Hoaxes

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

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…

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…

2.5 million views of two minutes and eighteen seconds of stupid

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What? More conspiracy nonsense making the rounds? I’m shocked! No I’m not. I’m tired of this s**t and that’s exactly what it is. It’s making people paranoid and STUPID. Conspiracy videos of 9/11 on Facebook: People should be responsible for what they share on social media. It’s 2:18 long, and it makes basically one claim:…

Psychics scam vulnerable people: I KNOW I KNOW, not “news”

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NO WAY! Psychic readings are a rip-off targeting vulnerable people?!?! Quelle surprise! </sarcasm> Rip-Off Alert: Personalized psychic readings just a ploy – Las Vegas MyNews3 – KSNV. U.S. Postal Inspector Al Herzog says victims were told “they were going to get rich; they were going to have a big house, come into big fortune” in…

Gamma-ray Burst False Alarm: Self-Correcting Science and Public Scientific Enthusiasm

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are powerful flashes of energetic gamma-rays lasting from less than a second to several minutes. They release a tremendous amount of energy in this short time making them the most powerful events in the Universe. They are thought to be mostly associated with the explosion of stars that collapse into black holes. In the explosion, two jets of very fast-moving material are ejected, as depicted in this artist’s illustration. If a jet happens to be aimed at Earth, we see a brief but powerful gamma-ray burst. (By ESO/A. Roquette at Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0)

It’s been a tumultuous week in astronomy-related false alarms. See also Citizen journalism asteroid hoax should be a lesson to CNN (Doubtful News). This week, social media buzzed rather excitedly about a “possible gamma ray burst detected in Andromeda.” But despite the excitement and speculation as to whether the detected emission was a gamma-ray burst (GRB)…

Making a miracle angel into a UFO doesn’t help with an explanation!

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More baseless speculation of explaining an unknown with another unknown with this new idea about the most famous war-time vision in the sky story ever told. “Angel” which saved British troops in WW1 “may have been UFO” – Yahoo News UK. An ‘Angel’ which many British soldiers credited with saving their lives in one of…

Hey, Girlfriend! Another North Korea urban legend squashed

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There have been a series of rumors out of North Korea that this or that person was killed for some trivial cause by order of Kim Jong-un. Once again, the hype is deflated. North Korea leader’s ‘executed’ ex-girlfriend shows up alive on TV - Los Angeles Times. The ex-girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-un, reportedly executed by firing squad…

We were hosed by pranking firefighters

I’m no train expert…but I don’t think this is going to work.

Didn’t we ALL see this on Facebook last week and wonder WHAT are they thinking?! Well, they were thinking they were being funny. Small-town firefighters successfully prank the whole world with a silly pic of fake stupidity | 22 Words. The source of the photo is firefighter Tom Bongaerts from the little town of Bornem…

Will 16yr old be charged for abduction hoax?

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Kids don’t lie, do they? Yes. ALL. THE. TIME. Colonel: Girl in abduction hoax should be charged | News – Home. The 16-year-old girl who told her parents she was pulled into a truck by two men Tuesday night has admitted she made up the story to try to get sympathy from her ex-boyfriend, Clay…

Instructions for making your own merbeing

The Horniman Merman - "Japanese Monkey Fish"

Friend of the site Paolo Viscardi is featured in this piece that investigates a “merman” at his museum. This is SO COOL! Mysterious mermaid stripped naked Paolo Viscardi reveals what it takes to make a convincing, fake mermaid Called the “Japanese Monkey-fish”, it turns out it is not monkey at all: “Is it real?” is…