Back in 2004, a false news-story involving the death of American Idol celebrity William Hung circulated widely via email.
The story claimed that Mr Hung “was found dead yesterday, apparently of an intentional heroin overdose”. The story generated a lot of discussion among those who frequent online message boards.
In fact, Mr Hung is alive and well. This rumour started from a Broken Newz. Although it resembles a real news story, it is a complete fabrication apparently in the name of entertainment.
Personally, I find this sort of satire in poor taste.
The following quote is from the Broken Newz “About” page:
Broken Newz is a satire news and entertainment site. All names, except when public figures are being satirized due to their own stupidity, are made up and purely coincidental if connected in any way. The stories listed on this site are not real (really).
These are strange days indeed! William Hung became a celebrity because of a decided lack of musical talent rather than the reverse.
I’m very glad to hear that the likeable gentleman is still with us. Mr Hung continues to make the news, is active on the speaking circuit, and has even published a book. Best of luck to him!
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!