There are consequences for hoaxing, especially in China.
As proof of extraterrestrial life, one Chinese farmer’s crudely built rubber alien, stashed in a chest freezer in his garage, was rather unconvincing.
Shortly after he proudly posted photographs of his alien on the internet, he was arrested by the police for five days for “fabrications” that “disturbed the public order”.
Mr Li was forced to admit that he had indeed sought to use his model, held together with chicken wire and glue, to mislead his fellow Chinese about the existence of celestial creatures.
Initially, the farmer had posted his close encounter on a Chinese website, together with a shaggy dog story about how he had captured the alien while setting traps for rabbits.
However after his post went viral, the Chinese authorities moved quickly to limit the effect it might have on the extremely gullible.
Mr. Li came clean about the hoax after he was arrested. It doesn’t look like Mr. Li had any sinister reasons for his alien hoax other than his wish to have others believe aliens exist. But, Dude, hoaxing is exactly NOT the way to go about convincing people that aliens are real.
Mr. Li won’t be getting job offers from special effects studios, that’s for sure.