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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...

Hoax Report Prompts Lockdown At Virginia University

AP | Posted 03.25.2013 | College

WISE, Va. (AP) — A lockdown at a Virginia university has been lifted after state police determined a report of a gunman on campus to be a hoax. ...

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."

Why Did A Whole Town Get Free Tacos?

AP | MARK THIESSEN | Posted 07.02.2012 | Weird News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Residents of Bethel, Alaska, know from cable TV ads what the major fast-food chains offer: chicken at KFC, burgers at McDonald's ...

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)

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Is This Russian Girl Really Flying?

TheFW.com | Posted 04.11.2012 | Weird News

A Russian news report shows footage recorded by an individual who comes across a young girl who appears to be floating above the ground. Take a loo...

15 Famous Hoaxes And The Minds Behind Them

TruTV.com | Posted 03.27.2012 | Weird News

Looking for some April Fools' Day inspiration? From the Taco Liberty Bell to the origins of the word "Idaho" to the infamous "Balloon Boy," TruTV h...

Are These Strange Sounds Heard In The Sky A Hoax?

TheFW.com | Posted 04.04.2012 | Weird News

We're only a month into 2012 and already there are a mass amount of YouTube videos capturing bizarre sounds that are being heard around the globe. ...

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 ...

David Moye

The Yes Men's Anti-Corporate Classroom Teaches Students To Be Pranksters

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 11.12.2011 | Weird News

Brother, can you spare $10,000? Well, what if the money is going to be used to help teach activists how to play media pranks on organizations like McD...

6 Ways To Fake A News Story

www.cracked.com | David Moye | Posted 10.09.2011 | Weird News

You can fool some of the people some of the time and it's surprisingly easy to get the media to fall for anything. There are usually six ways that...

World's Greatest Hoaxes Revealed

Posted 06.01.2011 | World

Though many of them seem absurd in retrospect, colossal hoaxes have been making fools of people around the world for centuries. From alien encount...

PICTURE: Fox News' Egypt Graphic Fail From 2009

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Twitter has been abuzz today over an image from Fox News showing a map of the Middle East. What's the hubbub? Well, for starters, the map shows Egypt ...

April Fools' 2010: The 11 Most Incredible Literary Hoaxes (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Happy April Fools' Day! This year, at HuffPost Books we're celebrating April Fools' by looking back at some of the greatest literary hoaxes of all tim...

Balloon Boy Saga's Predecessor Was Edgar Allan Poe's Fake Balloon Story In 1884

The Morning Delivery | Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Now that we know we've all been hoodwinked into believing six-year old Falcon Heene might have been in the runaway helium balloon, it is worth noting ...

Is Balloon Boy's Mom, Mayumi Heene, a Victim of Her Husband?

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Disgrasian

Mayumi and Richard have separate legal representation. In other words, if the Heenes are going to go down like their little Mylar balloon for this hoax, they're not going to go down together.

That Chinese Sperm Bank Photo: You've Been Shanghaied

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Disgrasian

I conducted a little investigation and found that this picture first surfaced on the interwebz in late 2008, and it was immediately dismissed as a hoax by officials at Renji Hospital in Shanghai.

Ending the Email Lies: Forward This

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Meathead

As new age media, we have a responsibility to accuracy, just like professional reporters. This means anything sent to you that says "forward this" should never be forwarded. It is spam.

The Top 10 Worst Top 10 Lists of 2008

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

A good top 10 list is relevant, a little nostalgic and interesting. But a bad top 10 list? Now that's just good fun.