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  • '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

  • Train Through Bangkok Market Video
    Widely distributed videos that show a train apparently running through the middle of a busy Bangkok market have generated a lot of online discussion and debate.
    Updated: 21st November 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

  • PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) Premium Rate Scam Warning
    Circulating message warns that a card from PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) informing householders about a package delivery is actually a scam designed to trick them into making a premium rate phone call that will will cost £315.
    Updated: November 1, 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

  • The Amazing Typewriter Art of Paul Smith
    Email with a series of attached pictures claims that the pictures were created on a typewriter by the artist Paul Smith.
    Updated: October 8, 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

  • 'I Am Meth' Poem
    Message featuring a poem illustrating the danger and destructive nature of the drug meth claims that the poem was written by a young meth-addicted girl in jail who later died of a drug overdose.
    Published: August 29, 2013

  • Mexican Drug Money Photos
    Series of photographs circulating via email and online show millions of dollars in cash seized during a drug raid in Mexico.
    Updated: August 26, 2013

  • Security Warning Message - Black Device Connected to Keyboard
    Message warns users of public computers to check for a black device that, when plugged into the computer's keyboard by a fraudster, can store all key strokes entered, including passwords.
    Published: August 22, 2013

  • Hate Letter Targets Autistic Teen and His Family
    Circulating message features a venomous and hate filled letter sent to the family of a teenager with Autism.
    Published: August 20, 2013

  • Missing Teen Devon Ward Has Been Located and is Safe
    Missing Teen Devon Ward Has Been Located and is Safe
    Published: August 16, 2013

  • Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses
    Circulating messages ask recipients to help find new homes for 52 thoroughbred horses that must be rehoused urgently due to the death of their owner.
    Updated: August 15, 2013

  • Warning - Grapes and Raisins Toxic to Dogs And Cats
    Circulating message warns that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and cats.
    Published: July 29, 2013

  • Giant Rabbit Photographs
    Circulating photographs show an extremely large rabbit being held up by its owner.
    Updated: July 29, 2013

  • Tear Drop Monument - Russian Gift to the United States
    Email claims that attached photographs show a monument donated by Russia as a memorial for the victims of 9/11.
    Updated: July 23, 2013

  • Australian Government Withdrawing Funds From Inactive Accounts Warning
    Circulating message warns that the Australian Federal Government can now take money from bank accounts that have had no deposits and withdrawals for three years because such accounts are deemed inactive.
    Published: July 4, 2013

  • Naked Mole Rats Not Susceptible To Cancer
    Message circulating via social media claims that naked mole rats are immune to cancer and that scientists have identified the molecule that provides this immunity.
    Published: June 21, 2013

  • Super Moon June 23, 2013
    Messages circulating on Facebook claim that a "Super Moon" will occur on June 23, 2013 and ask users to spread the word so that others can also enjoy the event.
    Published: June 7, 2013

  • Dubai Sewage System - Poop Truck Video
    Circulating message that features a YouTube video depicting seemingly endless lines of sewage trucks in Dubai claims that the trucks are necessary because the city does not have a sewage system that can service all of its new buildings.
    Published: June 5, 2013

  • Doors Keyboardist Ray Manzarek Dies
    Messages circulating via social media claim that Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for iconic band, The Doors, has passed away from cancer.
    Published: May 21, 2013

  • Frozen Niagara Falls Photographs
    Series of photographs circulating via email are claimed to depict Niagara Falls frozen over in the year 1911.
    Updated: May 15, 2013

  • Bear Grylls Producer Snakebite Foot Injury Picture
    Social media message featuring an image depicting a severe foot injury claims that the injury was the result of a snakebite suffered by Stephen Rankin a producer of the Bear Grylls television series.
    Published: May 7, 2013

  • Water Bottle Car Fire Warning
    Message warns that a water bottle left inside a car on a sunny day could ignite the upholstery and start a fire.
    Updated: May 7, 2013

  • Warning Message About False Widow Spider in UK
    Social media driven message warns UK residents that venom from a spider called the False Widow that is now in the UK can cause amputations if bites are not properly treated.
    Published: May 3, 2013

  • Golden Zebra Photograph
    Circulating image depicts a rare golden zebra with bright blue eyes.
    Published: April 26, 2013

  • Photographs of Lions Chewing Car Tyres
    Set of photographs show lions biting at and finally destroying the tyre of a Land Rover while the passengers of the vehicle look on apprehensively.
    Updated: April 22, 2013

  • Madeleine McCann New Zealand Lookalike Facebook Post
    Message circulating rapidly via Facebook claims that authorities are carrying out DNA tests on a New Zealand girl who closely resembles missing British child Madeleine McCann.
    Published: April 16, 2013

  • 'Rarest Meteor Shower' - April 22, 2013
    Message circulating via social media claims that on the night of April 22, 2013, people on Earth will have a chance to view one of the rarest meteor showers, with thousands of "shooting stars" visible in the night sky.
    Published: April 11, 2013

  • Digital Pad ATM Skimming Device Warning
    Circulating image depicts a scamming system in which a fake keypad is placed over the top of the genuine keypad on an ATM as a means of stealing card data.
    Published: March 27, 2013

