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Internet Hoaxes

Don't Worry, Guys, Jack Black's Not Dead

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 06.05.2016 | Home

Social media went into a frenzy following a series of tweets Sunday declaring that actor Jack Black had died. Fortunately for all that is good and hol...

Columnist Who Debunks Internet Hoaxes Gives Up Because People Don't Care

The Washington Post | Benjamin Hart | Posted 12.19.2015 | Home

There is nothing — NOTHING — too crazy for the Internet hoax beat.Pregnancy by flu shot? Six days of total darkness? In the past 82 weeks, I’m p...

Copy/Paste This To Prohibit Old High School Friends From Posting On Facebook

The Huffington Post | John Trowbridge | Posted 09.29.2015 | Home

As you've no doubt read on your Facebook news feed, Facebook will do whatever you want if you copy/paste a magical status on your Facebook page. But t...

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

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 07.14.2015 | Home

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...

Viruses, Hacking and Hoaxes: The Unfortunately Unethical Side of the Internet

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 06.29.2015 | Home
Rabbi Jason Miller

Unethical abuse of communication is not new. The rabbinic scholar, Rabbeinu Gershom, lived a thousand years ago and was considered one of the earliest and greatest scholars of the Ashkenazi Jewish community.

Hilary Hanson

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

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

Is All Clickbait Created Equal? In Defense of Deep Thinking

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.27.2014 | Home
Jesse Damiani

In the age of bite-sized lists, tweets, and pithy "tl;dr" wrap-ups, we're losing the ability to engage deeply with subjects. Hoax sites have learned our diet and how to disguise themselves as food. The only way to fight back is to change what we eat.

Everything You Know Is A Lie, And This Celebrity Impersonator Is Too

The Huffington Post | Liat Kornowski | Posted 07.10.2014 | Home

Remember this incredibly impressive video that popped up all over your Facebook feed earlier this month? You know the one, where one guy does 29 celeb...

A Kiss for the Hopelessly Jaded

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2014 | Home
Mark Morford

Do not misunderstand. Some (most?) pop culture chyme comes predisposed to caricature, and frequently deserves parody (Hi, Kanye West). But in the case of a humble and heartfelt, low-budget moment, parody can also be the sincerest form of casual cruelty.

9 Popular Urban Legends To Watch Out For

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Jessica Dysart | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home

SPECIAL FROM The age of the Internet has made our lives easier in many ways – could you have imagined Skyping with the kids and ...

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

Posted 11.01.2013 | Home

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...

The Internet: A Superhighway of Paranormal Hoaxes and Fakelore

Sharon Hill | Posted 07.14.2013 | Home
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.

Social Media Con Artists

John Pavley | Posted 03.22.2013 | Home
John Pavley

I understand why Lance Armstrong felt he needed to dope. I don't understand why he needed to lie (and tweet) with such conviction that I believed in him. I understand why Manti Te'o needed to build a great "brand." I don't understand why he needed a fake social media girlfriend to do it.

Oh No! Gilligan Is Dead! I Read It On Facebook!

Bernard Ohanian | Posted 11.06.2012 | Home
Bernard Ohanian

Sad, and true: the Skipper's "little buddy," Bob Denver -- who also starred, unforgettably, as Maynard G. Krebs in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" -- died. Seven years ago this week, as it turns out.

Craigslist Ad Seeking Unborn Child's Metal-Loving Dad A Hoax

Posted 04.19.2012 | Chicago

It turns out that the the "too crazy to be true" Craigslist "missed connection" ad -- supposedly written by a woman searching for the father of her un...

What On Earth Do We Mean By American Parenting?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.17.2012 | Home
Lisa Belkin

Whatever this American parenting thing is, it reflects choices we have made as a culture. Choices we can undo, or rethink, or adjust if we decide we've ended up someplace we'd rather not be -- but first we have to agree on where we are and where we'd prefer to be headed.

Cheese Laced With Nails In Chicago Dog Parks Called A Hoax

Tinley Park, IL Patch | Lauren TrautEmail the Author | Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

Chicago area dog owners might be alarmed by the possibility of nail-laced cheese cubes at dog parks--but there's no need to be. The Facebook-based ...

LAPD Duped By Years-Old Internet Hoax

Sherman Oaks, CA Patch | Dennis Wilen | Email the Author | April 30, 2011 | Posted 07.01.2011 | Los Angeles

The proof that it's a paranoid urban legend has been circulating for years, but that didn't stop the LAPD's West Valley Division from sending out an e...

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ellen Snortland

This piece is an answer to the complaint I've received on numerous occasions: "Why do I have to learn how to defend myself? Men should learn how to stop attacking women."

All a Fake, But What Difference Does It Make?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Claudia Ricci

A friend sent me a link to a video featuring something called the Incredible Music Machine. It was wonderful, except for one thing: it was a fake. But what a fake.