Did a 37-year-old man from Florida named Jonathan Crane electrocute his own brain to forget spoilers for the movie "Infinity War"? No, that's not true: it was made up by a satire website that regularily posts things that are fiction, it is not real.
The brain damage hoax appeared in an article published on May 7, 2018 on 8shit.net titled "Man Damages His Own Brain To Forget The Infinity War Spoilers He Saw On The Internet" (archived here) which opened:
A Florida man has damaged his own brain because "he wanted to forget the Infinity War spoilers" that he saw on the Internet. Jonathan Crane, a 37-year old man, was tired of seeing spoilers of Infinity War on the Internet. He wasn't able to watch the movie on time, and he saw a lot of spoilers on the Internet.
"Spoilers everywhere. I wasn't able to understand the memes before, till the explained them to me. My friends and family are constantly talking about the movie, and I've been slowly decoding the entire plot of the movie. I now know more about the movie than most of them, and I haven't even watched it", Crane posted on Facebook, right before electrocuting his brain to forget about everything.
But the man in the picture is actually Zack Irby, a 23-year-old from Burlington, North Carolina who got involved in a car crash in 2013 that gave him a traumatic brain injury:
The experiences of two families devastated by traumatic brain injury display the limitations of North Carolina's ability and willingness to help their injured children. By Thomas Goldsmith On Jan. 28, 2013, the Irby family of Burlington found their way of life forever changed. That was the day that son Zack Irby, at 23, rear-ended a ...
Furthermore, 8shit.net carries a disclaimer on its about page that reads:
8Shit is a satire and humor website.
It contains cutting edge satire on a diverse range of topics.
The website publishes fake news, shocking rumors and reports with incisive sarcasm, and humor.
We also post crazy real news which often sounds too good to be true.
And an additional disclaimer in the footer of every page:
8Satire is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those posts under the "serious" category) and shouldn't be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this website are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story.
The site was briefly renamed to 8Satire a while ago, which explains the discrepancy between the footer and the about page.
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