Fake-News: Articles About Satirical Reports and Websites
- No, Lions Did NOT Kill Five Poachers in Zimbabwe
Circulating report claims that a pride of lions has killed five poachers and injured three others in Zimbabwe.
Published: July 20, 2016
- Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) Targeted in Yet Another Death Hoax
Circulating social media message, which purports to be ‘BBC ‘Breaking News’, claims that much-loved actor Rowan Atkinson, aka,’Mr Bean’, has committed suicide.
Published: July 18, 2016
- No, Vin Diesel is NOT Moving to West Des Moines, Iowa
Circulating report claims that actor Vin Diesel has announced that he is moving to West Des Moines, Iowa because he is tired of the L.A. lifestyle and looking for a big change in life.
Published: July 4, 2016
- Saturn Close to Earth on June 1st? No, It’s a Hoax
Circulating report claims that, come June 1st, Saturn will be closer to Earth than it has been in over 10,000 years and its appearance in the sky will be ‘unlike any other astronomical sight people have seen’. The report, which claims that the information was confirmed by NASA, features an image that depicts Saturn filling the sky above a city.
Published: May 19, 2016
- No, Coke Has NOT Recalled Dasani Water Due to Parasite Contamination
Circulating report claims that Coca-Cola has recalled its Dasani water products across the United States after a ‘clear parasite worm’ was found in bottles. The report claims that several hundred people have been hospitalised as a result of drinking the contaminated water.
Published: May 6, 2016
- No, Jim Carrey Is NOT Moving to Lake Macquarie, Australia
Report being shared via social media claims that US actor Jim Carrey is moving to Lake Macquarie, Australia, because he is tired of the LA lifestyle and is looking for a ‘big change in life.
Published: May 5, 2016
- No, Eminem is NOT moving to Eagan, Minnesota
Circulating report claims that rap star Eminem has announced that he is moving to Eagan, Minnesota because he is tired of the L.A. lifestyle and is looking for a change.
Published: April 19, 2016
- Matt Damon is NOT Moving to Pembroke Pines, Florida
Circulating report claims that actor Matt Damon has announced in an interview that he is moving to Pembroke Pines, Florida because he is tired of the L.A. lifestyle and is seeking a change.
Published: April 1, 2016
- Lady Gaga is NOT Moving to Utica, New York
Circulating ‘news’ report claims that pop star Lady Gaga has announced in an interview that she is moving to Utica, New York because she is tired of the LA lifestyle and is seeking a change.
Published: March 29, 2016
- Justin Bieber is NOT Moving to Roanoke, Texas
Circulating report claims that Justin Bieber has announced that he is moving to the small town of Roanoke in Texas because he is ‘tired of the LA lifestyle’.
Published: March 26, 2016
- Clint Eastwood is NOT Moving To Amarillo, Texas
Circulating report claims that actor and director Clint Eastwood is moving to Amarillo, Texas. Alternative versions claim that the star is moving to various other locations including Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Parkville, Missouri.
Published: March 23, 2016
- No, a Family Did NOT Drown After Leaving Their Car Sunroof Open in an Automated Carwash
Report claims that a family of three died from drowning after they mistakenly left the sunroof of their car open as they went through an automated carwash.
Published: March 22, 2016
- No, ‘Step Brothers 2’ Is NOT Set to Begin Filming In 2016
Circulating report claims that a sequel to the much-loved comedy film ‘Step Brothers’ will soon begin filming in Richmond, Virginia. A second version claims that the film will begin shooting in Sacramento, California.
Published: March 22, 2016
- No, Jim Morrison Has NOT Been Found Alive in a Paris Retirement Home
Circulating report claims that Jim Morrison, frontman of the iconic rock band The Doors, has been found alive in an assisted living facility in Paris, France.
Published: March 21, 2016
- No, Eleven States are NOT Implementing a Motorcycle Curfew
Circulating report claims that eleven American states have agreed to implement a mandatory 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM curfew on motorcyclists.
Published: March 17, 2016
- No, the FDA is NOT Banning Electronic Cigarette ‘Juice’ in July 2016
Circulating report claims that America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a ban on liquid mixtures used in electronic cigarettes to take effect from July 2016.
Published: March 16, 2016
- Candy Crush Invites Murder Story is Satire, Not Real News
Circulating ‘news’ report claims that a woman beat her roommate to death because of the large number of Candy Crush game invites that the roommate sent her.
Published: March 11, 2016
- Have Saudi Scientists Concluded that Women Are Mammals but Still Not 100% Human?
