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Woman Who Unleashed Crickets On NYC Train Says It Was All A 'Prank'

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.27.2016 | Weird News

The woman who sparked mass transit chaos when she brought live crickets and worms into a New York City subway car Wednesday and subsequently flew into...

Some Very Confused People Think Gardening Is Banned In New Zealand

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Weird News

New Zealand can seem like a magical and perplexing place to North Americans. Are there like, hobbits and elves there? (Only sort of.) Do the toilets f...

Let's Recall When The BBC Convinced People Spaghetti Grew On Trees

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 04.01.2016 | Weird News

In the media, we throw around a lot of overblown terms like “the best ___ ever.” But in 1957, the BBC actually pulled off the best April Fools’ ...

Is Mysterious Viral Hoaxer 'Zardulu' The Greatest Hoax Of All?

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 03.30.2016 | Weird News

It started with a rat taking a selfie. In January, New York City actor Eric Yearwood revealed that “selfie rat” -- a viral video that appeared to ...

'Pizza Rat' Suspected Of Being A Hoax, Because Nothing Is Sacred

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.08.2016 | Weird News

"Is anything real?" That was the question posed to The Huffington Post by Eric Yearwood, a New York-based comedian who told Gothamist this week that ...

Viral Video Of Food Stamp Confrontation Is Fake, Creator Says

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics

A viral video of a man berating shoppers in a grocery store parking lot for using food stamps and buying lottery tickets was staged, the video's creat...

Future Dead People, Don't Trust This Guy's Plan To Resurrect You

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 11.28.2015 | Weird News

A Los Angeles man's alleged plan to resurrect the deceased using cryonics and artificial intelligence may be dead on arrival. Multiple news outlets t...

That Viral Jennifer Aniston Facebook Post Was Actually Posted By A Redditor 5 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment

Perhaps you read an uplifting story today about Jennifer Aniston meeting a homeless teenage mother in Vancouver. It might be all over your social medi...

Tricked! Claim Of Needle Found In Halloween Candy Is A Hoax, Yet Again

The Huffington Post | Samantha Guff | Posted 11.06.2015 | Weird News

It's hard to imagine anything worse than opening up your favorite candy on Halloween and finding a dangerous, sharp piece of metal hidden inside the p...

Teen Girl Fakes Triplet Pregnancy For 10 Months

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 09.01.2015 | Weird News

A 16-year-old girl in Wyandotte, Michigan, could be in triple trouble after she allegedly faked a pregnancy for 10 months. The friends and family of t...

Don’t Believe This Facebook Hoax. Your Phone Does Not Have A 'Name'

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 07.14.2015 | Technology

You might’ve seen a post circulating on Facebook, telling you that your phone has a secret "name" and inviting you to discover it by typing the last...

You Won't Believe These Images Aren't Photos. And You Shouldn't, Because They Are Photos

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 03.09.2015 | Weird News

When artists David O’Reilly and Kim Laughton published a series of incredibly vivid "computer-generated images" on their blog, Hyper Real CG, the st...

11 Hoaxes Your Gullible Facebook Friends Fell For In 2014

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.15.2015 | Technology

A lot of us seem all too willing to take what we read on Facebook as fact, especially when presented with just a bit of photographic "proof" or with s...

Hilary Hanson

That 'Drunk Girl In Public' Video Is A Hoax (UPDATED) | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Weird News

Viral video "Drunk Girl In Public" purports to be a "social experiment" showing men on Los Angeles' Hollywood Boulevard attempting to take advantage o...

Katy Hall

Here Come The Ebola Hoaxes | Katy Hall | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living

As Ebola hysteria takes over cable news, a growing number of liars have taken to crowded public spaces to announce that they have the deadly virus. ...

Pseudoscience: Great for Business... But Not Much Else!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 09.24.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Whether it's the passionate religious fervor stoked by the Shroud of Turin or racist, anti-Native American revisionist history, these "controversies" will continue to exist and be maintained because they are a good business proposition.

A Ruse By Any Other Name, Still Stinks

Sharon Hill | Posted 03.11.2014 | Weird News
Sharon Hill

As one who runs a website about weird news, it's been a crazy start to the year. A number of hoaxes proliferating around the media the first week of t...

11 Times The Internet Totally Fooled Us This Year

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 12.23.2013 | Comedy

There's no question that 2013 was the year of the Internet hoax. Let's take a look back at why we won't believe anything we read ever again....

NO, A Woman Did NOT Get A Maggot-Infested Hair Weave

Posted 11.01.2013 | Weird News

If you thought this story was unbe-weave-able, you were right. On Monday, the Kenyan Standard reported that a Kenyan woman suffering from severe he...

6 Biggest Hoaxes In History

Edward Steers Jr. | Posted 07.23.2013 | Books
Edward Steers Jr.

Napoleon Bonaparte once famously observed "history is a set of lies agreed upon." For those who look for the truth, it is often far too easy to believe in fraudulent history and science when they tell us what we want to hear.

The Internet: A Superhighway of Paranormal Hoaxes and Fakelore

Sharon Hill | Posted 07.14.2013 | Weird News
Sharon Hill

The occulture scene gets decidedly more unhealthy as money, greed, quest for notoriety and lack of scruples allow the sensationalist speculation and outright hoaxers to keep right on fooling everyone, time and time again. There's a sucker born every minute.

WATCH: TV Station Hacked To Broadcast Fake Zombie Apocalypse Alert

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 02.16.2013 | Weird News

The zombie apocalypse hasn't happened yet, but a few thousand people in Great Falls, Mont., are to be forgiven if they thought it was. On Monday, t...

I'm With Stupid: Camouflage So Effective That Drivers Can't See It

Todd Hartley | Posted 11.05.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

There was no way I could ignore this story. I had to break my rule for this one. I'm completely in awe. To quote another Montana state trooper, "This is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen."

Iran Pepsi Hoax Fools Thousands

Posted 06.11.2012 | World

Thousands flocked to their roofs on Tuesday to see Pepsi Co. go where no soda had gone before... space, according to MSN. Russia Today reports false r...

David Lohr

Cruel Hoax Costs Family Of Missing Woman Life Savings, Home (EXCLUSIVE) | David Lohr | Posted 04.18.2012 | Crime

A promising lead about the whereabouts of Phoenix Coldon turned out to be a cruel hoax, causing the missing Missouri woman's family additional pain, t...