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Are People in Brooklyn Refusing to Vaccinate Their Pets Over Autism Fears?

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CLAIM People in Brooklyn are refusing to vaccinate their pets based on fears created by the anti-vaccine movement. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 1 August 2017, BrooklynPaper.com — the internet-facing side of a local Brooklyn weekly — published a story that claimed to document an increase in Brooklyn pet owners refusing to vaccinate their pets […]




Lawsuit Claims Fox News ‘Contrived’ Fake Seth Rich Story With Trump Administration

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On 1 August 2017, a Fox News contributor filed a federal lawsuit that accuses Fox News of “contriving” with President Donald Trump and members of his administration “to publish and disseminate fake news to affect politics in America” with the intention of distracting the public from alleged collusion between Russia and members of Trump’s campaign. In the […]




Marine Stabbed by Shoplifter?

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CLAIM A shoplifter who stabbed a Marine collecting Toys for Tots was then whomped by other Marines. MOSTLY TRUE RATING MOSTLY TRUE ORIGIN <!– [Collected via e-mail, February 2011] SAS Stop Clumsy Thief Perth, Australia An SAS trooper collecting toys for children was stabbed when he helped stop a suspected shoplifter in east Perth. The […]




Angelina Jolie Says Child Casting Story Is False, Upsetting

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie says accounts of her casting process for children to appear in her film “First They Killed My Father” are false and upsetting. An excerpt from a Vanity Fair profile of the director sparked backlash online earlier this week from people who criticized the methods as being cruel and exploitative. […]




Was a Musician Deported for Attacking a Los Angeles Street Vendor?

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CLAIM A musician was deported to Argentina after he was caught on video knocking over a vendor’s cart on a Los Angeles street. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In July 2017, just after footage of an altercation between a musician and a street vendor in Los Angeles went viral, generating outrage and a discussion about the […]




Li Ching-Yuen: 256-Year-Old Man?

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CLAIM A Chinese man named Li Ching-Yuen lived to be 256 years old. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN Man’s fascination with the concept of longevity beyond the 70 or80 years of the typical human lifespan is documented in a variety of writings, myths and legends stretching back thousands of years. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus, for […]




House Enacts ‘Martial Law’ as Senators Grapple With ‘Skinny’ Partial Obamacare Repeal

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As the Senate debated on 27 July 2017 about passing a potential partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (known colloquially as either the ACA or Obamacare), the House of Representatives enacted a rule known as “martial law” which would allow them to vote on it without notice if the Senate passes it. Senators debated […]




The Kayak and the Whale

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CLAIM A photograph shows a kayaker paddling across a humpback whale’s huge open mouth. See Example(s) EXAMPLES This story/photo is from Dr. Kraft who is a physician in Sitka. Wow, what are the chances of taking this picture just at this moment: Yep, that is me in the picture. Yep that is a whale that was […]




Did CNN Bury the Justine Damond Story Because She Was a White Woman Killed By a ‘Black Islamic Immigrant From Somalia’?

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CLAIM CNN (and other news media outlets) buried the Justine Damond shooting story because she was white and the officer who shot her was a black Muslim immigrant. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 22 July 2017, the Facebook page “Prepare to Take America Back” shared a meme that informed its fans that CNN and other […]




Burundanga/Scopolamine Warning

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CLAIM Criminals in the U.S. are using burundanga-soaked business cards to incapacitate their victims. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN Our first sighting of the “burundanga” warning was an early May 2008 e-mailed alert that included precious little detail: the woman reported to have been drugged was identified only as “Jaime Rodriguez’s neighbor” rather than by her […]




Bush Brothers and Company Recalls Certain Baked Beans

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Bush Brothers Company is voluntarily recalling certain 28 ounce cans of Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans because cans may have defective side seams. These side seam defects may affect can integrity and may cause the cans to leak or allow for harmful bacteria to grow inside the […]




Topless Woman in Disney’s ‘The Rescuers’?

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CLAIM A hidden image of a topless woman appears in the home video version of Disney’s ‘The Rescuers.’ TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN On 8 January 1999, Disney announced a recall of the home video version of their 1977 animated feature The Rescuers because it contained an “objectionable background image.” That image was one which appeared […]




Were Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell Murdered to Cover Up a Pedophile Ring?

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CLAIM Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell were murdered because they were about to reveal a ring of pedophiles. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 21 July 2017, the fake news web site YourNewsWire posted a story reporting that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who passed away on 20 July 2017 in his Palos Verdes Estates home […]




Were Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell Murdered to Cover Up a Pedophile Ring?

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CLAIM Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell were murdered because they were about to reveal a ring of pedophiles. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 21 July 2017, the fake news web site YourNewsWire posted a story reporting that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who passed away on 20 July 2017 in his Palos Verdes Estates home […]




John McCain Admitted He Was a ‘War Criminal’?

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CLAIM Senator John McCain admitted that he was a ‘war criminal’ and was pardoned by President Nixon for his crimes. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN Arizona senator John McCain’s background of service to his country is well-known: A U.S. Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, Lieut. Commander McCain was shot down in his Skyhawk dive bomber […]