Kewl Site Alert: Fool Your Friends with FakeAWish Fake News Generator

Yesterday, a high school buddy posted a link on Facebook to an obscure news story and asked if we had heard anything about it. The headline was "Actor Tom Cruise Missing in Congo Rainforest". Interesting, I thought. And clicked the link.

[Aside: Now let me be clear about two things I did before I clicked the link: (1) I checked the URL to see if it was a scam; (2) I checked my Facebook feed to see if it was self-replicating among other people in my feed. My homework done, I was a more confident about my ability to click safely. If you're not willing to do the legwork, then I feel a don't try this at home disclaimer is warranted.]

Being a true nerd, I read the article and then read the fine print at the end of the page.
And I laughed.
It said:
FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank 'non-specific' template for the purpose of entertainment.
Oh yeah, not only is this site fake, it is shamelessly telling you that it's fake.

This fact spawned quite the convo on Facebook. One of his other friends posted a link to a fake story about my buddy being hospitalized in a traffic altercation. With his name! And that's when I discovered the best part about FakeAWish, the fake news generator: You can pop in someone's name and generate an entirely fake news story about them.

Like this one:

Stories of my death are much exaggerated...
There are a variety of stories to choose from in the bot, most of which either culminate in a missing person or their untimely demise. There's something macabre and yet fun about it. Given that you can type in any name, it would appear that this fake news generator is mostly used for creating fake celeb stories. As the site tag line states, "Punking Mass Media Since 2002".

FakeAWish definitely looks like it hasn't had a redesign in 11 years, but I guess it doesn't need one. The simplicity of the layout is enough to generate an hour of fun for 3 of us in my friend's wall on Facebook. Mind you, we might be more easily amused than some. Then again, it's hump day. You need a distraction. What have you go to lose?

Go try FakeAWish and see if you're as easily amused as I am ;)

[Disclaimer: This site does not endorse complacency and loafing in the workplace. This site will not be help responsible for any revenue or productivity lost as a result of informing you of this lovely, addicting distraction.]

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