The public’s fixation with the latest drug trends plus the popularity of YouTube culminated in the perfect storm on April Fool’s Day.
According to Snopes.com, KNXV, a local Phoenix television station’s existing news video on dabbing was edited so that it “reported” another trend: teens smoking bed bugs. Then it was what every video that aspires to be viral does: it was uploaded to YouTube.
The video opens: “In their latest effort to find a cheap high that doesn’t require the purchase of any actual drugs, teens have discovered a way to smoke bed bugs.” It later explains how it’s done: “The bugs have to be caught, killed and crushed into a powder, which is then either smoked or, perhaps even worse and more disgusting, injected.”
Blurry images and voice overs were timed with dabbing experts, who warned of the effects of dabbing. People bought it and freaked out, believing that once again, teens were doing crazy things for a quick buzz.
The video quickly gained quick popularity, making its way across media platforms and tricking quite a few news sites and blogs.
The identities of the pranksters, including the ‘field reporter,’ have yet to be discovered. Traces of the video hoax can't be found on the KNXV website, but the original dabbing video has gone up in popularity.
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