Gemma Sheridan Hoax: British Woman Says Friends Made up Story on Her as a ‘Joke’
By Ankita Mehta | March 22, 2014 11:58 PM EST
The story "Google Earth Finds Woman Trapped on Deserted Island for Seven Years" might be a hoax, but the woman, Gemma Sheridan, is not.
Sheridan is the central character in a story published by News-Hound.org. The website published a story claiming that Google Earth found Sheridan, who was trapped on an island for around seven years.
The story was declared a hoax by Waffles at Noon, but the central character Sheridan exists in real life.
Sheridan told International Business Times that News-Hound.org is run by her friends. The website makes up stories and publishes them on their page.
Sheridan also said that her friends made up that particular story on her as a joke.
"Hi Howard My friend owns newshound so I think they may have made this up about me as a joke haha," she Tweeted on 21 March.
In the story, News-hound.org stated that Sheridan along with two friends left her hometown Liverpool, England, in 2007 to sail to the island of Hawaii, but due to a storm, she drifted to some nearby island.
Google Earth was apparently able to find the British woman when a kid saw the "SOS" message created by Sheridan.
However, Waffles at Noon reported that the "SOS" sign in the story is apparently a satellite image of destruction in Kyrgyzstan. The image was initially uploaded three years ago on Amnesty International's blog. [Read the full story here]
This is not the first time the website has posted a hoax story. Earlier, the site published an article with the headline "Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity - Float For 5 Minutes! #Zerogday", which is also a fake.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Kate Middleton Suffocated in Kensington Palace, Queen Elizabeth Reported War With The Duchess [PHOTOS]
- Brad Pitt Still in Love with Ex-Wife Jennifer Aniston, Staying with Angelina Jolie for Sake of Kids, Claims Brad's Psychic
- 2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Everything To Know [PHOTOS]
- Miranda Kerr Broke Her Silence: Not Pregnant With James Packard’s Baby [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Viral Video Missouri Mall: Back-To-School Promo Of East Hills Mall In Missouri Goes Viral As Terrible Mall Ad [WATCH VIDEO]
- New Zealand Accelerates Ban on Shark Finning
- Woman Posts Ad for Herself As 'Professional Bridesmaid' On Craigslist
- Mass Panic Over Houston's 'Blinking Lights' in the Sky; UFO Sceptics Still Not Convinced
- American Journalist Steven Sotloff at Risk of Beheading Too If US Gov’t Refuses to Pay $100 Million Ransom to Islamic State Like It Did With James Foley
- James Foley Beheading Video Has Play-Acting Portions – Video Experts Say
- 4.7-Inch, 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Models Confirmed with Similar Build, Cam Features & 300+ Screen Pixels on Release Date
- Apple iPhone 6 Release Date, iPhone 6C or 6L Anticipation: Three Things Should Matter To New Phone Shoppers
- Upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 With Dual-SIM Support Gets Approved In China; Full Specifications Revealed; Amber-Coloured Xperia Z3 Tipped
- More Nexus 8/Nexus 9 Release Confirmed with More Leaks and Out of Stock Nexus 7 and 10
- James Foley: Release of Beheading Video by ISIS Meant to Attract More Recruits to Join the Cause – Intelligence
- 2015 Ford Mustang: Right-Hand Drive Pony Car To Be Available In Australia Next Year