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Fake News: Video Does NOT Show Mega-Insect Discovered in Mammoth Cave, KY

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:31:43 Z)

Was a mega-insect discovered in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky? No, that's not true: a video that went viral with that claim actually showed a puppet used in a movie. The caption superimposed on that video is fake.

The video went viral through a post published by a Facebook page named "Kentucky For Kentucky" (archived here) with following text:

Holy sh*t, y'all 🦂#kentuckykicksass

Here is an example of the video:

The name and quote from "speleologist" Chaz Winters kind of gives away the fact that the video is a joke:

"First of it's kind. I ain't never seen nothin' like it. That's a big bug, y'all!"

The clip was taken from a behind the scenes look at how the "Rollie Pollie" creatures were made that were seen in the 2013 movie Pacific Rim:

You can see the actual footage that was taken for the fake clip near the end of this video.

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

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