Science 'Bird Man' admits video is a hoax

'Bird Man' Jarno Smeets became an Internet sensation when he posted a video of himself apparently taking flight with a pair of flapping wings. He subsequently admitted that the video was fake. 

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A Dutch man named Jarno Smeets became an Internet sensation this week after posting a video on YouTube in which he appears to fly like a bird. In the video, he straps on a contraption that supposedly syncs the motion of his flapping arms to that of a huge pair of wings made of kite fabric, allowing him to flap the wings and take off into the air.