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Fake News: NO Man Hospitalized After Inserting a Battery Up His Butthole to Boost His Energy

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:49:34 Z)

Did a 19-year-old boy get admitted to hospital because he stuck a battery up his rectum hoping to get more energy? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Spanish satire website and later got translated for their English-language version. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published by There Is News on February 4, 2019 titled "Man hospitalized after inserting a battery up his butthole to boost his energy" (archived here) which opened:

A nineteen-year-old boy was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night, apparently, because a domestic accident. The boy had a voltaic battery in the rectum that had to be removed, because of the danger that it would lead to an even bigger problem.

The boy went to the hospital, walking with his father. He had a severe pain in the area of ​​the lower abdomen caused by the object that, he recognized, had been introduced voluntarily to "give more energy to myself"

Screenshot of https://thereisnews.com/hospitalized-after-putting-a-battery-in-his-ass-to-get-more-energy5555/

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Man hospitalized after inserting a battery up his butthole to boost his energy

A nineteen-year-old boy was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night, apparently, because a domestic accident. The boy had a voltaic battery in the rectum that had to be removed, because of the danger that it would lead to an even bigger problem. The boy went to the hospital, walking with his father. He had a

The original story appeared on Hay Noticia:

Ingresado tras meterse una pila por el culo para ver si le daba energía

Un joven de diecinueve años fue ingresado de urgencia la noche del pasado sábado por lo que parecía tratarse de un accidente doméstico. El chico presentaba una pila voltaica en el recto que le tuvo que ser extraída ante el peligro de que derivara en un problema aún mayor.

The picture used to illustrate the article is just a mirrored stock photo of a colonoscopy:

Stock Photo - 110405-N-KA543-028 SAN DIEGO (April 5, 2011) Hospitalman Urian D. Thompson, left, Lt. Cmdr. Eric A. Lavery and Registered Nurse Steven Cherry review the monitor while Lavery

Download this stock image: 110405-N-KA543-028 SAN DIEGO (April 5, 2011) Hospitalman Urian D. Thompson, left, Lt. Cmdr. Eric A. Lavery and Registered Nurse Steven Cherry review the monitor while Lavery uses a colonoscope on a patient during a colonoscopy at Naval Medical Center San Diego. (U.S.

The site There Is News carries a "Legal Warging" (archived here) that reads:

Legal Warging

The site "There is news" (http://thereisnews.es) (hereinafter referred to as TIN) is a humor site whose purpose is entertainment.

The content of TIN is fiction and does not correspond to reality.

All references, names, brands or institutions that appear on the site are used as contextual elements, as in any novel or fiction account.

(Note that the site thereisnews.es doesn't exist, only the .com version is live)

The site is the English language version of the Spanish satire site Hay Noticia, which is owned by Spanish humor website/collective La Fabrica de la Comedia S.C.

We wrote about thereisnews.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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