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No, man did not fake being deaf and dumb for 62 years

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A post is being shared by many users on Facebook claiming that a man faked being deaf and dumb for 62 years to avoid listening to his wife and when the wife got to know about it, she applied for divorce. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

Claim: The man who faked being deaf and dumb for 62 years to avoid listening to his wife is now facing divorce from his wife after she found out the truth.

Fact: The news being shared is from a website that publishes satirical & fictional stories. This story is also one such.  Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When one searches for the news on Google, a link to the exact post (World News Daily Report article) is found. The Disclaimer section of that website reads as “World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.” So, any news on that website should not be taken seriously. Hence it can be concluded that the posted article is a satire and the reasons being stated are purely fictional. 

However, the people in the pictures used by World News Daily report are Burton Handelsman & his wife Lucille Handelsman. Burton is a real estate tycoon who owns most of the commercial property in World Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida. Lucille filed for divorce after 67 years of marriage alleging that her husband is in an illicit relationship with another woman. The Daily Mail reported this story.

To sum it up, man did not fake being deaf and dumb for 62 years. The story is a satirical one.

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