Hoaxes

Big snake loose in Maine or is Wessie a hoax?

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Cross posted from DOUBTFUL. Back in June, locals of Westbrook, Maine said they saw a large snake slithering around. After no sign of the beast a week later, a Westbrook police officer witnessed it eating something near Riverbank Park on the Presumpscot River. A second officer called in also saw it. From their Facebook page: On…

YouTube-Google lends a welcome hand to UFO debunkers

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It’s happened to lots of websites: criticism (or just a mention) of a product or a person results in an overreaction with an inappropriate claim of copyright infringement. How can you soundly explain the reasoning for why you think a certain photo is a bear, not a Bigfoot or that a UFO video is a hoax unless…

Shrimpzilla photo: Don’t grab the cocktail sauce yet

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This was passed to me via @ShadowWolf_32 on Twitter. It’s going around Facebook as from Florida. It’s OBVIOUSLY DOUBTFUL but several clues point to it as outright FAKE. Why I say it’s fake: It’s on Facebook. There is no other corroboration to show it’s a real catch. If it was, this would be all over the…

Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

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WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom. Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the…

The fake awakens: Dead over Star Wars

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Another piece of shit fake news site is creating havoc with social media. No, someone did NOT kill themselves because the new Star Wars character is black. The fake news site, Newswatch33, posted a headline “Man Commits Suicide Over Star Wars Main Character Being Black #BoycottStarWarsVII” and it went  zipping around the web so fast that it…

China’s floating city is a likely CGI hoax (UPDATE)

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On October 13, I posted a link (in Chinese) to our Facebook page (which you might ‘like’) regarding a questionable image of a city in the clouds in Foshan, China. Even though this “mirage” was shown on Chinese television, it’s certainly not impossible that they are giving bad information to the public. Is this an optical illusion, or…

Tabloids totally wrong about Japanese tsunami mystery creature

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We are back again to do what we do best, totally bust an inflated story that the tabloids pass off as sensational news. It’s obvious they do NO checking or investigation of the stories, they simply repeat what silly story they make up or are fed from a dubious source. This time, Marcus Hemmler from Group of…

Goat-like prop with wings claimed to be Jersey Devil

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Today’s “Most Read” story on NJ.com’s page is about a ridiculous so-called sighting of the Jersey Devil. The story is even trending on Facebook now as several more news outlets have picked it up. The original story came through an email to Paranormal Corner columnist Kelly Roncase, a paranormal investigator. Her columns are breezy and…

Hoaxing happening regarding South Carolina flooding

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Historic, torrential rain and flooding has hit several U.S. coastal states this week. As we saw with Hurricane Sandy, hoax photos and tales run rampant across social media during a disaster. Don’t buy it! Please double check before passing on. There is no excuse for adding to panic. Dr. David Steen warns readers not to…

Bigfoot “London footprints” declared a hoax

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Back in February of 2012, we reported on a finding of a long Bigfoot footprint trail found in Eugene, Oregon. Bigfoot researcher, Cliff Barackman, as soon as he could, rushed to the Cottage Grove Reservoir, as researchers used 300 pounds of plaster to cast 122 tracks. At the time, Cliff (of the show Finding Bigfoot) said…

Yeti shenanigans from Siberia – 2015 edition

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The Siberian Times has a new ridiculous story about a Yeti footprint. This story is on the heels of a recent tale of a telepathic yeti. The alleged footprint – twice the size of a man’s – was spotted close to the Mras-Su River in Kemerovo region, Russia’s main area for alleged Yeti sightings. Denis Alexandrov, 12,…

Papyrus of Jesus’ wife in the news again, nothing confirmed

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There is an update, of sorts, on the story about the papyrus that supposedly says Jesus had a wife. The truth may be finally emerging about the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” a controversial papyrus suggesting that some people believed Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene Source: Jesus had wife, gospel origins begin to emerge –…

Miss Pennsylvania accused of taking money for faked cancer treatment

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A fact of life – People lie. And they lie about really awful things, like having cancer. Authorities accuse Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International, of casting aside those attributes and faking cancer in an elaborate scheme that raised thousands of dollars. Weaver-Gates lead everyone to believe that she had been diagnosed with chronic…

Fake UFO on Fakebook in wrong part of the world

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314,711 shares on Facebook? 6,100 upvotes on Reddit? 1.8 million views on Imgur? Of a reflection of a light in a window. Why? Because it’s stupid and it’s the internet. Here is today’s must read skeptical debunking of really stupid stuff on the Internet: The UFO picture from Australia, that Facebook are trying to remove! (Or a…

Mad gassers burgle Button, or not

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When I saw this story, a veritable cacophony of buzzers and warning sirens went off in my head. Readers may not be aware of how old this legend of gassing is and how LITTLE evidence there exists that supports any of it being true. But, here we go again… Anaesthetic gas may have been used…

Giant snake photo hoax (Expanded)

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Heads up for this hoax: This picture is going around social media such as Facebook. It is a blatantly bad photoshop of a green anaconda into another photo of people to skew the size. Also, the Amazon is NOT in Africa. Shake your head and walk away. Better yet, post HOAX! in the comments of…

Video shows mystery object during plane takeoff (UPDATE: CGI Hoax)

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UPDATE: CGI hoax. See below This is the spooky moment a jumbo jet taking off from New York was seemingly overtaken in the air by a UFO. The incredible footage shows the Virgin Atlantic plane flying from JFK airport before a mystery object is seen in the distance flying quickly past it. Source: Watch: Virgin…

Scape Ore Lizard Man makes appearance

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OK, you can tell it’s getting on into late summer and the news is JUST silly as hell. The fabled Bishopville swamp creature known as Lizard Man appears to have surfaced again Sunday afternoon. Source: Has Bishopville’s ‘lizard man’ returned? Photo apparently shows The photo shows someone in a costume in low light at typical…

Texas Black Cube UFO from portal is a hoax

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The Houston Chronicle and the MySA (San Antonio Express) are running the same story about a black cube UFO supposedly seen over El Paso at the end of June. Normally, we wouldn’t bother with giving additional attention to such a ridiculous piece, but when it hits the main news outlets, it’s time for a rebuttal.…

Gibson’s untrue claims about cancer could have killed people

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Last Spring, it was revealed by Australian media that Belle Gibson’s story about cancer recovery through diet and alternative lifestyle was a hoax. The celebrity author’s publisher Penguin admitted it did not fact check her claims about being diagnosed with terminal malignant brain cancer in 2009 and then having a seemingly miraculous recovery by rejecting conventional medicine.…

Sorry Charlie: Nobody DIED from the demon-summoning challenge

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Fake news sites are a menace. They hide their disclaimers well, but even if they had disclaimers right up front, you could bet many readers would not notice them and still believe the crazy stories and pass them on as real. Especially if the stories appear shocking and fit with the person’s personal beliefs. The…