A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 08, 2023
Aluminati (aluminum + Illuminati, and jocularly associated with tinfoil hats)

“Tin foil hat” (from aluminum foil) is used as a stereotype for something worn by a conspiracy theorist, and several jokes mention the “Aluminati” (aluminum + Illuminati).
     
“Since when did the tin foil hats, become pointy? Is that a designer thing? The Keiser Willhelm line or something? Perhaps its a play on hats, like Aluminati/Illuminati?” was posted on the newsgroup alt.alien.research on January 19, 2003. “Then there are the Aluminati, who wear tinfoil hats as protection from orbital mind-control lasers” was posted on the newsgroup alt.slack on January 21, 2006. “Aluminati n. A group of people that believe Illuminati are watching them, and wear aluminum hats to protect themselves from radio waves trying to read their brain” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on October 27, 2014.
   
“I belong to the _Aluminati_. We control the tin-foil hat conspiracy crowd” was posted on Twitter by Trash Pandacoot on March 6, 2009. “Tinfoil hats are an invention of the Aluminati” was posted on Twitter by @aerikakeith on January 31, 2014. “The reason tinfoil hats work is because they foil the technology of the Aluminati” was posted on Twitter by Philip Tyson on September 20, 2019.
   
“if the Tinfoil Hat Crowd secretly runs everything, would that make them the Aluminati??” was posted on Twitter by Bryan Rochford on January 9, 2023. “If the tinfoil hat crowd secretly runs everything, would that make them The Aluminati?” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on January 9, 2023.
 
     
Wikipedia: Tin foil hat
A tin foil hat is a hat made from one or more sheets of aluminium foil (commonly called “tin foil” in the United States and New Zealand), or a piece of conventional headgear lined with foil, often worn in the belief or hope that it shields the brain from threats such as electromagnetic fields, mind control, and mind reading. The notion of wearing homemade headgear for such protection has become a popular stereotype and byword for paranoia, persecutory delusions, and belief in pseudoscience and conspiracy theories.
 
“Tin foil” is a common misnomer for aluminium foil; packaging metal foil was formerly made out of tin before it was replaced with aluminium.
 
Wikipedia: Illuminati
The Illuminati ( /ɪˌluːmɪˈnɑːti/; plural of Latin illuminatus, ‘enlightened’ ) is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious.
       
Google Groups: alt.alien.research
Where were we… Oh yes, pointy tin foil hats…
Rick Sobie
Jan 19, 2003, 4:27:18 AM
Since when did the tin foil hats, become pointy?
Is that a designer thing?
 
The Keiser Willhelm line or something?
 
Perhaps its a play on hats, like Aluminati/Illuminati?
 
Google Groups: alt.slack
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Odysseus
Jan 21, 2006, 3:06:35 AM
(...)
Then there are the Aluminati, who wear tinfoil hats as protection from orbital mind-control lasers.
   
Twitter
Trash Pandacoot
@haavoc
I belong to the _Aluminati_. We control the tin-foil hat conspiracy crowd.
1:32 PM · Mar 6, 2009
 
Twitter
‏‎كيييث
@aerikakeith
Tinfoil hats are an invention of the Aluminati.
8:11 PM · Jan 31, 2014
 
Twitter
Mike The Canstralian
@aussieinTO
A tinfoil hat will protect you from the #Illuminati, but it won’t protect you from the Aluminati.
2:29 PM · Jul 16, 2014
       
Urban Dictionary
Aluminati
n. A group of people that believe Illuminati are watching them, and wear aluminum hats to protect themselves from radio waves trying to read their brain.
The Aluminati knew the Illuminati were watching him as his hat was vibrating.
by jooe15 October 27, 2014
 
Twitter
ɔıdǝ
@epic55
So can we call all tin foil hat conspiracy truthers, ‘The Aluminati’?
5:39 PM · Jul 17, 2016
 
Twitter
Known On Sense
@KnownNonsense
Let me get this straight. So, the Aluminati are the ones secretly controlling everyone’s thoughts and behaviors, broadcasting their mental manipulations from their tinfoil hats…
12:47 AM · Feb 24, 2018
       
Twitter
Sokococonut
@sokococonut
Tin foil hats can’t protect you against the aluminati, checkmate liberals
6:28 AM · Aug 3, 2018
 
Twitter
a big, bearded man
@Bradioactive
Tin-foil hats are useless against The Aluminati.
3:40 PM · Sep 6, 2018
 
Twitter
Philip Tyson
@patyson
The reason tinfoil hats work is because they foil the technology of the Aluminati.
2:13 PM · Sep 20, 2019
 
Twitter
Clareopedia
@clareopedia
Are people wearing tinfoil (ie. aluminium foil) hats “aluminati”?
4:09 PM · Oct 6, 2021
 
Twitter
lals
@Alanascottish
What if the tinfoil hat crowd secretly run everything?
Would that make them the Aluminati?
3:30 AM · Dec 12, 2021
 
Twitter
TollyTB💙🇺🇦🇬🇧🇪🇺🇨🇦🇮🇪
@TollytB
Breaking:
Undercover reporter reveals who’s behind all the tinfoil hat conspiracies.
The Aluminati
🐢💨
10:16 AM · Feb 1, 2022
 
Twitter
Bryan Rochford
@bryanrochford
@David_M_Knight if the Tinfoil Hat Crowd secretly runs everything, would that make them the Aluminati??
4:23 AM · Jan 9, 2023
 
Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/soylentgreeeen January 9, 2023
If the tinfoil hat crowd secretly runs everything, would that make them
The Aluminati?
 
Twitter
Bob Golen
@BobGolen
The Aluminati wear foil hats.
8:59 PM · Jan 9, 2023

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