always wondered then why there aren't more companies that make both pants and hand bags.

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#5

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove The Kardashians usually wear solid colored clothing because it’s easier for them to photoshop

spazmcgee1 , Eva Rinaldi Report

KJ
Community Member
2 months ago

That actually makes sense.

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#6

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove That the universe is teeming with life. Earth just can't be that special.

refreshing_username , Yuting Gao Report

Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
2 months ago

Ooor, there have been lots of planets like the earth before, maybe with higher developed civilisations like us, but their galaxy exploded in a supernova billions of years ago like it will happen to our galaxy. Maybe some of the black holes only exist because some alien experiment went horribly wrong. The universe is so big and so old and so crazy-for me, everything is possible..

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#7

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove That the developed world would function just fine if people were paid the same salaries, but worked only 3 days a week instead of 5. I strongly suspect the elite and governments want us working as much as possible so we don't have enough free time to cause unrest and improve society in a way that would negatively affect them. After all, since machines and factories have automated most forms of manufacturing, so why are we working as many (or more) hours as people from 150 years ago?

aartadventure , Damir Kopezhanov Report

DDmaybeandor
Community Member
2 months ago

For those saying it's unrealistic, this sort of mass shift; please let me draw your attention to history. There were people who were certain the economy couldn't stand paying former slaves, allowing women into the work force, cutting back from 80 hour work weeks to 40 hour work weeks, not allowing children to work, and I'm sure there's more. The proposed idea would be a major shift but it's not unrealistic or outright impossible. I'd love to hear some economists debate the feasibility.

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#8

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove All those “questionnaires” and “create your X name” things on Facebook are created by people hoping to data mine secret question answers to steal your identity or bank info.

Your stripper name is the first car you owned + The street you grew up on.

Yo dummy, those are the secret questions to your bank account!

missllil , Solen Feyissa Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

You don't say.

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#9

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Cats can understand our words, but do not care. They are waiting for a moment to speak, but since we are so far beneath them it hasn't happened yet.

JeremyMo88 , Cats Coming Report

AnnaBanana
Community Member
2 months ago

I can believe this...

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#10

There’s no sales on Black Friday. It’s just hyped up and people don’t do the research. Something could have been on “sale” earlier in the year for the same price, but people flock to the stores on Black Friday and buy it immediately because in their mind... it’s the cheapest it has ever been.

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

This is true. A study confirmed it. But people are so dumb that they fall for it every single year. Fighting each other in the aisles. Sometimes it's embarrassing to be a human.

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#11

That the "unsubscribe" method in spam emails, calls or texts are really just a way of confirming the number is attached to a real person.

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Akalvin
Community Member
2 months ago

that is a well known feature

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#12

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove That a lot of businesses in my hometown are just money laundering operations. 25 nail salons in a town of 70,000? 3000 square foot DVD rental shop in the best block of downtown where commercial rents are very high? Dozens of $10 barber shops sitting empty all day but remaining open? Red flags all around.

anonymousjohnson , Peter O'Connor aka anemoneprojectors Report

Aski Markup
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes! I always think this, like how can they make a profit, and afford to pay all of their overheads?

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#13

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove That my oldest brother is actually my bio father.

It just makes no sense to me otherwise. I have a butt chin and no one else in my family does. This older brother was(is?) an alcoholic, drug addict, and just a big mess all around. He brought different women to my parent's house every day and we would hear them f**k. It makes no sense to me that he came out of that with zero children. Makes less sense since he's ~20 years older than me, which means my parents would have had me at a dangerously (for my mom) old age. I know it's not impossible, but it just makes a lot more sense this way. Plus my parents always covered up for his wrongdoings so it honestly wouldn't surprise me.

I once asked my mom and she got visibility upset. Didn't even ask her outright, I just said I had a dream that they told me my brother was really my father. She got super mad and refused to even discuss or acknowledge my dream. Weird as hell.

I would still consider my mom, my mom. Wouldn't consider my brother my dad if he were because he's an ass. It's just something I think is highly probable.

alienblooded , Anthony Shkraba Report

Rick
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh wow, what a horrible situation all round

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#14

Every episode of every reality show is either tightly scripted, or at least framed and re-shot so the producers can get the right amount of drama on the screen.

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Rick
Community Member
2 months ago

Literally says before or after most of those shows: “Some scenes have been created for entertainment purposes only”.

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#15

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove In my city something bad is about to happen.

I see a lot of mansions on sale, and houses with good location too. I think rich people know something that the rest of the people don't.

Pretty paranoid, sorry.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

Not that paranoid. It's called "insider knowledge" and rich people hold often the position where they are informed about plans that could affect their properties. So it could be that soon you'll find that some very polluting industry is building a new plant right across the street because it suddenly has been designated as "industrial area".

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#16

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Queen Elizabeth will probably live up to 120 years and longer. She is one of the best fed and most cared person on Earth.

If we invented something for immortality, she likely took it already.

umotex12 , WikiImages Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Also, if you look at her brooch it doubles as an alien face.

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#17

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove That only about 20% of people actually do any work. The rest just get by looking busy.

Limp_Distribution , Marcus Aurelius Report

Brendan
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, busy reading Bored Panda lol.

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#18

I believe that many animal rescues self-perpetuate their own problem. Some rescues have VERY picky requirements - like salary minimums, yard size minimums, prior experience, age minimums, required seminars, required volunteer work, etc. Meanwhile you can just go to a breeder or a store, and be able to get a pet that day.

I understand wanting to make sure the animals go to a home equipped to care for the animal, but if it's so hard to get a rescuee pet that it drives people to stores, then those shelters will only ever become more crowded. A parrot rescue near me requires 6 months of volunteering for 3 hours every week before you can adopt... and there's a store nearby that just breeds and sells parrots. Which one would most people pick?

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

I couldn’t agree more with this! Plenty of people would love to adopt a cat or dog but live in a flat/apartment and are discounted immediately. I’ve never understood why having access to a garden is deemed more important than a loving home with people who care. Here in the UK many people would love to take on a rescue pet but are stumped at this first hurdle. It would be ok for me to have a baby in that environment but not a dog/cat?!? How does that make sense to anyone?

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#19

I believe my grand mother was a serial killer. She was married 7 times; each ending in a sudden death. She died in the 1980’s but everything is still suspicious and no one seems to know anything. I did find an article about her when she came to the US where her first husband died defending her after her ex-boyfriend climbed in her window in New York City. I also found evidence of her having been in prison before coming to the US.

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Mina
Community Member
2 months ago

Yikes!

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#20

That a relative is a CIA agent. She was in the Peace Corps, Vietnam era. Ever since she's been a "world traveler," somehow able to drop her work and "go hiking the Spanish version of the Appalachian Trail" or otherwise go to exotic locales. Sometimes she came back with injuries, "I fell as we were climbing some rocks." Her son is in the agency as an employee, not a spy, and he's married to a CIA translator.

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Pearl
Community Member
2 months ago

Hmm...very suspishy.... (Suspicious and fishy)

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#21

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Prince Charles will never sit on the throne. I believe he made a deal with Queen Elizabeth that in exchange for being allowed to marry Camilla he gave up his right to sit on the throne. Prince William will sit on the throne when Queen Elizabeth dies.

CrabFarts , Dan Marsh Report

Alex K
Community Member
2 months ago

too bad he had the ideal ears to hold up a crown

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#22

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove That Bath and Body Works has like, 13 unique scents. Every couple of months they just rotate the scents in and call them something else.

Arcticshade , m01229 Report

Ashe
Community Member
2 months ago

Cool theory..

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#23

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Starbucks baristas intentionally spell your name wrong so you take a picture of it and post it on social media to give the company free advertising.

antialias_blaster , Coastal Elite Report

Monica Martinez Castañeda
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm pretty sure that's a fact. I've read it so many times. It's free advertising for them

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#24

My dog sees supernatural events at our house.

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
2 months ago

And cats.

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#25

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Historians +200 years from now will be able to look at all of all of the private messages and data of people who have been long dead.

