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Prank Hoaxes

  • October 2016 – 5 Mondays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays
    Meme circulating via social media claims that October 2016 will have 5 Mondays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays, an event that only occurs once every 823 years.
    Published: October 5, 2016

  • NASA ‘1 Day of Total Darkness’ Hoax
    Report circulating via social media claims that the Earth will experience one full day of darkness starting on June 2nd, 2016. The claims have supposedly been confirmed by NASA.
    Published: May 31, 2016

  • HOAX – ‘No Sun For 8 Days NASA Confirmed’
    Circulating social media message warns that there will be no sun for 8 days from June 10 until June 17. According to the message, the darkness event has been confirmed by NASA.
    Published: May 3, 2016

  • No, Dr Pepper is Not Set To Halt Production in 2016
    Message circulating via social media claims that soft drink giant Dr Pepper will halt production in the (US) summer of 2016 after Coca Cola bought the rights to the recipe.
    Published: April 20, 2016

  • ‘Deleted Entire Company With One Line of Code’ Claim Turned Out to be Just a Hoax
    Message posted to the ServerFault forum claimed that the poster had deleted all files on his web hosting company’s servers – including backups – when he accidentally ran a misconfigured script.
    Published: April 18, 2016

  • Green Moon on April 20 Due to Planetary Alignment? No, It’s a Hoax.
    Circulating meme claims that the moon will appear green on April 20th, 2016 because several planets are going to align. Supposedly, this is an event that only occurs once every 420 years.
    Published: April 6, 2016

  • ‘Comment #177’ Hacker Test Facebook Hoax
    Various posts circulating on Facebook are claiming that, if you type '#177' into a comment and a green line appears, it means that you have been hacked. Some of the posts include a screenshot that appears to show that the test actually works.
    Published: March 16, 2016

  • Do NOT Set Your iPhone Clock Back to 1970 – It Will Break Your Phone
    If you follow the instructions contained in a nasty hoax message currently circulating via social media and online forums, you could render your iPhone unusable. The message claims that you can activate an ‘easter egg’ by changing the date on your iPhone to January 1st, 1970 and then rebooting the device.
    Published: February 15, 2016

  • Rumblr Fighting App Is Just a Hoax
    In recent days, news of a new app called “Rumblr” had the Internet all agog. Supposedly, the app, which was described by some outlets as the 'tinder for fighting', allowed people to join up anonymously and arrange fights with other app members.
    Published: November 11, 2015

  • UFO Over Memphis Hoax Images
    According to a post that is going viral on Facebook, a number of people have spotted what appears to be a giant UFO emerging from the clouds over Memphis. The post features several pictures of the UFO that it claims were taken by different people indifferent parts of the city. The post asks why the images are not being broadcast by the major media outlets and suggests that ‘somebody has some explaining to do’.
    Published: November 10, 2015

  • Prank Post Claims All McDonalds Stores to be Closed by 2016
    According to a message that is currently traversing the interwebs at speed, fast food giant McDonalds is set to close all its stores by 2016 due to 'recent finds in lab tests'.
    Published: October 27, 2015

  • 'FacebookPremium' Prank Messages Cause Confusion
    A post circulating via Facebook has been causing a degree of confusion among some users. The post features a grey image that includes the words 'This Photo only viewable by FacebookPremium Users'. But, the message is just a silly prank.
    Published: October 2, 2015

  • 'Rare Himalayan Flower' Image Depicts a Sea Pen
    Circulating posts claim that an attached image depicts a very rare flower found in the Himalayas. However, the image actually shows a marine organism known as a sea pen

    Published: September 23, 2015

  • Prank Post Falsely Claims Dunkin' Donuts Is Closing Down
    A post currently circulating the interwebs at speed is sending cold shivers down the spines of donut lovers. The post claims that, due to a failing economy that has left the restaurant industry in ruins, Dunkin' Donuts has declared bankruptcy and will close all its stores by late November.
    Published: September 16, 2015

  • Are Weird Human-Dog Hybrid Creatures Being Sold to the Super-Rich as Pets?
    According to a report currently circulating via social media, weird human-dog hybrid creatures are being sold to the super-rich as pets.
    Published: September 16, 2015

  • Circulating 'Fallen Angel' Image Depicts a Sculpture, Not a Real Angel
    A 'breaking news' message currently circulating via social media claims that a real life angel has fallen from the sky in London. The message features an image depicting a rather elderly winged angel prone on the ground surrounded by netting.
    Published: July 29, 2015

  • HOAX - 'John Farnham Found Unresponsive At Thailand Hotel'
    According to a fake news story currently circulating vigorously via social media, iconic Australian entertainer John Farnham has been found unresponsive at a Thailand hotel and has been rushed to a hospital.
    Published: July 8, 2015

  • Cheeseburger Oreos Anyone?
    An image currently circulating via social media has some hard-core Oreos fan salivating with excitement while others shudder with revulsion (not really).
    Published: May 14, 2015

  • No, Taco Bell Has Not Been Serving Human Body Parts
    According to what appears to be a news post that is being distributed via social media, US fast-food chain Taco Bell is being shut down because test results have revealed that the company has been serving human meat to customers.
    Published: May 4, 2015

  • Don't Panic! Nutella is NOT Going to be Discontinued
    According to a message that is currently circulating the Interwebs, much loved hazelnut chocolate spread, Nutella will be discontinued by the end of 2015.
    Published: April 13, 2015

