Articles About Satirical Reports and Websites
FAKE-NEWS - 'Eminem Quits Music After Checking Into Rehab'
Story circulating via social media claims that rapper Eminem has announced that he is quitting music after checking into rehab to deal with a heroin addiction.
Published: September 15, 2014
FAKE-NEWS - 'FDA Find Coors Light Beers Laced With Cocaine'
Report being shared via social media claims that the FDA has discovered that thousands of Coors Light beers across the US have been laced with cocaine.
Published: September 10, 2014
FAKE-NEWS - 'Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall'
Viral 'news' report claims that meteorologists and weather science experts warn that there is a 99% chance that the entire United States will experience 'record shattering snow storms' in coming months.
Published: September 9, 2014
Fake News - 'Ruins of Ancient City Discovered in Australian Desert'
Report being shared via social media claims that the ruins of an ancient city have been discovered in the Australian desert. The report features a photograph that supposedly depicts the Australian ruins.
Published: September 8, 2014
Betty White 'Dyes' Joke Article Dupes Internet Users
Circulating message features the headline 'Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home' and includes a link to a longer report.
Published: September 5, 2014
'Saved by the Bell' Star Dennis Haskins Is NOT Dead
Message being shared via social media claims that American actor Dennis Haskins, who is best known for his role as principal Richard Belding in the sitcom 'Saved by the Bell', has been killed in a car accident.
Published: September 3, 2014
Ice Bucket Challenge Death Hoaxes
Social media messages claim that teens have died when large tubs struck their heads while they participated in the ice bucket challenge meme that is currently circulating around the world. The articles include videos depicting the supposedly fatal stunts.
Published: August 30, 2014
Breaking Bad Season 6 Claim is a Hoax
The interwebs have been all abuzz in recent days with rumours that popular TV series 'Breaking Bad' is set to return with a totally unexpected Season 6.
Published: August 28, 2014
FAKE- NEWS: 'George Zimmerman Arrested in Ferguson'
Circulating social media message claims that George Zimmerman, who shot and killed African American teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been arrested in Ferguson after an altercation with two black teenagers.
Published: August 26, 2014
FALSE - 'New Facebook Messenger Alerts Police About Illegal Activity'
Message circulating on Facebook claims that the new Facebook messenger app automatically alerts police when it detects messages mentioning illegal activities. According to the message, 250 people have already been arrested as a result.
Published: August 25, 2014
FAKE-NEWS: 'Facebook Drug Task Force' to Monitor Facebook Posts
Circulating report claims that Facebook is implementing a drug task force that will monitor all user messages posted on the network with a view to detecting and arresting people who buy and sell narcotics.
Published: August 21, 2014
FAKE-NEWS: 'NYPD Officer Kills Baby'
Circulating report claims that a baby being breastfed by her mother at a bus stop died after a violent scuffle perpetrated by an NYPD police officer.
Published: July August 13, 2014
FAKE-NEWS: 'Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales'
Circulating report claims that 16 members of a Japanese whaling crew have been killed and eaten by a school of killer whales.
Published: July 31, 2014
SATIRE - 'George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession'
Circulating report claims that former US President George W. Bush has been arrested after police found an ounce of cocaine in his glove compartment during a routine traffic stop.
Published: July 28, 2014
FALSE - 'Jim Parsons Quits Big Bang Theory'
Circulating report claims that Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on the popular TV show 'Big Bang Theory', has quit the show after an on-set argument with co-star Johnny Galecki.
Published: July 24, 2014
Hoax - 'RFID Chip Will Be Implemented In All Public Schools By 2015'
Circulating report claims that RFID Chips Will Be Implemented In All US Public School childrenby 2015 in an effort to curb gun violence.
Published: July 14, 2014
NONSENSE - 'McDonalds Using Human Meat'
Circulating report claims that human meat has been discovered in McDonald's meat factories in the United States. The report further claims that the meat comes from children
Published: July 8, 2014
SATIRE - 'Unborn Baby Pregnant Inside Womb'
Circulating report claims that doctors in Oregon discovered that a baby was pregnant while still in her mother's womb.
Published: June 25, 2014
HOAX - 'Charles Manson Granted Parole'
Circulating report claims that notorious criminal Charles Manson has been granted parole and will soon walk free.
Published: June 8, 2014
HOAX - 'Mother Suing Marvel Due to Son's Spider-Man Death Jump'
Circulating report claims that a mother is suing comic publisher Marvel because her son jumped from a six-story window to his death after watching a Spider-Man movie.
Published: May 26, 2014
HOAX - 'Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground'
Circulating story claims that a man has been found alive after being trapped underground in a Chinese mine for seventeen years.
Published: May 14, 2014
SATIRE - 'Jockey Accidentally Euthanized After Breaking Leg'
Circulating report claims that, after a racetrack collision, one jockey with a broken leg died after a horse trainer accidently gave him a lethal dose of a drug used to euthanize injured horses.
Published: May 7, 2014
SATIRE - 'Hobby Lobby Fires Employee For Divorcing Husband'
Circulating report claims that US arts and crafts store chain Hobby Lobby recently fired a woman because she divorced her husband without company approval.
Published: April 14, 2014
Satirical Article Falsely Claims Flappy Bird Creator Committed Suicide
Circulating report claims that the developer of the wildly popular game 'Flappy Bird' has committed suicide. It also claims that at least seven other people have committed suicide because the game was removed from app stores.
Published: February 11, 2014
Satire - 'Sochi Olympic Rings Mishap Man Found Dead'
Circulating report claims that the man responsible for the technical problems that caused the Sochi Olympic Rings display to fail during the opening ceremony has been found dead with multiple stab wounds.
