Flying Dutchman Video a Hoax

Creator says video was an experiment


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A Dutch man who posted a video of himself “flying” with paraglider-like wings has admitted that the video was a hoax. Floris Kaayk, an animation artist and filmmaker, starred in the video as “Jarno Smeets,” a man who claimed to have invented a wingsuit that allowed him to fly by flapping his arms. The video quickly went viral, garnering more than 9 million views. Doubts about the video’s veracity arose after the engineering institutions “Smeets” claimed to belong to said they didn’t know him. Kaayk admitted the video was fake on Thursday night, saying he created the film as an experiment in viral online media.

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