Remember that obviously fake hoverboard video that made the viral rounds Tuesday? The one that was supposed to get us all excited about hoverboard technology straight out of Back to the Future but really just ended up reminded us that the world is full of duplicitous carnies and tricksters? That video?
Well, it turns out that what it would take even the least credulous adult approximately five seconds to spot as a three-card Monte fraud is in fact a work of fiction. Please try not to shock passersby with your audible gasps.
As suspected after the initial video surfaced Tuesday, the fake hoverboard video is, in fact, the handiwork of Funny or Die. The Internet video site ’fessed up Wednesday, with Christopher Lloyd—one of the terrible people who toyed with your emotions—offering an apology of sorts.
You know what, Christopher Lloyd? Not good enough. Not good enough at all.
Still, I guess it’s worth mentioning that if you go to Funny or Die’s Facebook page and leave a comment about its apology video, you’ll have the chance to win a non-floating, subject-to-the-laws-of-gravity-like-everything-else hoverboard signed by Christopher Lloyd, Moby, Terrell Owens, and all the other fraudsters who looked you straight in the eye and told you falsehoods. May I suggest leaving a Facebook comment reminding Funny or Die where liars end up if Dante’s Inferno is anything to go by.
All of this seems like an awful lot of effort to go through for an online giveaway. Still, to show that there’s no hard feelings, I’ll respond to this latest attempt to create a viral sensation with a far more successful viral video from a few years back.
Good job, Funny or Die. Good effort.
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