With a Little Help From His Friends

Sean Parker helped create Napster. At 24, he was founding president of Facebook. At 30, he’s the hard-partying, press-shy genius of social networking, a budding billionaire, and about to be famous—played by Justin Timberlake in David Fincher’s new film, The Social Network.

Then why can’t he PICK UP HIS ROOM LIKE A BIG BOY?

I’m sure you’ve seen it by now: a purported screenshot from “Nigeria and Germany’s World Cup game” that, thanks to some poorly placed country abbreviations, spells out a pretty vile epithet. It’s so, so fake, for so many obvious reasons.

Examples of people who neglected to do some basic factchecking here, here, here, here and here.

It’s painfully easy to look up Germany’s World Cup matches, and what do you know? No Nigeria on their schedule!

But that’s actually a meaningless quibble, because the alleged screenshot doesn’t even show the Nigerian team at all. Those clearly aren’t Nigeria’s colors, or their flag. It’s actually the flag and kit of Niger, a completely different nation. (In addition, Nigeria is abbreviated NGA by FIFA.)

So, okay, now you’re feeling a little dumb, but Nigeria, Niger, what’s the difference? In their 102 years of existence, the German National Team has never once played Niger. Go ahead. Look it up yourself.