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Moore’s Beach Monster


In the summer of 1925, the carcass of a large ocean creature washed up onto Moore's Beach in the California town of Santa Cruz.

Trust him - they’re really there!


Artist Jonty Hurwitz has created "nano sculptures" so small that they can't be seen with the eye. You need a scanning electron microscope to view them.

Giant Eel

A pair of videos that seemed to show a giant "human sized eel" in New Zealand's Manawatu River went viral in the past week.

Edgar Allan Poe Gum Mark


Redditor "famousmess" posted an image to the pareidolia subreddit, showing a gum mark he saw on the floor of the subway that looks like Edgar Allan Poe.

Terror in Mammoth, Arizona


People in the small town of Mammoth, Arizona were puzzled when, earlier this week, they started to receive calls asking about the outbreak of a deadly, infectious disease — a disease that supposedly caused hemorrhagic bleeding and violent behavior.

New Hoax Photo Test


I recently completed a major update and revision of the Hoax Photo Test. It now has 50 photos to challenge your photo-fakery detection skills.

Macaulay Culkin not dead


A fake news report recently circulated on social media alleging that former child star Macaulay Culkin, of Home Alone fame, had been found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

The Hippocratic Tampon. Fact or fiction?


Tampax, maker of feminine hygiene products, has an article on its website in which it claims that, "The ancient Egyptians fashioned disposable tampons from softened papyrus.

Musicals, plays, and movies based on hoaxes


Last night, Balloon Boy: The Musical had its opening-night performance at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado.

3000 tarantulas for sale?


There's a bit of a mystery on Reddit. Redditor "tcatron565" claims to have come across a post on Facebook from someone trying to sell 3000 tarantulas because their owner "is away" and the spiders are starving.

All ads, all the time


At Web Summit in Dublin, two social-media strategists started pitching a new startup called VelloBook, which they described as the "world's first ad-only social media network.

Satirical Candidates in Colorado


Election results in Adams County, Colo. have been delayed because of an all write-in race for the county surveyor post, which means every ballot has to be read by a human.

Is it a wave, or is it Nessie?


If I were to make a list of the Worst Nessie Sightings Ever, Jonathan Bright's Nessie photo would have to be near the top of the list.

Spider-Filled Beanie Babies


The latest fake news story to be mistaken for reality comes from clickhole.com. It claims that Beanie Babies made in the 90s were actually filled with thousands of spider eggs, and that those eggs are now beginning to hatch "bursting through the seams of Beanies everywhere." Syracuse.com reports that the fake story has been shared on Facebook over 58,000 times.

Birboon, Schnowlzer, Laughing Hamstyna, etc.


California artist Sarah Derememer creates hybrid animals, such as the "birboon" (a cross between a baboon and a sparrow) as a way to improve her photoshop skills.

Alex from Target: hoax or the real deal?


"Alex from Target" is the latest instant celebrity of the Internet age. He's a teenager who works at Target in Texas, and his real name is Alex LaBeouf.

Smoke Pareidolia

A face was recently seen in a plume of smoke above a burning building in Fresno, CA. The face was said to have appeared just as someone was being saved from the building.

Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe Redux?

While dining at the Bobby Flay Steak restaurant in Atlantic City, Joe Lentini said he ordered a bottle of Screaming Eagle Oakville 2011, at the recommendation of the waitress, who told him it cost "thirty-seven fifty." He was surprised when this turned out to be $3,750, not $37.50.

Another one for the ‘Bad Excuses’ file

When pulled over by a cop, this Florida motorist identified herself as C. Topp, age 22. When the cop questioned why she really didn't look 22, the woman explained that she had a "medical condition that makes her age faster." Eventually she admitted this was a lie.

Rat Myth

According to myth, there's a 1:1 ratio of rats to people living in New York City. But Columbia University researcher Jonathan Auerbach determined that there's actually only 1 rat for every 4 people.


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