Fake Story About Murder at Olympics Goes Viral, Facebook Friends Look for Towel to Wipe the Egg from Their Faces

Daily Currant, a satirical news site that has had many of their stories mistaken as true news reports and released to the press has a new story gone viral.

If you watched The Olympics opening ceremony, you would have seen a mishap in the light show with The Olympic Rings.


In this story, Daily Currant reports that the man responsible for the rings mishap was found dead. Here’s an excerpt:

The man responsible for operating the Olympic Rings during last night’s Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Russia was found dead today.
According to local reports the body of T. Borris Avdeyev was found his hotel room early this morning with multiple stab wounds.
Avdeyev was a technical specialist responsible for the Olympic Ring spectacle, which embarrassingly malfunctioned last night. Five animatronic snowflakes were supposed to transform into Olympic Rings. The first four functioned properly but the fifth snowflake failed to change shape.
Although his body was badly mangled and the wounds were consistent with a struggle, so far officials say they don’t suspect foul play.
“Sure there were stab wounds and bruises all over the body,” admits the lead investigator on the case, “But who knows what caused them. Maybe he tripped and fell on a set of knives. Right now we’re ruling this an accidental death.
“It’s terrible when accidents like this happen. But then again, maybe Mr. Avdeyev should have thought twice before he screwed up the Olympics. Accidents tend to happen to people who betray Russia.”

Now, the quotes used make it rather obvious that this is satire, and most people who recognize said satire can laugh at this. BUT NO, people this morning have been sharing this on Facebook relentlessly, attaching their thoughts of how terrible host country Russia is, with no regard for how silly they are making themselves look.

Bravo, Daily Currant, bravo. You’ve managed to troll my Newsfeed once again. You can view a list of stories Daily Currant has had in the press on their Wikipedia page here.

Author: SG

Founder of Cultivated Influence.

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