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"British Twins separated at birth who later married" - I'm calling BS
Posted by Drew at 2008-01-11 1:14:56 PM, edited 2008-01-11 1:25:12 PM (222 comments) | Permalink
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Twins, a brother and a sister, were adopted shortly after birth by different parents. They later accidentally married each other. They later found out and got a divorce.

David Alton, a member of the House of Lords (UK parliament), told a story as an argument that people who are adopted should be able to later find out who their parents are.

That's it. Alton doesn't name the people, he doesn't name the high court judge involved in their subsequent divorce, he doesn't give a timeframe when this happened. He's also a politician pushing a pet issue through a lawmaking body of government.

Politicians lie to get laws passed, folks. Yes shocking I know. This "news" story is complete crap.

Judging from the article CNN ran, the big media folks think so too. CNN's article pins all the details on the UK Press Association. The CNN article in it's distilled basic form is: "UK Press Association says stuff." The UK Press Association's information, distilled to basic form, is: "David Alton says stuff." Both articles are therefore factually correct, these things were said. It's a hedge used often by media companies use to get around taking blame later on for accidentally reporting unsubstantiated facts as news. You see it fairly often in gossip articles, quoting unnamed sources for juicy celebrity details.

I have yet to see any article about these supposed married twins that did any fact checking to see if there was any truth to this story. No one bothered. Why? Because it's sensational. Brother and Sister Hardcore Action. It's a top story on every major international news outlet today.

Whose fault is this? Don't blame the media, blame the audience. This stuff is red hot as far as clicks and pageviews go. You can see this on CNN, FoxNews, and any other site that displays Top Stories of the Day based on traffic. Don't blame media for serving this stuff up as news, blame the media-consuming public for wanting it to be news.

The chances of adopted twins marrying each other actually happening are damn near impossible. Two people adopted and separated at birth would have to randomly meet, fall in love, and get married. They would have to not suspect anything during this courtship, even though they both know they're adopted, they kind of look like each other, and they have the same birthday. Their parents would know they both came from the same adoption agency. To me this would raise all kinds of red flags. Maybe these two people were that dumb. Maybe the impossible happened and they met and got married without suspecting anything.

Or maybe, just maybe, David Alton, a politician, made the whole thing up to get legislation passed.

Which do you think is more likely?
PS If you want to read more about this kind of thing, there's a book out about it.
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2008-01-11 1:17:07 PM  
Wow drew actualy read the articles
 
2008-01-11 1:17:14 PM  
Who is this Drew guy anyway?
 
2008-01-11 1:17:52 PM  
Luke and Lea?

/Yikes...just imagine a Jedi baby with 12 toes.
 
2008-01-11 1:17:58 PM  
"I want to believe."
 
2008-01-11 1:18:37 PM  
"Or maybe, just maybe, David Alton, a politician, made the whole thing up to get legislation passed."

What? A politician never lies. Silly human.
 
2008-01-11 1:19:17 PM  
Nicely stated, Drew.... now you see why you are worshipped by all of mankind... well, all of mankind that reads fark.
 
2008-01-11 1:19:20 PM  
toejam: Who is this Drew guy anyway?

Yes, I've heard of him. Kills men by the hundreds. And if HE were here, he'd consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.
 
2008-01-11 1:19:35 PM  
I was amazed I managed to get the CNN link in before anyone else. Guess I know why it's not greenlit now.
 
2008-01-11 1:19:38 PM  
For some reason, I still don't care.
 
2008-01-11 1:19:44 PM  
DeltaPunch: How did this get greenlit so fast?!?!?!?

And why can't I vote it down? ;)
 
2008-01-11 1:19:44 PM  
It'll all end in tears, I know it.
 
2008-01-11 1:19:46 PM  
I like what you have to say, Drew, and I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.
 
2008-01-11 1:20:26 PM  
The story seemed like crap to me as well.

But.

A politician is using it for their own agenda, and you just jump right behind them and use it to plug your book.

You're not doing anything better than they are.
 
2008-01-11 1:20:38 PM  
Because it's sensational. Brother and Sister Hardcore Action.

And because I may have two or three porn flicks loaded up on my torrent queue whose Cheggit tags match that definition.
 
2008-01-11 1:20:49 PM  
As someone who is adopted it is one of the first things I ask a date that gets to any base.

Are you adopted? No? Score!
Are you adopted? Yes?

/who am I kidding. Score!
 
2008-01-11 1:20:50 PM  
Nope, that one was true. The article went green earlier today and even included this picture:

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...which is, of course, perfect proof and in no way a stock photo.
 
2008-01-11 1:21:17 PM  
I dont understand the news here. Doeesnt it happen in Alabama like, every other week?
We Just get more of these walking around:


[image from argville.com too old to be available]
 
2008-01-11 1:21:42 PM  
Without clicking any links, what kind of legislation does Drew think he's trying to pass? Making it illegal for twins to get married? I didn't know this was a hotbutton issue.
 
2008-01-11 1:21:43 PM  
If this is a lie, that politician is taking a HUGE risk.

Either way, I fapped.
 
2008-01-11 1:21:48 PM  
DeltaPunch: *gasp*

How did this get greenlit so fast?!?!?!?


