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So, I've stumbled across a VERY interesting theory. This theory states that the 1992 movie, Aladdin, did not take place in the past, but instead, took place in the future. And not just in the future, but after an apocalypse.

The theory...

Now, there are not a lot of points that prove this theory. However, here's one for you: when Aladdin lets Genie out of the lamp, he says that he had been in the lamp for 10,000 years.

And in one scene, Genie tells Aladdin that his clothes looked "so last century". If he had been in the lamp for 10,000 years, how would he have known about the fashion trends? The latest Genie could have been trapped in the lamp during the 3rd century. If he spent 10,000 years in the lamp, it is then at least 10,300 AD when he gets out.

The theory says that the film takes place so long into the future that Arabia is now Agrabah. The Islamic religion has atrophied to the point where there are no mosques, imams or prayer mats, but people still give praise to Allah in moments of happiness. Amazing technological marvels left behind by the previous civilization, like flying carpets or genetically engineered parrots which can comprehend human speech instead of just mimicking it, are taken for granted by locals or considered “Magic”.

Ever wondered how Genie knew how to make all those impressions?


Jack Nicholson


Groucho Marx


Hakuna matata
Hakuna matata

Not enough proof? Here's some more: in the Aladdin genesis video game, we can see a modern stop sign buried in the sand.

Everything is old in Aladdin because of an apocalypse that set the world back a millennium.

So, you've just heard this new theory. And I think you know what to do now.


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