Breitbart reports:

Sales of dildo sex toys inspired by the Academy Award-winning film Shape of Water have skyrocketed following its success at the Oscars, The Wrap reports. The dildos, which are inspired by a character known as the ‘Amphibian Man,’ reportedly sold out within 20 minutes of the film being awarded the Oscar for Best Picture at Sunday’s award ceremony.

“Our sales have gone through the roof!” the dildo’s sculptor told the outlet. “All ‘Shape of Water’ toys sold out as soon as I posted them… in less than 20 minutes!”

Is this a true story?

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    If you keep following the links, you find that the makers only manufacture 20 of that toy at the time. The company is just a couple — in other words: two people — that make these toys. I do not know about you but I find that two-digit sales numbers for such a small company does not really make for a notable claim. – MichaelK Mar 7 '18 at 12:08
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    @MichaelK That sounds like the answer to the question. The claim is 'notable' in that it was made by a site with a substantial readership (many of whom believe what it says); that the article misrepresents double-digit sales as "skyrocketing" means it's misleading, and deserves a debunking answer (not unnotable within the rules of this site, that rule exists to prevent questions like "My mate Dave reckons...") – user56reinstatemonica8 Mar 7 '18 at 14:09
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    I'm personally satisfied that it is a notable claim. Breitbart is widely read. We can expect many people will believe what they write. So it is worth confirming or debunking. – Oddthinking Mar 7 '18 at 14:58
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    Commenters: if you are thinking of posting another prurient or jocular comment about the subject matter, please don't. – Oddthinking Mar 7 '18 at 15:00
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    @Evargalo But Breitbart are talking as if those few dozen sales are an eye-opening new craze with "skyrocketing" sales, when actually all that has happened is a dozen or so people bought some novelty. That's the whole point of the question. The fact a claim is false and the answer is boring doesn't invalidate the question: same as if a site claimed there was a monsoon and flooding in NY on 3rd June when actually there was just drizzle. We'd debunk the false claim, with the (boring) truth. – user56reinstatemonica8 Mar 7 '18 at 17:19

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