Nope, A Woman Didn't Fake Being Blind For 28 Years To Avoid Social Interactions
A story about a Spanish woman pretending to be blind for 28 years to avoid social interactions has gone massively viral. Unfortunately, it's not true. The viral hoax started as a joke on a satirical Spanish website.
The hoax originated with the satirical Spanish website Hay Noticia, the tagline of which translates to "Don't believe everything on the internet." According to the satirical story, a 57-year-old woman named Carmen Jiménez faked being blind for almost three decades because she didn't like small talk.
"I was tired of seeing people and stopping to say hello. I've never been very social, and pretending to be blind has avoided many social commitments," the fictitious Jiménez is quoted as saying.
The hoax, versions of which were published on viral aggregators like Viral Thread and Oddity Central, has got tens of thousands of shares, comments, and reactions on Facebook. The Irish celebrity gossip magazine RSVP even attributed one of Jiménez's quotes to a non-existent Sky News interview.
The photo accompanying most of the stories, showing a blonde woman with glasses, is a free stock image available from Pixabay.
An Instagram post with Lowthion's image on the fake story has got almost 250,000 likes since it was uploaded by the popular account FuckJerry, which has more than 12 million followers. Lowthion told an Isle of Wight newspaper she was surprised to see her face associated with a viral hoax, although being a public figure means there are many photos of her online.
"But 12.2 million followers? And saying I'm a 57-year-old Spanish woman?! I'm not sure that's so much of a compliment," Lowthion told the Isle of Wight County Press.
Choose the most suitable answer (a, b, or c) according to the text.
- The woman pretended to be blind...
a. as if to avoid social interactions.
b. so to avoid social interactions.
c. in order to avoid social interactions.
- The woman faked being blind...
a. for nearly thirty years.
b. during nearly thirty years.
c. since nearly thirty years.
- According to magazine RSVP, the woman...
a. interviewed Sky News.
b. was interviewed by Sky News.
c. was interviewed by RSVP.
- There are many photos of Lowthion online...
a. as a result of being a public figure.
b. although she is a public figure.
c. even though she is a public figure.
1-c, 2-a, 3-b, 4-a