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You just made me remember this, always worth a chuckle. We can't get banned for memes nobody under 20 has ever heard of, right?
Anyway, the comparison to phlogiston is a tad misleading. Phlogiston was considered common knowledge, the only accepted explanation by a consensus of chemists. Dark matter is only one hypothesis for observed behaviours (measurements of which have also faced criticism) and is treated as such. There are certainly other candidates for it, including some reworking of Newtonian physics beyond special relativity. Physicists are not in a position to be authoritative when the theoretical value for the Cosmological constant is still off by over 100 orders of magnitude...