According to a report being shared via social media and the blogosphere, a panel of Saudi scientists has concluded that women are actually mammals rather than just objects. Supposedly, the finding has been hailed as a great leap forward for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
Published: March 11, 2016
- ‘The Notebook 2’ Movie Claims are a Hoax
Circulating reports suggest that a sequel to the popular movie ‘The Notebook’ is set to be filmed in various locations across the United States.
Published: March 10, 2016
- No, Tom Cruise is NOT Moving to South Queensferry, Scotland
Circulating report claims that actor Tom Cruise is moving to the small Scottish town of South Queensferry because the star is ‘tired of the Hollywood lifestyle’.
Published: March 10, 2016
- Are Brad and Angelina Moving to Newport, Rhode Island?
According to a report that it is currently making its way around the interwebs, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have announced that they are moving to the seaside city of Newport, Rhode Island.
Published: March 3, 2016
- FAKE-NEWS: ‘Woman Claims She is Daughter of Marilyn Monroe and JFK’
According to a story that is currently traversing the interwebs at speed, a woman in California is claiming that she is the biological daughter of Marilyn Monroe and former President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Published: February 28, 2016
- Bogus Posts About ISIS Attacks in Australia Link to Scam Website
‘News’ posts currently appearing on Facebook and other social media sites are claiming that ISIS attacks have killed and wounded people in various Australian cities and towns including Geelong, Geraldton, and Atherton.
Published: February 11, 2016
- Fake-News Report Claims US Mother Gave Birth to 17 Babies at Once
According to a supposed news report that is commonly shared via social media, a woman in the United States has given birth to 17 babies at once thereby setting a new world record.
Published: February 5, 2016
- Hoax News Story Falsely Reports ISIS Attacks in Glasgow, Cheshire, and South Yorkshire
According to several hoax news reports that are currently being distributed via social media, an ISIS terrorist attack has killed more than 20 people in the UK and injured many others. These reports are untrue.
Published: December 3, 2015
- No, Obama has NOT Declared December As National Muslim Appreciation Month
According to a report that is currently making its way around the interwebs at speed, US President Obama has declared December 2015 as ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’. The report, which is published on a website that – at first glance – appears to be associated with Fox News , notes that:
Published: November 17, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims Hundreds Dead after Eating Patti LaBelle Pie
According to a report that is circulating rapidly via social media, 234 people have died after eating Patti LaBelle sweet potato pies contaminated with Tetrodotoxin 'a venomous substance found in the blue ringed octopus and puff fish'.
Published: November 16, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims Racehorse to be Executed for Being Homosexual
According to a report that is making its way around the Internet via social media, a famous racehorse in Saudi Arabia is set to be executed because he was found to be homosexual.
Published: November 15, 2015
- Fake-News: ‘Obama Bans Christmas Cards to Overseas Servicemen’
According to a report currently being shared vigorously via social media, US President Obama has ordered a ban on the sending of all Christmas Cards to US military members deployed overseas. The report claims that the White House implemented the ban because sending traditional Christmas greetings will upset Muslims in host countries. Supposedly, ‘all overseas military mail will be monitored for references to Christmas, Jesus Christ, or pork products which are known to offend Muslims’.
Published: November 12, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims That Ruins of Viking Trade Center Found in Western Australia
According to a report that has been making its way round the Internet since August 2015, archaeologists working in Western Australia have unearthed the remains of an 11th century Viking settlement.
Published: November 5, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims That a Hunter Accidentally Shot His Wife Because He Thought She Was a Buffalo
According to a report currently circulating via social media, a hunter in Texas has accidentally shot and killed his wife because he mistook her for a buffalo.
Published: October 14, 2015
- FAKE-NEWS - 'Climate Change Activist Spends a Year Living in a Freezer'
According to a story that is making its way at speed around the interwebs, an environmental activist in California has spend an entire year living in a small commercial freezer in order to raise awareness of climate change issues and pressure the US government into taking more action.
Published: October 8, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims YouTube Will be Down For Three Weeks From October 1
According to a 'news' report that is rapidly making its way around the interwebs, YouTube will be unavailable for a three week period due to a major update.
Published: September 15, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims NASA has Predicted 15 Days of Darkness in November 2015
According to a 'news' report currently circulating via social media, NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15 and November 29, 2015.
Published: August 21, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims Five Meter Tall Human Skeleton Found at Uluru
According to a report that is circulating rapidly via social media, archeologists have unearthed the largest human skeleton ever discovered. Supposedly, the skeleton was found near Uluru in central Australia and was 5.3 meters long. The report also claims that an ancient 'megalithic civilisation' has been discovered at the site.
