Aaron Rodgers Cut His Thumb Off Making a Sandwich

Sunday, March 17, 2013 ·

Aaron Rodgers was making a sandwich on Sunday when the knife he was using to cut up an ingredient slipped away from his control and ended up slicing his thumb. According to sources, the thumb has been dislodged from his right hand, which also happens to be his throwing hand. This story is still developing, and no one with the Packers organization has been able to comment at this time.

See what I did there? I used the internet to write a bunch of words and throw them together to create a story. A fake story, mind you, but a story nonetheless. Why would I do this? Because that's the same exact thing that happened on Sunday morning when I was alerted to the news that Clay Matthews broke both of his legs in a car accident, at least according to this website. Keep in mind that the website that is reporting the news is one you've never seen before, but who cares! It's on the internet, so it must be true!

I don't mind the fact that if you hear someone talk about how Clay Matthews was in a car accident and broke both of his legs, you're going to probably believe it right away. I mean, why wouldn't you? What I do mind is that people that look at the article and then tell their friends that Clay Matthews broke his legs. Seriously, look at the article. It's a joke so much so that at the bottom of the page there is this disclaimer -

FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual. 

Without even reading the disclaimer, take a look at the actual article. Are there any "facts" that jump out at you as being a bit sketchy? First of all, there is no such thing as the Wisconsin Highway Safety Authority. Second of all, if it was true, they would never release this information, that would be left to either the county or city police department. Also, what 76-year old female driver is driving a 2010 Audi? And what the hell is Clay Matthews doing in Wisconsin during the offseason anyway?

The point here is that you can't take everything you see online as truth, especially when the source is highly suspect (and admits that they are a fake). Sadly, I'm sure someone has seen the headline of this article on Twitter and will tell their friends that Aaron Rodgers has cut off his thumb, as they likely didn't even follow the link to see the explanation of why that was the headline in the first place.

But kudos to the website that put out the rumor. They've likely seen an all-time high in unique visitors today, especially in Wisconsin. Hey, when my grandma is texting me asking about the rumor, you've got to be pretty proud of the reach that you've been able to accomplish.

So no, Clay Matthews did not break both of his legs. And Aaron Rodgers did not cut off his thumb. And if he did, you certainly wouldn't hear about it first on a website with as little credibility as this one.


Lyn Watson said...
May 14, 2013 at 7:10 AM  

Good thing it was not serious enough to affect his game. He is a great player and I am sure he will do better in the future. He better stay away in the kitchen from now on.

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Chris said...
August 15, 2013 at 9:14 PM  

This is a satirical news. He didn't cut off his thumb just by making sandwich. This was to entice readers. Good move.

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