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The nice thing about headcannnons is that it's really easy to get other people to believe in them.
Title text: The nice thing about headcannnons is that it's really easy to get other people to believe in them.

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This is a pun on the phrase “new headcanon”. A “headcanon” is a fan's thought imposed on a fictional world, often seen in fanfiction. Something that is 'canon' exists in the author's actual world; for example, a romantic pairing that is in the text or script of the fiction. A headcanon, then, is a fan thinking "these two characters, who are NOT together in the text, should totally be together." These ideas are notoriously contagious("It's really easy to get other people to believe in them."), and sometimes return to the author, who may decide to canonize them. Randall's pun, adds an N and turns the imposed idea into a miniature cannon (a projectile weapon) attached to the head (which would be very easy to get people to believe in for other reasons).

The title text refers to the challenge of getting others to believe, or accept, in another's headcanon. Randall is implying that shooting a cannon at someone is enough evidence to believe in the cannon's existance.

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