Well, this story would shock you to your core if you were a gullible n00b. People are still saying n00b aren’t they? With the two 0s? No? Crap.
Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is: didn’t your mama ever tell you that you shouldn’t just believe everything you see on the internet? Because you should really question every story you come across these days. With the rise of instant news and social media-led community news, the art of fact checking pieces has sort of been lost. In its place, any news that has the potential for banter rises to the top.
I mean, do you remember the story about Fappy the anti-masturbation dolphin? Oh you thought that was real, did you? Shame on you for not checking your facts before loling. Real friends always fact-check the bants before sending said bants to other friends. Got it?
This dog needs your help
With that in mind, it’s been quite a mental week on the fake news story front. A chap named Stephen Roseman posted a picture of his dog on Facebook that soon went viral. But all is not what it seems. Initially the picture was captioned with “This poor dog was badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire. One like = one prayer. One share = ten prayers” before attracting thousands upon thousands of shares and likes. As of this morning it has 117,000 shares. So many prayers.
Some of the comments were also just absolutely excellent. Some of our favourites include “Dogs are awesome I hope he gets better” and “Ham not burn!!!!”. Yep.
And then something twigged. People started realising that the picture was just of a dog with…a slice of ham on its face. Yep, the dog hadn’t been burnt at all. It was just getting acquainted with some delicious deli meat. So there you go. Another reason for you to keep your bullshit radar close. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet!
If you enjoyed that story about a man and a dog, then you’ll also enjoy How You Can Spot An Internet Hoax.