I should know better. Anonymity of the original source is always a dead giveaway that the item is a hoax.
The moral is that one should always take the time to investigate these things, no matter how agreeable to one’s own prejudices and preconceptions a particular item may be. I get the dunce cap for today.
Hat tips, kudos, and thanks to Rodger Kamenetz and Stephen Frankel for the correction.