  • Protest Message - Live 'Tortoise' Souvenirs Sold in China
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that live tortoises sealed in bags of herbal solution are being sold as souvenirs in China.
    Published: March 13, 2013

  • 'Toasted Skin Syndrome' From Laptop Warning
    Health warning circulating in the form of a graphic claims that using a laptop computer across your legs can cause a heat related condition known as "toasted skin syndrome" that may lead to skin cancer.
    Published: March 7, 2013

  • Missing Girl Laura Clark Has now Been Found
    Circulating social media messages ask users to watch out from missing UK teenager Laura Clark.
    Published: March 6, 2013

  • Capri Sun Mold Warning
    Message circulating virally via social media posts warns parents that mold has been found inside a container of the popular fruit drink Capri Sun. The message includes a photograph of the moldy beverage in a glass. Another version claims a worm was found in the beverage and includes an image depicting the supposed worm.
    Published: February 6, 2013

  • Outdated Missing Child Alert - Duncan Craig Bennell Has Been Found
    Widely circulated social media message asks recipients to watch out for a child named Duncan Craig Bennell, who it claims was kidnapped from a primary school in Western Australia.
    Published: February 4, 2013

  • Kate Curry Missing Child Alert - Kate Has Now Been Found
    Message circulating rapidly on Facebook asks users to share a photo of missing 13 year old Kate Curry in the hope that someone has information on her whereabouts.
    Published: January 23, 2013

  • Swimming in the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls
    Circulating photographs show adults and children swimming in a rock pool at the very edge of a high waterfall.
    Updated: January 14, 2013

  • Dog 'Capitán' Sleeps At Owner's Grave
    Social media message that includes a photograph of a dog sleeping on a grave, claims that the picture depicts a German Shepherd named Capitán who has slept by the grave of his owner Miguel Guzmán since the man died in 2006.
    Published: January 14, 2013

  • Christmas Cards For Dalton Dingus
    Circulating messages ask users to send Christmas cards to seriously ill nine year old Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Dalton Dingus of Kentucky, USA.
    Published: December 12, 2012

  • Giant Table and Chairs Horse Shelter Photograph
    Message featuring a photograph of horses sheltering under a giant table and chairs claims that the horse owner built the massive furniture after he was denied council permission to build a more traditional horse shelter.
    Published: December 4, 2012

  • Missy, Dog Rescued From Colorado Mountain
    Circulating message tells the story of Missy, a dog abandoned and left to die by her owners high on a Colorado mountain but later rescued by other hikers.
    Published: November 12, 2012

  • Monkey Orchid
    Circulating images are claimed to depict an orchid flower that resembles the face of a monkey or baboon.
    Published: November 9, 2012

  • NASA JPL Twitter Account Retweets Anti-Romney Material
    Messages circulating via social media claim that a number of anti-Romney messages were recently retweeted via the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Twitter account.
    Published: October 19, 2012

  • Facebook Post Claims Dog Saved Puppies From House Fire
    Message circulating rapidly via Facebook that features a photograph of a dog tending to her puppies on a fire truck, claims that the dog, named Amanda, saved her puppies from a burning house while firefighters fought the blaze.
    Published: September 13, 2012

  • Young Football Player Not Allowed to Wear Pink Gloves For Breast Cancer
    Protest message claims that 12 year old football player Julian Connerton wished to wear pink gloves in honour of his mother who has breast cancer but was told by his coach that he was not allowed to play while wearing the gloves.
    Published: September 11, 2012

  • Post Circulating Claims Hotel Made Disabled US Veteran Crawl Down Stairs
    Post links to a user submitted CNN iReport article which relates the story of a US Army veteran who was wounded in Iraq and paralyzed from the waist down. According to the story, the disabled vet was stuck on the third floor of the hotel when a power outage rendered the elevator inoperable, and his request for assistance to the front desk was rudely dismissed by the desk clerk.
    Published: August 10, 2012

  • Meteor Showers August 2012
    Message circulating on Facebook advises that, during the night of August 12 and 13, 2012, people will be able to view a rare meteor shower in which a predicted 100 meteors per hour may be seen in the night sky.
    Published: August 6, 2012

  • Samantha Cook Missing Person Message
    Message circulating via social media websites asks users to look out for 15 year old Samantha Cook who has been missing from her home in Summerdale, Alabama since July 23rd 2012.
    Published: August 1, 2012

  • Protests Against Australian Government Proposed Changes to Intelligence and Surveillance Laws
    Circulating messages warn about proposed changes to Australia's intelligence and surveillance laws that, if implemented, may significantly impact on the privacy of Australian Internet users.
    Published: July 31, 2012

  • Facebook Post - Seven Year Old Shot Saving Mom
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that a seven year old girl depicted in an attached photograph was shot six times when she jumped in front of her mother to protect her from the gunman.
    Published: July 26, 2012

  • Ellie May Ashley Missing Person Alert (Ellie Has Now Been Found)
    Message circulating via social media asks users to spread the word about missing fifteen year old Ellie May Ashley.
    Published: July 26, 2012

  • 'Buddha' Shaped Pears
    Circulating message claims that a Chinese farmer has managed to grow pears shaped like baby Buddha figures. The message includes a photograph of the unusually shaped pears still on the tree.
    Published: July 23, 2012

