Just Because It's Trending Doesn't Mean It's True
Hoax Alert

Fake News: German Tourist NOT Emasculated After Putting Penis Inside Giant Flesh-Eating Snail

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:16:50 Z)

Did a German tourist named Helmut Grolsch lose his wedding tackle after inserting it in a flesh-eating sea snail during a vacation in Phuket, Thailand? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Canadian website specializing in invented tales about bizarre crimes and weird sex acts, purely for entertainment purposes. It did not happen for real.

The story originated from an article published by World News Daily Report on August 7, 2018 titled "Thailand: German tourist emasculated after putting his penis inside giant "flesh-eating" snail" (archived here) which opened:

Phuket | A German tourist is lying in critical condition at Bangkok Hospital Phuket after his genitals were mutilated from contact with a large-sized cone snail.

Helmut Grolsch, 46, allegedly attempted to insert his genitals inside the shell of what doctors believe to be a cone snail, a large-sized extremely venomous predatory sea snail very common in the region.

Grolsch apparently inserted his genitals inside the shell not knowing that cone snails can deliver a lethal dose of venom which is powerful enough to kill humans and can provoke symptoms such as paralysis, extreme pain and dizziness.

Screenshot of https://worldnewsdailyreport.com/thailand-german-tourist-emasculated-after-putting-his-penis-inside-giant-flesh-eating-snail/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail and some of they may have confused it for a real news article:

Thailand: German tourist emasculated after putting his penis inside giant "flesh-eating" snail

Phuket | A German tourist is lying in critical condition at Bangkok Hospital Phuket after his genitals were mutilated from contact with a large-sized cone snail. Helmut Grolsch, 46, allegedly attempted to insert his genitals inside the shell of what doctors believe to be a cone snail, a large-sized

The photo used to illustrate the article does seem to show an actual German tourist, but he fell from his hotel window accordig to this local news report:

53-ամյա զբոսաշրջիկը հյուրանոցի 9-րդ հարկի պատուհանից ընկնելուց հետո ողջ է մնացել

Գերմանացի 53-ամյա մի զբոսաշրջիկ Փաթթայայում գործող հյուրանոցի 9-րդ հարկից վայր է ընկել ու հրաշքով ողջ մնացել, գրում է Phuket Gazette թերթը։Տղամարդն այնքան հաջողակ է եղել, որ ընդամենը ձեռքն է կ

Google translation:

A 53-year-old German tourist has fallen from the 9th floor of the hotel in Pattaya and survives wonderfully, writes Phuket Gazette. The man was so lucky that he just broke his hand. The speed of his "landing" broke down the roof of the café adjacent to the hotel, and the man did not come across asphalt at great speed.

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:

Want to inform others about the accuracy of this story?


Click this link to copy it to your clipboard
Then click here if you have Facebook or click here if you have Twitter to see who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments.

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.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk
    Trendolizer™ is scanning...

About Lead Stories

Lead Stories uses the Trendolizer™ engine to detect the most trending stories from known fake news, satire and prank websites and tries to debunk them as fast as possible. Read more about how we work and how we select stories to check here.

Spotted a hoax that you think we should investigate? Have a tip? Want to send us a correction? Contact us!

You can also follow us here:

Most read

Recent

Like or Follow us to get the latest!

NEW! Subscribe to our YouTube channel: