Depending on who you ask, the Illuminati are a short-lived Bavarian group, the shadow government responsible for 9/11 or a group of asshole superheroes led by Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic. In most every iteration, the Illuminati is a bad scene. It's not a great idea to expose children to the farcical idea of a seedy secret society (unless it's watching that Stonecutters episode of The Simpsons), and yet various Disney programs have made it a point to reference multiple times over the years. For instance, in the pictured episode of DuckTales, a sight chart can be seen that spells out "Ask About Illuminati." To show it's not a coincidence, here it is again from a different angle.
That's clearly an redrawn chart with the exact same letters (with an extra "U," for reasons unknown). This was purposeful. Someone drew that, it got through editing and made its way through decades of reruns without anyone batting an All-Seeing Eye.
Speaking of the symbol of the Illuminati, that gleaming pupil shows up on a skateboard in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
If you think this was unintentional, just remember this is the same show that gave you the a scavenger hunt for a triangle bush.
Not satisfied? Okay, how about this chalkboard in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody:
To be clear, there's no doubt that this is the work of random crew members having a bit of fun with the conspiracy nuts out there, planting fake "evidence" for internet dickheads to argue over. It's just really bizarre that Disney has chosen to wage their war against the paranoid within their childrens' programming. Come on guys, we really don't need any more grown men poring over every inch of the Disney Channel.
Of all the strange, off-center shows in Cartoon Network's roster, Ed, Edd N Eddy has to be one of the weirdest. Most of its quirks are charming, like the fact that an inanimate wooden plank named Plank is a prominent character (and maybe even alive) -- but look closer and you can find some disturbing details. You might have already noticed Edd's girly mags "Chix" and "Jiggy Jiggy," but take note of the tissue box. And now try to forget what those crumpled tissue wads might contain.
Two lettered Ed is behind the times, as he can be seen boning up on what to with his sweaty palms:
The biggest smoking gun, so to speak, is the post-it reminder on the bathroom door.
It's a bit blurry, but the note reads "Don't touch yourself." Thanks, Cartoon Network, for the constant reminders that these 12 year-old characters are exploring their bodies in new and disgusting ways.