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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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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