Hoaxes

Are these North Korean hovercraft full of eels?

Analysis of photo from The Atlantic.

Seriously, I’m just going to include as “doubtful” ANY story that come out of North Korea. It’s like Pravda over there. Is This North Korean Hovercraft-Landing Photo Faked? – In Focus – The Atlantic. While researching a photo entry about North Korea’s recent threats of war, I discovered an image released by North Korea’s official…

McCormick trial: He believed detecting devices really worked

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In the continuing trial of James McCormick, he testifies that his bomb detection devices worked. No complaints over bomb detectors, fraud accused tells court | UK news | The Guardian. A British businessman accused of producing a useless bomb detector based on a novelty golf ball finder has told a jury he sold his devices…

45-year old Bigfoot hairs to mockumentary in one step – Ric Dyer

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Woman keeps hair she believes is from Bigfoot. She thinks they are out there and being killed. This story has a rather interesting twist, I found. Bigfoot believer shares hairs: ‘I wouldn’t give it up for anything’ |  KVAL CBS 13. Betty Klopp has been holding on to these strands of hair and bits of…

Lawyers fall for Nigerian scam

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Can’t make this stuff up… A Nigerian pulls a form of Nigerian scam from Canada on lawyers. Former Mississauga man guilty in defrauding lawyers | Toronto Star. A Mississauga man could face up to 20 years in a U.S. prison after pleading guilty to fraud charges in connection with an international scam that has bilked…

No, there are not dolphins with guns on their heads loose in the Black Sea

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I saw the story in passing yesterday… ‘Killer’ Ukrainian dolphins on the loose from military trainers. Ukrainian dolphins trained to find underwater mines and kill enemy divers have skirted their navy handlers and swam off, apparently in search of mates, according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Gawker also freaked out about dolphins loose…

Museum trying to cash in on Silverbell artifact popularity

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The Curator of the Arizona History Museum has put the Silverbell Artifacts on display after an episode of the History Channel’s “America Unearthed” aired a documentary about the artifacts. Mysterious Silverbell artifacts on display | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona. It’s a desert mystery that has baffled Tucsonans and historians for nearly nine decades. In 1924,…

Mother Teresa was no saint

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Many of us already knew this thanks to Hitch. Mother Teresa ‘saint of the media’, controversial study says – Times Of India. The controversial study, to be published this month in the journal of studies in religion/sciences called Religieuses, says that Teresa – known across the world as the apostle of the dying and the…

Chemistry of the crystal skulls confirms their fake origin

Photo credit: James Di Loreto/Smithsonian Institution

Margaret Sax, conservation scientist at the British Museum, and Jane Walsh, archaeologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, have worked together to study the lengendary crystal skulls from Central America, supposedly made before the Spanish exploration of the continent. Crystal Skulls Deemed Fake. Walsh has traced fake crystal skulls at the British Museum…

The Santa Clarita UFO prank, all CGI

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Another anatomy of a hoax. Explained. The Making of the Ultimate Fake UFO Video (Where Absolutely Everything Is Fake). Last month, filmmaker Aristomenis “Meni” Tsirbas revealed to Wired that an elaborate UFO prank video he had created was far more than what it seemed: Not only was the UFO fake, but so was everything else…

The CCTV camera “ghost” [fake]

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Someone is pulling a fast one. But, take a look to see the state of ghost hoaxing these days. ‘Ghost’ caught on CCTV camera | Orange UK. CCTV footage said to show a ghost outside a London community centre is going viral after it was posted on YouTube. It shows a transparent figure leaving the…

Hoax video with 42 million views. What have we learned?

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Recall THIS story that circulated for two days rapidly all over the world: Bird Abduction: Golden eagle grabs child video. We were uncertain right off the mark but knew there was some basis for the story, the tales of birds snatching kids in days gone by. Now, the whole story is revealed in this report…

Lost Dutchman search and rescue team keeps busy

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Back in November, we brought you the story of a lost hiker finally found, a victim of a fruitless search for gold in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. Some people are lucky and are found alive. Others not so lucky and not too smart to have ventured out in the first place to find the…

Jackalope honored in Wyoming (Updated: DOA)

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Update: Does not look like this is going to go through. <fake disappointment> Oh Darn. Wyoming may deny jackalope official ‘mythical critter’ tag. After passing out of the House on Jan. 25, the bill, House Bill 149, waited for more than 10 days for introduction in the Senate. Then it ended up in the Rules…

Step right up and see the Minnesota Iceman! SOLD!

