The Nine Best Hoaxes to Have Hit Wikipedia

Snappy & Friends, a short animated show sponsored by Kellog's Rice Krispies, first aired sometime in 1949. In 1968, a visionary toy scientist named Alex Cartwright created an artificially intelligent robotic arm that could play full games of Stratego, Battleship, and Candyland, to the delight and vague unsettlement of… » 3/27/15 11:13am Friday 11:13am

9 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

The internet is an incredible place, often filled with beauty, wonder, and truth. It can also be a cesspool of lies. Today we have another installment in our ongoing series of photo debunkings. You may have seen these nine images swirling around the internet recently. But none of them are quite what they seem. » 3/17/15 11:55am 3/17/15 11:55am

7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

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. » 3/03/15 3:48pm 3/03/15 3:48pm

25 Years of Beautiful, Fake Images Brought to You By Photoshop

Happy birthday Photoshop! You might be turning 25 this week, but you don't look a day over 20. (We suspect you've had some photoshopping done.) » 2/18/15 12:00pm 2/18/15 12:00pm

These Penguins In Sweaters Are Fake

You may have recently seen the heartwarming story of Australia's oldest man (109 years young!) who knits sweaters for penguins. The story is currently making the rounds with an adorable photo purporting to show the grateful penguins of Australia's Phillip Island. The only problem? Those penguins in that particular… » 2/11/15 6:32pm 2/11/15 6:32pm

10 More Viral Photos That Are Actually Fake

Believe it or not, there are a lot of fake photos on the internet. And the explosion in the number of spammy Twitter accounts like OldPicsArchive and HistoryInPics help them spread like wildfire. Today we're taking a look at 10 more fake-ish photos you may have seen in your social media streams recently. They're all… » 2/03/15 12:00pm 2/03/15 12:00pm

Behind the scenes of "behind the scenes at National Geographic"

Have you seen that "behind the scenes at National Geographic" photo where those guys are running from a bear? It's pretty amusing. But it's a fake. Super duper, 100 percent fake. So where did it come from? » 1/19/15 5:42pm 1/19/15 5:42pm

12 More Viral Photos That Are Actually Fake

Last year was a big one for fakes. And if the first couple weeks of 2015 are any indication, we'll have plenty of fake images, silly hoaxes, and outright lies this year as well. Below we've debunked a few photos that you may have seen floating around social media recently. None are quite what they claim to be. » 1/14/15 1:32pm 1/14/15 1:32pm

No, that broken pencil illustration isn't by Banksy

You may have seen a clever Banksy illustration of broken pencils being shared far and wide on social media yesterday. It's a powerful message about optimism and rebuilding after facing adversity. But it's not by Banksy. » 1/08/15 10:45am 1/08/15 10:45am

86 Viral Images From 2014 That Were Totally Fake

We debunked a lot of fake viral photos this year. Eighty-six, to be exact. And that doesn't even include all those fake toilet photos from the Sochi Olympics, those fake Ebola cures, and all the lies that UberFacts helped spread. It was a busy year for fakes. » 12/31/14 12:07pm 12/31/14 12:07pm

That amazing photo of economy class flying in the 1960s is fake

Frequently wrong @HistoryInPics company gets $2 million from investors

The three people behind the immensely popular Twitter accounts @HistoryInPics and @EarthPix have raised $2 million from investors. What started as just a handful of Twitter accounts is quickly growing into a media empire that they call All Day Media. Let's just hope All Day hires some editors and fact-checkers with… » 12/22/14 12:14pm 12/22/14 12:14pm

Loggers didn't cut down world's oldest tree—but the real story is better

According to an article in World News Daily Report, loggers in the Amazon have accidentally cut down a 5,800-year-old Samauma tree, the oldest in the world. Except there is no such tree. This "news" article with 143,000 Facebook shares is a wholesale fabrication. » 12/10/14 4:43pm 12/10/14 4:43pm

7 More Viral Images That Are Totally Fake (Maybe NSFW?)

UberFacts Is Still Full of Lies

Today we're fact-checking UberFacts so you don't have to. Again. We looked at every "fact" tweeted by the incredibly popular Twitter account on Sunday from midnight until midnight PT. The account failed miserably. Again. » 12/02/14 11:34am 12/02/14 11:34am

10 More Viral Images That Are Actually Fake

The fakes are coming! The fakes are coming! Today we have 10 more images you may have seen floating around the internet recently. But don't believe your lying eyes. They're all totally fake. » 10/31/14 11:08am 10/31/14 11:08am

6 Fake Ebola Cures Being Peddled Online

Throughout history, hucksters have emerged to sell bullshit "cures" for diseases to fearful people. Today these frauds make their home on the internet. And they're selling bullshit cures for Ebola. There is no known cure— or vaccine— for Ebola, but that's not stopping shameless profiteers from exploiting the panic… » 10/17/14 12:22pm 10/17/14 12:22pm

8 More Viral Images That Are Totally Fake

The fakes are everywhere. At this point, it might be easier to just point out the images on the internet that are real, rather than show you all the fakes that have been circulating recently. Then again, this way's always more fun. » 10/09/14 12:51pm 10/09/14 12:51pm

10 movie myths that can never actually happen in real life

We see some things happen so often in movies that they start to seep into our reality. We totally think they're real. Like thinking the asteroid belt is some dangerous road or that firing a gun to break a lock works or that silencers truly silence a weapon. But nope! Those are all myths that can't ever happen in real… » 9/12/14 9:42pm 9/12/14 9:42pm