According to a post that has been circulating the interwebs since early 2017, a hapless morgue employee has been accidentally cremated. A link in the post opens a report that, at least at first glance, looks like a news story.
Supposedly, the Beaumont, Texas morgue worker took a nap on a stretcher after working a long shift. But, alas, claims the story, he was later taken to the crematory and burned to death by an inexperienced worker who mistook him for a corpse.
Thankfully, the rather horrific story is just a work of fiction. The incident described did not take place.
The report comes from the notorious fake-news website World News Daily Report. Nothing published on the site is intended to be taken seriously. The site includes the following disclaimer at the bottom of its articles and on its About Page:
World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.
The story has been republished on several other fake-news “satirical” websites in the months since it first appeared on World News Daily Report and thus continues to circulate via social media.
An example of the post:
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!