I don't quite understand the thrill people get out of spreading a false rumor that a famous person has died. Maybe it's the thrill of having people actually believe it and then watching the rumor spread like wildfire. Who knows?
What's even more strange is why would a tire company be the one spreading the rumors?
Now there's an interesting question.
On Sunday, Taylor Swift became the newest country star to be killed off by an internet hoax. There is an account on Twitter which goes by the name MTV Newss -- with two S's, not to be confused with the legitimate Twitter of MTV News with one S -- that had a tweet that said that Taylor had been found dead in her home.
Obviously not true, especially since at the time the rumor was going around Taylor was tweeting a picture of Meredith, her cat, watching the Olympics.
The odd thing is, though, if you follow the link given in both stories, they lead to the Facebook of Hankook Tires. And yes, Hankook Tires appears to be an actual tire brand despite the fake sound of its name.
So you have to wonder, is someone in Hankook Tires' company trying to get publicity for the company by starting rumors about famous young starlets dying and then linking to their Facebook page in a shameless way, or is the person behind the fake MTV Newss Twitter account just sending people to the tire company's Facebook page as some strange joke?