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What does tinfoil hat mean?

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  • This reminds me of the gone-bye cartoon of "Tom Terrific".  He always wore a 'tinfoil' hat to solve the problem at hand.  :D

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  • 2 months ago

    It refers to the semi-truth that metallic foil shields various electromagnetic waves, including those that might penetrate your brain or emanate from your brain. 

    Having a "tinfoil hat" refers to the general paranoia that someone may be using externally produced waves to affect your thoughts/actions, or that someone is monitoring your internal brainwaves, either of which you could (in theory) reduce by wearing such a hat.

    The mere act of "having a tinfoil hat" is an insult that implies that such person is "crazy" in ways that he or she may be trying to keep secret (e.g., only wearing the tinfoil hat when nobody is watching).

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  • Andrea
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Tinfoil is another word for aluminum foil. It's a whole thing that often crazy conspiracy theorists wear them in order to protect themselves from government attempts to influence/control their minds.

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  • 2 months ago

    It is an expression given to trick scholar thinking the administration is out to get them and is following everything they might do.

    The tinfoil cap shields any radio waves from setting off to their cerebrum causing them not to have their brain perused

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  • 2 months ago

    it refers to a hat made from aluminum foil that is intended to prevent passage of invisible radio waves.  Don't want someone reading your thoughts or sending you instructions on what to do?  Make sure to keep your tinfoil hat on at all times.

    It basically is a way to call someone crazy, the idea being that if you think there are people reading your thoughts or sending you signals direct into your brain, and it is frequent enough that you have to wear a prevention device against it, you are probably not sane.

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  • 2 months ago

    Back in the early days of conspiracy theory, mostly having to do with the notion that aliens had landed on earth (Roswell, NM, 1947) and were planning to invade and take control and were abducting humans and communicating telepathically, some of the nuttiest of the nuts believed they could prevent this mind-control by wearing tinfoil on their heads.

    Today it's become a euphemism for any proponent of far-out conspiracies.

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  • 2 months ago

    hehe ... a few people, possibly mental illness cases, believe that aliens are trying to control our brains using some remote technology that relies on electromagnetic waves of some sort. the tinfoil hat reflects these EM waves and thus keeps you in your right mind. It is, of course, hokum. to be effective, the tinfoil would have to completely enclose the brain like a Faraday cage.

    thus 'put on your tinfoil hat' is an insult ... implies mental instability or illness

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  • audrey
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That you're nuts!.........

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  • jehen
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Wearing a tin foil hat is a metaphor for deranged paranoid behavior. It goes back to the imagery of crazies thinking they are protecting themselves from alien or government 'rays' getting in their brain by wearing a metal foil on their head. So anyone going to extremes to protect themselves from something unreal is metaphorically wearing a tin foil hat.

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  • 2 months ago

    Came into use in the 1950's when certain people declared it was an effective way to block Alien mind reading beams from outerspace. 

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