Online forum chatters reacted to reports that a Chicago teen allegedly killed his elder brother over the high score the latter got in the hit game Flappy Bird.
Wafflesatnoon pointed out that the source of the article is a humorous Web site huzlers.com, the same portal that was involved in various hoaxes in 2003 such as the alleged kidnapping of Vine star Lil Terio and the shooting of YouTube star Sharkeisha.
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The Epoch Times cited the disclaimer at the bottom of Huzlers' page which states that the Web site "is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief."
While the news indeed appears to be a hoax, timed with the report of the game being discontinued by its developer, makes it an interesting read.
Moreover, with siblings killing or stabbing each other over big to petty things, it is not surprising that stories like that generate thousands of hits from online dailies to video sharing sites like YouTube.
It should be pointed out that from the time that Cain killed Abel out of jealously, sibling rivalry stories as well as other murder articles over petty things are a reality and has been happening in different parts of the world.
For instance, NBC Washington reported, complete with a video which authenticated the story, of another 17-year-old boy stabbed to death by his 25-year-old brother over a piece of chicken at a family cookout. Click here to read that article.
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In March 2012 in Ghana, a 25-year-old farmer at Gbinghani, Kojo Tamaha, also stabbed his younger brother to death over a pot of chicken soup. It turns out that in the case of these male siblings, chicken soup wasn't good for their soul. Click here to read the article.
Lastly, in February 2005, a 12-year-oly boy from Mount Pleasant, Isabella County, also stabbed his sister in the arm over a chicken pot pie. Fortunately, the sister was not killed, but was injured over the attack. Click here to read the article.
Chicken piece, chicken soup and chicken pot pie; now, Flappy Bird. Is it any wonder that people found the Chicago hoax story believable?