Percentage of Americans: N/A
Who believes it: Crazy Beatlemaniacs
For the past five decades, we've been shammed by a replacement of Paul McCartney. According to Internet conspiracy, the original member of the ultimate boy band died in 1966, and, consumed by guilt, the three remaining members began to leave clue to the truth in their long discography (most specifically, in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road). On Sgt. Pepper, the newly formed Beatles band features a man named Billy Shear (the name of Paul's alleged replacement) and "A Day in the Life," stores an eerie message played backward: "Paul is dead, miss him, miss him." Also, according to the theory, if you put a mirror in front of the album cover, the words Lonely Hearts on the drum logo appear as "1 ONE X HE DIE 1 ONE 1." By the same logic, the members are meant to reflect the images of a funeral procession on the cover: John as a clergymen dressed in white, George as the gravedigger dressed in jeans, Ringo as the mourner dressed in black, and Paul as the deceased with no shoes on and walking out of step with the others.