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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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That Viral Video of President Trump ‘Forgetting His Toupee’ Is Totally Fake

Have you seen that viral video doing the rounds of US President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago lifting up his hat? According to the caption, the president “forgot” that he’s “not wearing his toupee,” and it’s getting passed around Twitter like crazy. In reality, the video has been digitally manipulated to make Trump look completely bald. Fake news, as the president might say. Read More >>

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The Fake Sex Doctor Who Conned the Media Into Publicising His Bizarre Research on Suicide, Kink, and Bestiality (NSFW) 

Warning: This article includes discussion about suicide and sexual assault. The subject sometimes speaks about sensitive mental health topics with language that departs from best practices. Read More >>

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Video of India’s Fastest Train Zipping by at ‘Lightning Speed’ Actually Just Sped Up

It’s a hell of a time to spread misinformation in India—especially if you’re a member of parliament and a government minister. Read More >>

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Viral Video of Glitter Bomb for Package Thieves Exposed as Partial Fake

Remember that viral video of the former NASA engineer who got sick and tired of people stealing his packages? He built an impressively high-tech glitter bomb to prank the thieves and even lent the sneaky invention to friends so they could do the same. Well, it turns out that some of the video was faked by his friends. And the creator, Mark Rober, has apologised for the deception. Read More >>

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That Photo ‘Debunking’ the Paris Protest Fires is Actually Bullshit

Did you see the tweets supposedly “debunking” the huge fires that were burning during the protests in Paris? In reality, the “debunkers” are bullshit. The photos weren’t merely taken from different perspectives—they were taken on completely different days on completely different streets. Read More >>

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Russian State TV Shows Off ‘Robot’ That’s Actually a Man in a Robot Suit

Russian state TV apparently became confused yesterday while airing footage of a technology forum aimed at kids. A TV reporter proclaimed that Boris the robot, seen above, “has already learned to dance and he’s not that bad.” The only problem? Boris isn’t a real robot. It’s just a man in a suit. Read More >>

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30% of Us Have Been Tricked By Fake Kodi Boxes and Electricals

A new report from Electrical Safety First and the elaborately-named PIPCU (the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit) says that almost a third of us have been tricked by fake electricals including phone chargers, hair stylers and the notorious 'Kodi boxes', putting us at risk of fires and electric shocks. Read More >>

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You Can Stop Angrily Tweeting At Putin’s ‘Official’ English-Language Twitter Account Now (It’s Fake)

Twitter has banned an account first registered in 2012 that purported to be the official English-language channel of Russian President Vladimir Putin but was, in fact, that someone else entirely. Archived versions show the account had over one million followers and had previously popped up in news reports. Read More >>

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Fake Trump Wall Lego is Your Ironic AND Non-Ironic Christmas Gift

This is bad on so many levels it's very nearly clocked the system and come up as good. It's fake Lego for a start, which is universally appalling. It's also about Trump, which is merely quite SAD, plus it's been created by a pro-Trump organisation that is selling MAGA merchandise to Americans that appeals to both serious Trump fans and the ironic category of Trump haters. Read More >>

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The Psychology of Faking Your Own Death

Why would anyone fake their own death? Some seek a departure from royalty, a career as a pirate, or a quiet life after taking down the Third Reich. Usually, they’re chasing an escape from bankruptcy or bad marriages. But for some, it may seem that staging their own death is the only way to feel like they’re alive. Read More >>

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That Viral Photo of Justin Bieber Eating a Burrito Sideways is Totally Fake

Did you see that photo of Justin Bieber eating a burrito like a corn cob? The photo went viral on Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of news sites. But we’ve got some bad news for you, or good news depending on how you look at it. The photo is totally fake. Read More >>

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This Video of a Giant Penis Building Shooting Fireworks Is Too Good to Be Real

It’s all but impossible to keep phallic comparisons out of your head when staring up at a towering skyscraper, but residents of the Guangxi region in southeastern China have a new addition to their skyline that seems unmistakably penis-inspired—and a fake viral video isn’t helping to dissuade opinions. Read More >>