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Fake News: Siamese Twins NOT In Vicious Legal Battle Over Right To Masturbate

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:38:22 Z)

Infamous satire/fake news website World News Daily report published an article titled "Siamese twins in vicious legal battle over right to masturbate". It opened:

A set of 54-year-old conjoined twins from Michigan are facing each other in court, as one of the siblings is contesting his brother's right to engage in sexual acts without his consent.

Alfred and Wilbert Peterson were born joined at the waist and facing each other, and spent their entire life this way.

They have two sets of arms and legs and their own hearts and stomachs but share a lower digestive tract and a penis.

This shared penis has become a major source of conflict between the twins over recent years, and Alfred is now going to court to keep his brother from masturbating.

"He keeps playing with our penis without my consent. That's legally a sexual assault!"

Of course the entire story is made up from a to z. The Siamese twins in the picture are actually Ronnie and Donnie Galyon from Ohio (born in 1951 so well past 54 years old).


The website World News Daily Report is a well known hoax website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

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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.

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