  • WhatsApp Voice Call Activation Hoax
    According to this message, which is circulating rapidly via social media, you can activate free voice calling on WhatsApp by sending the same message to eight people or four groups.
    Published: April 7, 2015

  • HOAX: 'Skype Very Crowded - Deleting Inactive Users'
    Message supposedly sent by the creator of Skype claims that Skype will be closing on March 15 because it is 'very crowded'. According to the message, users must send the warning to at least 15 other Skype users to prove that they are active and prevent their account from being 'deleted without hesitation'.
    Published: January 7, 2015

  • Viber 'Will Become Chargeable' Hoax
    Circulating message claims that messaging service Viber will start charging you to send messages if you do not send the information to ten people to prove that you are an 'avid user'.
    Published: December 5, 2014

  • Hoax Message Claims Giant Ghatotkacha Skeleton Unearthed in India
    Circulating message featuring a photograph of a gigantic human skeleton laid out in a city plaza claims that the image shows the body of Ghatotkacha, a character from an ancient Indian epic.
    Published: October 13, 2014

  • Online Friends Day 'Bouquets Increase' Hoax Email
    Oft forwarded email claims that it is online friends day and a friend is sending your flowers. According to the email, the number of bouquet images in the email will increase each time it is forwarded.
    Published: October 7, 2014

  • Do NOT Try to Charge your iPhone in a Microwave - 'Wave' iOS8 Hoax
    Viral message claims that new 'Wave' technology that comes with Apple's iOS8 allows you to wirelessly charge your iPhone by placing it in a household microwave for a minute and a half.
    Published: September 22, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Send Message to 10 Contacts to Activate WhatsApp with 'F' Logo'
    Message purporting to be from the director of instant messaging application WhatsApp claims that the service has been bought by Mark Zuckerberg and you must therefore send the same message to at least 10 contacts to activate your account with Facebook.
    Published: July 10, 2014

  • Fiction - Facebook Messages from Dead Girlfriend
    Circulating message relates the scary tale of a man who continues to receive Facebook messages from his girlfriend even though she died in a 2012 car accident.
    Published: July 10, 2014

  • PRANK - 'England Gets Second Chance as Ref Charged'
    Circulating news snippet appearing to be from the BBC claims that England has been given a replay game against Uruguay in the World Cup after the referee was charged with match fixing and bribery.
    Published: June 23, 2014

  • PRANK - 'Eastenders to be Axed after 29 Years'
    Circulating Facebook message claims that popular BBC show 'Eastenders' is set to be axed.
    Published: June 11, 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 11, 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

  • FAKE - Image Showing Giant Cross Crashed Through Adult Store Roof
    Viral image supposedly depicts a giant cross crashed through the roof of an 'Adult World' store. Captions that circulate with the image suggest that the depicted incident shows God's wrath against the 'sinful' store.
    Published: April 30, 2014

  • HOAX - 'McDonald's Users Worm Fillers in Meat From Company Called 100% Beef'
    Circulating report claims that McDonald's users 'worm fillers' in its meat but can still legally claim that there is 100% beef in their burgers because they use a company called the '100% Beef Company'.
    Published: April 22, 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

  • HOAX - '15 foot Eastern Brown Snake Found Near Caloundra Golf Course'
    Circulating message featuring images of a large snake claims that the snake is a 15 foot long Eastern Brown snake caught near a golf course at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia. According to the message, the snake is the largest Eastern Brown ever recorded.
    Published: April 11, 2014

  • HOAX: '2 Suns In The Sky On April 21st - Star Meccyroid'
    Circulating report claims that the star Meccyroid will pass close to earth on April 21st 2014, resulting in the appearance of two suns in the sky over a 9-hour period.
    Published: April 7, 2014

  • April Fools Joke - 'United States to Ban Raw Meat Sales'
    News snippet circulating via social media claims that the United States is set to ban raw meat sales as a means of ensuring that only pathogen free meats are sold to the public.
    Published: April 7, 2014

  • SCAM - 'Flight MH370 Found in Indian Ocean Shocking Video'
    Circulating Facebook post claims that lost Flight MH370 has been found in the Indian Ocean. The message features a teaser screenshot of an intact passenger aircraft crashed in the water and invites users to click the image to view a 'shocking video'.
    Published: April 2, 2014

  • HOAX - 'British Scientists Clone Dinosaur'
    Report circulating via social media claims that scientists at the UK's John Moore University have successfully cloned a dinosaur. The report features a picture that supposedly depicts the cloned baby dinosaur.
    Published: March 31, 2014

  • Like-Farming Video Scam - 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Found in Forest'
    'Breaking News' message circulating on Facebook claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found. The message features a video teaser image depicting a plane crashed on a dirt roadway beside a forest.
    Published: March 24, 2014

  • 'Eagle Snatching Kid' Viral Video is Fake
    A widely-circulated YouTube video appears to show an eagle swooping down and picking up a small child in a park before dropping him a short distance away.
    Published: March 21, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Google Earth Finds SOS From Woman Stranded on Deserted Island'
    Circulating report that features an image depicting an SOS sign drawn on the ground and viewed from a high altitude, claims that the sign was made by a woman stranded on a deserted island for 7 years. The report suggests that the SOS was finally spotted via Google Earth.
    Published: March 20, 2014

  • Viral Video Showing UFO Emerging From Behind Cloud
    A video going viral via social media appears to show a UFO emerging from behind a cloud and then shooting down bolts of blue light. A message that comes with some versions of the video claims that the video is 'being deleted all over the Internet' and asks users to share because the 'truth is happening'.
    Published: March 18, 2014

