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Is the City of Sacramento Paying Gang Members $1.5 Million Not to Kill?

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CLAIM The city of Sacramento is paying gang members $1.5 million to stop killing. MOSTLY FALSE RATING MOSTLY FALSE WHAT’S TRUE The city of Sacramento has contracted with a charitable organization in a pilot program aimed at ending gun violence; the city will provide $1.5 million in matching funds over three years to implement the […]




Did People Put Sunscreen on Their Eyes During the Solar Eclipse?

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CLAIM During the August 2017 solar eclipse, some people in California applied sunscreen to their eyeballs in a mistaken attempt to protect their eyes from damage. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN After the solar eclipse that crossed the United States on 21 August 2017, several national and international news organizations reported that people had applied sunscreen […]




Should You Open Windows During a Hurricane?

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CLAIM You should leave a window open slightly during a hurricane to equalize pressure. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN The helplessness many homeowners feel during the approach of a destructive storm contributes to the belief of a number of hurricane falsities. While people can get themselves and their loved ones out of the way of a […]




We’re Still Fighting, More Than 150 Years After Appomattox

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — When the Civil War was over, when the dead were buried and the union was reunited, it came time to tell tales and write history. In reunion gatherings and living rooms alike, differing versions of the causes of the conflict became as hardened as sunbaked Georgia clay. More than a century […]




Is the Red Cross Charging Victims of Hurricane Harvey for Disaster Relief Services?

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CLAIM The American Red Cross is charging victims of Hurricane Harvey for their services. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In the wake of the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in late August 2017, many began donating to the Red Cross to support their disaster relief efforts. This, in turn, has allowed old rumors that the […]




Racist Twitter Trolls Pose as Houston Looters

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The Houston Police Department says very little looting occurred during the first week of flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, citing a total of 18 arrests in the nation’s fourth-largest city as of 1 September 2017. You might not have received that impression if you’re a heavy Twitter user, however, thanks to the proliferation […]




Massive ‘Spambot’ Obtains 711 Million E-Mail Addresses Worldwide

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In August 2017, news appeared that hundreds of millions of e-mail addresses were harvested by a “spambot” with the goal of using them to spread information-stealing malware internationally.  According to security expert Troy Hunt, the “onliner spambot” has found 711 million emails, in part by gathering emails exposed in data breaches. Hunt wrote that the […]




Are There Floating Islands of Fire Ants in Hurricane-Flooded Areas of Texas?

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CLAIM There are small islands of fire ants floating in the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN It may sound like a horrific scene from an “Indiana Jones” movie, but clusters of fire ants are floating through catastrophic floodwaters caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall in southeast Texas in late […]




United States Has Yet to Accept Mexican Offer of Harvey Aid

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In late August 2017, after Harvey slammed into Houston as a category 4 hurricane, dumping a record amount of rain onto the region and causing catastrophic flooding, the Mexican government offered to help relief efforts in Texas. However, neither Texas Gov. Greg Abbott nor the U.S. State Department has signaled that they would accept the […]




Did Congress ‘Quietly’ Pass a Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of Homes?

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CLAIM Congress “quietly” passed legislation allowing authorities to raid private property with no warrant. MOSTLY FALSE RATING MOSTLY FALSE WHAT’S TRUE Congress passed legislation that Rep. Justin Amash considers too broad and potentially unconstitutional. WHAT’S FALSE The legislation does not allow authorities all over the U.S. to conduct warrantless searches, as claimed by a number […]




Wendell Callahan Pardoned by Obama, Kills Three Victims?

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CLAIM President Obama pardoned a “violent crackhead” named Wendell Callahan, who went on to murder a woman and her two small children. MOSTLY FALSE RATING MOSTLY FALSE WHAT’S TRUE Wendell Callahan was released from prison under the terms of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, and he was later charged with murdering three people in […]




Russian Soldier’s Last Words

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CLAIM A touching transcript reproduces a Russian soldier’s last words before he ordered an airstrike on himself to kill ISIS members in Syria. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN The Russian JTAC officer that died in Syria on March 19 reportedly ordering an airstrike on himself to take as many… Posted by U.S Army W.T.F! moments on Thursday, […]




Trump Pardons Ex-Sheriff Convicted of Defying Judge’s Order

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio, the retired Arizona lawman who was convicted for intentionally disobeying a judge’s order in an immigration case. The White House said the 85-year-old ex-sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County was a “worthy candidate” for a presidential pardon. The action came several days after […]




Were Enormous Pyramids Just Discovered In Antarctica?

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CLAIM Recently discovered satellite photos from Google Earth show that an ancient civilization built pyramids in Antarctica 100 million years ago. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN Since at least 2016, a collection of pyramid-shaped mountains in the Ellsworth Range of Antarctica have been used by a variety of click-peddling websites to argue that there may have been […]




Oklahoma University Forced to Remove a Cross from Their Chapel?

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CLAIM East Central University has been forced to remove a cross and other Christian symbols from their chapel. MIXTURE RATING MIXTURE WHAT’S TRUE A secularist group asked East Central University to remove Christian-specific symbols from their chapel, and the school temporarily agreed before reversing their decision. If the group pursues legal action, a successful lawsuit […]