  • Yacht Launch Mishap
    Circulating message features photographs depicting a luxury yacht slipping from its delivery slings and plunging front first into the water while two yacht company representatives cling on for dear life.
    Published: July 23, 2012

  • Fruit Shoot Drink Recall Warning
    Messages circulating via social media and email claim that bottles of children's drink Fruit Shoot that feature a new type of cap are a potential choking hazard for children and have been recalled.
    Published: July 5, 2012

  • Most Beautiful Horse in the World Image
    Circulating message featuring an image of a shining golden horse suggests that it may be the most beautiful horse in the world and lives in Turkey.
    Published: July 4, 2012

  • Easter Island Statues Have Bodies
    Circulating message claims that the famous stone statues of Easter Island are not just heads but also have bodies buried beneath the surface.
    Published: 28 June, 2012

  • The Croc Whisperer
    Message claims that attached photographs depict Cairns North Queensland, Australia fisherman "Chito" wrestling in a Queensland lake with his best pal "Pocho", a 5.2 metre crocodile.
    Published: 15th June 2012

  • 'Quilts in the Snow Photographs' - The Art of Simon Beck
    Widely circulated email features a series of attached photographs depicting huge and intricate "quilt" patterns made in snow by artist Simon Beck.
    Published: 11th May 2012

  • Legitimate: 'Reminder to Update Your Legacy Blogger Account' Email
    Email from Google Blogger notes that legacy Blogger accounts will no longer be accessible after May 30, 2012 unless users migrate their blog to the Google Account system.
    Published: 30th April 2012

  • Warnings Claim Thousands May Lose Internet In July 2012
    Warnings circulating via social media and email claim that many thousands of people may lose their Internet connections in July 2012 unless they check for and remove a malware infection from their computers.
    Published: 26th April 2012

  • Photos of Elephants Inside the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia
    Circulating set of photographs depict elephants strolling through the reception area of the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.
    Published: 20th April 2012

  • Circulated Warning Claims That Superheated Water In Microwave Can Explode
    Message claims that a cup of water boiled in a microwave oven can "blow up" and cause injury.
    Updated: 12th April 2012

  • Viral Video Depicts Fatal Smash Between SUV and Truck
    Widely circulated message, which features a video showing a horrendous collision between an SUV and a large truck, claims that the footage was captured by a State Trooper's dash cam. The message suggests that the video graphically illustrates the dangers of driver inattention due to texting, reading or other distractions.
    Published: 11th April 2012

  • Disabled Student Left Out of School Choral Performance
    Message circulating via social media describes an incident at a school in which Alex, a student with Cerebral Palsy, was not given the chance to participate in a choral performance with his classmates. The message includes a photograph of Alex sitting in his wheelchair alone to the side while other students perform.
    Published: 4th April 2012

  • Taylor Siders Missing Teen Alert - (Taylor Has Now Been Found)
    Circulating message asks users to watch out for teenager Taylor Siders who went missing from Hurricane High School on February 23, 2012.
    Published: 26th March 2012

  • Flower And Wine Delivery Credit Card Scam Warning
    Email warning describes an incident in which a scammer, posing as a courier delivering an unexpected gift of wine and roses, stole the gift recipient's credit card details with the use of a portable card scanning device
    Updated: 26th March 2012

  • Arwa Has Now Been Found - Help find Missing Girl Arwa Message
    Message circulating via social media posts asks users to help find five year old Arwa who was reported missing in Mumbai India in January 2012.
    Published: 9th March 2012

  • Giant Snake in Electric Fence Photographs
    Message with photographs of a very large snake caught in an electric fence claims that the snake had been killing sheep on an Australian farm.
    Updated: 21st February 2012

  • Mechanically Separated Chicken Warning
    Circulating message describes the making of mechanically separated chicken and includes a photograph of the resulting chicken paste. The message claims that mechanically separated chicken is used to make McDonald's chicken nuggets.
    Published: 30th January 2012

  • Stolen Tibetan Spaniels Alert
    Circulating social media message asks users to keep publicising information about the theft of five Tibetan Spaniels.
    Published: 30th December 2011

  • Video Of Hero Dog Pulling Another Dog From A Busy Highway
    Widely circulated video depicts a dog dragging another dog to the side of a busy road while dodging oncoming traffic.
    Published: 29th December 2011

  • Sears Supports Reservist Employees Email Forward
    Messages circulating via email and social media claim that Sears is paying salary differences and maintaining benefits for its reservist employees even though they are not required by law to do so.
    Updated: 22nd November 2011

  • Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Warning
    Warning message claims that 70 dogs have died from eating chicken jerky treats from China.
    Published: August 30, 2011

  • Protest Message - First Responders Not Invited to 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Ceremony
    Protest message circulating via social media decries the fact that first responders to the 9/11 disaster have not been invited to the tenth anniversary 9/11 memorial ceremony.
    Published: 25th August 2011

  • Grand Canyon Leap
    Photographs currently circulating via email show a photographer leaping from one towering Grand Canyon rock formation to another.
    Updated: 16th August 2011

