Tag: Hoax

15 Credibility Street #28: Defense against the dark art of scare-mongering

It was just Halloween, the media is out to scare you into believing dumb things. Don’t. Tricks in treats? Not-too-deep-thinking about marijuana-laced candy warnings will bring quick realization this hazard is not worth worrying about. One incident in New Brunswick, Canada may have been nailed down but who would eat that anyway? The condition called…

UFO hoaxer fuels worry about an attack on Turkey

A fear about an invasion by UFOs sparked a small panic on social media on Sunday, November 27. The story played out AS IF many people were seeing and reporting the same cluster of lights in the sky across the country and even later in other places. But that wasn’t what was happening. Our UFO…

Hope dashed for those who believed in demon fairies

A creature promoted as being a “demon fairy” or “winged nightmare” by those who thought it matched a description in Revelation, has been revealed as a hoax. Synchronicity. Or something. Coincidences can seem very strange some times. Earlier today, I received an inquiry from Dr. Michael Heiser asking if I knew of anyone who had…

Latest purported photo of “Nessie” appears to be seals

The Sun (UK) tabloid is well known for paying for exclusive photographs to publish with sensational stories about celebrities, ghosts and monsters. The latest is a new photo of Loch Ness which, if really taken in the Loch, shows three playful seals near shore. Normally, we don’t link to tabloids like the Sun but this pic…

Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom. Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the…

China’s floating city is a likely CGI hoax (UPDATE)

On October 13, I posted a link (in Chinese) to our Facebook page (which you might ‘like’) regarding a questionable image of a city in the clouds in Foshan, China. Even though this “mirage” was shown on Chinese television, it’s certainly not impossible that they are giving bad information to the public. Is this an optical illusion, or…

Goat-like prop with wings claimed to be Jersey Devil

Today’s “Most Read” story on NJ.com’s page is about a ridiculous so-called sighting of the Jersey Devil. The story is even trending on Facebook now as several more news outlets have picked it up. The original story came through an email to Paranormal Corner columnist Kelly Roncase, a paranormal investigator. Her columns are breezy and…

Bigfoot “London footprints” declared a hoax

Back in February of 2012, we reported on a finding of a long Bigfoot footprint trail found in Eugene, Oregon. Bigfoot researcher, Cliff Barackman, as soon as he could, rushed to the Cottage Grove Reservoir, as researchers used 300 pounds of plaster to cast 122 tracks. At the time, Cliff (of the show Finding Bigfoot) said…

Giant snake photo hoax (Expanded)

Heads up for this hoax: This picture is going around social media such as Facebook. It is a blatantly bad photoshop of a green anaconda into another photo of people to skew the size. Also, the Amazon is NOT in Africa. Shake your head and walk away. Better yet, post HOAX! in the comments of…

Scape Ore Lizard Man makes appearance

OK, you can tell it’s getting on into late summer and the news is JUST silly as hell. The fabled Bishopville swamp creature known as Lizard Man appears to have surfaced again Sunday afternoon. Source: Has Bishopville’s ‘lizard man’ returned? Photo apparently shows The photo shows someone in a costume in low light at typical…

Texas Black Cube UFO from portal is a hoax

The Houston Chronicle and the MySA (San Antonio Express) are running the same story about a black cube UFO supposedly seen over El Paso at the end of June. Normally, we wouldn’t bother with giving additional attention to such a ridiculous piece, but when it hits the main news outlets, it’s time for a rebuttal.…

Sorry Charlie: Nobody DIED from the demon-summoning challenge

Fake news sites are a menace. They hide their disclaimers well, but even if they had disclaimers right up front, you could bet many readers would not notice them and still believe the crazy stories and pass them on as real. Especially if the stories appear shocking and fit with the person’s personal beliefs. The…

“Ghost” photo hides the truth in more ways than one

It’s difficult to follow some viral trends on social media since I tend to avoid people who pass on urban legends and hoaxed photos as real. But this latest picture of “ghost nurse” was SO OBVIOUSLY made by a ghost app that I find myself questioning the future of America when people can fall for…

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…

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…