Man who lost his testicles while showing off his scuba bong is fake news
The AP is cracking down on fake news, even if it's old and has already been debunked.
In September a story surfaced of a man losing his testicles after a freak accident involving a bong and a scuba tank. It appears as if the story first was reported on the site IsThatLegit.com, and let me tell you, it's not legit at all.
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Here's a couple lines from the original post:
The initial story claimed the man was from Calgary, but the post then reappeared on the site BostonLeader.com with the location swapped for Boston.
Snopes was quick to debunk the story when it was first being shared, but that wasn't good enough for AP, so they fact checked it themselves five months later.
AP FACT CHECK: A story that claims a Boston man lost his testicles in a 'scuba bong' blast is false. https://t.co/rpAlsOQvbH
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 25, 2017
According to the AP, a spokesperson for the Boston police department confirmed that "no such incidents were reported to them on that day." Police in Calgary one-upped them and said they had "no such complaints" of scuba bongs in the last five years.
As Snopes points out, IsThatLegit has a disclaimer on its site that says it's "for entertainment value only." Boston Leader does not have a disclaimer on its site, but have reported fake news in the past, and just looking at the site's sketchy nature should tell you that this is not a reliable source for information.
But seriously, scuba bong sounds awesome and someone should (safely) make one.