  • Drano Bottle Bomb Warning Message
    Circulating message claims that dangerous bottle bombs made from Drano and tin foil are being left on lawns, mail boxes, driveways and other places where they can potentially cause serious injury to unsuspecting people who pick them up.
    Published: 12 August 2011

  • Warning - ALDI External 4-in-1 Hard Drive Contains Built In Malware
    Circulating warnings claim that a 4-in-1 Hard Drive device sold at Australian ALDI stores contains malware.
    Published: 2nd August 2011

  • Massive Mound of Writhing Rattle Snakes
    Message claims that attached photographs show a large mass of rattle snakes emerging from a den at Palo Duro Canyon, Texas.
    Published: 29th July 2011

  • Wrench 3D Printing Viral Video
    Viral YouTube Video purportedly depicts an adjustable wrench being 'replicated' via a 3D printer.
    Published: 13th July 2011

  • Jury Duty Phone Scam Warning
    Circulating message warns that scammers are committing identity theft by phoning potential victims and threatening them with prosecution for failing to report for jury duty unless they reveal sensitive personal information.
    Published: July 11, 2013

  • Amazing Hand Paintings – The Work of Artist Guido Daniele
    Circulating message features a series of images showing wonderfully detailed depictions of birds and animals painted on human hands.
    Published: 27th June 2011

  • South African Giant Rats Risk Alert
    Circulating email claims that an alert has been issued in South Africa regarding a dangerous infestation of African Giant Pouched Rats, which are thought to be responsible for the recent deaths of two young children in townships.
    Published: 23rd June 2011

  • Lightning Storm Meets Volcanic Eruption Photos
    Email forward claims that attached photographs show a lightning storm meeting a large volcanic eruption in Chile.
    Updated: 15th June 2011

  • Elephant 'Road Rage' in South Africa
    Circulating message claims that a series of attached photographs depict a case of South African road rage in which a large elephant pushed a car off the side of a rural road and subsequently flipped it over.
    Published: 31st May 2011

  • Carrie Zucker Missing Person Alert (Real Case)
    Messages circulating via social media state that 21 year old Carrie Zucker is missing
    Published: 31st May 2011

  • Trees Cocooned in Spider Webs After Pakistan Floods
    Circulating message claims that a series of attached photographs show trees cocooned in spider webs after millions of spiders climbed up into trees to take refuge from floods in Pakistan.
    Published: 11th May 2011

  • Crop Art - Rice Fields of Japan
    Message claims that attached photographs depict giant works of art created by growing different coloured rice plants in Japanese rice fields.
    Updated: 27th April 2011

  • Prayer Request for Injured Soldier Tony Mullis
    Message circulating via social media asks recipients to offer prayers for 20 year old soldier Tony Mullis, who was severely injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan.
    Published: 8th April 2011

  • New Prison Photographs - Prison vs Work
    Email with a series of attached photographs depicting a modern building with high quality accommodation and sporting facilities claims that the photographs show a new prison in the UK.
    Updated: 25th March 2011

  • Little Rupert The One Pound Deer
    Message claims that attached photographs depict "Rupert", a one pound deer that was delivered by caesarean section at a wildlife hospital after his mother was killed by a car.
    Published: 24th March 2011

  • Dog Comes Home With Deadly Snake Around His Snout
    Message claims that an attached photograph shows Bronson, a black Labrador Retriever with a deadly copperhead snake wrapped around his snout.
    Published: 22nd March 2011

  • Crocodile In Sugar Mill Sump
    Message claims that an attached photograph depicts a large crocodile discovered in a sump at the Victoria sugar mill at Ingham, Queensland.
    Published: 14th March 2011

  • Buscopan Syrup Recall Warning
    Message warns consumers that Buscopan Syrup with the expiry dates 10/2011, 04/2012, and 06/2012 has been recalled due to contamination.
    Published: 7th March 2011

  • Greg Comer Prayer Chain Request
    Message asks recipients to pray for Greg Comer who was battling cancer.
    Published: 22nd February 2011

  • The Fly in the Urinal - Schiphol Airport Toilet Aim Improvement Technique
    Message claims that an attached image depicting a picture of a fly etched into the porcelain of a urinal at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport shows a technique implemented to improve the aim of men visiting the facilities there.
    Published: 21st February 2011

  • Health Canada Warning - Over The Counter Drug Recall
    Circulating message warns that Health Canada has advised consumers about a voluntary recall for six types of over-the-counter drugs due to possible contamination between product lines.
    Published: 14th February 2011

  • 2011 Date Oddity - Birth Year Plus Age Equals 111
    Circulating message notes that if you add the last two digits of your birth year to the age that you will be this year you will come up with 111, a number significant in the year 2011 because it will have four dates that consist of multiples of the number 1, such as 11/11/11.
    Published: 25th January 2011

  • Parrot Flower Photographs
    Email claims that attached photographs show a very rare plant with parrot shaped flowers that grows in Thailand.
    Updated: 24th January 2011

  • Animal Rescue Site Email Forward
    Circulating message claims that you can help provide food for abused and neglected animals simply by clicking a button on the Animal Rescue Site.
    Updated: 9th January 2011

  • Chinese Hair Bands Made From Used Condoms
    Email warns that cheap rubber hair bands from China may have been made from used condoms.
    Updated: 16th December 2010

  • Facebook Request to Honor Fallen Marine Derek Wyatt
    Message circulating via Facebook asks users to repost the message as a means of honoring US Marine Derek Wyatt who was killed in action in Afghanistan on December 6th, 2010.
    Published: 15th December 2010

  • F-15 Crash Sequence Images
    Email forward contains a series of images that depict the mid air break up of a US Air Force F15 jet and the ejection of the pilot.
    Published: 9th December 2010

  • Plea to Help Find Missing Three Year Old Girl - Jewel Strong
    Circulating message claims that the three year old girl depicted in an attached photograph is missing and asks that recipients forward the message in the hope that someone has seen her and can help reunite her with her family.
    Published: 22nd November 2010

  • Warning from 'British Ministry of Health' - Danger From Broken Energy Saving Bulbs
    Message claiming to be a warning from the British Ministry of Health outlines mercury contamination dangers associated with the clean up and disposal of broken compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL's).
    Published: 11th November 2010

  • Photographs of Monster Croc Caught at Borroloola
    Message claims that attached photographs show a very large crocodile caught and killed at Borroloola in Australia's Northern Territory after it annoyed a local fisherman by eating the propeller off his outboard.
    Published: 12th October 2010

  • Pen PC - Pen Shaped Miniature Personal Computer
    Email claims that attached photographs depict a revolutionary new pen-shaped personal computer that operates via a projected virtual keyboard and monitor.
    Updated: 8th October 2010

  • 'New' Italian Police Car - Lamborghini Crash
    Circulating message includes a series of photographs depicting the launch of a Lamborghini police car in Italy and its subsequent involvement in a destructive car crash.
    Published: 7th October 2010

  • Got a pencil? - Amazing Pencil Tip Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti
    Circulating images show tiny but intricate sculptures carved into the graphite tips of pencils.
    Published: 6th October 2010

  • Coconut Crab Photographs
    Email claims that attached photographs depict a very large type of crab called the Coconut Crab because of its ability to crack coconuts with its strong claws.
    Updated: 28th September 2010

  • Travel Warning - Khas Khas (Poppy Seed) Imprisonment in UAE
    Message warns that people travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Gulf countries who are found with Khas Khas (poppy seed) may face long terms of imprisonment due to very strict anti-drug laws.
    Published: 23rd September 2010

  • Snake Inside Computer Photographs
    Email with attached photographs claims that a technician found a snake inside a computer after the user reported hearing hissing noises and a bad smell.
    Updated: 24th August 2010

  • Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
    Message claims that attached images depict a luxury yacht that comes complete with a specially produced supercar that will be carried as a tender in a stern garage.
    Published: 23th August 2010

  • Sam Bish Prayer Request Email
    Email calls for prayers to help speed the recovery of 8 year old Sam Bish, who has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer
    Updated: 22nd August 2010

  • Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
    Message claims that attached images show an innovative solar powered tower that is to be built in the bay at Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games.
    Published: 17th August 2010

  • Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
    Message with a photograph of very colourful roses claims that the flowers are specially bred to grow in multiple colours.
    Published: 16th August 2010

  • Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
    Email forward claims that virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell performed incognito at a metro station in Washington DC playing on a violin worth millions of dollars but his performance received very little interest from passersby.
    Updated: 2nd August 2010

  • Circulating Request - Help Pooja Find Her Parents
    Widely circulated message asks recipients to help find the parents of 4 year old Pooja, who was rescued from a kidnapper by police but cannot clearly communicate her identity.
    Published: 20th July 2010

  • Scammers Pose as Microsoft Tech Support Workers to Hijack Computers
    Warning message claims that scammers posing as Microsoft staff members are calling people and attempting to trick them into handing over access to their computers.
    Published: 16th July 2010

  • St. Augustine Find - Huge Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
    Message claims that attached photographs show a 15 foot long Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake caught at St. Augustine, Florida.
    Published: 9th July 2010

  • Abduction Alert Message For Eight Year Old Girl From West Valley City Utah
    Alert message circulating via Facebook and other websites claims that an 8 year girl in West Valley City, Utah was abducted by two men driving a white sedan with the licence plate 9770J or 977AJ.
    Published: 24th June 2010

  • Converted Grain Silo Apartment Photographs
    Message claims that a series of attached photographs depict an old grain silo that has been relocated to Niftynev Homestead in Shane Park NSW and converted to a modern, well appointed apartment.
    Published: 21st June 2010

  • Eight Outboard Drug Runner Boat Photograph
    Email claims an attached photograph of a very fast boat with eight outboard motors was used for regular drug smuggling operations across the English Channel.
    Updated: 10th June 2010

  • Snake Pulling "Cow" Photograph
    Email claims that an attached photograph shows a large snake dragging the body of a cow out of a gorge waterhole.
    Updated: 2nd June 2010

  • Motorcycle Inside Volkswagen Accident Photographs
    Email forward that includes photographs showing a Volkswagen car with a motorcycle wedged inside it, claims that the images show the end result of an accident that killed three people. The images reportedly depict a display featured at a motorcycle fair. The message claims that the driver of the VW was talking on a cell phone at the time of the accident and therefore did not see the speeding motorcyclist.
    Published: 1st June 2010

  • Dust-Off Warning Email
    Email from a grieving father outlines the danger of inhaling Dust-Off computer cleaner, after his son died as a result of "huffing" the product.
    Updated: 31st May 2010

  • Kevin Carter Pulitzer Prize Photograph
    Email with a disturbing image of a starving child being shadowed by a vulture claims that the photograph won a Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalist, Kevin Carter.
    Updated: 26th May 2010

  • LeBleu Family Prayer Request Message
    Message circulating via social networking websites and email asks recipients to offer prayers for the Mike LeBleu family who lost four of their daughters in a house fire in May 2010.
    Published: 25th May 2010

  • Michael Verster Missing Child Alert
    Circulating message claims that 9 year old Michael Verster is missing from his home in Pinetown, South Africa.
    Published: 21st May 2010

  • Molly - Pony With A Prosthetic Leg
    Email forward relates the story of the pony Molly, a Hurricane Katrina survivor who was fitted with a prosthetic leg after an injury from a dog attack lead to the amputation of her real leg
    Updated: 15th May 2010

  • Incredible Cave Village Photographs
    Message claims that a series of photographs showing incredible "cave" dwellings cut in to natural cone-shaped rock formations depict a village in Afghanistan.
    Published: 27th April 2010

  • Cell Phone Gun Warning
    Email warns that guns disguised as cell phones have been discovered and that the devices may pose a security threat at high risk locations such as airports.
    Updated: 26th April 2010

  • Cocoa Mulch Toxic to Dogs Warning Email
    Email forward warns that Cocoa Mulch can be harmful to dogs.
    Updated: 16th April 2010

  • Flying 101 - Kulula Airlines Jet With "Instructional" Livery
    Email claims that a series of attached photographs show the humorous paint job used on a plane belonging to a South African airline. The "Flying 101" livery features an amusing guide to the various components of the aircraft's interior.
    Published: 31st March 2010

  • F1 Key Virus Warning
    Message warns that responding to a pop-up prompt by pressing the F1 key when visiting an infected website could download and install a virus on your computer.
    Published: 11th March 2010

  • The WHY Yacht - Luxurious 58x38 Yacht from Wally Hermès
    Email forward claims that a series of attached images show an innovative and luxurious new yacht of enormous proportions dubbed the WHY 58x38.
    Published: 8th March 2010

  • Léman Lake Switzerland Ice Storm Photographs
    Series of photographs show ice encrusted roadways, trees and vehicles beside a lake in Switzerland
    Updated: 18th February 2010

  • Cave of Giant Crystals
    Circulating photographs claim to depict a cave full of giant crystals discovered at the Naica Mine in Mexico
    Updated: 8th February 2010

  • Phenylpropanolamine FDA Recall Warning Email
    Email informs recipients that the FDA is recalling medications that contain phenylpropanolamine. The message includes a list of medications that supposedly contain phenylpropanolamine
    Updated: 31st January 2010

  • Breast Cancer Site Email (Not a Hoax)
    Email claims that recipients can help to raise money towards free mammograms by visiting the Breast Cancer Site and clicking on a button
    Updated: 30th January 2010

  • Don't Smell the Cheese!
    Message warns that if someone asks you to smell some cheese it could just be a nasty trick. They may just want to punch you in the nose
    Updated: 30th January 2010

  • Giant George - Huge Great Dane
    Email claims that attached photographs show "Giant George" a massive 7ft-long (2.13 meters) blue great dane that lives in Tuscon, Arizona.
    Published: 29th January 2010

  • See Through Tyres - Radical New Tyre Design Photographs
    Email claims that a series of attached photographs show a radical new airless car tyre design being developed by Michelin that will soon be on the market.
    Published: 8th January 2010

  • Missing Child Alerts - Ashley Lewis Missing From Kannapolis North Carolina
    Messages claim that 14 year old Ashley Lewis is missing from Kannapolis, in the American state of North Carolina.
    Published: 6th January 2010

  • Moving Rocks at Racetrack Playa, Death Valley
    The mysterious "moving rocks" or "sailing stones" of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, California are a popular topic for blogs, online communities, and various other websites. Photographs of the moving rocks also circulate via email along with numerous explanations for the phenomenon.
    Published: December 2008

  • Two Faced Kitten
    Email claims that an attached photograph shows a kitten with two faces born in Perth, Western Australia
    Published: December 2008

  • House Removal Bridge Accident Photographs
    Photographs show an accident in which a house, along with the large truck carrying it, became stuck across a river after a bridge collapsed, presumably due to the excess weight of the vehicle's load
    Published: November 2008

  • Door To Hell Gas Fire Photographs
    Message claims that attached photographs depict a gas filled crater that has been burning continually for more than 35 years
    Published: November 2008

  • Painted Feather Images
    Circulating email contains a series of photographs depicting wonderfully detailed feather paintings
    Published: October 2008

  • Online Quiz to Help Bihar Flood Victims
    Email claims that recipients can help victims of a devastating flood in Bihar India by participating in a short online quiz
    Published: September 2008

  • Chinese Milk Contamination - Recalled Products Warning Email
    Email forward claims that a number of well known snack food products have been recalled in Singapore due to the possibility that they contain contaminated milk from China
    Published: September 2008

  • Hyperinflation In Zimbabwe
    Email forward illustrated with photographs describes out of control inflation in the African nation of Zimbabwe where everyday items could cost millions of dollars
    Published: September 2008

  • Whipped Ocean - Beach Foam at Yamba New South Wales
    Email claims that attached photographs show a shoreline at Yamba NSW that has been inundated with ocean foam
    Published: August 2008

  • World's Largest Swimming Pool
    Email claims that attached photographs show a gigantic swimming pool in Chile that has been classified as the world's largest by Guinness World Records
    Published: August 2008

  • Dedicated Military Hospital For UK Petition
    Email forward asks recipients to sign an online petition calling on the UK government to create a dedicated military and veterans hospital within the UK
    Published: July 2008

  • Google Workplace Photographs - Google's Zurich Office
    Email forward claims that attached photographs show an innovative workplace enjoyed by Google employees
    Published: July, 2008

  • Johan Lorbeer Gravity Defying Street Performance Photographs
    Email that features photographs of a man apparently defying gravity by holding himself aloft with just one hand against a wall claims that the man is a German street performer named Johan Lorbeer
    Published: July 2008

  • Exploding Windmill Video
    "Viral" video shows a giant wind turbine spinning out of control and finally disintegrating
    Published: June 2008

  • Compressed Air Cars
    Email claims that a car being developed in India runs on compressed air and can travel up to 125 miles for only 2 dollars
    Published: June 2008

  • Elephant Painting Portrait Video
    Video shows an elephant apparently painting a recognizable portrait of an elephant holding a flower
    Published: April 2008

  • Indian Two Faced Baby
    Message claims that attached photographs show a baby girl born with two faces who is being worshiped by Indian villagers as a reincarnation of an Indian deity
    Published: April 2008

  • Seventeen Pound Russian Baby Photographs
    Message claims that attached photographs show a 17 pound, 1 ounce (7.75 kg) baby born in Russia
    Published: April 2008

  • Snake Caught in Spider's Web Photographs
    Message claims that attached photographs show a snake caught in the web of a venomous spider
    Published: April 2008

  • 359lb Louisiana Grouper
    Email claims that attached photographs show a huge 359lb grouper caught by J.J. Tabor of Thibodaux, Louisiana
    Published: February 2008

  • Christian the Lion Email
    Email, with an attached photograph and video, tells the story of a lion that still remembered the two young men who raised it to maturity a year after it was released in an African wildlife sanctuary
    Published: February 2008

  • Bacteria on Restaurant Lemon Slices Warning
    Message claims that a study found potentially harmful bacteria on lemons slices used in restaurants
    Published: February 2008

  • Donate to Autism Research by Watching a Video
    Email claims that money will be donated to help Autism research every time a video about Autism is viewed on fundraising website,
    Published: January 2008

  • Record Alberta Whitetail Deer Photographs
    Email with photographs of a hunter posing with a very large deer, claims the animal was the biggest typical whitetail deer ever taken in Alberta
    Published: December 2007

  • Visa & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam
    Email forward warns that scammers are attempting to obtain CVV2/CVC2 security numbers by phoning credit card holders and posing as Security and Fraud Department staff from Visa or MasterCard
    Updated: December 2007

  • Ron Mueck Sculpture Photographs
    Message with a series of photographs depicting amazingly lifelike sculptures claims that the sculptures were created by a London-based photo-realist artist named Ron Mueck
    Published: December 2007

  • Polar Bear Playing With Husky Photographs
    Email forward features a series of photographs showing a wild polar bear playing with a husky sled dog
    Published: October 2007

  • Men's Room Mural Photograph
    Email with an attached photograph of a mural placed above urinals in a men's room claims that the mural was created by staff at an "all-women" design company for a New York office project
    Published: September 2007

  • Square Watermelons In Japan
    Email with attached photographs of square watermelons claims that Japanese farmers are growing the fruit in glass cases to save space on refrigerator shelves
    Published: August 2007

  • Giant Alligator Gar Photographs
    Email forward with attached photographs of a very large alligator gar claims that the fish was caught in Broken Bow Lake, Oklahoma and weighed 327 lbs
    Published: August 2007

  • Intercepted Mobile Phone Delivery Scam Warning
    Email describes a potential scam in which a fraudster intercepts and signs for a package containing a mobile phone just before it is delivered to the address on the postage label
    Published: July 2007

  • Pink Dolphin Near Cameron Ferry Photographs
    Email claims that attached photographs show a pink dolphin that was spotted near the Cameron Ferry in the American state of Louisiana
    Published: July 2007

  • Flooded Dubai Construction Site Photographs
    Photographs show a construction site in Dubai being inundated by water from an adjacent marina
    Published: July 2007

  • Eagle Lifting Fox Photograph
    Photograph shows an eagle lifting a fox from near a carcass partially buried in snow.
    Published: June 2007

  • FDA Advisory: Avoid Toothpaste From China
    Emails and online articles claim that the FDA has warned consumers to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it may contain a dangerous chemical called DEG
    Published: June 2007

  • Disprin Dangerous for Children Warning Email
    Email forward warns that Disprin should never be given to children who have bronchitis or phlegm on the lungs and cites the case of a child who became critically ill after taking the medication
    Published: May 2007