Published: February 9, 2014
Satire – 'Super Bowl XLVIII Believed to have been Rigged'
Circulating report claims that officials now believe that the 2014 Super Bowl game was rigged and that the event is now being investigated by the NFL.
Published: February 4, 2014
Satire - 'Black Mambas to Help Eradicate Cane Toads'
Circulating report claims that the Government is set to introduce 22,000 black mambas to farms and backyards in the Burdekin region of Queensland, Australia in an effort to control cane toads.
Published: January 24, 2014
Satire - Pope Francis and the 'Third Vatican Council'
Circulating report claims that Pope Francis has announced sweeping changes to long-standing Catholic doctrines after concluding the Third Vatican Council. Supposedly, Pope Francis declared that "all religions are true", that "there is no literal hell", and that the "church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice".
Published: January 8, 2014
Hoax - 'Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado'
Circulating report claims that 37 people in Colorado died of marijuana overdoses on the first day that recreational marijuana use became legal in that state.
Published: January 3, 2014
Satire - '18 Million Birds Dead New Year's Eve'
Circulating report claims that 18 million blackbirds fell dead on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas. The message includes an image depicting a worker picking up the bodies of the dead birds.
Published: January 3, 2014
Michael Jackson Died Years Ago Hoax
Message claims that Michael Jackson actually died many years ago and that the star's decayed body has recently been discovered buried at the Neverland Ranch. It suggests that an "other worldly" impostor played the role of Michael Jackson for a number of years.
Published: December 30, 2013
Satire - 'Girl Suicides after Justin Bieber Beached Whale Comments'
Circulating report claims that an Australian girl committed suicide after being called a "beached whale" by pop star Justin Bieber
Published: December 23, 2013
Hoax - '9 Year Old Suspended From School for Saying Merry Christmas'
Circulating report claims that a fourth grade San Francisco boy was suspended from school for wishing his atheist teacher a Merry Christmas.
Published: December 18, 2013
Circulating Story Claims Woman Found Guilty of Raping Eight Men
Circulating message claims that an 18-year-old woman in Germany has been found guilty of seducing and raping eight men. The message links to a longer piece presented as a news article.
Published: November 27, 2013
No, Scientists in Texas are NOT Going to Use Sex Offenders for Medical Research
Message circulating via social media claims that scientists in Texas are set to start using convicted sex offenders for medical research.
Published: November 13, 2013
NO, Obama is NOT Opening Free Gas Stations in Poor Neighborhoods
Message circulating via social media claims that US President Obama is rolling out a nationwide network of gas stations that will offer free gas to minority groups and the poor. The message links to a website article with more information about the supposed initiative.
Published: November 1, 2013
South African 'Mighty Men' Conferences Racial Integration Hoax
Circulating message claims that South Africa's ANC has proposed a bill that would force the organizers of the popular Christian "Mighty Men" conferences to ensure that 70% of conference tickets were sold to native Africans in a move to advance racial integration.
Published: July 2, 2013
Did Samsung Pay a $1 Billion Fine to Apple in 5 Cent Coins?
Message circulating via social media claims that Samsung paid a 1 billion dollar patent infringement penalty to Apple in 5 cent coins delivered in more than 30 trucks.
Updated: July 1, 2013
Facebook Proposed Video Ads Message
Message purporting to be from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg claims that the network is considering implementing new video ads that will run automatically every ten minutes and stop people from using Facebook until they are finished running. The message claims that users can share the message to register their opposition to the proposed video ads.
Published: April 30, 2013
Satire - Message Claims Parents Put Daughter Up For Adoption Because She is Gay
A message circulating via social media claims that a Southern Carolina couple have put their sixteen year old daughter up for adoption after finding out that she was gay.
Published: April 8, 2013
Hoax - 'Pope Comes Out as Gay'
Social media driven message, couched as a news report, claims that Pope Benedict XVI resigned his papacy because he is gay and "could no longer live a lie."
Published: March 9, 2013
Hoax - Texas Town Adds Sugar to Water Supply
Messages circulating via social media, blogs and forum posts claim that a town in Texas has added sugar to its water supply in an effort to encourage residents to drink more water.
Published: November 14, 2012
'News Report' Claims Gonorrhea Spread Through Air
Messages circulating via social media and email claim that a new airborne strain of gonorrhea is spreading rapidly through students at San Diego State University.
Published: October 18, 2012
False Warning - Facebook Will Soon Require Social Security Numbers When Users Login
Message circulating on Facebook claims that, as an anti-spam measure, users will be required to enter their social security numbers when they login to the network from April 2012.
Published: 2nd March 2012
An Elephant or The Moon - Dumbest Quiz Show Contestant Hoax
Circulating "news" article claims that a recent contestant on the quiz show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" was so dumb that she thought that an elephant was bigger than the moon.
Published: 1st October 2010
Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Avowed Satanist Hoax
Message purports to be a transcript of a reporter's interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in which she admits to being an avowed Satanist and writes her books in order to corrupt young minds in the devil's name.
Published: 22nd September 2010
Bonsai Kittens Email Petition
Email exhorts recipients to sign and forward a message protesting the practise of creating "bonsai kittens" by placing cats in glass jars to restrict their growth
Updated: 23th November 2009
Americans With No Abilities Act Hoax
Message claims that proposed legislation to be called the Americans With No Abilities Act is intended to provide wide-sweeping work-place benefits for "the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition
Published: 25th July 2006
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