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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: 'Dance of The Pope' Phone Virus Hoax

An 'urgent' message circulating via SMS and social media posts warns users not to accept a video called 'The Dance of The Pope' because it is a very dangerous virus that will format your mobile phone.

2: 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.

3: Anti Text-Driving Message - Car Wedged Under Truck Image

Message circulating on Facebook that features a photograph of a fatal car accident in which a red car is wedged under a large truck claims that the accident occurred because the driver was texting. The message asks people to share if they are against texting and driving.

4: Eye Of God Image - Hubble Telescope Email

Circulating message that includes an image described as the 'Eye of God' claims the image captures a rare event that only occurs once every 3000 years.

5: Google Workplace Photographs - Google's Zurich Office

Circulating message claims that attached photographs show an innovative workplace enjoyed by Google employees.

6: 'Know Who Viewed Your Profile' Facebook Scam

For years, Facebook users have been plagued by scam messages claiming that they can find out who has been viewing their profiles.

7: Russian Sleep Experiment Story

Article circulating online and via email tells the horrifying story of an experiment conducted by Russian researchers during the 1940's in which five prisoners were kept awake in a sealed environment for 15 days.

8: HOAX - 'HIV & AIDS Infected Oranges Coming From Libya'

Circulating message warns that the immigration services of Algeria have recovered oranges from Libya that have been injected with 'HIV & AIDS blood'.

9: 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.

10: Cadbury Products - Halal Certification Authority Logo Protest Email

Protest message calls on Australian consumers to avoid buying products that include the Halal Certification Authority Logo because the fees food companies pay for the use of the logo go to a religion that is "actively trying to destroy the Australian way of life" and possibly even supporting terrorism

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