Hoaxes

Apocalyptic sounds 2015: The world is a noisy place

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The “trumpets of the Apocalypse” story is going around again. A two year old video that collected a series of clips (some are admitted hoaxes, others are dubious) is recirculating via email and social media with a purpose that seems to be simply to make gullible people nervous. Snopes debunks it. snopes.com: People Hearing Apocalyptic Sounds…

The scoop on the Roswell Slides: really pathetic hoax

Nice resolution, eh? Looks like a museum, you say? Hmm, yes, I believe you are right. What kind of idiots do you think we are?

Back in November 2014, we reported on a story from the UFO community – Thomas Carey told the audience at a conference that he had “smoking gun” evidence that extraterrestrials have been here – Kodachrome slides dated 1947 showing an alien. I don’t typically use Billy Cox as a source but he does note that people have…

Livin’ the dream in the Colorado river

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They thought it would make things more interesting… COUPLE BEHIND FAKE SKELETONS ON CHAIRS IN COLORADO RIVER A Phoenix couple has claimed responsibility for putting two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs in the Colorado River in far west Arizona, authorities said Friday. The husband and wife approached the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office earlier…

Google dives into Loch Ness; highlights great hoaxed photo

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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the anniversary of the publication of the April 21 1934 Daily Mail photograph purported to show the infamous Loch Ness monster, Nessie. Known as the “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the picture is one of the iconic “monster” pictures of all time. However, it’s fake. Most people do not realize it’s CLEARLY a fake,…

Kidnapped? Hoax? Drugged? Who knows?

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What the heck happened here? Denise Huskins’ abduction a hoax, police say – CNN.com. The reported abduction for ransom of Denise Huskins, a Vallejo, California, woman, was nothing but a hoax, police said. Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park called the case a “wild goose chase” that wasted department resources. Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn,…

Stop sharing this insane warning about vaccines and drug use!

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This photo was making rounds this past weekend on Facebook and Twitter. Many people who should know better were blinded by the appalling ridiculousness and passed it along as a demonstration of stupidity. Stop. You are making things worse! Even by trying to express outrage, you will be amazed at how many will not read an explanation…

Blackpool poltergeist faked

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I love reading about poltergeist cases. I really wonder what is going on or who is pranking whom. In this case, the videos are easily faked but the woman’s distress appears real. Your first thought falls to a nylon thread moving the spoon, chandelier and earring. Her hand never goes near it and the camera is just…

Getting garbage news out of the Facebook feed

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Apparently people are getting fed up with fake news stories in their Facebook feeds. My question is, what will be left if the fake stories disappear? I kid. This is a great idea. I hope they still with it. But I suspect that “fake news” is a bit more complicated than they suggest. News Feed…

Psychic mail fraud scheme busted by U.S. feds

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The US Justice Department has brought the hammer down on a psychic fraud scheme that solicits customers via mail that looks personalized targeting elderly and and economically vulnerable people promising wealth. WASHINGTON: Did these mail-order ‘psychics’ see the Justice Department coming? | Suits & Sentences | McClatchy DC. The Justice Department on Thursday filed civil complaints…

Magneto Boy? Try some powder or a shower

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An old trick, debunked multiple times. You can not become magnetic. This is clearly a hoax. Meet Magneto Boy, the kid who attracts metal with his body | New York Post. Twelve-year-old Nikolai Kryaglyachenko was walking home from school one day when he stopped to lean against a lamppost. Unfortunately for Nikolai, the lamppost had…

New Zealand monster eel video hoaxes

Giant eel hoax. I do wish this was real.

Once again, an example of why videos and photos are worthless as “evidence”. How to film a hoax: ‘Monster eel’ viral videos are fake. Two budding filmmakers have created fake videos featuring massive eels in a New Zealand river, to prove how easy it is to create a hoax viral video. The young brothers Ray…

Fakey “guardian angel” photo provides comfort (UPDATE: Hoax)

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What are we to make of this ghost photo? It looks a bit too remarkably statue-like. Guardian angel ‘ghost’ photographed at dying grandfather’s bedside. A grandson photographed the ‘ghost’ of a guardian angel as his dying grandfather was being read the last rites in hospital. The apparition of the veiled woman appeared at the bedside of…