Fact Check: Texas Woman Did NOT Bake Bread In Outdoor Mailbox In Sweltering Heat of June 2024 -- Post Started As Joke

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Texas Woman Did NOT Bake Bread In Outdoor Mailbox In Sweltering Heat of June 2024 -- Post Started As Joke 2023 Jest

Did a Texas woman bake bread in her mailbox using the sweltering heat of June 2024? No, that's not true: The woman shown in a social media post originally shared an image of her pulling a loaf of bread from her mailbox as a joke about summer weather. This post began circulating on social media in 2023.

The claim appeared in a post on Facebook (archived here) on June 23, 2024. Above the side-by-side pictures of a woman wearing oven mitts as she pulled what appeared to be a loaf of fresh-baked bread out of a mailbox, and a loaf of bread sitting in an open mailbox, there is text in the post that reads:

It's this hot in Texas. 🔥🥵🔥
Roberta Wright, who lives in a suburb of Houston, baked bread in her mailbox. It only took 45 minutes!

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Roberta Wright baked bread mailbox Image .jpg

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed June 26 15:40:29 2024 UTC)

Lead Stories did a search using keywords on Google News, visible here, which located a July 14, 2023, KTRK-TV article titled, "Montgomery County grandma went viral for baking bread in her mailbox, but did she really do it?" The Houston TV station reported that Roberta Wright, the woman seen in the image, baked the bread in a conventional oven in her home and then shared the image of her taking the loaf of bread out of the mailbox on social media as a joke about the weather being hot in Houston. According to the KTRK-TV article:

If the story is too good to be true, it's because it is. Roberta says while she shared photos of herself baking bread in the mailbox, it was all in fun.

'I believe some people believe that,' Wright explained. 'It's not exactly what happened. It's the storytelling of your imagination.'

Wright also mentioned imagination inspiring her to create and share this image, as she is a children's book author of titles including "Out of This World Granny."

Lead Stories reached out to Wright for a direct statement. This fact check will be updated if a response is received.

When this fact check was written, Snopes had reviewed the same claim.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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