Internet hoaxers are really mean sometimes, you know?
When satire is really good, you can’t even tell it’s satire. Or at least that’s the best explanation I can come up with for why Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop testified against Maryland marijuana decriminalization bills, claiming that 37 people died of marijuana overdoses on the first day it was legal in Colorado. The problem, which should be glaringly obvious to pretty much everyone? That’s a fake number from an article by the DailyCurrant, a satirical news site that competes with the Onion.
A relative recently forwarded an email that purported to be from “John Hopkins Hospital, US” with lots of seemingly-scientific advice about preventing cancer through diet and environment. But — as you may have already guessed from that missing S in JohnS Hopkins’ name — the email is part scam, part urban legend.