Fake News: Man NOT Hospitalized After Boyfriend's Fist Gets Stuck In His Anus

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Well known fake/satire website World News Daily Report published a story titled "Man hospitalized after boyfriend's fist gets stuck in his anus" about two men named Mathew Cunning and Hernando Iglesias who supposedly got injured during the act of making love. The article opened:

San Mateo, CA | A Californian man is being treated at the San Mateo Medical Center after his boyfriend's fist was stuck for a painstaking 14 hours in his own rectum.

The couple who were allegedly practicing "fisting," a sexual activity that involves inserting a hand into the partner's rectum, called 9-1-1 after they were unable to release the man's hand from his boyfriend's anal cavity.

Both men were transported by ambulance to San Mateo Medical Center where hospital staff successfully released the man's hand only 14 hours later, a complicated task due to heavy inflammation, blood loss and risk of laceration, say doctors.

"I know I'll never have the opportunity to give birth in my lifetime, but I think I know what it feels like now" Mathew Cunning, 23, told reporters.

"I just talked to my mom on the phone and she told me she had felt the same thing when she was in labor," he admitted.

The story is entirely fictional and there is no truth to it at all. The photo that was used to illustrate the story actually shows David Priestman, a 35-year old Manchester man who gave up his own hospital bed to victims of the May 2017 terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert in which 23 people were killed and over 500 injured. Priestman was recovering from surgery but discharged himself from hospital in order to be able to do something to help.


The website World News Daily Report is a well known hoax website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:

World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

The site frequently uses random pictures of people found on the internet to illustrate invented tales of silly crimes or bizarre accidents. It has been active since at least 2013 according to domain name registration records and has been responsible for countless hoaxes going viral. Stories originating on the site frequently get copied by fake news websites that tend to omit the satire disclaimer or any mention of the source.

The identity of the person or persons behind the site is not known (the copyright at the bottom just says "NEW WORLD ORDER MEDIA") but we suspect they might be Canadian since they are also running journaldemourreal.com on the same Google Analytics account and that site is is in French and has "QUEBEC GOLD MEDIA" in the copyright message.

Whoever is behind the sites: don't get fooled by the stories. Always use Google or another search engine first before sharing something on social media, just to be sure.

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  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an 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.

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