  • HOAX - Malaysia Airlines 'Lose Yourself' Advertisement
    The text on a circulating poster that is billed as an advertisement for Malaysia Airlines includes the slogans 'Lose yourself on an journey of epic proportions' and 'Wherever you go no one will ever know'. The poster claims that the pictured plane is a Boeing 777. The ad is billed as an uncanny premonition of missing Boeing 777 aircraft Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
    Published: March 17, 2014

  • Faux Image - 'Wild Hogfish' or 'Pig-nosed Fish'
    Circulating message that features an image of a bizarre looking fish that has a pig-like snout claims that the fish is a new species discovered in Texas creeks and is called the 'Wild Hogfish'. Other variants of the message claim that the 'pig-nosed fish' - or alternatively 'pig fish' - was found in a South African dam or in the American state of Arkansas.
    Published: March 13, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Dinosaur Egg Hatches In Berlin Museum'
    Report being distributed via social media and email claims that a 200 million year old dinosaur egg has hatched in a Berlin museum after a heating system malfunctioned.
    Published: March 13, 2014

  • HOAX - Volat-Araneus, The Flying Spider
    Circulating 'News' snippet claims that Volat-Araneus, a dangerous species of flying spider, will migrate to the UK this year. The snippet links to a longer report discussing the supposed threat.
    Published: March 12, 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: March 12, 2014

  • HOAX - Facebook 'No Religion Campaign'
    Circulating message claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'No Religion' campaign during which people caught spreading religious beliefs on the network will have their accounts locked.
    Published: March 10, 2014

  • Back to the Future Arrival Time Prank
    Messages that have been repeatedly posted on social media websites claim that 'Today is the day Marty McFly Arrives'. The messages refer to the date that the character 'Marty McFly' from the 'Back to the Future' movies arrives in the future. The messages usually include a graphic supposedly depicting the arrival date.
    Published: March 7, 2014

  • HOAX - Facebook 'No Swearing Campain'
    Circulating message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg claims that Facebook is set to launch a 'no swearing campain' and that people subsequently caught using profanity on the network will have their accounts locked pending further investigations.
    Published: March 4, 2014

  • HOAX - 'Deadly Snow Snake' Image
    Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts the deadly 'snow snake'. According to the message, the snake's venom will fatally freeze the blood of those bitten. It warns that four people in the United States have already been bitten.
    Published: March 4, 2014

  • Hoax - 'All European Newborn Babies Microchipped From May 2014'
    Circulating report claims that from May 2014, all newborn babies born in Europe will be implanted with a subcutaneous RFID chip that will include a GPS that can be linked to a satellite.
    Published: January 23, 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

  • Snow Canyon Roadway Image
    Caption on a circulating image depicting a roadway at the bottom of a deep snow canyon suggests that the picture was taken in Canada.
    Published: January 7, 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

  • Did Peter Garrett Present a Novel Alternative for The Dingo Problem?
    Message claims that Australian Government minister Peter Garrett suggested catching and castrating male dingos as a more humane solution to controlling the dingo population before being put firmly in his place by an old sheep farmer in the audience.
    Published: December 22, 2012

  • 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

  • December 2012 - 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays
    Circulating message claims that December 2012 will feature 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays, a combination of days that occurs only once every 823 years. The message claims that sending on the information will bring good luck to the sender.
    Published: November 1, 2012

  • Spiderman Window Cleaners Picture
    Caption claims that a circulating image depicts window cleaners at a children's hospital dressed as Spiderman.
    Published: October 24, 2012

  • Urban Legend - NASA Scientists Discover Biblical 'Missing Day'
    Long circulated message claims that detailed calculations performed by scientists at NASA identified a missing day in time, thus proving as fact the Biblical stories that God at one time made the sun stand still and on another occasion made the sun go backwards by ten degrees.
    Published: October 19, 2012

  • Hoax - 400 Marine Corps Dogs Need Homes
    Messages circulating via social media, email and the blogosphere claims that 400 United States Marine Corps Improvised Explosive Device sniffing dogs are being decommissioned and are therefore in need of good "forever" homes.
    Published: October 18, 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

  • 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.
    Published: September 12, 2012

  • Killer Piranha Attack Images
    Circulating messages featuring gory photographs of blood and bodies at a beach claim that the images depict a vicious piranha attack in South America.
    Published: September 4, 2012

  • Does a Circulating Photograph Show the Approach of Tropical Storm Isaac?
    Widely circulated photograph that shows a large storm front rolling across the ocean claims that the pictures depicts 2012's tropical storm Isaac.
    Published: August 27, 2012

  • Hoax - Giant Killer Snake Found in the Red Sea
    Circulating message that features images depicting a gigantic snake on the back of a large military truck claims that the snake was found in the Red Sea after it had killed 320 tourists and 125 divers.
    Published: August 27, 2012

  • Faux Image - Double Sunset on Mars
    Circulating image is claimed to depict two suns setting over the Martian horizon as taken from the Curiosity Rover.
    Published: August 14, 2012

  • AFL vs NRL - Wrongdoings of Australian Members of Parliament Hoax
    Message that lists the number of people in a particular group accused of various criminal or immoral activities claims that the group actually represents the 535 members of the Australian Parliament.
    Published: August 10, 2012

  • Hoax - NASA Predicts Total Blackout of Planet in Dec 2012
    Circulating message claims that NASA has predicted a total blackout of the planet for a three day period in December 2012 during which the universe will be aligned and the Earth will shift into another dimension.
    Published: August 4, 2012

