That news story about the Canadian man who just left his Y2K bunker after over 13 years is totally fake
Last week The CBC ran a too-amazing and hilarious story about Norman Feller, who emerged from his Y2K bunker in September, almost 15 years after going into hiding. His reason for leaving a year early? He was sad and lonely:
“You have to understand 15 years is a very long time to be by yourself in a windowless bunker underneath your back yard…I became very curious whether or not i was right.”
Unfortunately for Feller, the world didn’t end, and he’d “wasted 15 years” of his life. And worse, he isn’t real. The whole piece is satire. Another day, another internet hoax.
There are a few clues:
- Feller, an experienced prepper, didn’t bring a radio with him.
- Feller’s photo is clearly labeled as a stock photo.
- The show is produced in Canada, a country well-known for dishonesty and cruelty.
- The host is played by Peter Oldring, an experienced comedian.
- The show — This is That — is a popular satirical news show.
Though the story is obviously fake, it quickly went viral, powered in part by relatable details like Feller being scared of our crazy modern world, with its cell phones and KFC Double Downs. Uproxx took the bait (though quickly ran a retraction), and people are still sharing it on Twitter and Facebook under the presumption that it’s true.
oh my god a man just came out from hiding in his bunker for 14 years from y2k this is wild
— MAKKA PAKKA (@tackoftheclonez) December 14, 2013
“Start living as if the world may last forever.” – some dude who spent 14 years in a bunker because of y2k
— Diana (@dianadurazoo) December 17, 2013
Wow. This man just emerged in September after living in a bunker for 14 years after the Y2K scare: http://t.co/l0CbcgVCcI
— Tom Dawkins (@tomjd) December 17, 2013
This is That — much like The Onion — has fooled a gullible public on more than a few occasions. This includes one absurd story where they reported on an aquarium that was closing, that was going to grill all its extra fish for locals.
Sadly, a lot of innocent people were tricked, and might never recover. When will people learn not to trust those angry, meanspirited people in Canada?