Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2011]
Origins: While three-dimensional films have been part of moviegoers' experience since the 1950s, only in recent years has the technology advanced to the point of providing a truly "real" feel to their audiences. However, that the technology has improved doesn't mean these cinematic offerings can as yet do real things. Common sense should tell folks one cannot become pregnant from viewing a pornographic film.
The purported news story about a woman who claimed she'd gotten in the family way from watching a risqué movie spread via
While many who read it were quick to conclude the wife had fabricated what she believed was a likely cover story to help
This wild tale of movie viewership gone wickedly awry wasn't an actual news story. It was instead a humor piece presented to the public at large on
In the original Sensacionalista leg pull, which was written in Portuguese, the trusting American soldier's name was rendered as "Erick Jhonson" (note the unusual spelling of the first name and wild misspelling of the surname, errors that later pranksters would correct by changing the GI's name to "Erik Johnson").
Then and now, the "clipping" circulated on the Internet included a photo of a smiling brunette Caucasian woman holding aloft a dark-skinned toddler. Whoever the woman and child actually are, they are not the mother and child of the fictitious "Porn caused my pregnancy" story. Said photograph was discovered online by Sensacionalista and used in its fake report without permission of the woman depicted in it. Such unauthorized usage resulted in the issuance of an apology to the folks who had been wronged. Said the satire site in its mea culpa:
Last updated: 9 October 2015
Bershad, Jon. "'3D Porno Got Woman Pregnant' Fake News Item Gets Picked Up by Gizmodo." Mediaite.com. 13 May 2010. Mundo, Otileno Junior. "Mulher Engravidou Vendo Filme Pornô 3D." Sensacionalista. 4 May 2010.