  • Hand Sanitizer Alert Email
    Email forward claims that a four-year-old child became dangerously drunk and required hospitalization after licking Hand Sanitizer from her hands
    Published: May 2007

  • PayPal Class Action Email
    Email claims that recipients may be entitled to a payment due to the settlement of a class action against online payment company, PayPal
    Published: May 2007

  • Help Find Madeleine McCann Email
    Email forwards asks recipients to help find four year old Madeleine McCann by passing on her photograph and information about her abduction
    Published: May 2007

  • Breast Cancer Donations from M&M's
    Email claims that a portion of the profit from special bags of M&M's will be donated to breast cancer research
    Updated: March 2007

  • Lock Bumping - Bump Key Security Threat
    Recently, the media has given a great deal of attention to "lock bumping", a procedure that allows criminals to open many common door locks by simply inserting a specially modified key and tapping its end with a mallet or other tool. Along with the media reports, a number of warnings about lock bumping have been circulating via email and online.
    Published: February 2007

  • Meagan Bazell Missing Child Alert Email
    Email forward claims that Megan Bazell (Lamb) is missing from her Vernon, British Columbia home.
    Published: February 2007

  • Catfish With Basketball Photographs
    Catfish With Basketball Photographs
    Published: February 2007

  • Manchester Injection Incident Warning Email
    Email claims that a Manchester (UK) woman was injected in the arm with a debilitating substance by another woman who asked her for money
    Published: February 2007

  • Mat Company's Rude Response to US Soldier in Iraq
    Email forward claims that a discount mat company responded to a soldier's email about its products by rudely suggesting that the soldier and his troops should pull out of Iraq
    Published: January 2007

  • Amazing Tree Photos - Fantastic Tree Trunk Shapes
    Email forward includes several photographs depicting trees that have grown into very unusual shapes and patterns
    Published: January 2007

  • Culvert Car Flip - Miraculous Escape Photos
    Photos depict a vehicle that has apparently hit a bridge guardrail and then flipped completely over a very deep culvert to land in relative safety on the other side
    Published: January 2007

  • Beer Can Filled Townhouse Photographs
    Email forward claims that attached photographs show a Utah townhouse filled with 8 years worth of beer cans
    Published: December 2006

  • Light a Virtual Candle For AIDS Email Request
    Email claims that Bristol-Myers will donate $1 every time someone lights a virtual candle on the "Light to Unite" website
    Published: December 2006

  • ATM Fraud Warning - XRAY Film Card Slot Trap
    PowerPower Presentation shows how thieves can use strips of XRAY film to trap a card in an ATM and then trick the card owner into revealing the card's PIN
    Published: December 2006

  • Dog Owner Alert Email - Xylitol Sweetener Toxic to Dogs
    Email forward claims that dogs can become critically ill or die after eating sugar-free gum or other products that contain the sweetener xylitol
    Published: November 2006

  • Photos of Lady Hand-Feeding Hummingbirds
    Photographs currently circulating via email and online depict a woman hand-feeding hummingbirds
    Published: November 2006

  • Soldiers Answer To John Kerry's "Stuck in Iraq" Comment
    A photograph showing a group of US soldiers holding up an intentionally misspelled banner mocks a recent comment by Senator John Kerry
    Published: November 2006

  • Acetaminophen Recall Warning Emails
    A number of emails are circulating that warn consumers that certain batches of Acetaminophen 500mg caplets are being recalled because some of the caplets may contain metal fragments that could cause illness or injuries
    Published: November 2006

  • Photo of Chopper Landing on Rooftop in Afghanistan
    Photograph circulating via email depicts a military helicopter performing a spectacular partial landing on a rooftop
    Published: October 2006

  • Email Request for Hospital Patient Identification Tags
    Email claims that Arthur Jones of NSW Australia wants to create the world's largest collection of hospital patient identification tags. The email requests that recipients around the world send unwanted tags to a specified address
    Published: September 2006

  • Photos of Big Gator With a Deer in its Mouth
    Photographs circulating via email show a large alligator with a full-grown deer in its mouth
    Published: August 2006

  • Cards and Pennies for Alyssa Bruno
    Email forward requests recipients to send a birthday card with a penny enclosed to Alyssa Bruno, a child who is seriously ill with a brain stem tumor.
    Published: July 2006

  • Liquid Candy Laryngospasm Warning
    Email warning claims that a child suffered laryngospasm after drinking a form of liquid candy that was intended to be sprayed into the mouth
    Published: June 2006

  • Giant Feral Pig Photograph
    Photograph shows a very large feral pig that has been captured and killed somewhere in Australia
    Published: August 2006

  • Mold in Pancake Mix Warning
    Message warns that mold in old pancake mix can cause serious health problems and claims that a person died after eating mold-contaminated pancakes
    Published: May 2006

  • New Orleans Library Book Donation Request
    Email asks recipients to consider donating books to the New Orleans Public Library in order to help the library restock after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina
    Published: April 2006

  • Cadbury Chocolate Egg Recall in Canada
    Messages warn that some Cadbury chocolate eggs produced and distributed in Canada have been recalled because they may contain hard pieces of plastic
    Published: March 2006

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