Published: August 5, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims Man Found With 30 Cow Eyeballs in Anus
According to a report that is currently circulating the interwebs at speed, police who pulled over a motorist in Wyoming discovered that the man had 30 cow eyeballs inserted in his anal cavity.
Published: July 27, 2015
- Nonsensical Fake-News Story Claims McDonald's Nuggets made from Aborted Fetuses
According to a report that is circulating rapidly via social media, a McDonald's store in Alabama has been closed after health inspectors found a large collection of aborted fetuses and assorted body parts in rooms underneath the building. The report claims that the owners of the franchise were making their own 'chicken' nuggets out of the aborted fetuses.
Published: July 20, 2015
- Fake-News: 'Pastor Sentenced to Prison for Refusing to Marry Gay Couples'
According to several circulating reports, a Christian Pastor in Proctor, Vermont has been sentenced to one year in prison for refusing to marry gay couples.
Published: July 14, 2015
- Fake-News: '10,000 Signed Petition to Change American Flag to Rainbow Flag'
According to a report that is currently traversing the interwebs causing angst and consternation is it travels, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition asking that the American flag be changed to the rainbow flag.
Published: July 2, 2015
- Hoax - 'McDonald's Coffee Contains French Fry Grease'
According to reports that are currently making their way around the Internet via social media, fast food giant McDonald's has admitted that its coffee contains french fry grease and is putting up signs in its outlets that warn customers about the additive.
Published: June 29, 2015
- Hoax - 'Pregnant Woman Claims She was Raped By Pig'
Circulating report claims that one Angie Houston of Texas expects to give birth to a pig after a large boar named 'Pete' raped her.
Published: June 29, 2015
- Fake-News Story Claims Boy Raised by Kangaroos
According to this report, which is circulating vigorously via social media, Australian authorities have discovered a feral boy living with a group of kangaroos near Broken Hill in far western New South Wales.
Published: June 24, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims That Body Of Homeless Man Was Bob Marley
Circulating report claims that when Jamaican authorities conducted DNA tests on the body of a homeless man found behind a fast food restaurant, they discovered that the man was actually reggae star Bob Marley.
Published: June 9, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims Costco to Sell Marijuana in Bulk
According to a report that is making its way around the Internet via social media messages and blog posts, wholesale giant Costco is set to sell marijuana in bulk from its Washington based stores.
Published: 1, 2015
- Fake-News: 'FDA Approves Tranquilizing Darts for Children'
Circulating 'news' report claims that America's FDA has approved the release of anaesthetic dart guns designed to calm children with ADHD.
Published: May 21, 2015
- Fake-News Report Claims Skittles Laced With Cocaine
According to a report that is currently making its way around the Internet, the FDA has discovered that the popular confectionary Skittles is laced with cocaine.
Published: May 20, 2015
- FAKE-NEWS: 'Mosque to Have Speakers That Can be Heard 15 Miles Away'
Report circulating via social media claims that a new mosque to be built in Birmingham UK will have a speaker system that can be heard 15 miles away, and will broadcast calls to prayer 5 times per day.
Published: May 18, 2015
- Fake-News: 'Walmart Shoplifter Arrested With Groceries in Vagina'
Circulating report claims that a woman was arrested for shoplifting at a Walmart store in Pennsylvania after police discovered she had hidden $100 worth of groceries in her vagina.
Published: May 12, 2015
Fake-News: 'Remains of Nazi Found in Giant Catfish'
According to a 'news' story that has been traversing the interwebs since early April 2015, Polish fisherman have found the remains of a Nazi officer inside a massive catfish caught in the Oder River.
Published: April 30, 2015
Fake-News Story Claims AriZona Tea Contains Human Urine
According to a circulating 'news' report, America's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently investigated popular US beverage maker AriZona Tea and discovered that human urine is used as an active ingredient in the company's products.
Published: April 24, 2015
Fake-News: 'Retired CIA Agent Confesses to Killing Marilyn Monroe'
Circulating report claims that a retired CIA agent on his deathbed has confessed to assassinating Marilyn Monroe and a number of other people on orders from the American Government.
Published: April 22, 2015
Fake News - 'California Bans All .45 ACP Ammunition'
According to a report that is currently circulating the Interwebs at speed, California has just implemented a state-wide ban on the sale and ownership of all .45 ACP ammunition.
Published: April 20, 2015
Hoax - 'Giant Skeleton Discovered In Bulgaria'
Circulating 'news' report claims that archaeologists have unearthed a giant human skeleton in Bulgaria. The report features a picture depicting the skeleton with the archaeologists.
