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1: Absurd Warning Claims That Monster Energy Drink Logo Hails Satan

Message circulating via email and the blogosphere warns that Monster Energy Drinks claw "M" logo is actually made up of the Hebrew letter vav repeated three times to make the number 666 and is therefore the mark of Satan.

2: False Claim - Colour of Squares on Tubes Denotes Chemical Content

Circulating message claims that consumers can tell the chemical makeup of tube contents just by checking the colour of a small square at the bottom of the packaging. A newer variant focuses on toothpaste tubes.

3: WhatsApp 'Will Become Chargeable' Blue Logo Hoax

Circulating warning claims that cross platform instant messaging application WhatsApp will start charging a per message fee unless users send the same warning to at least 10 contacts thereby proving that they are "avid users".

4: Video Of Plane With Failed Landing Gear Landing on a Small Truck

Widely circulated video appears to show a pickup truck "catching" the front of a landing passenger jet with failed landing gear thereby saving the aircraft and its passengers from disaster.

5: Nareepol Tree

Message claims that attached photographs show the "Nareepol Tree" in Thailand - an amazing tree that grows fruit in the shape of women. Another version claims the "naarilatha plant" grows in the Himalayas and only blooms with its woman shaped flowers once every twenty years.

6: SCAM - 'Facebook Work From Home Program'

Message claims that Facebook has launched a new 'Work From Home' program that will allow users to make money from the comfort of their own homes.

7: Viber 'Missed Call' Malware Email

Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viber claims that you have a missed call waiting and invites you to click a link to listen to the message.

8: The Bogus Tale of The British Flag Lapel Pin and the Rude Muslim Woman in the Checkout Queue

Message tells the story of how a Muslim woman in a British supermarket checkout queue was taken to task and put in her place by an elderly shopper after she made critical remarks about the cashier's British flag lapel pin and the UK's military involvement in Afghanistan.

9: Protest Message - Prison Sentence for Spray Painting Poppy on Mosque

Social media driven protest message cites the apparent unfair disparity in sentences handed out to a Muslim man who defaced a war memorial, another Muslim who burned a poppy at a Remembrance Day ceremony and two non-Muslim men who spray painted a poppy on a Mosque.

10: Is Lemon A Cancer Killer That is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy?

Message purporting to be from the Institute of Health Sciences in Baltimore claims that lemon is a "miraculous product" that can kill cancer cells, is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy, and is "a proven remedy against cancers of all types".


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