Why does Bielefeld not exist?
In Germany, everyone knows the rumor that Bielefeld does not exist. But where does this conspiracy come from?
In 1993, students at a university party discussed the fact that they had never met anyone from Bielefeld. A computer science student posted a conspiracy theory about Bielefeld as a joke on the Internet. It stated that Bielefeld does not actually exist, but is a secret military base on which John F. Kennedy, among others, is being held. Since at that time all highway exits to Bielefeld were closed by chance, the theory was born and spread like wildfire.
The so-called “Bielefeld Conspiracy” later experienced another comeback when Google Maps only displayed green spaces and trees instead of the city. This bug was quickly fixed by Google, but the wild theories were already spun. The city of Bielefeld itself takes the Bielefeld conspiracy with humor. In 2014, the city celebrated its 800th anniversary under the motto: “Bielefeld – That’s impossible!”
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