High schoolers can be so gullible. They believe every crazy story that comes along. I have had serious discussions with them about the chupacabra and the world ending in 2012. No matter how I explain, they will not believe that these things are not real.
Thursday and Friday I covered shop. Well, it was two periods of wood shop and four of computer graphic arts. Because of safety issues (and theft issues), they had to do bookwork while their teacher was out. They seemed to think that it was busywork, and most refused to do much of anything. (It was busy work, but that doesn't mean that their teacher won't make it worth points. In fact, I know he'll make it worth a lot of points, but that's a whole 'nother blog post.)
I spent most of the time walking the room and asking them to do something. They had other things to talk about.
One student asked me if I was in the Illuminati. The only thing I know about the Illuminati is that they were featured in Angels and Demons. They don't really exist. I said as much to the boy.
The boy explained to me that they are real, prevalent in rap music, and I should look it up on YouTube. YouTube as a source? Of facts?
Okay, so I looked it up, but only so that I could provide links. But really? They believe this stuff?
Then the boy told me about "Yes We Can" being... Oh, you just have to go and see. I can't type this with a straight face.
I took some time to explain how this reversing of audio has been done before. I told them about "Paul is Dead". How it was a hoax. He thought my information interesting, but it didn't dissuade him from believing. Sigh.
I left that group and went to talk to other students about, oh, I don't know, doing the assignment. I had put this whole discussion out of my mind. The next period came in and left. Then another. So it was later in the day when...
"Have you heard of the Illuminati?"
Different boy. Different class.
"They don't exist," I said.
"Oh yes they do," the whole table told me in chorus. They then all did this hand thing--holding both hands together with thumbs and fingers forming a diamond that they looked through.
I walked away very, very quickly.
The stuff that they believe!