Hoaxes

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…

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…

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…

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…

Historian goes round in circles saying crop formation are not hoaxes

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Quite doubtful. Black Country crop circles prove phenomenon is no hoax, claims Australian expert – Birmingham Mail. AN Aussie historian believes he has buried forever the ‘cereal’ lie that crop circles are the work of hoaxers – by unearthing Black Country images of them dating back to 1945 and beyond. It’s ‘barley’ believable, but Greg…

Come on, Russian media! A “UFO tooth-wheel”? Silly. (Update: not extraordinary)

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Did Voice of Russia become the new Pravda? Cause this is laughable. 300-million-year-old UFO tooth-wheel found in Russian city of Vladivostok: Voice of Russia. Lighting the fire during a cold winter evening a resident of Vladivostok found a rail-shaped metal detail which was pressed in one of the pieces of coal that the man used…

The week in sports: Lies and hoaxes

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You could be forgiven if you lost faith in sports this week. Between the Lance Armstrong doping admission and this front page mess of a story, it was a disaster. Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax. Did you enjoy the uplifiting story, the…

Friday Funny: A sheepish grin

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People thought it was aliens. (“It’s like crop circles but on sheep”) But it’s a hilarious and clever marketing gimmick. Not sure the farmers are amused. Mystery: Exeter sheep branded with same smiley face that has been seen across the country | This is Exeter. Sheep in a field near Exeter have been branded with…

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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…