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Was James Comey Taken from His Home by Feds at 3 A.M.?

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CLAIM Former FBI Director James Comey was handcuffed and taken from his home by federal agents. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 2 July 2017, the prolific fake news web site Last Line of Defense posted a report stating that James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director fired months before by President Trump, had […]




Does Lil’ Wayne Have One Month to Live?

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CLAIM Lil’ Wayne announced that he was diagnosed with skin cancer and has one month to live. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 7 July 2017, the web site HuntingForUSA.com reported that rapper Lil’ Wayne announced that he had only one month left to live after receiving an advanced cancer diagnosis. The hoax story also included an […]


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Does Lil’ Wayne Have One Month to Live?

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CLAIM Lil’ Wayne announced that he was diagnosed with skin cancer and has one month to live. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 7 July 2017, the web site HuntingForUSA.com reported that rapper Lil’ Wayne announced that he had only one month left to live after receiving an advanced cancer diagnosis. The hoax story also included an […]


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U.S. Intercepts, Destroys Missile off Coast of Alaska in Planned Test

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On 11 July 2017, the United States Missile Defense Agency announced a successful test of the their Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which is designed to detect, intercept, and destroy intermediate range intercontinental ballistic missiles before they reach a target on US soil: A ballistic missile target was air-launched by a U.S. Air Force […]




Did Donald Trump Send a Plane to ‘Save’ Charlie Gard?

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CLAIM President Donald Trump sent a plane to the UK to bring Charlie Gard to the United States. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 3 July 2017, World Politicus reported that United States President Donald Trump had sent a plane to be used by the parents of terminally ill 11-month-old boy Charlie Gard, who are seeking experimental treatment […]




Airline Ticket Giveaway Scam

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CLAIM Airlines are giving away free tickets or spending money to Facebook users who share and like a page. SCAM RATING SCAM ORIGIN Scammers and malware purveyors are always looking for ways to entice online users into following web links that will lead those victims into the traps set for them, and offers of free […]




Tick Eggs Photograph

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CLAIM A photograph shows a clump of tick eggs found along an outdoor path. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In spring and summer months, warnings about tick-borne illnesses are spread in regions of the United States where ticks are prevalent. In 2015, increased concern over the Powassan virus (contracted via ticks) heightened the spread of warnings […]




GOP Lawmaker: Allegations Against Jane Sanders Were ‘Hearsay’

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In July 2017, a top Republican state lawmaker in Vermont confirmed that he was the source for allegations of impropriety concerning both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders, but added that he did not realize that the “hearsay” spurred a federal investigation. The probe concerns allegations by state party vice-chair Brady […]




Social Security ‘Fun Facts’

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CLAIM A short list of “fun facts” distributed on the Internet accurately describes the workings of the U.S. Social Security system. MIXTURE RATING MIXTURE ORIGIN A Facebook meme making the rounds in 2017 lists several purported “fun facts” about Social Security aimed at countering arguments that the United States’ government-run retirement program needs to be scaled back […]




Does Lip Balm Work as a Scantron Test Hack?

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CLAIM Rubbing lip balm on a Scantron test sheet will produce a perfect score. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN Our deeply ingrained and devoutly cherished need to believe in the chimera of “something for nothing” freebies manifests itself in this widely-believed bit of classroom lore. According to the behind-the-hand whispers of hopeful pupils from grade school […]




Chumlee Death Hoax

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CLAIM Chumlee from ‘Pawn Stars’ has passed away. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN Austin “Chumlee” Russell (so nicknamed by a friend’s father due to his resemblance to the character of Chumley the walrus in the Tennessee Tuxedo cartoons) is one of the stars of the popular reality show Pawn Stars, the “resident clown” of the staff […]




4th of July Urban Legends

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CLAIM In celebration of Independence Day (July 4), we’ve put together a collection of legends associated with the founding of the United States of America. MIXTURE RATING MIXTURE ORIGIN 1) The Price They Paid Essay outlines the tragic fates of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. 2) John Hancock and Bull Story When John […]




Boeing 797

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CLAIM Photograph shows a new Boeing 797 blended-wing airliner. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN Although Boeing may someday introduce a commercial airliner designated with the number 797, and although the company’s Phantom Works (advanced research and development) unit may have researched the potential of blended-wing-body (BWB) aircraft design for military applications, Boeing is not currently developing a […]




Did Germany’s Black Forest Cause 15,000 Missing Person Cases Last Year?

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CLAIM Germany’s Black Forest caused 15,000 missing person cases last year. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN A photograph purportedly showing Germany’s Black Forest is frequently circulated on social media along with the claim that the wooded area “caused” 15,000 missing persons cases last year: There are a number problems with this meme.  For one, a forest […]




Growing Number of States Reject Voter Data Request From Trump’s Election Commission

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At least twenty states have signaled resistance or rejected a request from President Donald Trump’s administration for data for every registered voter in the U.S. The request was submitted via letters to all secretary of state offices in the nation and the District of Columbia by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on 29 […]