According to a message that circulates via social media and various blogs and online forums, a woman in California is suing her parents because she blames them for passing on “ugly genes” that caused her to have “unpleasant physical features”.
The message links to a supposed new report about the case which claims that the woman “blames her parents for her succession of unsuccessful marriages which led to a series of psychological problems”. The report further claims that the woman is intending to lobby the state department to pass legislation that would stop couples who don’t meet decent beauty or aesthetic criteria from having children.
But, of course, the story is utter nonsense. No such case has been reported by any credible news outlet. In fact, the story is a work of fiction originally published by the notorious fake-news website World News Daily Report (WNDR).
Nothing published on WNDR should be taken seriously. A disclaimer on the site notes:
WNDR assumes however 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 persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
WNDR first published the fake story back in 2017. Since then, it has been republished on a number of other fake news sites and even a few websites that apparently believed the story to be real news.
Unfortunately, because such fake stories are presented in a way that makes them seem like news reports, quite a few people pass them on in the mistaken belief that they are genuine.
An example of the message:
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!