CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger grew up one of the first children of YouTube, wiling away many a teenaged night in the mid-2000s falling down online rabbit holes with his best friend. Clevinger and his pal Garrett Bush would both go on to play pro baseball, but those wasted hours in Jacksonville, inspired by Bush's interest in biology and a teenager's penchant to explore, as Clevinger put it, theories “that were pretty far out there,” were hardly insignificant to a teen with a rocket right arm. “It was just us being on the search of life - the start of it, what's after it, where it all derived from,” says Clevinger. At 28, Clevinger can dismiss many of the objectively “out there” conspiracy theories espoused on the early Internet – after all, he and the rest of us survived Dec. 21, 2012, a date many mistakenly believed the Mayans forecast for our impending doom.
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