Feb 03, 2014 04:18 PM EST
The Internet was abuzz this week after Huzlers reported that a Flappy Bird high score led a teenage boy in Chicago to murder his own brother. According to the report, the trouble started when 16-year-old Gary Wright reached a new high score in the popular iOS and Android game Flappy Bird and began teasing his 17-year-old brother over it.
The Huzlers report stated:
“Gary Wright, 16 years old, was playing ‘Flappy Bird’ with his Brother, Jabari Wright, 17 years old, when Jabari reached a score of 17 in the game. Things quickly got out of hand when Jabari kept teasing Gary about his high score, which was 6. Gary allegedly stabbed Jabari with a knife 17 times in the chest, referencing his high score of 17. Gary himself called the police after he killed his brother and turned himself in. The Brothers’ parents have refused to speak to reporters.”
Fortunately, the report turned out to be a fake as Huzlers describes itself as “a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.” As reported by iDigitalTimes the Flappy Bird high-score murder story turned out to be of the latter variety.
Though the story was quickly debunked as a hoax, many quickly took to social media and Reddit to express outrage over the Flappy Bird slaying and lament the downfall of Western Civilization.
The Huzlers report continued:
“Police officer Marco Grant told Huzlers, ‘It’s a tragedy, he murdered his own brother because of a stupid game, I mean, Iv’e played the game before, and it’s hard as sh*t, f*ck that game! I couldn’t even pass 5, Why the f*ck are you a bird if you can’t f*cking fly straight, fake a*s Super Mario piece of sh*t!.’ The officer then threw a fit as he remembered how frustrating the game was and had to be taken away by other officers.”
In retrospect, perhaps the Internet should be lamenting itself for falling for such a patently false story.
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