It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for your weekly fake-out. Here’s how it works: Two of the three following stories are true. One of them we made up. Can you guess which one is the fake? Pick your answer at the end of the article and see if you’re right.
Casey Jenkins, an Australian artist and self-proclaimed “craftivist” from Melbourne, Australia, has undertaken a 28-day performance called “Casting Off My Womb.” In the piece, she sits in front of an audience every day, knitting from a ball of yarn that she has inserted in her private parts. The goal of the piece is to take some of the fear out of women’s anatomy. “If you take a good hard look at a vulva, you realize it is just a bit of a body, there’s nothing that is shocking or scary, or you know, nothing’s going to run out and eat you up.” The piece continues through the artist’s entire 28-day cycle, though she at least starts with a new ball of yarn every day.
Charles Rowan, 26, a cage fighter who had recently faked his own death, was recently sentenced for robbing a gun store named Guns and Stuff with a hammer. In the robbery, Rowan, whose mixed martial arts fighting name was “Freight Train,” beat the store’s owner with a hammer before stealing handguns. His girlfriend participated in the robbery, but stayed behind to call 911, claiming she was a witness and not a participant in the robbery. The news of his arrest is what tipped off to Rowan’s friends and family that he hadn’t died. The fake death—which included Rowan hiding and watching his own memorial service—had been orchestrated by Rowan and his girlfriend to evade an $80,000 debt to a drug dealer.
Bradley Winters, a retired school bus driver, was arrested last week on charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny for breaking into a church in his Corpus Christi, Texas, neighborhood. He was caught at nearly 4 a.m. only a block from the church after neighbors called 911 having reported hearing strange sounds at St. Phillip the Apostle Church. The sounds turned out to be Winters lowering the church’s 400-pound brass bell from the steeple using a rigging system he had fashioned using nothing more than supplies he had borrowed from his son, an avid rock climber: synthetic climbing rope, tubular nylon webbing, and a $20 carabineer. The wheelbarrow came from his own garage. According to a neighbor, Winters had lived in the neighborhood for 25 years, and had been irritated by the church’s ringing bell for years.
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