Thursday, February 3, 2011

Here's Another Clue For You All

For people who like their conspiracy theories to be explicitly without merit, this may provide you with an hour's entertainment. The blog Turn Me On Dead Man exhaustively researched the insane rumors about Paul McCartney's death and presents all the evidence for you to enjoy.

The story was that Paul McCartney had died in a car accident at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 1966...Paul had picked up a female hitchhiker on his way to visit friends. The woman became so excited when she realized who had picked her up that she threw her arms around Paul and caused him to lose control of the car. Both Paul and his passenger were killed when the car swerved off the road and hit a stone fence. And here's where the story takes a turn toward the ludicrous—Paul was decapitated in the accident and the trauma to his head was so severe that even his dental records were useless in identifying the victim! Not wanting to lose potential record sales, record company executives suppressed the story of Paul's death and brought in a lookalike to replace him. For some reason (this is the part where you have to suspend disbelief) the surviving Beatles agreed to go along with this scheme, but they left clues on all of their subsequent albums about Paul's death and the imposter who took his place. Paul's stand-in was a man named William Campbell, who had won a Paul McCartney lookalike contest. With a little plastic surgery, William Campbell had taken Paul's place in photos of the group. The surgery had been successful except for a small scar above his lip. And, as luck would have it, William Campbell could also sing and just happened to be a songwriter with an exceptional ear for pop melodies.
To me the best evidence that McCartney wasn't replaced with an imposter is timing: if he was rumored to have been killed in a crash and replaced around 1976, when his songwriting really went to crap, THEN you'd have a case. Instead, a few years after that Paul released a live album with this cover.

You can't see the licence plate on the VW but it says 51 IS. Now that's comedy.

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