Published: March 30, 2015
Fake-News: 'Cloned Prehistoric Owl Plucks Out Scientist's Eyeballs'
A circulating 'news' report claims that scientists in Brazil have successfully cloned an extinct prehistoric owl using DNA from remains found in a cave. But, claims the report, things took a tragic turn when the owl attacked one of the scientists, gouging out his eyes and rendering him permanently blind.
Published: March 25, 2015
Fake-News Report Claims Facebook Set To Ban Religious Posts
According to a circulating report, Facebook is set to implement new rules that will ban users from posting material that is in any way related to religion.
Published: March 13, 2015
FAKE-NEWS: 'Priest Who Died For 48 Minutes Claims God is a Woman'
Circulating story reports that a Catholic priest, who was officially dead for 48 minutes before his heart was restarted by medics, claims that he went to heaven and met God, who he describes as feminine and a 'warm motherly figure'.
Published: February 24, 2015
Fake News Claims Body of Homeless Man Identified as Elvis Presley
Circulating report claims that DNA tests on the body of an elderly homeless man have identified him as Elvis Presley.
Published: February 3, 2015
Fake-News - 'Old Lady Arrested For Making Fur Coats From Cats'
Circulating report claims that an 85-year-old woman in Waco, Texas has been arrested on suspicion of making fur coats from local cats she had kidnapped.
Published: January 8, 2015
Fake-News Report Claims Michael Jackson Is Father Of Bruno Mars
According to this 'news' report, which is circulating via social media, DNA testing has confirmed that Michael Jackson is the biological father of American singer Bruno Mars.
Published: January 5, 2015
Fake-News: 'Remains of Egyptian Army Discovered in Red Sea'
Circulating 'News' report claims that archaeologists have discovered the remains of a large Egyptian army at the bottom of the Red Sea.
Published: December 29, 2014
Fake-News: 'McDonald's Will Stop Serving Overweight Customers'
Circulating report claims that from January 1st 2015, McDonald's will stop serving overweight customers in an effort to battle increasing obesity rates.
Published: December 19, 2014
Fake-News Report Claims Facebook To Shut Down for Week of Maintenance
Circulating report claims that Facebook will be shut down for a full week starting on January 1st so that standard maintenance can be performed on the site.
Published: December 16, 2014
Fake News Report Claims Loggers Have Cut Down World's Oldest Tree
Circulating 'news' report claims that illegal loggers have mistakenly cut down the world's oldest tree in the Amazon Rainforest.
Published: December 10, 2014
Fake-News Report Claims Obama's Daughter is Pregnant
According to a 'news' story that is circulating rapidly via social media, US President Obama's 16-Year-Old Daughter Malia is pregnant.
Published: December 4, 2014
Satire Story Claims North Dakota Named Landfill After Obama
A report circulating via social media and the blogosphere claims that a new publicly owned landfill in the American state of North Dakota has been named after President Obama.
Published: December 3, 2014
Hoax - 'Chipotle Using Dog and Cat Meat in Meals'
Circulating story claims that popular restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill under investigation for using dog and cat meat in their dishes.
Published: November 25, 2014
Satire Report - 'Sarah Palin Wants To Send 11 Million Illegal Immigrants On One-Way Cruise to Mexico City'
Circulating report claims that Sarah Palin has said in an interview with Fox News that 11 million illegal immigrants in the US should be packed on boats and ships and sent back across the ocean to Mexico.
Published: November 24, 2014
Fake-News Story Claims Millions of Turkeys Recalled Due to Avian Virus
Circulating report claims that millions of Thanksgiving turkeys have been recalled by the CDC because of concerns that they may harbour an avian virus that has developed the ability to move from birds to humans.
Published: November 24, 2014
Fake Report Claims Man in India is 179 Years Old
A circulating report claims that Mashashta Murasi, a man in Bangalore, India has reached the age of 179 years and that 'death has forgotten him'.
Published: November 20, 2014
Was a Man's Genitals Stolen in Thailand For Sale on the Black Market?
Circulating report claims that a hapless male tourist in Bangkok, Thailand woke up to find that his genitals had been stolen during the night.
Published: November 17, 2014
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.
Published: November 15, 2014
Eating Fido in LA? - Hoax Report Claims American Restaurant Given Permission To Sell Dog Meat
A circulating report claims that a Los Angeles restaurant called Puchow de Manila Eatery and Fine Dining has been given permission to sell and consume dog meat and is allowed to slaughter up to three dogs per day for that purpose.
