Earlier this week, a Reddit forum on wacky news stories picked up an article that I had written about a local antilockdown activist who was very ill.
"Sadly, this is not the Onion" features "true stories that are so mind-blowingly ridiculous that you could have sworn they were from The Onion".
Someone posted my article on the Reddit forum about Ryan Kulbaba, a Surrey man who has waged public campaigns against masks and vaccine passports.
This came after Kulbaba wrote on Facebook that he didn't know what might have caused a weeklong set of symptoms.
They included hot and cold feelings in his body, muscle and body aches, sore legs and eyes, zero energy, a respiratory cough, and a throat tingle.
Now, I have another candidate for the "Sadly, this is not the Onion" forum.
Tonight, I received a notification over Twitter about a high-profile COVID denier who is also not feeling well.
In the videos below, you'll see flat-earther Mak Parhar talk about taking extra-strength Tylenol and Advil to mask his symptoms.
He fessed up to suffering aches, a "rheumy sore throat", and hot and cold feelings. He's seen hacking away and spitting his phlegm out the window of his car.
"It's definitely not CONVID because CONVID doesn't exist, so I'm not even going to fucking go there," Parhar declares.
Later, he asks: "What happened to my immune system? How did this manifest?"
In April 2020, Parhar posted a defiant video on YouTube after he was accused of being an "idiot" by Solicitor General Mike Farnworth.
In the meantime, Parhar has been charged with three counts of violating the Quarantine Act.
The Crown alleges that he refused to self-isolate after returning from a flat-earth conference in the United States.
The B.C. Supreme Court website says that people should not attend the courthouse if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.