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Fake News: Man Did NOT Get Diarrhea On A Roller Coaster And Did NOT Splash 14 People

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:21:02 Z)

Reports that a man visiting the Ferrari Land attraction park in Spain had a bout of diarrhea on a roller coaster and splashed 14 people are not true. The park does exist but the story itself is made up. It was originally published in Spanish by website Hay Noticia which has a legal disclaimer identifying it as satire. It was later translated and republished (archive) by satirical website 8shit.net under the title "Man Gets Diarrhea On A Roller Coaster And Splashes 14 People". The story opened:

Spain.-- A man was enjoying his vacations in one of the most important museums, buildings, gardens, monuments and restaurants in Port Aventura, Spain.

He was convinced by his friends to get on the best ride of the park, Ferrari Land. The man, who knew he was suffering from gastroenteritis, accepted, and his nightmare started.

None of it is true. The picture used to illustrate the article shows a rollercoaster in New Jersey and 8shit.net carries a disclaimer on its about page that reads:

8Shit is a satire and humor website.

It contains cutting edge satire on a diverse range of topics.

The website publishes fake news, shocking rumors and reports with incisive sarcasm, and humor.

We also post crazy real news which often sounds too good to be true.

They also have a legal notice that says:

8Shit is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those under the "serious" category) and shouldn't be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this web are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story.

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The story was not published in the "serious" category so that means the story is fictional. Diarrhea splattering stories have always been popular on fake news sites so when you see one always check if it passes the smell test first: is there a disclaimer page on the site? What is the original source? What does Google say? Unless you are really convinced the tale isn't bullshit should you hit that like/share button.

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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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