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Is a 49ers draftee crazy for quinoa? NFL web forum makes fake 'factoids' for each pick

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Washington receiver Dante Pettis, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round on Friday, April 27,2018, has many interests, such as a fondness for candy and The Backstreet Boys.
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Washington receiver Dante Pettis, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round on Friday, April 27,2018, has many interests, such as a fondness for candy and The Backstreet Boys.

As expected, many NFL fans go wild when NFL draft week comes around.

But perhaps none have gone as wild in 2018 as the NFL page on Reddit, an internet forum, where a bit of absurdist humor was injected into otherwise-factual draft coverage.

The community is tracking the draft via a live thread (still active and scrolling), with updates and comments posted in real-time as each pick is made.

Accompanying each selection announced, a forum moderator posts an infographic with a basic bio on that player, capped off by a "#Factoid."

It only takes a player or two to realize that those factoids, hilarious as they may be, are totally made up.

The internet is no place for the gullible, and while it may be plausible that Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick Terrell Edmunds "wants to be a mall cop when he retires because Segways are awesome," it's a bit tougher to convince oneself that New England selection Sony Michel "dresses up like the Hamburglar every time he goes to Wendy's."

Here's what these strange-but-funny infographics had to say about the 49ers' picks through the first three rounds.

  • Mike McGlinchey, first round: "He was undefeated at the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby."

  • Dante Pettis, second round: "Went to the McDonalds drive-thru at 1 a.m. to thank them for All-Day breakfast."

  • Fred Warner, third round: "Has a notebook of poetry with nothing but haikus about quinoa."

  • Tarvarius Moore, third round: "Owns a turbocharged canary yellow 1996 Ford Fiesta."

There's no explanation to be found; it all appears to just be in good fun.

It's humor similar to that found in baseball a few years ago, when fans playfully heckled Giants outfielder Hunter Pence with signs accusing him of relatively benign behavior, like eating pizza with a fork.

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