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That Viral Story About Selfie-Takers on a Thai Beach ‘Facing the Death Penalty’ Is Totally Fake

Recently, you may have seen news stories claiming that tourists could “face the death penalty” for taking selfies on a certain beach in Thailand—which we can all agree is a little bit extreme. Thankfully, those claims are totally fake. Read More >>

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This Amazon Mothership is Terrifying as Hell, Even If It’s Completely Fake

Have you seen that viral video of an Amazon zeppelin that deploys delivery drones? Twitter users are calling it “borderline dystopian” and “what the last human alive will see.” In reality, the zeppelin is totally fake, but that doesn’t make it any less scary. But there’s still reason to be unnerved by what you’re seeing. Read More >>

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How Filmmakers Created Fake Newsreels in the 1920s

A horrifying magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Japan on September 1, 1923, killing over 140,000 people. And while news of the devastation reached newspapers around the world by the next day, there was no way to get film footage from Japan to the United States that quickly. But that didn’t stop filmmakers from making fake films to show in cinemas around the U.S. – like a fake newsreel of the earthquake in Japan that was rushed to cinemas in a matter of days. Read More >>

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Posh Jeweller Wants £1,500 for Encrusted Silver Lego

Encrusted silver fake Lego, that is, as the Sterling Silver Building Blocks being offered by the custom build department of Tiffany & Co. don't appear to be officially licensed or come with instructions, plus they're described as "numbered and lettered building blocks," and not Lego or even the US bastardisation "Legos". Read More >>

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This Photo Claiming to be ‘Cassini’s Last Image’ is Totally Fake

Have you seen this photo, supposedly showing the last image captured by the Cassini space probe before it crashed into Saturn’s atmosphere? It’s beautiful. But unfortunately, it’s also totally fake. Read More >>

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The Viral Robot Video That’s Freaking Everyone Out Is Totally Fake

Have you seen this video of a very human-looking robot walking up a driveway? It’s gotten a lot of people online freaked out about the coming robot apocalypse. But you can rest easy... for now. This “robot” was created using computer graphics. As in, it’s totally fake. Read More >>

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Artist Adds Honesty to Facebook’s Poster Ads

Someone with access to a big printer has been specially adapting Facebook posters around London, turning the company's attempts at mindwashing the capital with positive corporate thoughts into rather more honest takes on how the social network makes a living. Read More >>

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Fake Influencer Babe Showered With Offers of Freebies

A fake social media account populated with stock photography of food, beaches, legs looking like sausages and a blonde woman staring at foreign trees while thinking about if her phone's going to get a data connection here or not, has been racking up offers of free stuff despite being a known scam and its followers consisting mostly of bought-in bots. Read More >>

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Russian State TV Photoshops an Awkward Smile on Kim Jong Un’s Face

Russia’s Channel One aired a segment yesterday about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But one part of the news broadcast was pretty weird. Take a look at Kim’s face in the screenshot on the left. Kim has been photoshopped to look like he’s smiling. And it’s not even a very good photoshop job. Read More >>

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This Viral Video of Ducks Waiting for a Green Light to Cross the Street Is Totally Fake

Have you seen this video of ducks in Germany waiting for a green light before they cross the street? It’s gone viral, getting tens of thousands of views on Twitter and over 2.5 million views on Facebook. But the video is totally fake. The ducks are computer generated. Read More >>

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A Notorious Scammer Tricked Twitter Into Thinking He was in Syria

During the coordinated airstrikes in Syria launched by the United States, France, and Britain in response to a chemical attack on civilians believed to be carried out by the Assad regime, Twitter users rushed to find reliable sources of information about the attack. Unfortunately, many of them were tricked by Arturas Kerelis, a scammer pretending to be an authority on the situation. Read More >>

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BBC Admits Getting Tribespeople to Fake Scenes for TV

Scenes from the BBC's 2011 series Human Planet were faked in part, the corporation has admitted, with the local tribespeople revealing that they pretended to need a new treehouse in order to give the film crew something interesting to record. Read More >>

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Julian Assange, Notable Edgy 14-Year-Old, Tweets Fake Ricky Gervais Quote in Earnest

Julian Assange likes to boast that WikiLeaks has a “perfect record” of “accurate vetting.” But if Assange’s Twitter account is any indication, Assange can’t even spot a ridiculous parody of “edginess” when he sees it. Read More >>

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Viral Photo of Stephen Hawking at a Vietnam War Protest Is a Lie

Have you seen this photo of Stephen Hawking protesting the Vietnam War in 1968? It’s a powerful image, but it’s not actually Hawking. Gizmodo has confirmed with the National Portrait Gallery in London that it doesn’t actually know who the bespectacled man with canes might be. Read More >>

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Russian State TV Airs Video Game Clip as Real War Footage

Russian state TV aired a short video clip last night that was supposed to be from the brutal war in Syria. But it was actually from a video game called ARMA 3. And for some reason this seems to be happening again and again and again. Read More >>