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The QAnon conspiracy theory began on 4chan in October of 2017 and since then has garnered legions of delusional followers. The theory envelopes conspiracy theories on everything from birtherism to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, amounting to the idea that a deep state of sinister institutions and individuals are working against President Donald Trump and his supporters to upend the perceived threat he poses against the imaginary entities.

One of the conspiracy theories QAnon followers subscribe to is Pizzagate—the debunked idea that the government was trafficking children out of a local pizzeria in Washington, D.C. The notion is as ridiculous as it sounds, but it hasn't stopped the Pizzeria from routinely receiving threats of violence and even led one self-appointed investigator and QAnon follower to show up to the restaurant defending the imaginary children and firing shots within the eatery.

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