In March 2016, just as we were all being gradually dragged into the Dumbest Timeline, a website called Empire News published a piece with the headline “New York City Dining Establishment Becomes First to Get License to Serve Human Flesh.” In the paragraphs that were published below a stock photo of a smiling chef, the website said that the dining establishment, called SKIN, had actually been granted its license after “petitioning the state and federal governments over laws versus cannibalism.”
Empire News priced quote the restaurant’s “four-star Michelin chef” who said that he would pay a decent rate to anybody who would want to contribute their bodies to be consumed by his customers. This, as you’ve already determined by now, is total bullshit. For starters, Michelin’s top honor is three stars, not 4, and for next-ers, none of this has occurred, nor will it ever happen– but that didn’t stop individuals from thinking it.
“OMG. I’ll totally end up being vegetarian. Where is this world concerning ??” one female commented. “Initially the elites have a CA cannibal dining establishment and now NY is getting an actual LICENSE to do this,” another added.” We are growing out of control into hell at break-neck speed folks!”
Among the story’s gullible victims was another website called Elite News Press, which appears to be based in Uganda. On Thursday, it copied and pasted the complete text of the Empire News piece, and even utilized the same stock chef photo. As an outcome, the “LORD, THEY’RE EATIN PEOPLE IN New York City” thing has actually made its way around the web once again, probably thanks to people like your least favorite uncle, the one who will look for a method to raise Benghazi during the Thanksgiving meal.
Within a couple of hours, Snopes had done its best to expose the story again, mentioning that it was “Identified Satire” on the Empire News site. “This item was not a factual stating of real-life events,” it wrote. “The article came from with a site that describes its output as being amusing or satirical in nature, as follows: ‘Em pire News is meant for home entertainment functions only. Our website and social media content uses only imaginary names, except in cases of public figure and celebrity parody or satirization.'”
That text remains in the ‘About/Disclaimer’ area of Empire News, and it appears at the foot of every page– although it’s still a little scary that somebody would even need a disclaimer to figure out that whatever it releases is total fiction.
A few of the posts that are presently on the website’s front page consist of “Female Gets Pregnant After Sleeping in Hotel with Dirty Sheets,” “Ringling Bros. Shuts Down Circus Event After Trapeze Artist Unintentionally Defecates on Audience,” and “Cats transcend to Canines in Every Method, New Research Study by Feline Researcher Confirms”– and that one is accompanied by an image of a man with a cat’s head staring intently at a DNA helix.
So, for what ought to be the last time, no, a restaurant called SKIN is not serving human flesh in New york city City. And no, your uncle should not have a Facebook account either.