This 121-year-old Photograph Has Caused Conspiracy Theories To Swirl Around Greta Thunberg

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Greta Thunberg’s passionate climate-change campaigning thrust her into the international spotlight at just 15 years old. And ever since then, the young activist has traveled the world to share her message – even though some may not want to hear what she says. However, an eye-opening photo taken way back in 1898 has kicked off something of a conspiracy theory about Greta. Is she really who we think she is?

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So far, people who have seen the photo have been left stunned, to say the least. You see, while Greta may appear to be a very modern teenager, the 121-year-old picture has led them to believe that she may actually come from another time entirely.

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It’s even said that Greta could be a time traveler, as one of the people in the vintage shot bears a striking resemblance to the climate-change fighter. Others, by contrast, believe that there’s another explanation for the lookalike. So, what’s the truth?

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Well, according to what’s been reported about the campaigner, she entered the world in 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden, to opera singer Malena Ernman and actor Svante Thunberg. And at just eight years old, Greta learned about the concept of climate change, making her wonder why no one was doing much about such a pressing issue.

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Before Greta even reached her teenage years, though, her behavior started to change. Sadly, she grew depressed and became lethargic; at one point, she even stopped talking and eating. And, crucially, doctors realized that the young girl had obsessive-compulsive disorder and selective mutism. Greta was also diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome – a condition that she credits with honing her focus on climate change.

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Asperger syndrome is a form of autism, meaning it affects people on a spectrum. And, typically, those with Asperger’s have at least average intelligence; they may even be gifted. Even so, people with the condition often find it hard to understand, talk and relate to others, making life harder for them as a result.

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Yes, Asperger’s can also come with added stress. According to Autism.org.uk, “Some people with Asperger syndrome say the world feels overwhelming, and this can cause them considerable anxiety.” But for Greta, the planet’s problems didn’t overwhelm her; instead, they gave her a purpose.

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In fact, Greta has spoken out about those who challenge her climate change activism because of her diagnosis. On August 31, 2019, she tweeted, “I have Asperger’s, and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And – given the right circumstances – being different is a superpower.”

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Long before Greta reached the international stage, though, she challenged her family to become more eco-friendly. For instance, she urged her parents to shrink their carbon footprint by upcycling rather than buying new products. Malena and Svante were also encouraged to give up flying and go vegan.

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For Malena, such an anti-aviation commitment would mean forsaking her international opera career. Ultimately, though, she heeded her daughter’s demands and gave up flying for good. And this proved a pivotal moment for Greta, as she realized that she could indeed get people to take climate change seriously.

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Then, at just 15 years old, Greta would take that eco-friendly challenge to the next level. In August 2018 she headed to the Swedish parliament during school hours in order to campaign for improved policy on global warming. With her, Greta toted a small sign that read, in Swedish, “School strike for climate change.” And little did she know how significant that small gesture would prove.

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You see, the media caught onto Greta’s activism a month later. At the time, The Guardian described her as “a diminutive girl with pigtails and a fleeting smile – not the stereotypical leader of a climate revolution.” But when the publication asked the teen why she had taken up the cause, her passion for the project was clear.

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As Greta went on to explain, “I am doing this because nobody else is doing anything. It is my moral responsibility to do what I can. I want the politicians to prioritize the climate question, focus on the climate and treat it like a crisis.” Still, her obvious chutzpah wasn’t enough to convince some detractors.

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Some had wondered, for example, why Greta had skipped school to protest. She responded frankly to this charge, however, by saying, “I have my books here. But also I am thinking, ‘What am I missing? What am I going to learn in school?’ Facts don’t matter anymore, politicians aren’t listening to the scientists, so why should I learn?”

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By the end of 2018, then, the world knew Greta’s name. And her passion began to inspire others to act, too. Yes, students took note and followed suit, taking part in their own protests and starting a movement called Fridays for Future. The Fridays for Future campaign saw pupils striking from school in order to draw attention to the environmental crisis – just as Greta had done.

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Even some teachers joined in – despite the potential personal penalties. Benjamin Wagner was one of them, and he told The Guardian in 2018 that he could lose three weeks’ pay by taking part. Still, he explained, “Greta is a troublemaker; she is not listening to adults. But we are heading full speed for a catastrophe, and in this situation the only reasonable thing is to be unreasonable.”

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And, in time, Greta’s protests gave way to speeches on climate change. At the 2018 TEDxStockholm event, for instance, she revealed how her selective mutism played into her decision to stand up for the environment. The teenager added, “That basically means that I only speak when I think it’s necessary.”

