Hoax Alert: Florida Man DID NOT Die In Meth-Lab Explosion After Lighting Farts On Fire

Fact Check

  • by: Maarten Schenk

There's a story making the rounds about a man (aged 37) in Gainesville, Florida who died because he lit his farts on fire causing the meth lab in his trailer home to explode. His wife reportedly said:

A Blue Angel is when you put a lighter up to your butt and fart on it, making it catch on fire. It's funny as s--. Normally we go to Del Taco because of their $0.59 tacos, but we made some extra cash this week so we went to Chipotle. The farts you get from there could fill a gas chamber. I know he's looking up from hell laughing his ass off saying it was worth it.

Of course the story is not true: it originated on 'The Valley Report', a satirical website written by comedian Dave Weasel. The disclaimer on the site reads:

Some of these stories my be exaggerated, embellished or an outright work of fiction. Use proper judgment when reading anything on the internet.

The fact that the story lacks a date and that the man and his wife are both unnamed leads us to suspect the entire thing is indeed fiction. Especially considering some other titles of articles on the site:

  • 7 year NASA study concludes women named Sarah fart the most
  • Woman stabs boyfriend for not liking Instagram selfie fast enough
  • Woman arrested for stinking up bathroom and closing down restaurant

If after all these clues you still think the story is true, go ahead and share it on social media like all these other people did:

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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