‘Sarah Palin Arrives in South Korea for Mandela Memorial’ is a Satire; Not Real

December 14, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

An article saying that ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went to South Korea for Nelson Mandela’s funeral isn’t real, although quite a few people thought it was true.

The article was published on the Daily Currant–a satire news site.

“According to local reports the former Alaskan governor and Republican vice presidential candidate arrived on Asiana flight 459 from Anchorage at 6:30 a.m. local time and took nearly a half hour to realize that she had flown to the wrong country,” it reads. “Palin was one of many world leaders expected to attend Mandela’s memorial today, which is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, but she will now unlikely be able to get to the ceremony in time.”

The article generated more than 50,000 “likes.”

The Daily Currant has a disclaimer, saying it’s satire.

“The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media. It is accessible from over 190 countries worldwide – now including South Sudan,” it reads. “Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world,” it adds.

A number of people believed the story as if it were real.

“Dumb as a box of hammers…..(sorry hammers),” wrote one.

Added another: “To bad she did not end up in North Korea !”

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