Just Because It's Trending Doesn't Mean It's True
Satire

Uncle Of Politifact Editor Sustains Third Degree Burns At Easter Brunch After Refusing To Believe His Pants Are On Fire

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 01 Apr 2018 18:51:45 Z)

Tragedy struck today during a family Easter brunch for Angie Holan, editor at fact checking website Politifact. An anonymous source close to the family exclusively told Lead Stories what happened:

Angie wanted to bring in some extra dishes from the kitchen but there was no more room on the table. So she temporarily moved some decorative candles onto uncle Rick's chair which was empty because he went to the bathroom for a second. Before Angie got back from the kitchen with more food dear old uncle Rick was already back and in his seat again.

When a horrified Angie tried to point out her uncle's pants were on fire she was met with angry shushing from family members. "I thought we agreed not to talk politics at the table this year?", grumbled one aunt. Uncle Rick mumbled something through gritted teeth about "liberal media bias" and tried to explain away the smoke by saying there "wasn't always fire when there was smoke" and nobody should jump to conclusions and those flames "weren't even real".

He was last seen shouting he was fine at the paramedics loading him into the ambulance and blaming it all on "that damn Mexican food" he had eaten the day before.

washpo_pinnochios_4.pngWe tried to confirm the story by directly contacting Angie Holan but couldn't get her on the phone. Apparently she was on the line with a friend at the Washington Post who needed some parenting advice because her toddler just couldn't understand why a story about a wooden doll turning into a real boy could rate "Four Pinnochios" when there was clearly only one Pinnochio in the story.

Screenshot of https://leadstories.com/pantsonfire.jpg

Yeah, no, that didn't really happen as you probably guessed by now.

If this is your first time visiting this website: welcome! Usually at Lead Stories we write exclusively about trending hoaxes, fake news and satirical stories that people might confuse for real news. And we're quite fast about it too, often being the first site on the scene when fake news strikes. You can read more about how we work here.

But today is April Fools' day so we're letting our hair down a little. Instead of ruining other people's jokes we decided to write a few of our own on this special day. We do hope you enjoyed this little bit of satire (if you did, check out our other April Fools' stories). Tomorrow it is back to fact checking for us.

If you like being among the first to know about trending hoaxes, fake news etc., consider giving us a like on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@leadstoriescom):

(Support your local fact checker! Your likes help us spread the truth...)

Also remember: tomorrow is International Fact-Checking Day:

‚ÄčApril 2 marks the second annual International Fact-Checking Day

In honor of the day, Poynter is launching a website with a lesson plan, tip sheets and other resources to help people learn basic fact-checking skillsST. PETERSBURG, Florida - To raise awareness of fact-checking around the world, Poynter's International Fact Checking Networ...

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

About Lead Stories

Lead Stories uses the Trendolizer™ engine to detect the most trending stories from known fake news, satire and prank websites and tries to debunk them as fast as possible. Read more about how we work and how we select stories to check here.

Spotted a hoax that you think we should investigate? Have a tip? Want to send us a correction? Contact us!

You can also follow us here:

Most read

Recent

Like or Follow us to get the latest!