Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"Florida Man Marrying Granddaughter" Story ... Likely Fake

Florida Fake Story
Last 3 October, several sites like Cosmopolitan and the Sun aggregated a story credited to the Florida Sun Post, which reported that a 68-year-old man had married his 24-year-old granddaughter.

Their biological relation was unbeknownst to both of them until, according to the story, they were flipping through a photo album together and she saw a photo of her estranged father, who happened to be her new husband’s son.

From a dramatic point of view, it is a story that had everything scandal-thirsty audience wanted in a bit of juicy gossip: incest, mistaken identity, Florida. But according to some sleuths on the internet, it's totally fake

The Twitter account @_FloridaMan, which chronicles the weirdest Florida news, tweeted that was only registered a few days ago, implying that there's no way it could be a credible news outlet. "Congrats on being gullible," he smugly joked, as if this isn't the exact type of story his Twitter account makes everyone believe would happen in Florida.

To confirm the story, the Daily Dot has reached out to the Florida Sun Post regarding the story through a contact form on its website, which, after hitting "submit," said "Thank you for contacting Boston Leader."

It will be recalled that Boston Leader was the site that started the fake story about the baby gorilla named "Harambe McHarambeface." So yes, this story is probably fake.

What made it easy to believe at first is Florida's open government laws have made everything ridiculous that happens in Florida easy to report on.

"Since 1909, Florida has had a proud tradition that all government business is public business and therefore should be available to the public," says the Miami New Times. "That means all records, including photos and videos, produced by a public agency, are easily accessible with a few narrow and obvious exceptions."

Weird news happens in every state, it’s just easier find in Florida.

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