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Herman Guntherberg Hoax
Herman Guntherberg Hoax
Photos of Francis Morris, aged 100, were falsely purported to be that of "Herman Gutherberg".
Longevity myth

Herman Guntherberg (born 20 April 1889?) is a widely circulated internet longevity hoax.

Origin

Originally published on World News Daily Report, a satirical website, the article facetiously describes the story of a 128-year-old German-born man living in Salta, Argentina who claims to be Adolf Hitler, who fled there in 1945 after World War II by using a fake passport.[1] The article uses photographs of a 100-year-old British man named Francis Morris, who gained media attention for being one of the oldest drivers in the United Kingdom. The article also uses photographs of an unnamed Latin American woman, who was falsely purported to be Guntherberg’s 55-year-old wife. Despite the website stating on its homepage that "all characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle," the story was widely circulated as if it were true, and quickly became an internet hoax.

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