@SPx I've known about the Mandela Effect for the better part of a year now. I always thought Looney Tunes was spelled Looney Toons and that Darth Vader said "Luke I am your father". I told some people of the effect once and attributed it to the idea that people have bad memories, which is why anecdotes are not good sources of information. They thought that I was trying to say that the Mandela Effect was true and decided to come up with a test. When I rejected the test by saying people's memories are crap, they got angry. Well it was really one guy but others were present.
I think a lot of motivation behind some of these wild ideas is that is has an air of mystery to it. People love mystery and unanswered questions as it lets their imaginations run wild. I think that is partially why when a plausible yet mundane explanation is produced it is often widely rejected in favor of a more outlandish one just because it's, for lack of a better word, sexier.
Yeah I think people get a better "reward" from hearing something that more "sexy". Also with current YouTube politics, if you keep up with them, the ads were pulled by corporations due to a conspiracy by the mainstream media to try and take down the new media, YouTube. But Thunderf00t gives something more consistent and grounded so therefore it's more believable to me.
If you care to watch, these are Thunderf00t's videos on the subject of ads being pulled
But this is just one example of people enjoying outlandish ideas more than simple, more reasonable ones.