  • Faux Image - Pilots Protesting Chemtrails
    Image circulating via social media and email depicts uniformed pilots marching with picture placards supposedly showing chemtrails.
    Published: August 1, 2012

  • McDonald�s Signboard Supporting Chick-Fil-A
    Photo being forwarded on Facebook supposedly shows a McDonald�s restaurant sign with a message expressing support of Chick-fil-A and daring consumers to boycott them.
    Published: July 31, 2012

  • Hoax Picture - Obama Holding Phone Upside Down
    Widely circulated image supposedly depicts US President Obama holding a phone handset upside down while posing for a photo opportunity.
    Published: July 30, 2012

  • Cranky Old Man Poem
    Message circulating via social media and email claims that a touching poem about growing old called "Cranky Old Man" was found in the possessions of an old man who died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town.
    Published: July 25, 2012

  • Mr Bean's Daughter Hoax
    Message that includes a series of images depicting an attractive young woman claims that the woman is the daughter of actor Rowan Atkinson, famous for his portrayal of the character "Mr Bean".
    Published: 26 June, 2012

  • Hoax - Picture of Sharks Swimming In Flooded Kuwait Scientific Center
    Message that features an image of sharks swimming in a flooded lobby at the bottom of escalators claims that the picture was taken after the collapse of the shark tank at the Scientific Center in Kuwait.
    Published: 18th June 2012

  • Black Lion Facebook Hoax
    Message circulating rapidly on Facebook asks users to "like" a photograph purportedly depicting an entirely black lion.
    Published: 5th June 2012

  • Hoax - Picture of 'World's Largest Tortoise'
    Social media message claims that an attached photograph depicts the world's largest tortoise, found in the Amazon River, being transported along a roadway strapped to the bed of a large truck. A newer variant claims that the giant beast is a mutant caused by radiation leaked from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
    Published: May 4, 2012

  • Hoax - June 2012 - 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays
    Circulating message claims that June 2012 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a configuration that occurs only once every 823 years.
    Published: 23rd April 2012

  • Boeing 797 Hoax
    Message claims that aircraft company Boeing is set to launch its Boeing 797, a new 1000 passenger jet that sports a radical Blended Wing design. The message features several images supposedly depicting a Boeing 797.
    Published: 19th April 2012

  • WhatsApp 'Servers Really Full' Hoax
    Message claims that smartphone instant messaging application WhatsApp needs its users to re-send the same message to everyone on their contact lists to prove that they are active users because the company's "servers have recently been really full". The message warns that the accounts of users who do not send on the information will become inactive.
    Published: April 14, 2012

  • Fake Three (Or Seven) Headed Snake Image
    Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts a three headed (or seven headed) cobra found on a roadway somewhere in India.
    Published: 2nd March 2012

  • Hoax - Indian Woman Gives Birth to Eleven Babies at Once
    Circulating message claims that a woman in India has just broken the world record after giving birth to eleven babies at once. The message includes a photograph depicting eleven babies with a medical team.
    Published: 8th February 2012

  • Seriously McDonald's - African Americans Pay More Hoax
    Circulating image shows a sign posted in the window of a McDonald's store that informs African-American customers that they are required to pay more due to a string of robberies.
    Published: 25th January 2012

  • WhatsApp 'Logo Will Turn Red' Hoax
    Circulating message claims that smartphone instant messaging application WhatsApp is about to start charging users for service but that this charge can be avoided by sending the same message to ten people.
    Published: 15th January 2012

  • New Fall Hat - Image of President Obama Wearing an Acorn Hat and Smoking
    Circulating image supposedly shows US President Obama wearing a hat shaped like an acorn cap while smoking a cigarette.
    Published: 7th December 2010

  • Elephant Encounter Story - Not the Same Elephant
    Circulating message tells the tale of a man who, twenty years after helped a young wild elephant with a sore foot, believes that he has encountered the same elephant, a belief that ends in tragedy.
    Published: 1st December 2010

  • Friendship Inquiries Hacker Alert Hoax.
    Alert posted on Facebook and other networks warns users not to accept friendship inquiries from Roland Dreyer, Matthias Damberger, Mario Sommer, Fabian Berneder or Frank Becker because they are hackers intent on destroying your hard disk.
    Published: 9th November 2010

  • Iceberg Spotted at Cape Town?
    Circulating photographs and videos purportedly depict an iceberg floating in the ocean near Cape Town, South Africa.
    Published: 2nd November 2010

  • Viral Video - Time Traveller in Charlie Chaplin Film?
    Footage from a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film appears to show a woman using a mobile (cell) phone decades before they were invented. Commentators have suggested that the Chaplin film may have inadvertently captured a time traveller.
    Published: 1st November 2010

  • Floating Rock 'Miracle' - Surprising Rock in Saudi Arabia
    Circulating message claims that an attached image shows a miraculous rock in a village in Saudi Arabia that floats above the ground once every year during the month of April.
    Published: 13th October 2010

  • Feeding the Eagles
    Message claims that a series of photographs show the feeding of bald eagles during very cold weather at St. Louis, Missouri and Alton, Illinois (and other locations) in January 2010.
    Published: 8th 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

  • 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
    Message claims that August 2010 has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays and that this combination of days only occurs once in 823 years.
    Published: 23rd August 2010

  • Falsely Attributed Quote - A Norman Rockwell Moment
    Message that includes a quote about work and government billed as "possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read" implies that the words were penned by famous US artist Norman Rockwell.
    Published: 21st July 2010