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Greta also began to gain a sizeable number of social media followers – including people who she could potentially mobilize to fight climate change. And other students would indeed go on to join her outside of the Swedish parliament, where she had begun her protests alone. All this made world leaders sit up and take notice.

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Then, in August 2019, Greta took her climate strike to the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City. Of course, the teen couldn’t fly to the Big Apple; it created too big of a carbon footprint to do so, after all. So she sailed across the Atlantic in a 60-foot racing yacht powered by solar panels and turbines, with the journey ultimately taking more than two weeks.

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Once she arrived at the UN Summit, however, Greta not only made an indelible mark on the conference, but also on viewers across the world. There, she gave an impassioned speech, telling world leaders in attendance of their “betrayal” of young people who would suffer from the consequences of climate change in the future.

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In fact, Greta’s voice wavered as she told those assembled, “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering; people are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”

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While in North America, Greta also took part in a slew of climate change protests across the U.S. and Canada. Then, on September 23, she and 15 other children raised a complaint against five countries: Turkey, Germany, France, Brazil and Argentina. Apparently, those nations had not met the emissions reductions required of them when they signed the Paris Agreement.

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Greta was able to file such a complaint under a mechanism called the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. And if the non-judicial Committee on the Rights of the Child agreed with her, then the countries involved would be asked for a response. However, as you can appreciate, they’re not legally required to give one.

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And although Greta’s work has garnered plenty of praise, she has her fair share of detractors. It’s been said, for instance, that the activist is too young to know enough about climate change to comment. Some people have even alleged that Greta’s parents have manipulated her into taking such a prominent stance, or that other influential figures are working behind the scenes.

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But Greta has taken such negativity in her stride, replying to claims about her naivety and knowledge by saying that she has relied on science to form her opinions. And the teenager has made a point to share such data with politicians, too. For example, when she appeared at the U.S. Congress, she submitted a report on global warming that she asked everyone to read.

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As for the commentators who criticize her, Greta has given them short shrift. She has said, “I think that as long as they go after me personally with insults and conspiracy theories, then that is good. It proves that they don’t have any arguments and that they see us as a threat because we are having an impact.”

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And for those who focused on her youth, Greta countered in The Guardian, “I don’t care about age. Nor do I care about those who do not accept the science. I don’t have as much experience, and therefore I listen more. But I also have the right to express my opinion – no matter my age. Being young is a great advantage, since we see the world from a new perspective and we are not afraid to make radical changes.”

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So, Greta has continued to fight against climate change. And immediately after concluding her visit to the U.S., she sailed to Spain on November 13 for another UN gathering. At around the same time, though, something odd emerged on the internet.

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Yes, back in November 2019 an entirely unrelated curiosity about Greta appeared in the news. And, in this case, it had nothing to do with her activism, nor her sailing across the Atlantic to reach her next destination. Instead, people wanted to know if the teenager was a time traveler.

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It all started with a single image captured by photographer Eric Hegg. Hegg, like many others at the turn of the 20th century, had hoped to earn his fortune in Canada’s Yukon territory. And, in fact, the gold rush there – which took place from 1896 to 1899 – proved to be one of the last of its kind in history.

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So, Hegg headed out to mine for gold. But while he ultimately never found anything of value, he did manage to capture the Canadian craze on film. And today the University of Washington has the photographer’s collection of iconic images that show people desperate to strike it rich.

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One of Hegg’s most striking pictures depicts three young children working as part of a mining operation – an astonishing sight in itself to 21st-century eyes. In 2019, though, the picture struck viewers for a very different reason.

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You see, it just so happens that one of the three kids in the gold-mine snap looks uncannily like Greta. Weirdly, though, the photo was actually taken all the way back in 1898. And to some on the internet, there was only one logical explanation: the climate activist can travel through time.

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One Twitter user wrote, for instance, “I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but Greta is 100 percent a time traveler.” Another person riffed off this idea and wondered whether the teenager “is [someone] from the future who was sent back in time to key moments in history to stop climate change.”

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And yet another social media user joked, “To those saying ‘How can she be in the past if she’s from the future?!?’ Obviously, as a time traveler, she can travel to ANY time period. She obviously tried to go back 120 years, didn’t work and now she’s here. Obviously!”

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Interestingly, the Hegg photograph comes without any information about the subjects – only a date and a location. Now, though, the University of Washington has fielded more than five times the amount of calls about the photo than it’d normally receive.

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And researchers at the university believe that digitization may have played a major part in the picture going viral. Specifically, facial recognition software may have accidentally marked up the female miner’s face as belonging to Greta. When people searched for the campaigner, then, they could have unearthed the vintage photo.

