A blogger writes up a fake story to go with the pictures of a real story from 2011.
Seven years after she vanished without a trace, a female anthropologist emerged from a mysterious cave where authorities believe she may have been held hostage by real-life elves!
Danish researcher Kalena Søndergaard was stark naked, covered by dust and babbling incoherently when rescuers found her outside a tiny opening in the famous Elf Rock, traditionally believed to house the underground dwelling place of mankind’s tiny cousins.
“She was crouching like an animal and spoke only in a language unrelated to any we know,” said Arnor Guðjohnsen of the National Rescue Service, which airlifted the 31-year-old survivor to a hospital by helicopter.
Wrong wrong wrong. It’s totally made up. The first clue? It’s a blog, not a news service. A quick search of her name and details of the story only result in links to other mystery mongering websites which repeated the story that she was a researcher in Icelandic folklore who was looking for evidence of real elves.
A search of the photos in the story reveal that this one, supposedly of Kalena, is from a Russian dating site and returned over 200 results of “Russian student”.
The real story is that a woman got stuck on a beachside cliff in California back in March of 2011. She was apparently attempting to access the secluded Black’s Beach near San Diego. It is a nude beach but I’m wondering why she took her clothes off before getting there. She picked the wrong path and got stuck. Rescuers sent a female aid to help her into a harness which then lowered them safely onto the beach. She was not injured, just probably embarrassed.
Of course the Daily Mail had to report this salacious story complete with pictures. The Orlando Sentinel also has photos which confirmed the story was from 2011. Many newspaper typically take older stories off online access so it was not readily available to fact check the story on the internet. Sites like Ghost Theory, Above Top Secret, and many forums and blogs reported the elf story with some trepidation. But just reporting it was enough for it to go viral.
Will people remember that this was a hoax story? No, they will think she really was rescued from a cliff in Iceland, escaping from elves.
Tip: Jeb Card