Chinese farmer smacked down over fake alien

There are consequences for hoaxing, especially in China.

Chinese farmer jailed for making a rubber alien – Telegraph.

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.

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  4 comments for “Chinese farmer smacked down over fake alien

  1. Brian
    June 12, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Like the Chinese govt hoaxing fossils, artifacts and the like is ANY BETTER THAN HIM! Geeze… What- he trying to make them look bad?

    Talk about getting pinched for horning in on the action….

  2. June 12, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    What do you mean Brian?

  3. Brian
    June 13, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Type into Google “Fake Chinese fossils” and “Fake Chinese artifacts” (since google’s not giving me a web address to toss in here). Just look ‘em up. Not to mention all of the other fake stuff flowing out of that country. From phones to food….

  4. Tore Bye
    June 13, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    I did that. Plenty of urls, no problem there. No mention of Chinese government, though. At least where I was looking. It seems to me that production of those things are results of private enterprise and not governmental.

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