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Fake News: Man Did NOT Crash Into River After Attempting To Give Himsef Oral Sex While Driving

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 21 May 2018 19:35:36 Z)

Did Anthony Sanders, a 47-year-old man from Goose Creek, South Carolina crash his car into a river because he was trying to give himself oral sex while driving? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a site that regularily invents fictional stories about bizarre sex acts and weird crimes for entertainment purposes. It was not real. The "news" was published last year but went viral again in May 2018.

The story originated from an article published in November 2017 by World News Daily Report which was titled "Man crashes into river after attempting to give himself a blowjob while driving" (archived here) which opened:

Goose Creek, SC | A South Carolina man was miraculously rescued by passers-by after he lost control of his vehicle and ended up in a nearby river.

Anthony Sanders, 47, reportedly told police officers he was attempting to perform oral sex on himself while driving his car when his head apparently got stuck under the steering wheel thus losing control of his vehicle.

The man who is recently divorced and is allegedly suffering from depression was found heavily intoxicated and admitted being under the influence of alcohol, crystal meth and crack cocaine.

"He had his head stuck under the steering wheel with his genitals inside his mouth. I don't understand how he got into that position," Adam Simmons, one of his rescuers, told reporters.

Screenshot of https://worldnewsdailyreport.com/man-crashes-into-river-after-attempting-to-give-himself-a-blowjob-while-driving/

The picture used to illustrate the story actually came from the U.K. and shows a pensioner and his dog getting rescued by bystanders after the car they were in plunged into a lake in 2016:

Passersby save a man from his car after it plunged into a lake

Three rescuers seen banging on the car window and trying to open door Eventually they managed to open the back door and drag pensioner out The car sank almost completely afterwards but the man was uninjured This is the dramatic moment a man and his dog had to be rescued by three brave passers-by when his car plunged into a lake and began to sink.

The website World News Daily Report is a well known satire 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:

World News Daily Report assumes 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 person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

It is run by Janick Murray-Hall and Olivier Legault, who also run the satirical Journal de Mourréal, a satirical site spoofing the (real) Journal de Montéal. Very often their stories feature an image showing a random crazy mugshot found in a mugshot gallery on the internet or on a stock photo website superimposed over a background of flashing police lights or crime scene tape.

Articles from the site are frequently copied (sometimes even months or years later) by varous fake news websites that omit the satire disclaimer and present the information as real.

We wrote about worldnewsdailyreport.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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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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