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No, this $80 used tissue won’t ‘train your immune system’

A social experiment for the age of misinformation.


Matt Silverman

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 30, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 2:35 am CDT

Standup comedian Mekki Leeper wanted to see if he could convince the internet to buy a fake wellness product. With some slick branding, fake Instagram followers, and the perfect media outrage hook, Leeper turned a Squarespace website and $1,000 into global demand for $80 used tissues.

Vaev tissues claimed to get you sick today, so you’d be inoculated later. And people were willing to pay big bucks for these chic snot rags.

The viral (ahem) success of this fake health product (akin to Goop and Raw Water) led to a Comedy Central digital show called Control Room, where Leeper plans to devise future commentary on why we’re so gullible online.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) talk to Leeper about the experiment, the new show, media literacy, fake news, and why reputable journalistic outlets were fooled into covering a company that doesn’t exist.

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*First Published: Sep 30, 2019, 7:00 am CDT