  • Five Headed Cobra Hoax Images
    Circulating images supposedly depict a five-headed cobra found at Kukke Subrahmanya, a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Karnataka.
    Published: 5th July 2010

  • Kevin Rudd Fire the Cattle Guards Hoax
    Message claims that, upon hearing that there were over 10,000 "cattle guards" in NSW & Queensland, then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ordered that half of the "guards" be fired immediately because he mistakenly assumed that the cattle guards were actually human guards rather than simply steel grate devices placed on roadways to restrict the movement of cattle and other livestock.
    Published: 2nd July 2010

  • Two Suns - Star Aderoid Hoax
    Message claims that the star "Aderoid" will move close to the Earth in June 2010 and will appear as large as the Sun to the naked eye.
    Published: 16th June 2010

  • Remus Rudd Hanged Horse Thief Hoax
    Circulating story claims that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's great-great Uncle Remus was hanged as a horse thief and train robber in 1889 and that the Prime Minister's staff answered a query about this politically unfortunate ancestral connection with a piece of classic political spin that attempted to present Uncle Remus's nefarious activities in a positive light.
    Published: June, 8th 2010

  • Image Showing a Kayak in the Mouth of a Whale
    Email claims that an attached image depicts a kayak caught in the open mouth of a whale as it surfaces to feed.
    Published: May 24, 2010

  • Liquid Mountaineering Video - Walking on Water
    Viral video supposedly shows young men participating in a "new sport" in which they apparently run on water with the aid of special water proof footwear.
    Published: 21st May 2010

  • Cessna Citation Engines Damaged by Volcanic Ash Hoax
    Email that features a series of attached photographs depicting a severely damaged jet engine claims that the damage was caused by the aircraft flying through volcanic ash.
    Published: 20th May 2010

  • Letter Z To Be Removed from the Alphabet Hoax
    Message claims that the "English Language Central Commission (ELCC)" has decided to remove the letter "Z" from the English Alphabet from June 1st.
    Published: 12th May 2010

  • Russian K-7 Heavy Bomber Images
    Circulating message claims that attached images depict a K-7, an exceptionally large aircraft built in Russia during the 1930's.
    Published: 4th May 2010

  • Chewing Gum and Helium Experiment Video
    Circulating video supposedly shows young men floating above the ground and jumping safely from a high bridge solely with the aid of a chewing gum bubble filled with helium.
    Published: 15th April 2010

  • Facebook Gold Account Hoaxes
    Status updates being passed around on Facebook supposedly provide information about how to gain access to an enhanced version of Facebook called "Facebook Gold".
    Published: 22nd February 2010

  • Maroochydore High School Answering Machine Message Hoax
    Email claims that staff at Maroochydore High School in Queensland, Australia have implemented a sarcastic automated answering service that bluntly points out that teachers are not responsible for the poor behaviour and lack of commitment of students and their parents.
    Published: 10th February 2010

  • Immigration Quote Wrongly Attributed to Sir Edmund Barton
    Email with an old photograph of a leader addressing a crowd claims that a speech on the assimilation of immigrants included in the message was made by Australia's first Prime Minister Sir Edmund Barton in 1907.
    Published: 5th February 2010

  • What Is A Golf Ball Worth? - Alligator Takes Golfer's Arm Photographs
    Email claims that attached photographs depict a golfer whose arm was bitten off by an alligator when he attempted to retrieve his ball from an on course pond.
    Published: 27th January 2010

  • New US Dollar Notes Preview Hoax
    Email claims that a series of attached images depict new US dollar notes, including a $200 bill, that are to be released by the US government in 2010
    Published: December 2009

  • Bungee Jumper Loses Head To Crocodile Video
    Circulating video supposedly shows a bungee jumper having his head bitten off by a crocodile as he reaches the water
    Published: December 2009

  • Amazing Device From Google Hoax
    Message claims that attached images show an amazing new mobile computing device developed by Google that combines a touch screen, a camera, a scanner, WiFi, and Google Maps to give unprecedented access to information while on the move
    Published: November 2009

  • Fake Happy Burger Day Red Robin Coupon
    Message circulating via email and the Internet claims that recipients can print out an attached coupon to receive a free burger from gourmet burger chain, Red Robin
    Published: November 2009

  • Mexican Largest Flower in the World Photo - Blooms Once Every Forty Years
    Email claims that an attached photograph shows a flower in Mexico that is the largest in the world and only blooms once every forty years for four days
    Published: November 2009

  • Sachin Tendulkar And The Shell Shaped House
    Email claims that an unusual and beautiful shell-shaped house depicted in a series of attached photographs is the home of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and is located in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai, India
    Published: October 2009

  • Good Old Macca's - McDonald's Australia 'Leave Out Items' Memo Hoax
    Good Old Macca's - McDonald's Australia 'Leave Out Items' Memo Hoax
    Published: October 2009

  • The Faded Gingham Dress - Stanford University Origin Legend
    Message tells the story of a seemingly backwoods couple in threadbare clothes who, after being rudely rebuffed by the President of Harvard University when they offered to donate a building in honour of their dead son, subsequently established Stanford University at Palo Alto, California
    Published: September 2009

  • Big Slip - Giant Water Slide Jump Video
    Viral video supposedly shows a man sliding down a giant water slide at great speed before flying off a ramp at the end of the slide to land in a small round wading pool
    Published: August 2009