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What’s more, The Independent suggests that it’s entirely possible the young miner girl originally came from Greta’s home country of Sweden. After all, the Yukon did have a Swedish community at the time. Even today, nearly 1,000 Swedish-Canadians remain in the area where Hegg snapped the spooky photo.

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Sadly, Greta herself didn’t respond to the viral snap; at the height of its popularity, she was in the process of sailing from North America to Portugal. From there, the teen went on to attend the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Madrid. And while at the gathering, she claimed that she and other activists had “achieved nothing” so far, according to The Guardian.

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But Greta’s words and actions continue to shed light on an issue that begs for public attention. And although she may have felt that she hasn’t had an impact, the rest of the world saw it differently. In 2019 Greta earned a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize; she also made the list of Time’s most influential people of the year. The jury is out, though, as to whether she can add “time traveler” to her growing list of accolades.

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Yet Greta isn’t the only famous person to have become associated with intriguing photos from the past. Pictures of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have also been circulating the internet – although, on this occasion, the snaps are definitely from within his lifetime. And when you see the images, you’ll also understand why Johnson’s fellow classmates had their suspicions about him.

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Standing at a huge 6’5” and weighing some 260 pounds, Dwayne Johnson cut a formidable figure during his WWE days. But even before he became a wrestler, the man otherwise known as “The Rock” managed to unnerve people. You see, when the sports star-turned-actor was in high school, he looked considerably older than his years – so much so, in fact, that his classmates apparently believed he was actually an undercover cop.

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And you can’t exactly blame Johnson’s peers for that misapprehension. After all, the teenager not only sported quite the mustache back then, but he also arrived at a new school at almost exactly the same time that a hot new Fox show named 21 Jump Street launched on TV. That drama centered on a group of young cops who pose as teens to catch criminals.

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Thanks to that coincidence, then, Johnson should perhaps have been in line for a leading role in the 2012 Hollywood big-screen version of 21 Jump Street instead of Channing Tatum. Yet such a part may have only stirred up memories that he’d rather forget. Indeed, Johnson freely admits that he looked distinctly like a “man child” in his youth. As he proudly noted on Instagram, though, he certainly kicked puberty’s butt – for better or worse.

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And in the decades since, Johnson certainly seems to have had the last laugh. As well as raking in a fortune and settling down with a wife and two kids, he’s admired – not to mention lusted after – by millions. Here’s a look at how Johnson has used his imposing frame to his advantage – even though it may once have been something of a curse.

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Born in the Californian city of Hayward in 1972, Johnson was apparently something of a delinquent in his youth. Yes, that’s right: you may be surprised to learn that, by his late teens, the now distinctly family-friendly star had been arrested on several occasions for stealing, check fraud and violent behavior. Thankfully, though, his love of sport helped him to turn his life around.

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Indeed, Johnson’s life seemed to change when he began playing college football at the University of Miami. The future action hero – who was generally a defensive tackle – in fact helped his team to triumph in the 1991 national championship. Johnson showed such promise as a player, moreover, that he would later sign with the Calgary Stampeders. But after the Canadian Football League team ultimately let him go, he switched his attention to wrestling.

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And Johnson’s path to fame and fortune began when he signed a deal with the WWE – at that time known as the WWF – in 1996. What’s more, this move officially made him the company’s first ever third-generation star. Johnson’s father Rocky had previously been a professional wrestler, as had his late grandfather Peter Maivia, who had enjoyed a small stint with the franchise.

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But, of course, Johnson didn’t go by his own name in the ring. Instead, he became a fan favorite as the cocksure trash-talker The Rock. In 1998, then, The Rock picked up his first WWF Championship title, and he would go on to become a pivotal figure in a growth period for the franchise that was known as the “Attitude Era.”

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And by the time he called quits on his wrestling career in 2004, Johnson had cemented a reputation as one of the true greats, with an astonishing ten world championships, a Royal Rumble victory and a Triple Crown all under his belt. His headline appearance at WrestleMania XXVIII, meanwhile, was part of the sport’s most-watched pay-per-view broadcast event in history.

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And Johnson soon conquered Hollywood in the same manner that he had overpowered the wrestling world. He made an instant impression, in fact, with his first leading movie role in 2002’s The Scorpion King before enjoying further box-office success with the likes of Hercules, Moana and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Of course, he also now goes under his real name.

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But Johnson is perhaps best known on the big screen for playing Luke Hobbs in the hugely successful The Fast and the Furious franchise. The star joined the series for its fifth installment and proved to be so popular that he was cast in his own spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw – also starring Jason Statham. Since 2012 Johnson has also been head of his own production company.

