Fake Picture: 'Thailand Snake Girl' - Serpentosis Malianorcis
OutlineCirculating message, which features an image of a young girl with the lower body of a snake, claims that the Thai youngster suffers from a rare syndrome known as 'Serpentosis Malianorcis'. The message claims that thousands of people gather in front of snake girl Mai Li Fay's Bangkok home every day.
Brief AnalysisOf course, the message is just a silly hoax and the image is the result of digital tomfoolery. There is no snake girl. Nor are there any credible references to a condition called "Serpentosis Malianorcis". The story and image comes courtesy of the World News Daily Report, a website notorious for churning out all manner of utter drivel, gussied up and disguised as news. Nothing on the site is true and snake girl is no exception.
Bangkok| 8 year old Mai Li Fay, from Bangkok, is far from living the usual life of a girl her age. Everyday, thousands of people gather to the front of her family’s house to get a chance of seeing and possibly touching the young girl, a gesture which both buddhists and hindu pilgrims seem to perceive as a garantee of good fortune.
According to the country’s top medical expert, Dr Ping Lao, the young girl suffers a very rare syndrome known as the Serpentosis Malianorcis or Jing Jing’s disease, which gives her lower body a distinct reptilian form and aspect. Only a handful of such cases have been recorded throughout history, so the scientific knowledge accumulated about the pathology is rather limited and there is no cure in sight at the moment.
The Fay family have welcomed the situation brought by Mai Li’s situation with a mix of anguish and excitement, as the never ending lines of tourists and pilgrims have brought the badly impoverished family some substantial revenues and given them an important raise in their social status but cost them there privacy and intimacy.
A report that features an image supposedly depicting a young girl with the lower body of a snake is currently making its way around the interwebs via social media posts, email, and the blogosphere.
According to the report, "snake girl", Mai Li Fay from Bangkok, Thailand, suffers from a very rare condition called "Serpentosis Malianorcis" or Jing Jing’s disease. The report claims that one Dr Ping Lao, who is billed as Thailand's top medical expert, diagnosed the rare syndrome, which gives the lower body a "distinct reptilian form and aspect".
Supposedly, the girl has become a major attraction with thousands of pilgrims and tourists gathering outside her house each day.
But, of course, the claims in the report are nonsense and the picture is clearly the result of digital manipulation. I would have hoped that common sense alone would have been enough for people to recognize that the image is just a silly hoax. But, apparently, "common" sense is misnamed. Reports and submissions suggest that quite a few people around the world do actually believe the story. And, in fact, the story has even been picked up by some fringe news sources.
There are no credible medical reports about a condition known as "Serpentosis Malianorcis". Nor are there any believable references to the supposedly renowned Dr Ping Lao.
The article and image originates from the World News Daily Report website, a publication that specializes in churning out unmitigated nonsense. The site features all manner of odd tales, including a horse with a duck's head, gigantic home invading lobsters, and a circus lion who has shamefully confessed to being a vegetarian. In fact, all of the articles on the site are fictional are not meant to be taken seriously. They are clearly intended to entertain and amuse.
And, for the record, if such a snaky youngster did exist, mainstream news outlets all over the planet would have extensively - and endlessly - reported her case. Her story would certainly not have stayed confined to childish entertainment websites and wide-eyed gossip blogs.
Last updated: January 13, 2014
First published: January 13, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen