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This is either a failed attempt at parody, or the worst job of reporting I have seen in my life.

Here are a few of the "nuggets" of info from this article:

1) "There are a few different types of sumo wrestling, with one being the most famous.

This involves two wrestlers facing off and trying to force the other wrestler outside of a rectangular ring."

2) "If the wrestler is able to force the opponent outside of the ring, they’ll climb over the barrier and try to pin the wrestler on the ground.

The first wrestler to score two wins will be declared the winner."

3) "One of the most famous foreigners to become involved with sumo was an Irishman named John Lukenda. He was born in the late 19th century, spent some time in Japan, became a sumo wrestler, and then returned to Ireland as a celebrity. He brought sumo back to his home country, and other foreigners followed suit."  There is no such person listed on Google.

 

What an article.(Clown...)

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"Like many other aspects of Japanese culture, the origins of sumo wrestling are steeped in myths and legend. The sport arose during the Heian era and quickly gained popularity. It was also during this period that sumo wrestlers started to develop their large hair for the purpose of covering their stomachs."

The only one covering his stomach with hair is Takayasu. But not like the "author" thinks.

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Posted (edited)

OMG WTF

"It’s during this period that sumo wrestlers began to wear those giant, furry helmets that continue to be part of the sport’s look to this day."

"In fact, sumo matches are often held in casinos."

Edited by Reonito

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Ok, I've figured it out. Clicked on another article that is written by the same 'person' on that site. If you browse a bit, you notice that the articles all seem a little off with their wording.

Then you notice that they have random links to betting sites. In the sumo article, it references Baruto partnering with some betting company (I'm going to say that's not legitimate and recommend against clicking any of those links).

My conclusion is simple: This is a news website that reports fake, AI-generated news. All these articles are written by bots. If you're not so tech-savvy you might not have realised this is possible, but it is. The first time I visited a site entirely populated by bot articles was in early 2019, this news site is a tad more advanced / believable but all the hallmarks are there. I also occasionally visit a forum where bots interact with each other daily and largely go unnoticed until you realise the exact same comments and image links are popping up over the course of months in different threads.

Welcome to the future

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Posted (edited)

This was pretty astonishing to read through, and like @Reonito I was WTF'ing at each new sentence.

Still, I think this find has to take second place to @Gaijingai's amazing article about the murder of the Tata SUMO SUV fan club president.

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31 minutes ago, Yarimotsu said:

Ok, I've figured it out. Clicked on another article that is written by the same 'person' on that site. If you browse a bit, you notice that the articles all seem a little off with their wording.

Then you notice that they have random links to betting sites. In the sumo article, it references Baruto partnering with some betting company (I'm going to say that's not legitimate and recommend against clicking any of those links).

My conclusion is simple: This is a news website that reports fake, AI-generated news. All these articles are written by bots. If you're not so tech-savvy you might not have realised this is possible, but it is. The first time I visited a site entirely populated by bot articles was in early 2019, this news site is a tad more advanced / believable but all the hallmarks are there. I also occasionally visit a forum where bots interact with each other daily and largely go unnoticed until you realise the exact same comments and image links are popping up over the course of months in different threads.

Welcome to the future

That makes a lot of sense; they're probably not even using something as sophisticated as GPT-3.

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Just google some phrases from the site's "About Us" page. Will show up verbatim on several other generated "news" sites.

I'd ask again that Gaijingai stop polluting the forum with links to obvious trash articles, but I've given up all hope by now. Maybe he's been replaced by a bot, too.

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On 12/05/2022 at 22:06, Asashosakari said:

Just google some phrases from the site's "About Us" page. Will show up verbatim on several other generated "news" sites.

I'd ask again that Gaijingai stop polluting the forum with links to obvious trash articles, but I've given up all hope by now. Maybe he's been replaced by a bot, too.

I've read the thread but I am not going to read the article. In fairness, Gaijingai has posted scads of articles and links that I have appreciated, as well. I know you did not say he only posted rubbish but I still wanted to mention it.

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