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Are Flamingo Egg Yolks Pink?

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CLAIM The yolks of flamingo eggs are a bright pink color. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In mid-2016 an odd rumor began traversing “fun facts” sites and groups, holding that the yolks of flamingo eggs are bright pink: The claim made simultaneous appearances on Reddit, Facebook, and countless blogs devoted to unbelievable facts or tidbits of […]




Dramatic Video Shows Escape, Shooting of N. Korean Defector

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean soldier races for the border in a jeep and then on foot before his former comrades shoot him at least five times as he limps into South Korea, where he collapses and is dragged to safety by southern soldiers in a dramatic video released by the U.S.-led […]




Did Mexico Seize 800 Pounds of U.S. Government Cocaine?

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CLAIM Authorities in Mexico have seized a massive shipment of cocaine headed towards a U.S. government facility. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 19 November 2017, the YourNewsWire web site published an article positing that authorities in Mexico had seized a massive shipment of cocaine headed towards a U.S. government facility: Authorities in Mexico have seized […]




Charles Manson, Whose Cult Slayings Horrified World, Dies

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the summer of 1969, a scruffy ex-convict with a magnetic hold on young women sent some of his disciples into the night to carry out a series of gruesome killings in Los Angeles. In so doing, Charles Manson became the leering face of evil on front pages across America and […]




Zimbabweans Gather in Nation’s Capital to March Against President Robert Mugabe

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 In a euphoric gathering that just days ago would have drawn a police crackdown, crowds marched through Zimbabwe’s capital on Saturday to demand the departure of President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa’s last remaining liberation leaders, after nearly four decades in power. Zimbabweans giddy with joy raced through intersections, raising their arms in triumph. Young […]




Was Roy Moore Banned From Mall For Harassing Teen Girls?

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On 13 November 2017, The New Yorker reported, based on interviews with multiple local sources, that Alabama Senate candidate and twice-removed state Supreme Court judge Roy Moore had been banned from the mall in Gadsden, Alabama because of his predatory behavior toward young girls. The report, however, is based on sources recalling a rumor, in […]




Does the GOP Tax Bill Introduce Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” Legislation?

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CLAIM The 2017 GOP tax overhaul plan includes language that attempts to codify “fetal personhood”. MOSTLY TRUE RATING MOSTLY TRUE ORIGIN Since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, which served to legalize abortion nationwide in 1973, there have been legal fights that alternately seek to expand or reduce the protections granted after […]




Do ‘Illegal’ Refugees in Canada Receive $3,874 Per Month From the Government?

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CLAIM Each refugee in Canada receives $3,874 every month from the government under the Resettlement Assistance Program. MOSTLY FALSE RATING MOSTLY FALSE WHAT’S TRUE The document shown in the photograph appears to be authentic. WHAT’S FALSE Refugees who receive these benefits are, by definition, not “illegal” (i.e. undocumented.) Most of the listed benefits are one-off, […]


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Was a Woman Attacked on Camera for Wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat in Hollywood?

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CLAIM A woman was attacked in Hollywood because she was wearing a pro-Donald Trump hat. MIXTURE RATING MIXTURE WHAT’S TRUE YouTube star Blaire White did get into an altercation over her red “Make America Great Again” hat when she went to an anti-Trump protest on Hollywood Boulevard. WHAT’S FALSE Police said White and her boyfriend […]




Did a Woman Say the Washington Post Offered Her $1,000 to Accuse Roy Moore of Sexual Abuse?

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CLAIM An Alabama woman claimed the Washington Post tried to pay her to come forward and make accusations of sexual abuse against Roy Moore. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 10 November 2017, the disreputable web site GatewayPundit.com reported — without any evidence whatsoever beyond a single anonymous Twitter account — that investigative journalists from the Washington […]




Did a Woman Say the Washington Post Offered Her $1,000 to Accuse Roy Moore of Sexual Abuse?

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CLAIM An Alabama woman claimed the Washington Post tried to pay her to come forward and make accusations of sexual abuse against Roy Moore. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 10 November 2017, the disreputable web site GatewayPundit.com reported — without any evidence whatsoever beyond a single anonymous Twitter account — that investigative journalists from the Washington […]




Was an Aquarium Employee Emasculated After a Sexual Assault on an Octopus?

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CLAIM A San Diego Zoo employee was hospitalized after trying to have sex with an octopus and sustaining heavy damage to his genitalia. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 4 September 2017 the web site World News Daily Report published an account of what they termed a freak incident involving a San Diego Zoo employee and […]




What is the Diversity Visa Lottery Program?

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In the wake of a 31 October 2017 fatal terror attack in New York City, President Donald Trump and his administration are seeking to eliminate the visa program that reportedly let the suspect immigrate to the United States. On 2 November, Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined the president in calling for the elimination of the […]




What is the Diversity Visa Lottery Program?

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In the wake of a 31 October 2017 fatal terror attack in New York City, President Donald Trump and his administration are seeking to eliminate the visa program that reportedly let the suspect immigrate to the United States. On 2 November, Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined the president in calling for the elimination of the […]




Did Roy Moore Say Muslims Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Serve in Congress?

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CLAIM U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama Roy Moore said that a practicing Muslim should not be allowed to serve in Congress by reason of his faith. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore has led a controversial public career, to say the least. Its highlights include being sued by the American Civil Liberties […]