Published: November 15, 2014
HOAX - 'Buzz Aldrin Admits Moon Landings Were Fake'
Circulating report claims that astronaut Buzz Aldrin has confirmed via a confession video and Twitter post that the moon landings never happened and that videos of the landings depicted a 'setup that was created to simulate how the moon and space would look'.
Published: November 10, 2014
Don't Worry! Beanie Babies are NOT Hatching Spiders
Circulating report claims that Beanie Baby stuffed toys made in the 90's were filled with spider eggs and that these eggs are finally hatching their horde of baby brown recluse spiders.
Published: November 7, 2014
FAKE-NEWS: 'Ben Kingsley Admits he is a Dog Fighting Addict'
Circulating report claims that greatly respected actor Sir Ben Kingsley has admitted to a media outlet that he is a dog fighting addict.
Published: November 6, 2014
HOAX - 'Death Row Inmate Requests Child as Last Meal'
Circulating report claims that a Texas death row inmate convicted of murder and cannibalism has requested a little boy as his last meal and that the Department of Corrections has accepted the request. The report features a photograph of the supposed inmate.
Published: October 31, 2014
HOAX - 'NASA Confirms 6 Days of Total Darkness'
A circulating report claims that NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 6 days of total darkness between the 16th and the 22nd of December due to a solar storm.
Published: October 27, 2014
FAKE-NEWS: 'Professor Hinkley From Gilligan’s Island is Zodiac Killer'
Circulating report claims that the late Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island, has been identified as the notorious serial murderer known as the Zodiac Killer.
Published: October 27, 2014
SATIRE - 'Harper Changes Canadian Flag
A report circulating via social media claims that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unexpectedly unveiled a 'new-look' Canadian flag that matches the Conservative Party’s red, white, and blue logo colours.
Published: October 24, 2014
HOAX - 'Ebola Vaccinations to Contain RFID Chips'
Circulating report claims that the US government has hatched a nefarious scheme to secretly implant RFID chips in citizens by hiding the chips in Ebola vaccinations.
Published: October 23, 2014
Banksy Has NOT Been Arrested -Report is a Hoax
Circulating report claims that graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has been arrested in London and his identity has finally been revealed.
Published: October 21, 2014
FAKE-NEWS: 'Obama Declares International Muslim Awareness Month'
A story circulating via social media and political blogs claims that US President Obama has declared November 2014 to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month' in an effort to celebrate 'the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran'.
Published: October 17, 2014
'Invisible Art' Prank Fools Many Internet Users
Circulating report, which features an image of art gallery visitors apparently staring at blank walls, claims that the visitors are viewing 'invisible art' created by artist Lana Newstrom. The report claims Newstrom's 'invisible art' pieces can sell for upwards of a million dollars each.
Published: October 7, 2014
Fake-News: 'Tax Refunds to be Delayed Until October 2015'
Online 'news' story claims that, due to a directive from the Obama administration, tax refunds owed to American taxpayers will now be delayed until October 2015.
Published: October 7, 2014
Fake-News: 'Sarah Palin Calls on Obama to Invade Ebola'
Circulating report claims that former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has called on President Obama to invade Ebola to deal with the 'dangerous and immediate threat to our freedoms and security' posed by the 'evil Ebola empire'.
Published: October 6, 2014
Ebola Zombie Hoax
Circulating rumours and reports claim that there has been a confirmed case of an Ebola victim rising from the dead in Africa. Many of the messages include an image that supposedly depicts this Ebola zombie.
Published: October 6, 2014
FAKE-NEWS: 'Prehistoric Shark Captured off Pakistan'
Circulating report claims that a giant prehistoric shark from a species that was thought to be extinct for 20 million years has been caught off the coast off Pakistan. The report features an image supposedly depicting the monster shark.
Published: October 3, 2014
FAKE-NEWS: 'Robert Mugabe Announces Plans For Final Solution Against White Racism'
Circulating report claims that President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has announced plans for a 'Holocaust' against white people in which every white man, woman, and child in Zimbabwe will be exterminated without mercy.
Published: October 1, 2014
FAKE-NEWS - 'Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People'
Report circulating via social media claims that the CDC has released a statement noting that a trial vaccine for the Ebola virus only works on people with white skin.
Published: September 26, 2014
FAKE -NEWS - 'iPhone 6 Phones Contaminated With Ebola Virus'
Circulating 'news' report claims that a number of iPhone 6's were contaminated with Ebola during manufacture and, as a result, there have been more than 21,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide.
Published: September 23, 2014
FAKE-NEWS - 'Texas to Legalize Marijuana Use'
Circulating story claims that Texas has a new bill that will legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana from January 1, 2015.
Published: September 22, 2014
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
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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