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Plus, even years after his sporting career ended, Johnson’s muscular frame continues to impress and intimidate many who come into contact with him. Brad Peyton, who directed the star in Rampage, told Rolling Stone that he was in total awe upon his first meeting with Johnson. Peyton revealed, “I was like, ‘Oh, my God. This guy is frighteningly large.’ I was s**tting myself; he looked so intimidating. It took me, like, 15 minutes to get over it.”

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But Johnson shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to his fitness – even as he approaches his 50s. In fact, in 2018 the star boasted in an Instagram post that he was in the “best shape of his life.” The actor also discussed his workout routine in a 2018 interview with Bodybuilding.com – and some may find it exhausting just reading about it.

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Apparently, Johnson starts his day at 4:30 a.m. with a cardio session of at least half an hour. He also visits the gym at least five times a week and takes care to work different muscle groups while there. Then, on top of that, he does some basic weightlifting. Thanks to such a grueling regime, then, you can see how he’s in such great shape.

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Speaking about his approach, Johnson told Bodybuilding.com, “My workout is constantly changing and adapting. But for the most part, I do four sets of 12 reps with a 60-to-90-second rest. I don’t play around in the gym. I always aim to be the hardest worker, and I make sure I clang and I bang to the best of my ability.”

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Of course, there’s more to Johnson’s appeal than his muscles. In fact, arguably one of the reasons why he’s become such a popular Hollywood figure is the fact that he isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. Yes, the action hero has had no qualms about balancing his tough guy image with various self-deprecating photos from his younger days.

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In 2014, for example, Johnson opened himself up to ridicule with a throwback photo taken in the 1990s. As well as a questionable haircut, the star sported a black turtleneck jumper, a chain, a leather fanny pack and the kind of high-waisted jeans that would embarrass even Simon Cowell. Thankfully, though, he was at least able to see the funny side of the cringeworthy snap.

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Johnson captioned that picture, “Fanny pack and lean take it to a whole other level… #90sRock #WTF #BuffLesbian.” And, unsurprisingly, the image took on a life of its own on social media. A whole host of fans recreated Johnson’s look in various tribute photos – including one by none other than fellow Hollywood star Seth Rogen.

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Admirably, Johnson has embraced all the madness surrounding his throwback photo. Indeed, he once shared several images online of fans who had spent their Halloweens cosplaying his unique ’90s ensemble. And in a 2016 interview on The Graham Norton Show, he seemed perfectly happy to discuss his turtleneck and fanny pack combo.

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Incredibly, Johnson then recreated the look himself while hosting Saturday Night Live in 2017. And following that appearance, he posted both the original and tribute images to Instagram, where he also reflected on how far he had come. He began, “When I took this iconic absurdity of a picture in 1996, I was one year removed from sleeping on a used mattress I took from a garbage dumpster in the back of an hourly sex motel.”

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Johnson continued, “21 years later, I’m taking the same photo backstage hosting #SaturdayNightLive for the fifth time. If you’re going through your own tough times, ‘used mattress’ stage, do your best to have faith things’ll get better. And always be willing to outwork your competition, because you never know where life is gonna take you.”

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Plus, for anyone thinking of copying his ’90s style, Johnson offered some important advice. “Always remember to place a soft tissue under your left elbow [so] as to protect the fabric of the cheap-ass, swag turtleneck that had you out here looking like a bad-ass buff lesbian. Oh, and tuck the thumb in the fanny pack. Always tuck the thumb.”

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But this wasn’t the last time that Johnson would poke fun at his younger self. In 2015, you see, he uploaded a picture that showed exactly what The Rock had been cooking when he was just 16 years old. And if you hadn’t known any better, you could have been forgiven for thinking that Johnson had mistakenly posted a picture of his father.

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Indeed, thanks to his mustache, his suit and tie and his serious stare, Johnson plausibly looked twice his age in the black-and-white photo. Yet the star admitted that he wasn’t exactly a picture of respectability at the time. He began the photo’s caption by saying, “By the time I was 16 years old, I had already enrolled in four high schools across the country due to being evicted and [a] lil’ trouble with the law.”

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Yet Johnson went on to tell his followers that his mature look made his classmates believe that he may be anything but a miscreant. “I was 6’4”, 225 pounds, rockin’ a dead caterpillar on my lip (aka the porn ’stache), and all the kids in every high school thought I was an undercover cop ’cause I looked like a mutated, yet handsome SOB of a man child.”

