This is very off-topic for this thread, but if you follow the source links, you'll see an interesting game of "Telephone" happening where the story gets further and further from the truth with each rewrite. By the time The Mary Sue got to it, it was already pretty distorted. (Also, what's with "news" outlets citing other "news" outlets as their only source?)
I dunno, I think it "threatens" to be on topic, (been watching too many chess lectures lately!), because a big chunk of Silly Humor comes from these telephone games.
And as for "what's with "news" outlets citing other "news" outlets as their only source?", that's how low budget low quality "news" works - something pops up on someone's radar, and they smash it out because Timelines Are King in the viral news age. And "someones" are getting past the old quasi effort in journalism to produce a legit story, somehow changing the culture, because ClickBait Works, and there's little or unfocused downside to not writing these things compared to a balanced story. So you get the 21st century rehash of the "quality sites get a smaller smarter audience", and the even more rabid hordes just like their clickbait because they can enjoy an hour exclaiming to their friends "would you believe this?!".