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Fake News: Woman NOT In Critical Condition, Did NOT Blow Up Her Vagina Using A Fire Extinguisher

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 29 Sep 2019 22:02:47 Z)

Did a woman named Shanice Brown "blow up her vagina" using a fire extinguisher? And did this happen in Green Bay, Spartanburg, Columbus, Pratville, Blue Springs, Elgin, Lorrain County, Norman, Montgommery Beach, Daytona Beach, Greensboro or some other place? No, that's not true: a site that bills itself as "satire" has published the same story but set in different locations and several copies have gone viral.

One copy of the story originated from an article published by Satire Weekly on September 29, 2019 titled "Green Bay, WI: Woman In Critical Condition After She 'Blew Up Her Vagina' Using A Fire Extinguisher" (archived here) which opened:

A 25-year old woman in Green Bay, Wisconsin has been seriously injured after a reckless plan to spray a fire extinguisher into her vagina left her with massive internal bleeding.

Shanice Brown, a college student, was attending a party with classmates and reportedly 'incredibly drunk' at the time she decided to grab a fire extinguisher and spray it inside her vagina. Her friends admit they were also intoxicated and thought it was a good idea - at the time.

"When she said she'd do it we just started laughing," said one male classmate who asked not to be named. "We had no idea that it would hurt her so badly."

Screenshot of http://satireweekly.com/wi-woman-in-critical-condition-after-she-blew-up-her-vagina-using-a-fire-extinguisher/

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Green Bay, WI: Woman In Critical Condition After She 'Blew Up Her Vagina' Using A Fire Extinguisher

A 25-year old woman in Green Bay, Wisconsin has been seriously injured after a reckless plan to spray a fire extinguisher into her vagina left her with massive internal bleeding. Shanice Brown, a college student, was attending a party with classmates and reportedly 'incredibly drunk' at the time she decided to grab a fire extinguisher ...

The ambulance picture illustrating the story seems to have been taken from an article about a shooting in Chicago:

Sister runs for help after girl, 14, hit by bullets fired through door: 'They shot Raven, they shot Raven'

The door had barely closed behind the 14-year-old girl, her mother and her aunt when two bullets tore through, hitting the girl in her ribs and abdomen. The girl's sister ran for help, reaching their uncle in a nearby apartment building in the South Commons neighborhood on the Near South Side around 9:45 p.m.

But just the domain name of the site should have given people pause to think: "Satire Weekly"? That doesn't sound like a real news source. There is also a very tiny disclaimer at the bottom of the page that reads "Disclaimer: this is satire."

As you can read in our own Satire Policy there are several definitions of satire but most of them include the need for some kind of criticism of vice or folly of a person or institution. We don't see that happening here, this is just a made up "offbeat news" story. But since the domain name includes the word "satire" we're giving it a pass here.

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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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