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Fake Picture: ‘Thailand Snake Girl’ – Serpentosis Malianorcis

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating message, which features an image of a young girl with the lower body of a snake, claims that the Thai youngster suffers from a rare syndrome known as ‘Serpentosis Malianorcis’. The message claims that thousands of people gather in front of snake girl Mai Li Fay’s Bangkok home every day.

Brief Analysis

Of course, the message is just a silly hoax and the image is the result of digital tomfoolery. There is no snake girl. Nor are there any credible references to a condition called “Serpentosis Malianorcis”. The story and image comes courtesy of the World News Daily Report, a website notorious for churning out all manner of utter drivel, gussied up and disguised as news. Nothing on the site is true and snake girl is no exception.

Example

Snake Girl Fake Image Hoax

Bangkok| 8 year old Mai Li Fay, from Bangkok, is far from living the usual life of a girl her age. Everyday, thousands of people gather to the front of her family’s house to get a chance of seeing and possibly touching the young girl, a gesture which both buddhists and hindu pilgrims seem to perceive as a garantee of good fortune.

According to the country’s top medical expert, Dr Ping Lao, the young girl suffers a very rare syndrome known as the Serpentosis Malianorcis or Jing Jing’s disease, which gives her lower body a distinct reptilian form and aspect. Only a handful of such cases have been recorded throughout history, so the scientific knowledge accumulated about the pathology is rather limited and there is no cure in sight at the moment.

The Fay family have welcomed the situation brought by Mai Li’s situation with  a mix of anguish and excitement, as the never ending lines of tourists and pilgrims have brought the badly impoverished family some substantial revenues and given them an important raise in their social status but cost them there privacy and intimacy.

 

Detailed Analysis

A report that features an image supposedly depicting a young girl with the lower body of a snake is currently making its way around the interwebs via social media posts, email, and the blogosphere.

According to the report, “snake girl”, Mai Li Fay from Bangkok, Thailand, suffers from a very rare condition called  “Serpentosis Malianorcis” or Jing Jing’s disease. The report claims that one Dr Ping Lao, who is billed as Thailand’s top medical expert, diagnosed the rare syndrome, which gives the lower body a “distinct reptilian form and aspect”.

Supposedly, the girl has become a major attraction with thousands of pilgrims and tourists gathering outside her house each day.
But, of course, the claims in the report are nonsense and the picture is clearly the result of digital manipulation. I would have hoped that common sense alone would have been enough for people to recognize that the image is just a silly hoax.  But, apparently, “common” sense is misnamed. Reports and submissions suggest that quite a few people around the world do actually believe the story.  And, in fact, the story has even been picked up by some fringe news sources.

There are no credible medical reports about a condition known as “Serpentosis Malianorcis”. Nor are there any believable references to the supposedly renowned Dr Ping Lao.

The article and image originate from the World News Daily Report website, a publication that specializes in churning out unmitigated nonsense. The site features all manner of odd tales, including a horse with a duck’s head, gigantic home invading lobsters, and a circus lion who has shamefully confessed to being a vegetarian. In fact, all of the articles on the site are fictional are not meant to be taken seriously. They are clearly intended to entertain and amuse.

And, for the record, if such a snaky youngster did exist, mainstream news outlets all over the planet would have extensively – and endlessly – reported her case.   Her story would certainly not have stayed confined to childish entertainment websites and wide-eyed gossip blogs.  

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer