Well folks, the truth is out—”Jarno Smeets” (whose real name is Floris Kaayk), the man that went viral for flying like a bird with a pair of custom-built wings, has admitted that the video is a hoax.
Floris Kaayk is actually a filmmaker and animator and he created his Human Birdwings project as “online storytelling.” The project is not, as many believed, a viral ad for GoPro or Nintendo Wii.
Kaayk has come forward following a couple days of the Internet buzzing about his crazy video. While most people said they wished the video was real (it’s human bird flight, people!), CGI artists had their doubts and other clues pointed to the video being a fake. Nobody seemed to know who Jarno Smeets was, and to top it off, Smeets’ Twitter profile mysteriously went silent after people started crying hoax.
This was an incredibly elaborate hoax—I mean, err, “only storytelling” project. Over the course of several months Floris Kaayk, posing as Jarno Smeets, has been releasing videos about his progress in achieving human bird flight. The Daily Mail reports that Kaayk “told a Dutch television show: ‘I am now eight months working on an experiment about online media,’ having begun blogging about the flying project last year.”
Haven’t seen the video yet? Check it out below, which has been viewed over 4 million times, and let us know what you think.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.