Wed May 16, 2012, 01:49 PM
Lasher (23,573 posts)
Readers bite on spoofs from ‘news’ site
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The state Legislature is not banning drive-through windows; Johnny Depp is not going to star as Jesco White in an upcoming movie; and Bigfoot was not spotted at a Beckley urinal.
But Todd Carpenter, creator of the fake news site The Diggerer, is more than happy if you believe those things are true. The website's popularity has skyrocketed in recent weeks as the rumor about Depp and drive-through windows swept across Facebook and Twitter.
Just a week after the Dancing Outlaw story, another Diggerer story about West Virginia legislators banning drive-through windows at restaurants started gaining traction online. The site's web hits jumped back to the 21,000 mark.
"If these people walk into the restaurant and order, it may be the only exercise they get all day. So I feel that forcing these people to walk to get their Big Macs may just be saving their lives," the fictional Sen. Buford Watson says in the story.
Internet users, believing the Diggerer was a real news site, became incensed.
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