  • Bristol Zoo Car Park Attendant Hoax
    Message claims that a man posing as a car park attendant at Bristol Zoo collected unauthorised parking fees from zoo visitors for 25 years before absconding to Spain to live in luxury on the proceeds of his illegal activities.
    Published: 17th July 2009

  • F-35 Fighter Jet Vertical Take-Off Flip Video
    Message claims that an attached video shows an F-35 Fighter Jet flipping upside down during a vertical takeoff mishap and then taking off safely after the highly skilled Navy pilot regained control of the aircraft
    Published: June 2009

  • Christopher Butterfield Hacker Warning Hoax
    Message warns that a person named Christopher Butterfield is a hacker and that simply accepting a friend request from him will allow him to hack in to your computer.
    Published: 30th April 2009

  • Hacker Hoax Warning - Do Not Accept dr3am_rock or Linda M
    Message warns that a hacker that uses the address "[email protected]" or the nick name "Linda M" can take over the computers of those who simply accept him as a contact
    Published: April 2009

  • World's First Flying Hotel - Hotelicopter Hoax
    Message claims that attached photographs show a unique flying luxury hotel called the "Hotelicopter" that is soon to begin its first tours.
    Published: April 15th, 2009

  • Karl Marx Quote on Credit Crisis
    Quote attributed to Karl Marx apparently quite accurately predicts the current world economic crisis although it is supposedly taken from Marx's book "Das Kapital", which was written in 1867.
    Published: April 2009

  • Air Force One Tail Number Hoax
    Circulating image shows the tail number of US Presidential aircraft Air Force One as being "N166ER", a combination of letters and numbers that can be read as a racist epithet
    Published: March 2009

  • Dial Before You Dig - Gas Pipeline Explosion Photographs
    Email claims that attached photographs show the aftermath of a large explosion caused by a worker who ruptured a gas pipeline while operating a post hole digger
    Published: January 2009

  • Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
    Email claims that attached photographs show a massive man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir in Huadu, China.
    Published: 14th February 2009

  • Rebirth Of The Eagle Hoax
    Circulating slide presentation claims that, at around 40 years of age, eagles go through a painful 5 month process of rebirth in which they remove and regrow their beak, talons and feathers thereby allowing them to live another 30 years.
    Published: 28th January 2009

  • One Wing Plane Landing - Best Air Race Pilot Ever Video
    Video supposedly shows an air race pilot successfully landing his plane after one wing snapped off during a mid air manoeuvre
    Published: November 2008

  • Home in A Garbage Truck
    Email forward claims that attached photographs depict a garbage truck converted into a mobile home
    Published: October 2008

  • Senator Collins Oil Spill Interview - The Front Fell Off
    Email forward claims that an attached video shows an actual news interview in which Australian Senator Collins discusses a major oil spill that occurred in 2007
    Published: October 2008

  • Internet Rumour - UNESCO Chooses Indian National Anthem as Best In The World
    Message claims that UNESCO has announced that the Indian National Anthem is the best in the world.
    Published: September 25, 2008

  • Burned Cigars Insurance Claim Hoax
    Message tell the story of a slick lawyer who successfully files an insurance claim for a box of expensive cigars because they were lost "in a series of small fires" as he smoked them.
    Published: 19th August 2008

  • Two Cranes Tipping Off Pier Photographs
    Sequence of photographs supposedly show a large crane truck toppling off a pier as it tries to lift a submerged vehicle and then an even larger crane truck tipping into the water as it attempts to retrieve the first crane truck
    Published: 7th August 2008

  • Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax
    Email claims that attached photographs depict a huge living tree located in India in which figures of animals have miraculously grown naturally all over the tree's trunk without human influence.
    Published: August 6, 2008

  • Sunset Over Europe and Africa From Columbia Hoax
    Email claims that an attached image depicting Europe and Africa from space when the sun is setting is a photograph taken on the last mission of doomed space shuttle Columbia.
    Published: 5th August 2008

  • Astronaut Carving on Salamanca Cathedral Wall
    Emailed PowerPoint presentation questions the mystery of a modern astronaut figure carved onto the wall of a centuries old cathedral in Salamanca, Spain.
    Published: August 2008

  • Rottnest Island Great White Shark Hoax
    Email forward claims that attached photographs show a Great White Shark caught near Rottnest Island in Western Australia by the fishing vessel, 'Pirate'
    Published: July 2008

  • German Truck Art
    Email claims that attached images show seven trucks that have been cleverly painted to advertise particular products
    Published: July 2008

  • Diamond Covered Mercedes Photographs
    Email forward claims that attached photographs show a $4.8 million diamond covered Mercedes owned by Prince Waleed of Saudi Arabia
    Published: June 2008

  • Ball Girl Wall Climb Catch Video
    "Viral" YouTube video supposedly shows a ball girl making an amazing catch by running up a wall during a baseball game between Fresno and Tacoma
    Published: June 2008

  • Forward To View Funny Clip Email Hoax
    "Friendship" chain email claims that the recipient will be able to view a funny video clip if he or she sends it to at least seven other people
    Published: June 2008

  • Photograph of Tornado Hitting Scout Camp Hoax
    Email claims that an attached photographs shows the tornado the killed four boy scouts at an Iowa camp ground in June 2008
    Published: June 2008

  • Making Popcorn With Cell Phones
    Several YouTube videos apparently show corn being popped by the radiation from an array of cellphones
    Published: June 2008

  • Bill Gates High School Speech - 11 Things Kids Will Not Learn in School
    Email claims that a list of eleven rules that kids will not learn in school was taken from a recent high school speech given by Microsoft founder Bill Gates
    Published: June 2008

