Are kids getting high from smoking bed bugs?!?
The maker of this video would have you think so:
The video has gone viral in the last week or so.
An April Fool’s Day hoax saying kids are “smoking bed bugs” to get high has gone viral this week. The hoax is a YouTube video created by pranksters, who altered a KNXV-TV video from 2013 about smoking butane-extracted hash oil. The original report had nothing to do with bedbugs, and the pranksters just used and altered the footage to make it look like people are smoking bedbugs. The original video and report can be seen here.
The Epoch Times credits Snopes.com for debunking this one, as they have done with so many other internet rumors and hoaxes.
That 2013 video, which was actually about a new drug called Butane Hash Oil, can also be seen below:
Notice how the guy talking about bed bugs in the hoax video is doing a (rather amateur-sounding) voiceover and closing segment, and, meanwhile, the other newscasters and interviewees don’t mention smoking bed bugs even once?
Also, to those in the know, the “sugar water” bait used to catch bed bugs is a tip-off: bed bugs, unlike some pests, won’t be attracted to sugar water.
Still, the editing is quite impressive, and it’s easy to be taken in by this one.
The only smoking bed bugs I’ve ever heard of are those that have been caught in those over-zealous DIY bed bug heat treatment attempts, which all too often seem to end in fire. (Remember, don’t try to do your own heat treatment for bed bugs!)
And there you have it: smoking bed bugs = a hoax.
Also, for the record, a bad idea.
Smoking bed bugs won’t make you high.
However, since they may have been exposed to pesticides, it is probably not a safe idea, even for the most experimental types.
Thanks to forum user whoanellie and David Cain for bringing this to our attention.
Did the videomakers get you? I have to admit, seeing this first thing in the morning did make me do a double-take.
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