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Yes, you read that right.

Elisabeth Sherman
July 31, 2017

Over the weekend, a single tweet exploded into rumors that one very unexpected restaurant is controlling Americans through a mysterious organization known as the Illuminati: Outback Steakhouse.

Wtf is Outback Steakhouse planning

— balenci-who? aga ☭ (@eatmyaesthetics)

You’ll have heard of the Illuminati through the extensive conspiracy theories that and Jay-Z are members of the organization, a secret society founded in 1776 in Bavaria. These days the —and there is absolutely zero evidence that such an organization even exists, despite their very official looking website—to be a group of world leaders, celebrities, and artists, that have come together to “further the prosperity of the human species.”

Yeah, sounds pretty far-fetched. Even more unlikely? That the Australian-ish steak chain is part of a grand conspiracy perpetrated by the as-yet-unverified group to control the world (wouldn't they go with Olive Garden? People love Olive Garden). But once the Internet grabs a hold of a notion, even one as outlandish as this, it’s hard to get it to let go.

The fervor began when a Twitter user connected the locations of Outback Steakhouses Arizona, Georgia, and Illinois, as well as several other states, to creating a star shape, otherwise known as a pentagram (admittedly, a strange coincidence). The shape has some associations with , although it has its in ancient Greece. But even the appearance of the pentagram set Twitter ablaze with suggestions of Satanic worship.

Outback Steakhouse is a front for a satanic cult?

Man I wish I was this creative.

— Geekdom101 (@EmperorBigD)

To get to the bottom of the rumors, the went straight to the source, asking Outback Steakhouse to either confirm or deny conspiracy theories that the restaurant is a front for Satanic cult or a meeting place for the Illumnati. Do they have plans to take over the world with a giant Bloomin’ Onion?

Plot twist.

— Outback Steakhouse (@Outback)

“No plans, other than to bring bold steaks and Bloomin’ Onions to our guests!” the chain said in a statement, which does precisely nothing to clear up rumors they’re members of a shadowy league of villainous steak enthusiasts bent on world domination. Either that, or this is just a really, really great marketing campaign. Lets hope—for the sake of humanity—that it’s the latter.

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