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Hoax-Slayer Top 10 Articles



Not all stories listed here are hoaxes.

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. ‘Bananas Injected With HIV’ Hoax Warning
    According to would be warning messages that are circulating via social media and various fake-news reports, people are injecting HIV infected blood into bananas so you should not eat bananas that contain a red colour inside.

  2. HOAX – ‘No Sun For 8 Days NASA Confirmed’
    Circulating social media message warns that there will be no sun for 8 days from June 10 until June 17. According to the message, the darkness event has been confirmed by NASA.

  3. Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue (Or Gold)
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue or gold.

  4. Hoax - Eating Shrimp and Taking Vitamin C Can Cause Death by Arsenic Poisoning
    Circulating health message warns recipients not to eat shrimp or prawns while taking vitamin C because it can cause a chemical reaction that can lead to sudden death by arsenic poisoning.

  5. No, Dr Pepper Is Not Set To Halt Production In 2016
    Message circulating via social media claims that soft drink giant Dr Pepper will halt production in the (US) summer of 2016 after Coca Cola bought the rights to the recipe.

  6. Circulating ‘Gate Of Heaven’ Image Is Digital Artwork Not A Photo Taken From Hubble
    A rather compelling star scene image that is circulating via social media and the blogosphere has been dubbed by some as the ‘Gate of Heaven’.

  7. Spurious Health Tip - Onion on Feet to Take Away Illness
    Circulating health tip claims that placing raw onion on your feet can take away illness by absorbing toxins from the body. The message claims that onion placed on the bottom of your feet can gain direct access to your internal organs via "meridians" in your body.

  8. Killer House Plant Warning
    Message claims that an indoor plant that is commonly kept in homes and offices is so poisonous that it can kill a child in less than a minute and an adult in 15 minutes. The message, which comes with a photograph of the "killer plant", also warns that touching the plant and then rubbing your eyes can cause permanent blindness.

  9. ‘Your Apple ICloud ID Expires Today’ SMS Scam
    SMS purporting to be from iCloud claims that your Apple iCloud ID expires today and you should therefore follow a link in the message to confirm details and prevent account termination.

  10. Killer Insect ‘SOS Alert’ Hoax Warning
    According to a rather breathless ‘warning’ message that is currently circulating the interwebs at speed, you should watch out for a ‘killer insect’ that, if touched, ‘spreads virus to the place of bodily contact and circulates the entire human system in minutes’.




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