Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: French playboy discovers the woman he's been romancing on the Internet for months is his mother.
Example: [Green, 2005]
Origins: The realms of comedy and folklore have seen many tales that are all variations on the same basic plot: a man is fixed up on a blind date, matched up with a prospective partner via computer dating, romances an unseen love interest via mail or the Internet, or arranges for a visit from a call girl, and when the two finally meet in person the suitor is horrified to discover that the woman he's been fantasizing about is his mother, sister, daughter, ex-wife, or current (and therefore similarly cheating)
Hoary as this scenario may be, it still has appeal to modern audiences, as evidenced by the number of people who have forwarded us the putative news story about a skirt-chasing French playboy named Daniel Anceneaux.
All one need know about this article is that it originated with the
In this case, Yahoo! News ran an article that also appeared in the
Sightings: In December 2005 comedian Jay Leno cited this item as a genuine news story during one of his Tonight Show monologues.
Last updated: 19 December 2005
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