Anatomy of The Chive's 'Teen Texting Disaster' Hoax

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Last Week, The Chive published a story about a young lady named Lizzy Frisinger on a class trip who accidently sent a text message to her father after losing her virginity. The story exploded onto the blogosphere. The Inquisitr, Buzzfeed, and Huffington Post were just a few named sites that picked up the story. But it didn’t stop there.
Yesterday, ABC’s
The View devoted an entire segment to the story.  And this morning, the Today Show followed suit; both national outlets reporting the incident as TRUE.
BREAKING: And just minutes ago on the East Coast, Jay Leno reported the story on The Tonight Show.


What they didn’t know was that the whole thing was a hoax conjured up by the same people who brought you the now-famous ‘Trump-Tip Hoax‘ -us.
Amazingly, while these national shows were busy not checking their facts,
The Chive was filming a story about how we pulled it off with Inside Edition to air early next week. Here is the (very simple) version of how we did it:

Step One: Find Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Frisinger

~ Roll mouse over photo, OR ELSE! ~

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Step 2: Find a Camera

~ Roll mouse over photo, OR ELSE! ~

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Step 3: Find a Phone

~ Roll mouse over photo, OR ELSE! ~

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And there you have it. A viral meme in three easy steps. You don’t have to worry about us pulling this again. The Chive is a photo blog, not a news source.
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  • http://thechive.com/2008/12/one-great-reason-not-to-have-a-best-friend-named-darcy/ one great reason not to have a best friend named darcy | TheChive

    […] UPDATE: Somebody sent The Chive a photo of Elizabeth here. UPDATE #2: GOTCHA! IT WAS A HOAX! READ ALL ABOUT HOW WE DID IT HERE!   […]

  • Larry Craig

    This was NOT a hoax. I know Lizzie, and this really happened!

  • http://www.dailyrantsblog.com dailyrantsblog.com

    It even got on Jay Leno last night…..too funny.

  • HolyGrenadeFrenzy

    I guess this demonstrates how easy it is to pull off a hoax……but more importantly it demonstrates how poorly the media covers a story, uses journalism correctly, or just follows blindly what they are shuffled (rustling paper sounds) by others.

    A great big game of telephone and it just keeps getting juicier and less factual as time progresses.

    Great Job at such a demonstration, people.

  • Captain Trips

    Dagnabbit, this was so darned funny until I found this out. I even told a bunch of people ALL about it. Now I needa tell them it isn’t true😦

  • Scott

    It also show’s how gullible and “lemming”ish people are. We can blame the news for not checking facts, but what about society that didnt even question it? Seriously.. after the embarassment of this happening.. who would go and take pics of the phone… and have them posted…
    i know people that cry photoshop for any cool pics are torn apart… but people need to at least question what they see and hear before getting hyped about it.

  • Scott

    lol on that note who’s to say it even is a hoax either, or a hoax by chive. Perhaps its a double hoax to see if people will switch their opinions quickly.

    to me its just a funny story.

  • Zach

    This is brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    i don’t see the big deal about the whole thing, even if it is a hoax. some chick gets her cherry popped and accidentally tells dad. big deal. it was gonna happen sooner or later…

  • Anonymous

    What does the beach have to do with losing your virginity?

  • Anonymous

    This is stupid. It’s so simple to pull off this “hoax,” what’s the big deal? Not to mention I’m sure nowadays plenty of Dads have gotten inadvertent and extremely embarassing texts from daughters. I bet The Chive was never gonna reveal it was a hoax, but then once it blew up in the media they had to. All kinda shady to me…

  • Anonymous

    i don’t get it?

  • mook

    I had sex with liz, she was so-so

  • liz

    i had sex with mook. he was terrible

  • St.Christopher

    So she is still a Virgin then. mmmmmmmmm

  • Gunt

    This just isn’t very good. The text doesn’t even say she had sex and kinda indicates the 1st was something else as she is wishing a friend was there (weird thing to wish for don’t you think?).

    Did the media really cover this? Just shows how boring our society is. Doubly so if the hoax story was covered too.

    • DLG

      I agree with you on this one… I did not assume anything sexual from the text. In fact, that's one of the last things I would have assumed with this message.

      Over the years I've learned to question pretty much everything on the internet (or eMail forwards) that try to generate any kind of emotion (political rage, hate, awe, etc) — most are bogus or have some truth, but only enough to get you to believe the lies.

      My biggest issue with this whole thing would be the sub-captions: "Roll mouse over photo, or else". Exactly what is supposed to happen when I roll my mouse over the photo?

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    […] reported that Donald Trump left a $10,000 tip in a restaurant last year and were also behind the Teen Texting […]

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    […] Today a post was released saying the whole thing was a hoax, and theChive responded with a new post. The Jenny in the story is actually an actress called Elyse Porterfield, someone who has alot of physical similarities with Angelina Jolie. Website TheChive is allready known for some other Hoax’s, including the Donald Trump Tip Hoax and  the Teen Texting Disaster. […]

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    […] first time the site has pulled one over on the masses. Back in 2008, they were responsible for a risqué texting hoax. They also deceived people with a story about Donald Trump leaving a $10,000 tip at a restaurant. […]

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    […] first time the site has pulled one over on the masses. Back in 2008, they were responsible for a risqué texting hoax. They also deceived people with a story about Donald Trump leaving a $10,000 tip at a restaurant. […]

  • http://www.jacobw.com/media/photo-gallery/high-profile-exits-buzz-week-in-review/ High-Profile Exits: Buzz Week in Review | jacobW.com

    […] first time the site has pulled one over on the masses. Back in 2008, they were responsible for a risqué texting hoax. They also deceived people with a story about Donald Trump leaving a $10,000 tip at a restaurant. […]

  • Eric

    Oh my gosh. People, get OVER it. And to the guy who claims it was a REAL story: You need a life!

  • luckyghost117

    did any one les wonder why she was screwing on a beach on december 3rd? wouldnt that be a little cold?

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    […] Then of course, the rumour mill went into overdrive that the story was a hoax and just as soon as the it had been spread, the hype was dashed and the creators revealed that it had been a hoax. Of course, all of the warning signs were there, the breaking story was on the very site that had created the Trump Tips Hoax and Teenage Text Disaster Hoax. […]

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