Category: Hoaxes

Apocalyptic sounds 2015: The world is a noisy place

The “trumpets of the Apocalypse” story is going around again. A two year old video that collected a series of clips (some are admitted hoaxes, others are dubious) is recirculating via email and social media with a purpose that seems to be simply to make gullible people nervous. Snopes debunks it. snopes.com: People Hearing Apocalyptic Sounds…

Blackpool poltergeist faked

I love reading about poltergeist cases. I really wonder what is going on or who is pranking whom. In this case, the videos are easily faked but the woman’s distress appears real. Your first thought falls to a nylon thread moving the spoon, chandelier and earring. Her hand never goes near it and the camera is just…

New Zealand monster eel video hoaxes

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…

Sad that disclosure of obviously fake aliens is the last thing you do

This story makes me very sad and I wish it was not publicized. But it gives us a lesson about “deathbed confessions”. It also reveals how very desperate the UFO community is to provide “evidence” even when it is embarrassingly awful. Boyd Bushman spoke with independent aerospace engineer Mark Q. Patterson shortly before his death last…

Black eyed child craze is for the extremely gullible

Seriously people, Halloween has been ruined for me since starting this site. The Stupid. It Burns. Spookily familiar – is the ‘ghost’ seen in this photo taken on Cannock Chase an imposter?. SIGHTINGS of black-eyed spectres on Cannock Chase have begun making the rounds on social media in the run up to Halloween, as reported…

Imitation crab: Picture of giant crustacean off Kent is fake

This is currently the top trending story on The Express (U.K.) Yep… Giant crab has been spotted off British coast | Weird | News | Daily Express. People have been flocking to a website to judge for themselves whether this picture shows a huge crustacean in shallow water at a harbour mouth in Kent or…

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

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…

Steven Spielberg, dino hunter

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…

 Bullet in a “Bible” story was faked

There is an interesting update to a story we posted last February about a man who claimed he was saved via the Bible he carried:Bullet in a Bible. It turns out, he lied. Case into shooting of RTA bus driver closed as ‘unfounded’ | www.daytondailynews.com. An RTA bus driver’s claim that three black teenagers shot…

Mountain lion photo NOT from New York

Here is another case of a big cat photo being hyped as something it’s not. A reporter in upstate New York has tried to track down the facts of a rumor that a mountain lion was struck by a vehicle in that state. An image search would have solved this in seconds. Was a mountain…

Hoax earthquake warning across Southern California

A fake letter that used a logo and signature of a real person circulated on the web warning of a coming earthquake. The USGS puts and end to that. USGS Warns Residents Of Bogus Earthquake Alert Letter A bogus letter circulating online is warning Southland residents about an impending earthquake. The hoax letter, which uses…

HOAX ALERT: Tiny time traveler’s watch is not real (UPDATED)

Techeblog has posted a hoax story from 2008 (not going to link to it because it CERTAINLY does not make for worthwhile reading). I don’t know why this kind of crap resurrects itself when in two seconds Google produces a slew of links to it. Need blog hits? Please don’t pass it around. But now…

Smoking gun shark photo that was doctored by Discovery

There were plenty of allegations about what was faked in the fake documentary by Animal Planet about Megalodon. Here is a piece of clear evidence. Did Discovery Channel fake the image in its giant shark documentary? | George Monbiot | Environment | theguardian.com. The suspicion that the Discovery Channel had abandoned its professed editorial standards…

Cryptozoology News — It’s fake

Attention everyone (I’m going to brandish my clue stick and hit you with it today). Cryptozoology has a terrible reputation for hoaxing, exaggeration and rampant speculation. There are also many fictional news outlets that mimic real sites. The site “Cryptozoology News” is at least in most instances, a “poe” site. Cryptozoologic stories about monsters, etc are…

Viral “skinwalker” picture is a hoax

Monsters obtain new life on the internet. These days, it does not take too long before we can pinpoint the hoax and its origin. For some reason, this photo was reported to freak people out a bit in New Mexico. Recent NM ‘skinwalker’ photo ignites fear | KRQE News 13. A Facebook picture circulating Thursday…

Media magic: Recycled stories float to the surface to ride a new wave

Today, a tipster sent me this story dated Jan 9, 2014: Student expelled for casting a spell | firstcoastnews.com. Outrageous, right? Indeed. Great story! Except this EXACT story is from the year 2000. You can spot clues in the piece (which quotes the YEAR) even if you don’t remember the made-for-TV movie in 2006 about it.…

Animal Planet brags about how much of a sell out they are

2013 was the former science-based channel’s best year ever. At what cost? All integrity. But that doesn’t seem to matter. Animal Planet Wins its Best Year Ever – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers. ANIMAL PLANET WINS ITS BEST YEAR EVER! – Network Boasts Most Successful Year in Prime and Total Day – – Animal Planet Ranks #16…

Haunted Whitstable shop exposed as TV hoax

Once again, we have a case of a “haunting” or anomalous event being staged for a TV show. Our helpful tipster from the U.K., David James, has clued us in that the Whitstable drug shop was a staged hoax. We knew that but now more details are out. It was clear that there were some…

Panther pranksters in Epping Forest

Someone saw an opportunity for a good laugh. Mystery of Epping Forest ‘big cat’ is solved – Home News – UK – The Independent. Two City of London forest keepers had quite a fright on Wednesday when they peered through the fog and spotted what appeared to be a black panther in Epping Forest, Essex.…