The tall tale of Marek Olszewski and his jilted lover Anna Mackowiak made its way around the Internet last week after it was first reported by the Daily Mail in London, and picked up by several American news outlets, including The Daily Caller.
The completely false story went like this: Olszewski went to see Mackowiak — whom he had recently dumped — for a toothache. Once she got hold of some anesthesia, however, she just couldn’t help herself from pulling out every pearly-white in his mouth.
MSNBC uncovered hoax by calling the police in Warsaw, Poland who were — again, according to the story — reportedly investigating Mackowiak for medical malpractice. Law enforcement officials there said there was no record of the case, and Poland’s Chamber of Physicians and Dentists could find no such dentist as Mackowiak on the books.
The story was not reported in any Polish newspapers, and most reports of this story can be traced back to the Daily Mail. Simon Tomlinson, whose byline appears on the story, said he doesn’t know where the story came from, so it must have appeared out of thin air — which is just as believable as the dentist story itself.
Nevertheless, I choose to believe that it really happened. Because, you know, pretty awesome urban legend.