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Fake News: British Man NOT Suffering From Rare Medical Condition, Does NOT Defecate Through His Mouth

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 06 Aug 2018 08:45:32 Z)

Does 56-year-old George Hamilton from Gloucester in the U.K. suffer from a rare medical condition that causes him to defecate through his mouth? No, that's not true: the site that originally posted the story is full of sh*t, it is not true. And so are all the other copycat sites that later regurgitated the tale. It was invented by a Canadian website that earns a living by making up stories about bizarre crimes, weird sex acts and medical tall tales. None of it is real.

The story originated from an article published by World News Daily Report on August 4, 2018 titled "British man suffering from rare medical condition can only defecate through his mouth" (archived here) which opened:

A Gloucester resident diagnosed with a rare medical condition claims he has lost his job and that his wife threatens to leave him since he started vomiting his own feces several weeks ago.

George Hamilton, 56, was admitted at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital last week after suffering from severe constipation and vomiting what he describes as "big black turds" and "diarhea."

Hamilton told doctors he had not been able to defecate for the past eighteen weeks and became increasingly worried when he started vomiting his own feces two weeks ago.

Screenshot of https://worldnewsdailyreport.com/british-man-suffering-from-rare-medical-condition-can-only-defecate-through-his-mouth/

If you only saw this title, description and thumbnail on social media you might have confused it for an actual news report:

British man suffering from rare medical condition can only defecate through his mouth

A Gloucester resident diagnosed with a rare medical condition claims he has lost his job and that his wife threatens to leave him since he started vomiting his own feces several weeks ago. George Hamilton, 56, was admitted at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital last week after suffering from severe cons

But the man in the picture isn't even British. He's Canadian Garfield MacLean and he made the news in 2017 when he requested people send him cards during an extended stay in the intensive care unit due to a lung infection:

'A bit of sunshine': P.E.I. man asks for cards to brighten long hospital stay | CBC News

A Prince Edward Island man is asking for pictures and letters from anywhere around the world to brighten his stay in a Summerside, P.E.I., hospital. Garfield MacLean has been a patient in the intensive care unit of Prince County Hospital for nearly three weeks, recovering from surgery for a serious lung infection.

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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