Hoaxes

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…

Imaginary art is a hoax

The million dollar invisible art exhibit.

Million dollar invisible art is as worthless as invisible money and just as real… New York artist creates ‘art’ that is invisible and collectors are paying millions. 27-year-old artist Lana Newstrom says she is the first artist in the world to create invisible “art.” In this documentary we traveled to her empty studio to learn…

Ghost-like little girl with deer – some fake, some real

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Most photos of little girls or other figures captured on trail camera (so they say) are fake. They are photoshopped or otherwise manipulated, often created with use of a ghost app on a phone. But the latest one, making the rounds on paranormal and mystery mongering feeds on Facebook, looks shocking, creepy, sparking speculation as to…

Bownessie reemerges as a funny dig at Scottish independence

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Sometimes, don’t you feel that the media just insults our intelligence? It’s a funny joke that a Scottish monster supposedly visits England during the independence referendum. Scottish independence: now Nessie defects – Telegraph. It seems that it is not just high-street banks, or hardcore unionists, who are looking for the exit door in Scotland should…

Melbourne UFO likely a remote-controlled device

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As we have seen several examples of this surface, a deliberate hoax using a quadcopter MUST be a primary consideration for UFOs or “unidentified aerial phenomena”. UFO sighting: Flashing lights more adolescent than alien, expert says. A mysterious object with flashing lights spotted hovering over Melbourne’s south-east last night was probably more adolescent than alien…

Beware of scams regarding the victims of flight MH17

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This excellent consumer warnings website out of Australia warns of fraudulent activity online surrounding information on the MH17 tragedy – dubious ads, malware and fake charities. Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy. Scammers have set up false Facebook profiles for Australian victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy…

Discovery Channel: Jumped the shark long ago, now just despicable (Update: More despicableness)

Fake shark used in Discovery media hoax in Lake Ontario

Once again, Discovery Channel shows they are not science-based and will even pull unethical stunts to get ratings. Epic. Fail. We posted the link in the leftovers of 16-July to the story in Canada’s National Post about a video that purportedly showed a bull shark spotted in Lake Ontario. The best answer at the time…

Steven Spielberg, dino hunter

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Wait, WAAAAAAT? A Whole Bunch Of People On Facebook Thought Steven Spielberg Killed A Real Dinosaur. Internet humourist Jay Branscomb posted it on Facebook with the caption: “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.” Steven Spielberg…

Have you seen my missing tarantula? She’s in a family way…

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Many many people are relieved. Missing Park Slope tarantula was a hoax: ‘owner’ | New York Post. On Thursday, someone posted flyers around Brooklyn alerting everyone that their pregnant red rump tarantula named Penelope had gone missing. “I know she looks crazy scary,” the flyer said, “but she’s mostly harmless.” A Tarantula Isn’t Lost and…

Ancient Roman ruins in Miami is a hoax

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A very silly story made the rounds on Facebook. No, those are not Roman ruins unearthed in downtown Miami. Obviously. In fact, they aren’t anything all that interesting. Fake news is REALLY annoying. Roman Ruins in Downtown Miami Hoax Debunked. The story flooded Facebook feeds all over South Florida last week. Topped with a photo…