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'Hanging Naked Man' Orchid Flower Images
Circulating message claims that attached images show the 'Naked Man' orchid, which has flowers that resemble tiny - and clearly male - figures.

Published: May 13, 2014

Reports Claim Subway UK Removing Pork Products and Serving Halal Only Food
Circulating reports claim that some Subway stores in the UK do not serve ham and bacon and offer only halal meat.

Published: May 1, 2014

Circulating Message Claims 'Newborn Baby Saved By Stray Dog'
Circulating social media message claims that a newborn baby abandoned in a forest was carried across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to safety by a stray dog. The message features an image of a dog beside a baby on a bed.

Published: April 23, 2014

Viral Video Depicts a 'Mysterious' Black Ring In Sky Above England
Messages featuring video footage of a strange black ring floating in the sky above Leamington Spa in the UK suggest that no one can explain the ring's origin.

Published: April 17, 2014

Nails in Cheese Dog Park Warning Message
Circulating social media message featuring an image depicting pieces of cheese with nails embedded in them warns that such booby-trapped dog treats are the latest trend in dog parks.

Published: April 4, 2014

Eerie Pre-911 Ad for Pakistan International Airlines Features Twin Towers with Plane Silhouette
Circulating message features an old paper advertisement for Pakistan International Airlines that includes an image of New York's Twin Towers with the shadow of a passenger jet on the faces of the buildings.

Published: March 24, 2014

'End of Windows XP Support' Popup Messages
Popup messages appearing on the screens of some Windows users warn that Microsoft will soon be ending support for its Windows XP operating system. Some users have expressed concern that the warning messages may be malicious.

Published: March 11, 2014

The Tale of The Lion, Tiger and Bear Rescued from a Drug Dealer
Circulating message that features a photograph depicting a lion, a tiger and a bear together claims that the animals were rescued from a drug dealer's property early in their lives and have lived together in an animal sanctuary ever since.

Published: January 21, 2014

'Christmas Internet Virus' Warning
Circulating message warns recipients about a new "Christmas Internet Virus" which delivers its payload via files attached to fake "delivery failure" emails claiming to be from UPS, FedEx or USPS.

Published: December 19, 2013

Picture: Fields of Spider Silk After Australian Floods
Circulating image depicts fields blanketed in spider silk.

Published: November 26, 2013

Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture
Circulating protest message features an image of a dead elephant, still with food in its mouth, with a family of hunters posing behind the body.

Published: November 15, 2013

'Bizarre Unknown' Fish Caught in Malaysia Not So Mysterious
Social media messages that feature an image of an unusual fish caught in Malaysian waters claim that the bizarre looking fish is a mystery and possible even an alien species.

Published: November 11, 2013

Fogg Hill Wolf Kill Warning Poster
Poster circulating online states that 176 head of livestock were killed by an active wolf pack between Fogg Hill and Pole Canyon on Saturday. The poster urges people to exercise caution because bears and scavengers may be feeding in the area.

Published: November 1, 2013

Beware of Fake Obamacare Websites
Circulating messages warn users that hundreds of fake health care websites have been created as a means of tricking US citizens into divulging their personal information.

Published: October 29, 2013

Fake Water Bottles Airport Drug Smuggling Warning
Message warns people not to hold or carry items such as water bottles for other people when in airports because the items may contain illicit drugs. The message claims that fake water bottles have been used to smuggle drugs and includes a video showing such a bottle.

Published: October 9, 2013

Motrin Infant Drops Recall
Warning to parents circulating via social media claims that infant pain reliever Motrin Infants' Drops, Original Berry Flavour, has been recalled.

Published: October 7, 2013

Warning Claims Criminals Using Stolen Cell Phones to Get Bank Card PIN's
Warning message describes a case in which a criminal who stole a woman's handbag, complete with wallet, bank cards and cell phone, was able to empty her bank account by calling her husband on the stolen cell phone and asking for the card PIN.

Published: September 19, 2013

Unlucky Frog LADEE Rocket Launch Photograph
Message featuring what appears to be a frog leaping amidst a rocket launch claims that the photograph was taken at the LADEE launch at Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia on September 6, 2013.

Published: September 13, 2013

CASE NOW SOLVED - Message Asks For Help to Identify Man Killed By Train in Melbourne
A circulating social media message asks for help identifying a young man killed by a train in Melbourne, Australia in September, 2012.

Published: September 12, 2013

Pickup Truck Bus Crash Texting Warning Message
Circulating social media message featuring a photograph depicting a pickup truck crumpled between a large truck and a bus claims that the young driver of the pickup was texting just prior to the fatal accident.

Published: September 9, 2013

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