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Fake Report Claims Man in India is 179 Years Old

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

A circulating report claims that Mashashta Murasi, a man in Bangalore, India has reached the age of 179 years and that ‘death has forgotten him’. 

Brief Analysis

Not surprisingly, the claims in the report are nonsense. The story has been published by various pseudo-news outlets that specialize in churning out spurious nonsense. And, these outlets lifted the story from an original version published on the fake-news ‘satirical’ website World News Daily report.

Example

Death Forgets To Kill A 179 Year Old Indian, This Is Unbelievable

In the city Bangalore, India, a shocking discovery has been made, the amazing Mashashta Murasi reached the age of 179 and he believes that ‘the man with the scythe’ forgot to accompany him to heaven.

179 year old man hoax

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a report that is going viral via social media, an Indian man named Mashashta Murasi has reached the age of 179 years. The message claims that he is the oldest person in history and has lost hope of dying a peaceful death.

The report features a picture supposedly depicting the 179-year-old man.

But, of course, the claims in the story are utter nonsense. There is no man, in India or anywhere else, that has reached that age. The story is simply made up. 
Versions of the story have been posted to various nonsense-filled websites that masquerade as news outlets. And these outlets took the story from a February 2014 post on the fake-news website World News Daily Report. The site bills itself as satirical and includes the following disclaimer:

World News Daily Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within worldnewsdailyreport.com are fiction, and presumably fake news.

Nothing published on World News Daily Report should be taken seriously.

For the record, the person with the longest confirmed human lifespan was a French woman, Jeanne Louise Calment, who reached the age of 122 years, 164 days.

Given the amount of fake-news stories that now circulate, it is wise to verify any ‘news’ reports that come your way before you share them with your friends. Searching a news portal such as Google News will usually reveal of a circulating story is true.

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