Sometimes it feels like half of the internet is just fake photos. Whether it’s Elvis cutting Johnny Cash’s hair (FAKE), Hillary Clinton posing next to someone in an ‘I’m With Stupid’ t-shirt (FAKE) or John Lennon on a skateboard (FAKE FAKE FAKE), we’re breaking down the latest fakes swirling around the internet.
A picture of some deformed plant sex organs is alarming people all over the internet this week. The photo, taken by Twitter user @san_kaido, shows a bunch of daisies that look like conjoined twins. The accompanying tweet describes their twisted, ribbonlike appearance, and reports a radiation reading for the spot.
On July 4, 1979 little Teresa Salcedo was the first baby born in Disneyland at California. But contrary to urban legend, she didn’t get a lifetime pass to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Are you a student looking for a great health studies course? I’d suggest steering clear of the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus. The school has recently become the laughingstock of the scientific community for a course that includes materials on the dangers of vaccines. Jenny McCarthy would be so proud.
An earth-shattering 9.8 earthquake is coming this week! At least according to your weird uncle’s Facebook page. The Big One is supposed to hit this Thursday, May 28th, thanks to a planetary alignment predicted by Nostradamus and some random guy in the Netherlands. Except that it’s all bullshit.
We fact-checked UberFacts on three separate occasions in 2014. And every time, the Twitter-based trivia robot got a failing grade. But today we're happy to report some good news: UberFacts is more accurate these days!
Hundreds of images flash in front of our eyes each week as we navigate this strange machine we call the internet. But sometimes those images are lying to us. The following lies are culled from the bits and bytes that came through the tubes over the past few weeks.
Remember the photo of a "drunk" gorilla that went viral a couple of weeks back? The one that punched a photographer and gave the internet an opportunity to make endless jokes about the gorilla uprising? Turns out, the gorilla wasn't actually drunk. At least if you believe "scientists" who "know stuff" about "biology."
A joke without a punchline is just a lie. And there sure are a lot of missing punchlines on the internet these days.
No, archeologists didn't recently discover the mystery behind a legendary lost British colony from the 16th century. It would've been the biggest history story of the year. But it's not. Because it's a lie.
Last week it was widely reported that Pope Francis had said you'd get to meet your pets in heaven. As it turns out, he never said that. Poor Fido.
Today's forecast calls for viral with a 100 percent chance of fake. And scattered nudity by midday.
It’s one of those Thanksgiving fun facts I loved repeating when I was a kid: Ben Franklin liked turkeys so much that he wanted them to be our national bird, instead of the bald eagle. It’s a popular fun fact. But I was shattered to learn as an adult that this little nugget of trivia isn’t quite true.
Right around Independence Day, an amazing story went around: historians discover a soldier's camera at the site of the Battle of the Bulge. They develop the 70-year-old film and find grainy but gripping images taken by a soldier just before he was killed. It's an engrossing tale—but it's false: the photos came…
Tom Boddingham only wanted a cool pair of monster foot slippers. What he received instead was a monster-sized slipper, after Chinese factory workers ignored an extremely crucial decimal point. Hurray for obvious marketing stunts!
Why hasn't this kind of critical thinking migrated out of India to the rest of the world? Methinks these educators (seriously, watch to the end) would do well to license out their brand of debunking to other cultures.
Salon has published this article about "MIT research scientist" Dr. Josef Oehmen and his post Why I am not worried about Japan's nuclear reactors, which went viral after its publication. The article was reposted in The Energy Collective, a site pro-nuclear lobbying site funded by Siemens, a manufacturer of nuclear…
Everyone relax. While the jury may be out on abundant life in space we can squash this other space-related "second sun" story out of China. Our solar system has not sprouted a second sun and we are not on Tatooine. It was a mirage.