There are some news items that I read and think, “This has to be a hoax”. To check, I look to see if the source is an established news outlet and that it is original reporting by their reporters and not something they have taken off some other source because these days there are many websites that pretend to be news sources but whose purpose seems to be to fool regular news operations by writing stories that on the surface look genuine.
One such recent story was about a 21-year old Florida woman who supposedly had plastic surgery to add a third breast. It went viral and on the surface the story seemed to check out as genuine, with photos and everything.
I am pretty accepting of the right of people to do what they want with their bodies but this was more extreme than anything I had heard of before so I looked more closely and the debunking website Snopes says that it is likely false for a number of reasons.
So why was such a crazy story so widely accepted? I think that it is because one of the reasons given by the woman for her supposed action was that she was trying to get her own reality show.
It is a sad reflection of our times that we have become so accustomed to people being willing to go to extreme lengths for their moments of fame without them having any particular talent or skills or achievements to their name other than self-promotion, and that reality shows seem to have become one major vehicle for them to achieve this, that nothing seems to be out of the question anymore.