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The bogus store that never happened


Here's an example from 1975 of bureaucracy at its finest. The Nassau County District Attorney planned to create a "bogus store" equipped with hidden surveillance equipment and manned by undercover cops, in order to catch people selling stolen goods on behalf of organized crime.

The Teenage Stock Market Genius Who Made $72 Million


Mohammed IslamNew York Magazine has egg on its face after running a story claiming that a 17-year-old Stuyvesant High School student made $72 million on the stock market.

Do a quarter million Swiss secretly eat cats?


In late November, a story circulated in the media claiming that a quarter million Swiss people "secretly" eat cats and dogs.

Color-Changing Paint for Cars

A number of videos circulating online show cars that are apparently able to change their color with the push of a button.

Loggers accidentally cut down oldest tree


This week, hundreds of thousands of people shared a story from fake news site World News Daily claiming that loggers had accidentally cut down the world's oldest tree in the Amazon forest.

The Toilet-Paper Eating Mom


Jade Sylvester is a 25-year-old mother who craves eating toilet paper. She eats up to a roll a day. Her hankering for loo rolls began when she was pregnant, but didn't go away after she gave birth.

The Myth of the Poisonous Poinsettia


Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are a popular Christmas decoration because their leaves turn a brilliant red during the plant's flowering period, November through March.

Mail Order FlimFlam


During the 1980s, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted a program of consumer awareness designed to make people more aware of mail order fraud.

Vitamin Donuts


Vitamin Donuts are a notorious case in the history of misleading advertising. In 1941, the Doughnut Corporation of America came out with these "Vitamin Donuts," hoping the product would earn a seal of approval from the Nutrition Division of the War Food Administration.

Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia


A viral video shows what appears to be a horse flying in the sky over Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In the (very poor quality) footage, we see flashes of lightning illuminate a dark sky, intermittently revealing the flying horse, as we hear a man excitedly speaking in what sounds like Arabic, apparently reciting verses from the Koran.

Russian propaganda warns of gay indoctrination


Russian state TV, Rossiya-1, has been warning viewers of the moral decadence of the West by airing news footage that shows an American father indoctrinating his child into homosexuality by covering the kid's bedroom wall with gay pornography.

Baby Deception


Determined to maintain a relationship with Liam Griffiths, with whom she had a one-night stand, Charmaine Wilson presented him with a child, telling him it was his.

True or False: Not all dogs can bark


In his 1930s newspaper column, John Harvey Furbay (aka The Debunker) wrote that it was a myth that all dogs can bark: "Barking seems to be an acquired trait in dogs, for their wild ancestors — probably wolves — could not bark, and some present-day species of dogs cannot bark.

Bear Chases Cyclist


A video has gone viral that shows a bear chasing a cyclist through a forest. The video was uploaded to YouTube on Nov 1, 2014 by "mr.Gregor" who writes: It was a usual day, I decided tо cycle in the forest and to record my walk on the Gopro.

The Pilgrim Fathers were not Puritans


"Historians point out that there is a great deal of difference between pilgrim and puritan, which many people use interchangeably, supposing them to be the same thing.

The Disappearance of Aimee Semple McPherson


BBC News tells the story (briefly, but with good pictures) of this famous kidnapping hoax from the 1920s.

Tom Thumb’s baby not a hoax?


It says here that in a recently aired BBC documentary, The Real Tom Thumb, historian John Gannon argues that Tom Thumb's baby may not have been a hoax, even though Tom Thumb's wife Lavinia confessed it was a hoax in her autobiography.

The Legend of the Chloroformed Turkey


The tale of the chloroformed turkey usually involves two women living in the city who decide to get a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Baby Jesus in the manger watched over by 2 T-rexes


It took me a while to see it, but once you see it, you can't unsee it. The question is: is this a purposeful illusion, or an accidental one?

Virgin Mary Tree


Residents of Polk City, Iowa noticed that a tree standing beside a busy intersection (3rd St and Bridge Rd) had on its side a six-foot tall mark that looks like the Virgin Mary.


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