Hoaxes

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You always had to watch out for ghost apps and Virgin Mary apps. Now, the UFO apps are fooling local news teams. UFO Photo of “Vintage” Flying Saucer Purportedly Snapped, But.. | Who Forted? Magazine. A student in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand claims to have unwittingly snapped a photo of a “vintage-looking” flying saucer on Christmas…

A joke? Black panther toy surprises observer

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‘Cuddly toy’ sparks Peterborough panther speculation – Local – Peterborough Telegraph. A large cuddly toy left on a grass bank triggered concerns that a black cat might have been on the loose in Peterborough. Eagle-eyed reader Marc Peacock-Smith contacted the PT after spotting what looked like the outline of a black panther-like creatrure lying on…

Irrational thoughts reign: Ideas of the Sandy Hook truthers (Update: People are sickening)

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This piece is a rundown of the popular conspiracy theories surrounding the Newtown school shooting. While they are all really implausible, some are bizarre. Meet the Sandy Hook truthers – Salon.com. Yes, there really are Newtown truthers. But in the crazy world of Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, this one may be the worst yet. (Maybe…

Plane disappearance sparks nonsense idea about Los Roques curse

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Are the Los Roques islands the new Bermuda Triangle? | World news | The Guardian. The archipelago off the coast of Venezuela, where fashion designer Vittorio Missoni’s plane disappeared mid-air, has a growing reputation for mysterious vanishings. The as-yet-unexplained disappearance last Friday of the plane carrying six passengers and crew, including Italian fashion mogul Vittorio…

Michigan schools close over Friday doomsday rumors

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Not surprising. But very concerning. Mayan end-of-world rumors prompt Michigan officials to close 33 schools – U.S. News. More than 30 Michigan schools closed for the holidays two days early, in part because the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end on Friday, an official said. Matt Wandrie, superintendent for Lapeer Community Schools, said doomsday…

Mystery of the Indiana Jones journal (UPDATE: Delivered to the wrong address by mistake)

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Originally published Dec 15 at 15:14.  The University of Chicago Wants to Know Who Sent This Journal to Indiana Jones | Underwire | Wired.com. Earlier this week the University of Chicago received what might be an elaborate hoax, a miracle, or the best college admissions application of all time: Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Raiders of the…

Tooth fairy accused of malpractice

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A disturbing warning about a magic stranger who may be harming your children appears in the prestigious British Journal of Medicine. The tooth fairy and malpractice We are concerned that the actions of the mythical character at the root of this report must be brought to the attention of the medical community, as it seems…

Who orchestrated the Piltdown man hoax?

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A new look at an old mystery – the unsolved question of who hoaxed the Piltdown man fossils. Solving a 100-year-old scientific hoax –  NBC News It’s a detective story with a century-old crime: The forgery of a supposed “missing link” in human evolution that went undetected for decades. Now, researchers are set on identifying…

Fox News IQ study hoax exposed

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“Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group, tested 5,000 people using a series of tests that measure everything from cognitive aptitude to common sense and found that people who identified themselves as Fox News viewers and ‘conservative’ had, on average, significantly lower intelligent quotients.” *BUUZZZ* Wrong. Did you fall for this? I did…

It’s crystal clear this claim is unBelizeable (UPDATED: Awe wants out)

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According to our tipster, who shall remain anonymous, but who may know a bit more about this than us, this claim is a howler. ‘Indiana Jones’ Lawsuit Seeks Hollywood Profits from Alleged Crystal Skull Theft (Exclusive) – Hollywood Reporter. On Wednesday, one of the most entertaining lawsuits of the year was filed in Illinois federal…

Perceiving when you are being scammed – older versus young

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Elderly people are often targeted for scams because of their disposable funds and their percieved gullibility. Are they more gullible? Why? Older people are more susceptible to swindlers Stories of kindly grandmothers giving all their money away to nefarious confidence tricksters are unfortunately all too common. Now, researchers have suggested one reason why older people…

Former Bigfoot hoaxer pulls Mars prank

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The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, exposes this one but it has a funny twist: Hoax site says NASA’s Curiosity rover found plastic beads on Mars. I got a note from my friend Jules at Geeky Pleasures letting me know that a hoax website has turned up claiming NASA found plastic beads on Mars. Let’s be…

Google acquisition announcement was hoaxed

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An example of manipulating the media – a fake press release caused some consternation this morning. Announcement of $400 million Google acquisition found to be a hoax – San Jose Mercury News. The announcement hit early in the morning West Coast time: Google (GOOG) had agreed to purchase a little-known Wi-Fi hotspot company named ICOA…