Similar to how we can read private letters of people from 1700’s.

mikenasty , Karolina Grabowska Report

Giovanni
Community Member
2 months ago

Historians +200 will have an hard time getting useful informations, they'll have to dig through terabytes of shitposts and memes

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#26

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Some zoos have empty exhibits and just claim the animal is in there, you just never see them.

sakura_wayne , BrokenSphere Report

Steve Barnett
Community Member
2 months ago

Standard practice when it comes to the Chameleons.

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#27

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove I think my great great uncle was gay, but lived in a time where he had to hide that part of himself. He never had a wife or kids. He traveled a lot and was very into art. I asked my grandma a while back if she thought he was gay and she said he just wasn't interested in having girlfriends.

thirty-seven37 , Mykyta Martynenko Report

Alex K
Community Member
2 months ago

because he was interested in having boyfriends, wink wink nudge nudge say no more say no more

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#28

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove That my five month old knows exactly when I’m about to fall asleep and starts crying just to screw with me.

ZyuMammoth , Laura Garcia Report

Chris
Community Member
2 months ago

Same as when dinner is cooked they wake up.

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#29

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove I believe that apple never actually intended for anyone to buy their $999 monitor stand. It was just an excuse so they could invalidate all warranty claims for the Pro monitor.

"We can't approve your claim due to the use of improper 3rd party equipment".

Joeysaurrr , The Default Project Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

Apple products are horrendously overpriced, but usually don't provide any extra functionality over non-Apple products (and sometimes they're actually less functional).

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#30

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove That your phone and laptop mics are hot and sending data to certain groups.

JimmyL2014 , Karolina Grabowska Report

Eppe
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd say this is more than a sneaking suspicion...

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#31

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove That my English teacher didn't read essays, and based grades on how we were in class.

MaterialImportance , Anna Shvets Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

One of my professors used the so-called "stair system". He would pick up all the papers, stand at the top of a staircase, then toss them forward into the air. The step that a paper lands on determines the grade :D

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#32

35 People Share Things They Are Really Suspicious Of But Can't Actually Prove Mattress stores are a money laundering scheme. No one buys that many mattresses.

One_dank_orange , pxhere Report

AnnaBanana
Community Member
2 months ago

That is one UGLY bedroom suite!

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#33

That every single person who has submitted their DNA to their ancestor sites has officially damned themselves. That’s like giving away all the passwords to your devices. Our DNA is our coding, it is what builds us. If someone for some reason wanted that information for any reason that would likely ignore the integrity of bioethics, they could get to it. Rich person will die within 2 days without a kidney transplant? They could easily pay someone to check the database to find an individual who could potentially be the closest match. That person would have also submitted where they live. It would be pretty convenient for that person to randomly get terribly injured and be taken to the hospital where the rich person happens to be at. I know it sounds crazy, and there are 100 less crazy things people can do with out data. But with body autonomy rights starting to be taken away by some states, it’s essentially the government saying they own the rights to your body, it’s just not that obvious...for now. Y’all wait. Y’all mark my words.

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Mystery Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep! I will never willingly give away my DNA and I think it's utterly crazy that anyone does. Those ancestry sites make it all look so fun and interesting but there is something sinister about them. I just know it! In the same vain, I'd never have one of those Alexa (or similar) spybots in my house.

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#34

That companies (such as smartphones companies) are holding back their best technologies waiting their competitors to release something new so they release something a bit better but not the best they can do

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Giovanni
Community Member
2 months ago

Market saturation is no joke

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#35

That Earth has been visited by one or more advanced civilizations, and may even be watching us stealthily.

DarthContinent Report

Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Maybe the whole Christianity thing is records of aliens walking on our planet. Think about it. The kingdom in the skies, Jesus' miracles and his superior knowledge, his resurrection -> ascending to the sky -> not reappearing for ages.... It sounds like this ruler of a kingdom called Heaven sent his son to go explore planet Earth, he had bad experiences with our rather barbarian ancestors, went back home and doesn't want to come back.

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