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Johnson continued, “Plus, in Nashville, I was already hangin’ out in honky tonk dive bars on Music Row and hustlin’ cars from crackheads. Yup: one of the many reasons why I’m a grateful man for the life I have today and also grateful I straight up kicked puberty’s ass early in life.”

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In fact, far from feeling embarrassed about his middle-aged look as a teen, Johnson seems entirely proud of it. And the actor has regularly recalled the story about his classmates’ suspicions over the years. In 2017, for example, he tweeted, “I attended multiple high schools in four years. Hawaii, Nashville and Pennsylvania. Everyone thought I was an undercover narc. True story.”

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And when an article or tweet about the photo appears online, Johnson generally seems to respond to it. In 2017, for one, he retweeted a post from History Lovers Club with the words, “Haha, it’s that damn 16-year-old, slightly creepy but well-manicured porn ’stache I was rocking back in high school. Good Lord.”

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However, this particular photo seems to leave some of Johnson’s social media followers in disbelief. “You were 16? You look like you were running for mayor in your hometown,” posted one incredulous Twitter user. “My theory is you were born a 35-year-old man and time just had to catch up,” offered another.

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Furthermore, there seemed to be some debate on just how reputable the younger Johnson appeared to be. “This looks like the ‘What could I say to get you into a pre-owned 2014 Ford Focus?’ Dwayne Johnson,” noted one commenter. Another follower, by contrast, thought that he looked far more trustworthy, writing, “16?! Looks like you could have helped my entire family file our taxes.” But Johnson certainly doesn’t seem to be too offended by such quips. In fact, by continuing to repost the pic, he seems to indicate that he enjoys inviting such messages.

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And in 2019, following a video post by Page Six, Johnson again discussed his look as a teenager. He retweeted the video with the words, “Nice trip down memory lane. And yes, very true story: when I moved from Hawaii to Nashville, I was already 6’4”, 225 pounds with a pornstache at 15 years old – and the students in my new high school thought I was an undercover cop.”

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, too, Johnson’s 30-something mustachioed man look wasn’t exactly a hit with women. The star admitted as much in his tweet, adding alongside a crying emoji, “All the lovely ladies stayed far away from me.” But, of course, that’s hardly a problem Johnson has today.

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After all, the actor now lives with wife Lauren Hashian and their two children, Jasmine Lie and Tiana Gia. He also has a teenage daughter, Simone, from a past marriage. Johnson and Simone’s mother, Dany Garcia, walked down the aisle together in 1997 but separated almost exactly a decade later.

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Johnson hasn’t been afraid to show what he looked like as he entered his twenties, either. In 2015, you see, the star uploaded yet another throwback photo – this time from his college football days – to Instagram. And it’s fair to say that, once again, he could have easily passed for a man twice his age.

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Featuring Johnson once again wearing a suit and tie, the picture was captioned, “22 years old. 280 pounds. Ran a 4.69 [second], 40-yard dash. Never accomplished my dreams of playing in the NFL, but I sure as hell never missed a meal.” Alongside that explanation, moreover were self-deprecating hashtags such as “#LegsOfARaceHorse” and “#FaceOfAManWhoLivedOnFriedChicken.”

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And in a 2015 post on his Facebook page, Johnson revealed how he had managed to build up such an imposing stature at a young age, telling fans that he had first started working out aged just 14. But the future Hollywood star wasn’t primarily motivated by getting a six-pack. Instead, he had used training as a tool to deal with personal problems at the time.

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Indeed, Johnson remembered a period when he and his family had been left homeless after being issued with an eviction notice. “I reeeeaaaaalllyy hated that feeling of helplessness and never wanted that to happen again,” he wrote on Facebook. “So I did the only thing I could control with my own two hands in hopes that one day my family would never worry about being evicted again. I trained.”

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When speaking to Square Mile in 2017, Johnson also revealed how such workouts had kept him on the straight and narrow. He said, “I was getting into a lot of trouble early on in high school, and I was arrested multiple times when I was 15 and 16. I was mixed up, and sports are what turned my life around and gave me something to focus on and gave me some purpose and direction in life. All kids need that, and I was lucky enough to find that.”

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In May 2019, though, Johnson posted a high school photo that struck a very different chord. The image in question was uploaded to Instagram and showed him hugging his daughter Simone following her graduation from Florida’s NSU University School. Simone may have noticed, too, that her old man still appeared to have a fondness for high-waisted jeans.

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And Johnson captioned the momentous – and undeniably adorable – father-and-daughter pic with an equally touching message. “And then your babies graduate,” he wrote. “Very proud of my first daughter graduating high school, kickin’ ass and is now NYU-bound. I love you, and one day you’ll stop pulling away from my beastly arms and kisses.”

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