fail blog fail

A few days ago, the Fail Blog posted this “news item”:


The problem is it’s a story that’s been floating the internet for quite some time and in popular culture even longer. Call it a hoax or urban legend or whatever. It just isn’t factual. I was suspicious as soon as I read the parenthesis under the headline: “(the actual AP headline).” The last sentence — “Lisa is blonde” — cinched it: bullshit. A quick trip to Snopes illuminated the issue.

It’s not like I expect the Fail Blog to be real journalism but for me the appeal of their items is their realness. So is it the Fail Blog getting pwnd when they blog dusty old urban legends?