A nude woman sunbathing by hanging the lower half of her naked body out of her apartment window in Vienna, Austria, caused a car crash as distracted drivers ogled her bare behind — or at least that’s the story that went viral Tuesday. And numerous major news sites credulously ran this little anecdote
It’s easy to see why sites such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mirror, AOL and others fell for the story, which appears to be a hoax using a two-year-old photo from a post on the trend-setting internet forum Reddit. Who wouldn’t want an easy excuse to run a photo of a nude woman — at least the bottom half of a nude woman with her legs hanging out the window — and pass it off as news?
We can give you an idea of what the photo looked like here:
To see the whole, mildly NSFW image, click on this link to the Reddit post. You’ll still have to click through one more level to see what you’re missing in the photo above. But if you think it’s worth it, go right ahead.
The Reddit post is dated two years ago and was posted by user “matude.” The user headlined the post “Meanwhile in Estonia,” and on Reddit, several of his other posts also deal with Estonia.
But according to the viral story Tuesday, the nude woman caused “traffic chaos,” as The Daily Mirror said, in Austria.
The story sounds credible enough — it even quotes a witness identified as Michael Kienast, who says, “I was behind two guys who had a fender bender because the motorists in front took their eyes off the road to glance up at the view. The young woman was obviously keen on getting some sun in a place where it doesn’t usually shine.”
The Daily Mirror story quotes someone named Gregory Shakaki who claims to have taken the nude woman photo, saying, “I thought I was suffering sunstroke when I saw it.”
The tip-offs, however, to the dubious nature of the story included the fact that there is no date given for when the supposed car accident occurred nor any information about who the exhibitionist nude woman might be, even though she — according to the story — was hanging out the window for what must have been quite some time, though she went back inside before the police got there, the story says.
How hard would it be to track the nude woman down? Not very. But no one seems to have bothered.
If you, or anyone from a news organization that ran the nude woman story, has any more information about this, The Inquisitr would love to hear from you.
[Inline Image: CEN]