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Fake News: Man Did NOT Get Transplant Of Wife's Brain to Discover Her Lovers

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:00:38 Z)

Did a man named Robertson have his brain replaced with his wife's and was that the way in which he found out about her 27 lovers? No, that's just an absurd story and normally it would be too crazy even for us to fact check. But we are doing it anyway because the photo is interesting and so is the source of the translated and copy pasted text.

The story appeared in an article published on November 30, 2018 by the Journal des Insolites titled "Un homme se fait greffé le cerveau de sa femme pour connaître tous ses amants" (archived here) which opened:

En septembre, lors d'une intervention médicale révolutionnaire, un homme dont le cerveau avait été remplacé par le cerveau de sa femme , a découvert que sa femme le trompait avec plus de 27 hommes, son oncle, son beau-fils et même son patron.

Robertson, âgé de 53 ans, originaire de Scranton en Pennsylvanie, a été sauvé miraculeusement d'un cancer du cerveau il y a quelques mois par une greffe réussie du cerveau de sa défunte épouse. Il a reçu le cerveau de sa femme de 37 ans décédée dans un accident de voiture et l'opération avait eu des conséquences imprévues pour le pauvre homme. M. Phil affirme qu'il a été choqué par ce qu'il a découvert dans le cerveau de sa femme qu'il s'était presque suicidé

Translation:

In September, during a revolutionary medical intervention, a man whose brain had been replaced by the brain of his wife, discovered that his wife was cheating on him with more than 27 men, his uncle, his son-in-law and even his boss .

Robertson, 53, from Scranton, Pennsylvania, was miraculously saved from brain cancer a few months ago by a successful brain transplant from his late wife. He received the brain of his 37-year-old wife who died in a car accident and the operation had unforeseen consequences for the poor man. Mr. Phil says he was shocked by what he discovered in his wife's brain that he had almost committed suicide

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Un homme se fait greffé le cerveau de sa femme pour connaître tous ses amants

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The exact same picture was used yesterday in a satirical story on a Canadian site about a man getting a brain transplant with a female brain and losing the ability to drive (although the picture is from a real patient who had a revolutionary new operation):

Fake News: Man Did NOT Have Woman's Brain Transplanted and Did NOT Have Five Car Crashes in Two Weeks | Lead Stories

Did a man named Phil Robertson from Scranton in Pennsylvania get a brain transplant of a woman who died in a car accident and did he subsequently have five car crashes in two weeks? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Canadian entertainment website that often posts fictional articles about weird crimes, bizarre sex acts or general oddities.

Most of the rest of the article seems to have been copied and translated as well, with just some edits here and there to add the angle about the lovers.

The site that posted the story features a disclaimer that reads:

24Jours.com assume toute la responsabilité de la nature satirique de certains de ses articles et de la nature fictive de certains contenus. Tous les personnages apparaissant dans certains articles de ce site Web - même ceux basés sur de vraies personnes - sont entièrement fictifs et toute ressemblance entre eux et toute personne, vivante, morte ou mort-vivante, est purement un miracle.

Si vous voulez des info vérifiées, veuillez regarder France24, CNN, BBC, RT, Euronews ETC. Nous espérons que vous apprécierez le site.

Translation:

24Jours.com assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of some of its articles and the fictional nature of certain content. All the characters appearing in certain articles on 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.

If you want verified info, please watch France24, CNN, BBC, RT, Euronews ETC. We hope you enjoy 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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