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What an awesome coffee table this would make! Minnesota Ice Man – For Sale! | CFI Blogs. The listing reads: “This is the actual sideshow gaff billed as “The Minnesota Iceman” by Frank Hansen in the 1960’s. This is a one of a kind hoax that was fabricated by a mid-20th century showman. The Iceman…

The Bigfoot bandwagon – Dyer’s tall tale that he has the body

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Warning: Critical commentary ahead. Here we go again – riding the Bigfoot wave. News of Bigfoot DNA testing was pushed out of the weird news headlines because of Meteor Friday. But Rick Dyer, admitted Bigfoot in a Freezer hoaxer, is capitalizing on the attention from the Ketchum news by claiming he has outdone everyone else.…

Washington Post fooled by Sarah Palin – Al Jazeera satire article

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Oh these goof ups keep right on coming… Parody Website Fools The Washington Post Into Thinking Sarah Palin Heading To Al Jazeera | Mediaite. “Late last week Al Jazeera America announced the former vice-presidential candidate would be joining their news network.” The only problem with Parker’s scoop is that the news of Palin’s move comes…

This is not a test: Bodies are rising from their graves (Updated)

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See new update at the bottom. This is hilarious. Well done jokester. Bogus emergency alert message transmitted | KRTV.com | Great Falls, Montana. The Emergency Alert System on Montana station KRTV broadcasted a message during regular programing today with an alert that “the bodies are rising from their graves and attacking the living”. The announcer…

Retraction Watch hit with DMCA takedown notice for their own content

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This kind of stuff makes me nervous. It seems another case of scumbaggery to try to hide your dirty laundry. Site plagiarizes blog posts, then files DMCA takedown on originals | Ars Technica. The excellent site, Retraction Watch, was the victim of a fake DMCA takedown noticed probably related to its exposure of several retractions…

Psychic healers rob victims of their valuables

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Monterey Park Residents Warned Of ‘Psychic Healer’ Fraud Ring. Police on Thursday warned residents in Monterey Park to beware of individuals posing as “Psychic Healers” due to several victims reporting thefts of large amounts of money and jewelry. A victim on Jan. 15 reported that she was approached by three female suspects in the area…

Dragon hoax skeleton exposed by paleontologists

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This story is so good, I couldn’t pass it up even though it’s a few weeks old. This piece appeared in an online paleontology journal detailing the story of a so-called “dragon” displayed in Rome. It’s an analysis of each part of this skeleton to show it is not AT ALL what it was portrayed…

Iranian space monkey hoax? (Updated: Mistake claimed)

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Inconsistant pictures of the monkey exposed. Is this a propaganda story? Was Iran’s monkey in space launch faked? Before and after pictures of space-travelling simian appear to show different animals – The Independent. The veracity of Iran’s triumphant claims to have launched a monkey into space has been called into question by before and after…

MSNBC pummeled for Sandy Hook video editing controversy

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Even though this was cleared up, the damage was done. MSNBC Airs Sandy Hook Father’s Unedited Testimony After Critics Complain (Video) – The Hollywood Reporter. After finding itself embroiled in another controversy about edited video, NBC News has re-aired a clip its critics say was selectively edited. On Monday, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir aired a video…

Amish Mafia: Fake AND degrading

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To the people of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, this nonsense was clear from the beginning. This is not reality unless TV is your reality. New tour takes aim at ‘Amish Mafia’ claims – News. Local author and historian Brad Igou is sure the hit television show “Amish Mafia” is a farce — and he’s willing to…

Street of fire in Omaha. Exposed.

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A neat story about getting to the bottom of doubtful news. Hansen: The great Omaha manhole fireball photo mystery – Omaha.com. The patrons and employees of the Boiler Room had all seen the photo — the one that appears to show multiple fireballs shooting from the manhole covers along Howard Street, the defining image of…