[FACT OR FAKE #40] Did A Boy Really Murder His Brother Over A Flappy Bird High Score?

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Could the new viral mobile game Flappy Bird really push someone to murder their own brother? Find out below.

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Did a teenage boy really kill his brother over Flappy Bird?

Although the game is known for the humorous level of frustration it incites in its players, how true is the story of a brother's murder over a Flappy Bird high score?

  • According to the site, "A Chicago Teenager arrested for killing his own brother after his brother achieved a higher score on popular game "Flappy Bird". Reports say the teen was jealous of his brother and couldn't take the anger."


  • The story claims that Chicago teenager Gary Wright, 16, was playing Flappy Bird with his brother Jabari, 17, when Jabari started teasing Gary that he was getting higher scores than him.


  • The "report" goes on to explain how the teen lost his temper, and began stabbing his brother to death. The brother was allegedly stabbed 17 times in the chest, symbolic of the boy's Flappy Birds high score. The Chicago teen then reportedly turned himself into the police.


"Anyone who has played that game would know why I did it," the teen was quoted saying. The story also quotes a police officer Marco Grant:

  • "It's a tragedy, he murdered his own brother because of a stupid game, I mean, I've played the game before, and it's hard as sht, fck that game! I couldn't even pass 5, Why the fck are you a bird if you can't fcking fly straight, fake as Super Mario piece of sht!"


FAKE: The news story is a hoax created by Huzlers.com, which makes up stories, similar to 'The Onion'

Huzlers.com made a name for itself for some impressive hoaxes in 2013, namely when they reported the kidnapping of Vine sensation “Lil Terio”

  • It seems now the site has moved on from social media stories and settled down in mobile games, making the internet trolls of the world unite with one fell gasp, thinking that Flappy Bird had finally pushed someone to do something truly appalling.


While the Flappy Bird fake killing story is a funny one, unfortunately there are many on the web how don't realize this is just a hoax

  • Already on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, Huzlers' Flappy Bird story is being shared widely with horrified notes of grief and disbelief attached.


  • As with any "news" story found on the Internet, it's always a good idea to do a quick Google search for other stories from reliable news sources to corroborate the reports.


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