  • Fake Pothole Speed Control Device Photographs
    Message claims that attached photographs show a new speed control tactic that consists of laying very realistic looking fake pothole stickers on the roadway.
    Published: June 6, 2008

  • Oil Rig Tornado Photo Hoax
    Email claims that an attached photograph shows a large tornado and spectacular lightning strike alongside an oil rig in Texas
    Published: June 2008

  • Horror in Singapore - Raffles Place Ghost Video
    Security CCTV footage supposedly shows the ghostly figure of an old lady emerging from behind two men in an office building elevator
    Published: May 2008

  • Airliner Ditching In Surf Video
    "Viral" video apparently shows an airliner passing very low over a beach, circling around surrounding buildings and finally ditching in the ocean close to shore
    Published: May 2008

  • What Do People Fear Most? - Magazine Survey Email Hoax
    Email claims that a survey conducted by two magazines, one with predominantly white readership and the other with predominantly black readership, collected very different results for the question 'What Do People Fear Most?
    Published: April 2008

  • 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.
    Published: April 1st, 2008

  • Self Parking Garage
    Email claims that attached photographs depict a new and very efficient type of "self parking garage" located in Munich, Germany
    Published: April 2008

  • Pearl Harbor Box Brownie Photographs
    Email claims that a series of old photographs depicting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 were found in a Kodak Box Brownie camera stored in a foot locker
    Published: 29th April 2008

  • Global Marine Drilling Iceberg Photo Hoax
    Email claims that an attached image is a photograph of an iceberg taken by a Global Marine Drilling Rig Manager in Newfoundland
    Published: March 2008

  • Redneck Mansion Photograph
    Circulating photograph of an unusual structure made from a collection of stacked caravans (trailers) is falsely labelled as a "redneck mansion"
    Published: March 2008

  • Barack Obama Endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan Hoax
    Emailed "News report" claims that the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Barack Obama for the US presidency
    Published: February 2008

  • Shark's Love for Man Hoax
    Slideshow presentation claims that a friendly and thankful Great White Shark constantly follows a fisherman who once saves its life and the two have formed a "mutual affection".
    Published: 30th January 2008

  • K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Hoax
    Message claims that an attached photograph depicts Brutus, a military K9 that won the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving soldiers in Iraq
    Published: January 2008

  • Mobile Phone Tips - Things You Never Knew Your Mobile Phone Could Do
    Message outlines four mobile phone tips that it claims can be useful in emergency situations.
    Published: 17th January 2008

  • General Cosgrove Radio Interview Hoax
    Message claims that Australia�s General Peter Cosgrove made a remark about a female interviewer being "equipped to be a prostitute" during an interview on ABC radio.
    Published: 3rd January 2008

  • Robber Eaten By 'Alligator' Photographs
    Email claims that attached photographs depict body parts retrieved from the stomach of an alligator that killed a fleeing robber in Florida.
    Published: 13th December 2007

  • Marzipan Frosting Babies Hoax Email
    Message claims that attached photographs show cake-frosting babies made from marzipan.
    Published: 7th December 2007

  • Sumatra Island Tsunami Wave Photograph Hoax
    Email claims that an attached photograph shows a residential area in Sumatra about to be engulfed by a gigantic tsunami wave.
    Published: 5th December 2007

  • Grateful Iraqi Sculptor Email
    Email claims that a grateful Iraqi sculptor created statues as a way of thanking US soldiers for liberating Iraq
    Published: November 2007

  • World Record Size 'Piranha' Photographs
    Email forward with photographs of a large fish with a mouth full of long, sharp teeth, claims that the fish is a world record sized piranha
    Published: October 2007

  • Dashboard Fuel Pump Icon 'Secret'
    Message claims that the side on which the handle is shown on the fuel tank icon on car dashboards always indicates which side the fuel tank filler is located
    Published: October 2007

  • Microsoft Magic
    Message outlines three seemingly strange procedures in Microsoft Windows operating systems and claims that not even Microsoft knows why these procedures work as they do
    Published: October 2007

  • Shark Behind Scuba Divers Photo Hoax
    Email claims that an attached image showing a large shark very close behind a scuba-diving couple is a real photograph taken during a family holiday in Australia.
    Published: 30th August 2007

  • Images Of Strange Mermaid Found On Beach
    Circulating photographs of a strange sea-creature are claimed to depict the body of a mermaid or alien found on a beach.
    Published: 4th August 2006

  • Michael Vick Virginia Beach SPCA Poster Hoax
    Poster, claiming to be from the Virginia Beach SPCA, thanks Michael Vick, a US sportsman indicted on illegal dog fighting charges, for finding a home for 14 American Pit Bull Terriers rescued from Hurricane Katrina
    Published: July 2007

  • Shark Attacking Helicopter Photograph
    Email that includes an image depicting a large shark jumping at a helicopter claims that the photograph was nominated by National Geographic as "The photo of the year".
    Published: 27th June 2007

  • Painted Bathroom Floor Photograph
    Email claims an attached photograph shows a bathroom with the floor painted so that it appears to be open to the sky
    Published: May 2007

  • Japanese Sheep for Poodles Hoax
    A bogus story about a sheep for poodle substitution scam in Japan has effectively pulled the wool over the eyes of many Western news outlets.
    Published: 1st May 2007

  • Photos of Houses in Weird Places
    Series of circulating images supposedly show houses built in strange locations
    Published: April 2007

