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The Hoax-Slayer Top Ten includes articles relating to hoaxes, scams, and true stories as well as stories that contain a mixture of true and false information. Click the title of each listed article to access a full report on the topic.



1: 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.

2: Hoax Report Claims 250,000 Texas Turkeys Infected With Ebola

A story circulating via social media reports that more than 250,000 holiday turkeys on a Texas farm may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus and will have to be destroyed. The report features a photograph depicting dead turkeys in a farm shed.

3: PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) Premium Rate Scam Warning

Circulating message warns that a card from PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) informing householders about a package delivery is actually a scam designed to trick them into making a premium rate phone call that will cost £315.

4: Images of Mermaid Body Found on Beach are Fake

Circulating reports feature images of a mermaid body that was supposedly found washed up on a beach.

5: Circulating Message Claims 'Newborn Baby Saved By Stray Dog'

Circulating social media message claims that a newborn baby abandoned in a forest was carried across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to safety by a stray dog. The message features an image of a dog beside a baby on a bed.

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: Message Claims +96723345 Calls Can Clone Your SIM Card

Circulating social media post warns users not to answer calls from 96723345 because the callers may try to clone your SIM card when you answer.

8: Does Rubbing Vicks VapourRub on Your Feet Relieve Coughing?

Widely circulated message claims that rubbing Vicks VapourRub on the soles of your feet can stop coughing 100% of the time.

9: 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.

10: 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.


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