It's Friday. The mods are all asleep at the wheel. Any old crap link has an even chance of going green.

Spike
 
2008-01-11 1:22:22 PM  
Joe Dirt, anyone?
 
2008-01-11 1:22:32 PM  
Drew, i bought the book you mention ... good read. You still owe me a beer.
 
2008-01-11 1:22:36 PM  
That explains the fake Britney sex tape from yesterday...
 
2008-01-11 1:22:41 PM  
Julieahni: I like what you have to say, Drew, and I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Judging by this tag next to your name: img.fark.net, you kinda already do.

Oh, and BUY DREW'S BOOK FOR THE SAKE OF ALL HUMANITY.
 
2008-01-11 1:23:25 PM  
Don't blame media for serving this stuff up as news, blame the media-consuming public for wanting it to be news.

yeah but the public didn't just will the article into existence. if it's so "red hot" for the news sites, it's a sign that they've traded integrity for clicks. you can't blame the public for that.
 
2008-01-11 1:24:06 PM  
I submitted this with a funnier headline.
 
2008-01-11 1:24:30 PM  
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2008-01-11 1:24:31 PM  
akede:

You're not doing anything better than they are.

Drew might be plugging his book, but he's making a validf commentary about our media.

the politician is using a lie to get attention, pass some half-assed law, and wave an issue about to get re-elected where he can continue to waste time on stupid crap like the above, and not actually press any serious issues government needs to address.

I'd say there is a hell of a difference.
 
2008-01-11 1:25:15 PM  
haha but the 'Twincest' pun someone else submitted it under was full of win.

/nice to see ya Drew, got people reading this over my shoulder 'Drew commented on that article? Where?'
 
2008-01-11 1:25:30 PM  
akede: The story seemed like crap to me as well.

But.

A politician is using it for their own agenda, and you just jump right behind them and use it to plug your book.

You're not doing anything better than they are.


Yeah, Drew's the owner of an entertainment site, and David Alton is a politician purportedly elected to represent the will of the people. They're exactly the same.
 
2008-01-11 1:25:44 PM  
Drew
Don't blame media for serving this stuff up as news, blame the media-consuming public for wanting it to be news.

img.fark.net

it's not news, it's Drews' soapbox!
 
2008-01-11 1:25:56 PM  
bitsofnews.comView Full Size


Incestual servant girl feels their pain (if this isn't fake).
 
2008-01-11 1:26:04 PM  
As someone with a hot sister...I like this story.
 
2008-01-11 1:26:05 PM  
I saw this item on news.BBC.co.uk this morning.
 
2008-01-11 1:26:24 PM  
Ravie: They're exactly the same.

I bet Drew serves the will of the people than any politician ever did.
 
2008-01-11 1:26:26 PM  
I bet when one twin felt something, the other twin tingled. Time-Life. Read the book.
 
2008-01-11 1:26:44 PM  
I, of course, was kidding, miseducated. It is true that I already subscribe - thank you waxingpolemic. I just wanted to use that statement. LOL.
 
2008-01-11 1:26:59 PM  
Maybe instead of pushing an adoption disclosure agenda, he could push mandatory blood testing instead...
 
2008-01-11 1:27:29 PM  
Some of the news articles online (which are few in number, and all pretty much say the same thing) quote the Evening Standard as a source. Curious because it's a British tabloid.
 
2008-01-11 1:28:21 PM  
PS If you want to read more about this kind of thing, there's a book out about it.

NO WAI ;)
 
2008-01-11 1:28:25 PM  
That's it. Alton doesn't name the people, he doesn't name the high court judge involved in their subsequent divorce, he doesn't give a timeframe when this happened. He's also a politician pushing a pet issue through a lawmaking body of government.

No politician would ever do a thing like that!

/ 9/11
 
2008-01-11 1:29:49 PM  
I am more curious to find out why Drew got banned from a gaming spot by Scott and Matt. That would be a great to know.

/This is a test to see if Drew reads comments.
//Bonus points if you know what I am talking about.
 
2008-01-11 1:30:12 PM  
The Aristocrats!
 
2008-01-11 1:30:51 PM  
drnugget: I bet when one twin felt something, the other twin tingled. Time-Life. Read the book.

Time Line. R. A. Heinlein

//Time-Life makes crappy compilation CD and coffee table books no one reads.
 
2008-01-11 1:31:08 PM  
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Oh, that's nasty.
 
2008-01-11 1:31:16 PM  
People in the UK are still allowed to have sex?
 
2008-01-11 1:31:27 PM  
Dunno, the BS detector is not ringing for me. Just last night I walked into a bar and I fell into a conversation with a circuit court judge. Apropos nothing, during the chat, he began to disclose to me several confidential decisions he was planning on making in the coming session. Also he let slip some already issued ones. Seems pretty common that judges, just to be conversational, turn out to be real tittle-tattles.
 
2008-01-11 1:32:00 PM  
sparkyumr98: drnugget: I bet when one twin felt something, the other twin tingled. Time-Life. Read the book.

Time Line. R. A. Heinlein

I suck. Life Line.

 
2008-01-11 1:32:13 PM  
Shutup Drew.
 
2008-01-11 1:32:22 PM  
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