  • Derbyshire Fairy Hoax
    Message claims that photographs show the remains of a fairy found in Derbyshire, England.
    Published: 27th April 2007

  • Free Flights For STD Sufferers Hoax
    Message claims that people with a sexually transmitted disease can fly free with Southwest Airlines to anywhere in the world
    Published: April 2007

  • Swan River Cougar Photographs Email
    Email with attached photographs of a cougar on a patio deck claims the photographs were taken in Swan River, Manitoba
    Published: April 2007

  • Huge Dog With Horse Photograph
    Circulating image depicts a huge dog and a horse being lead through a park
    Published: 11th April 2007

  • Townsville Flood Photograph Hoax
    Circulating image supposedly depicts severe flooding on The Strand, a seaside street in the northern Australian city of Townsville
    Published: February 2007

  • 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: 5th February 2007

  • Tampa Bay Beach Sea Monster
    Circulating photographs are claimed to depict a strange sea creature found on Florida's Tampa Bay Beach.
    Published: 12th December 2006

  • B737 Mid Air Collision Photos Hoax
    Email claims that attached photographs shown a B737 aircraft just before it crashed after a mid air collision with an Embraer Legacy jet over South America
    Published: December 2006

  • Not All Heroes Are People - Daisy The Dog Hoax
    This message tells the story of Daisy, a guide dog who lead her blind owner and almost 1000 others out of the doomed WTC towers after the 9/11 terrorist attack.
    Published: 2nd November 2006

  • 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: July 2006

  • Mother Tiger Nurses Piglets Email
    Email forward that includes photographs of a tiger suckling several tiger-costumed piglets claims that the baby pigs were given to the mother tiger to counteract her depression after losing her own cubs.
    Published: 26th June 2006

  • Bush Hid The Facts - Notepad Conspiracy Claim
    Message claims that the strange result when a Windows Notepad file with the text "Bush hid the facts" is re-opened may represent a deliberate anti-Bush political statement by Microsoft
    Published: June 2006

  • Email Warning - Speed Camera Offence Information Available Online
    Email claims that anybody can view information about a driver's speed camera offences by visiting a publicly accessible website
    Published: April 2006

  • Image of the North Pole With the Moon at its Closest Point
    An image circulating via email and online is claimed to be a photograph of the North Pole that captures the moon at its closest point and shows the sun below the moon.
    Published: 14th February 2006

  • Q33 NY Wingdings Hoax - Elevens and the Wrath of the Eagle
    Email claims that entering Q33 NY in the Wingdings font reveals a combination of symbols that reflect the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers. It also claims that a verse in the Quran predicts US involvement in Iraq and that "eleven" is a number with special significance to 9/11
    Published: December 2005

  • Eye Of God Image - Hubble Telescope Email
    Eye Of God Image - Hubble Telescope Email
    Published: December 2005

  • Giant New Orleans Crocodile Hoax Email
    Email claims that a giant 21-foot crocodile was found swimming the flooded streets of Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans
    Published: September 2005

  • Praying Mother and Son Rock Formation
    Email message claims an attached image depicts a rock formation in Burma that resembles a mother and son praying by a lake.
    Published: August 2005

  • Yearly Internet Maintenance Prank Email
    Email claims that the Internet will be closed down for maintenance for a 24-hour period
    Published: March 2005

  • Fake Tsunami Photo
    Email forward claims that an attached photo depicts the Asian tsunami about to engulf a city
    Published: January 2005

  • Rat served in Asian Restaurant Hoax
    Email claims that a popular restaurant in the US city of Atlanta has been shut down after the owner was caught accepting shipments of rats and mice to use in meals
    Published: January 2005

  • Half Human - Half Pig: Weird Photo of Suckling Mother and Babies
    Photograph depicts a bizarre family of strange hybrid-human creatures, including a mother and suckling babies
    Published: May 2005

  • 1954 Home Computer Hoax
    Caption accompanying a widely circulated image claims that the picture depicts how scientists in 1954 imagined a home computer set-up would look in 2004.
    Published: May 2005

  • Tsunami Deep Sea Creatures Email
    Email with a number of attached photographs of strange deep-sea creatures claims that the creatures were washed up as a result of the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami. A much earlier version claimed that the creatures were washed up after the December 2004 Southeast Asian Tsunami.
    Published: 12th January 2005

  • Email claims that is selling a variety of terrorist weapons
    Email claims that is selling a variety of terrorist weapons
    Published: September, 2004

  • Hands of God Email
    Email claims that an accompanying image is a photograph of the hands of God in storm clouds.
    Published: 12 September 2004

  • Giant Skeleton Hoax
    Emails with attached images supposedly depicting the skeletal remains of gigantic humans claim that the skeletons were unearthed in the Arabian or Indian deserts
    Published: July 2004

  • Another ShadowCrew Prank Email
    Email claims to be a transaction confirmation message from for three months access to child pornography
    Published: 2004

  • Prank Email
    Email claims to be an account suspension message from eBay, but is actually a prank directed at
    Published: 2004

  • Mountain Lion Email Hoax
    Email claims that a giant mountain lion was shot by a hunter in the US state of Kansas
    Published: 2004

  • Dark Profits Hoax Email
    An email claiming to be from informs recipients that their credit card has been billed for "1 Month Child Porn Unlimited Online Access"
    Published: 2004

  • Fake News Story: Cambodian Midgets Fight Lion
    News story claims that 42 Cambodian Midgets were mutilated in a fight with an African lion while paying spectators looked on
    Published: ????

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