(8/30/2004) While the Internet is an unprecendented source of information, it's also a good source for entertainment. Unfortunately, the two are often indistinguishable, and once context is lost, a joke looks just like the news.
Fame is a fickle friend. Those who come by it quickly (and inexplicably) are often subjects of rumors about untimely demises, substance abuses or some other unfortunate happenstance. Many folklorists believe the rumors are born of jealousy. We all want fame, but justify our inability to find it by believing that it is much less desirable than it seems to be. William Hung shot to fame on the popular talent hunt program, "American Idol." The man who was so bad he was good, found instant fame by being unashamed of his utter (and apparently unnoticed by him) lack of talent. His slightly off-key and emotionally flat renditions of popular music led to numerous live performances, radio and television interviews, even an album. Not bad for a guy who didn't even make the contest's cut.
The fake news article above is the work of BrokenNewz.com. In it's original form, the article bore the following footnote: "© Copyright 2004 All rights reserved. Broken Newz, The Internet's Premiere Satire News." Further, the site describes itself:
Both Hung and his father/manager have denied this article and reassure concerned fans that the UC Berkley student is alive and well.
Even if you are tempted to forward this one for its humor, consider that it is copyrighted material and should not be distributed without the owner's consent. Break this chain.
Category: No Joke Too Obvious