Man Found with 30 Cow Eyeballs in His Butt is a Hoax
This story made the rounds on Facebook earlier this weekend with thousands of people sharing it and claiming that this actually happened. Oh, internet...
According to the story, a man in Wyoming was reportedly pulled over and given a sobriety test. As he was attempting to walk the straight line a cow eyeball fell out of his pant leg. Upon further inspection, police found 30 COW EYEBALLS stuffed inside the mans rectum.
Who gets paid to sit behind a computer and think this stuff up?
People, please, let this be a lesson that even though you saw it on your news feed and/or perhaps it was shared by a credible friend from some website that looks legit, more often than you realize these stories are satirical.
How do we know this story to be false? An on-air personality in the town in which the event occurred went straight to the police department to separate the fact from, er, bull crap....
According to DJ Nyke at our sister station KISS-FM in Casper:
The story is 100% fake! I repeat, this story, which originated on a fake news/satire website, is absolutely false. It’s a hoax. How do I know? Well, we just so happen to have a news department, and that same news department picked up the phone and called the police, who confirmed that the entire thing is nothing but a ruse.
What is even more upsetting is that this story somehow made it through Facebook's crackdown on fake news. Earlier this year, the social network began to filter and tag posts as "satire" if it didn't make the grade. Often times you'd see little reminders next to the post, from The Onion for example, that what you are about to read is meant to be a hoax.
We are here to be the next line of defense. If Facebook can't help you determine what is real and what is fake then consider this to another red flag and reminder that you just can't believe everything you read. Also, to discredit it even further we chose not to link back to the original source. You are welcome to Google it if you please, but still...