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Tinfoil or tin hats is a term that originated from people wearing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_Foil_Hat tinfoil hats] to keep out the "alien signals" and is generally used to describe the super paranoid or conspiracy freaks. A fan is said to be wearing a "tin hat" or engaging in "tinhattery" when they are convinced they are being sent secret signs that their boys are really IN LOVE and DOING IT. The term was coined in 2003 to describe the behavior of fans of Lord Of The Rings actors Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan [http://www.journalfen.net/community/dl_anon/4387.html source].
The majority of fans happily consume and produce [[[[Real Person Fiction]]|fanfic and fanart]] based on the idea of a relationship between actors, and approach the fantasy in a playful way. These fans may make comments in reaction to a photo of Jared and Jensen together along the lines of "oh they are so in love", but this is connected to the fictional constructs of the actors, and the fan is aware it is not fact. These fans may use phrases such as ''I am putting on my tin hat'' to indicate that the author realizes the fiction of what they are saying but are happily indulging in their [[RPS]] fantasies.
Serious tinhatters will have a firm conviction that the actors concerned are really in a sexual relationship. They will see signs everywhere to support this, such as secret messages being sent through the clothing that they wear. For example at the [[Red Bull Soap Box Derby]] in 2008 [http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=File:1314jerseys.jpg Jared and Jensen wore jerseys] with the numbers 13 and 14 on them. Some fans were excited to discover that in Chinese numerology '1314' means "forever and eternity" - obviously Jared and Jensen were signalling their real relationship through this code. Blind items in gossip columns are also a common source of secret information. Many fans also claim finely honed gaydars.

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