Experts Say ISIS's Female Genital Mutilation Order Is Fake

Yesterday, the U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq warned reporters that ISIS — the Sunni militant group taking over Iraq and Syria — had ordered 4 million women and girls in Mosul to undergo genital mutilation. Today, analysts say the written fatwa Jacqueline Badcock based her warning on is fake. » 7/25/14 12:13pm Yesterday 12:13pm

Homophobes Freak Out Over Gay Batman Rumor

On Monday, totally fake and not real "satire" news site National Report published an article claiming they had obtained a leaked script of the upcoming Superman Vs. Batman [sic]: Dawn Of Justice, one that portrayed the Dark Knight as "an out-and-proud homosexual." Naturally, Internet bigots treated the report with… » 7/24/14 4:15pm Thursday 4:15pm

Associated Press Dutifully Reports Twitter Parody as Fact

In a place as strange and wonderful as the Internet, it can be tough even for web-native publications to get all the facts straight, but old media seems to have a special talent for fucking them completely sideways. Take, for example, the Associated Press and New York Daily News, who yesterday reported a brazen… » 7/23/14 3:50pm Wednesday 3:50pm

Miley Cyrus Takes Three Days Off Internet, Fueling Death Rumors

If you're not on Instagram, do you even really exist? That's the existential dilemma Miley Cyrus fans wrestled with this weekend after the pop star took an almost 90-hour break from posting dirty feet pics and dildo reviews. The uncharacteristic social media silence seemed to confirm a laughably fake survey scam » 7/22/14 3:20pm Tuesday 3:20pm

$10,000 "World's Longest Dinosaur Poop" Is Probably Just a Rock

On Friday, Popular Science, the Daily Mail and others reported that the 40-inch "world's longest dinosaur poo" was going up for auction later this month, available to well-heeled scat lovers for an estimated $10,000. That works out to $250 per inch, which is really pretty reasonable, or at least would be if the… » 7/21/14 2:30pm Monday 2:30pm

Here Are the Fake MH17 Pictures Circulating Online

As is the case with many tragedies, details are short and speculation is long in the aftermath yesterday's Malaysia Airlines crash, creating ideal conditions for the spread of viral bullshit. So which of the photos currently racing through social media are authentic and which are just opportunistic fakes? Read our… » 7/18/14 4:30pm 7/18/14 4:30pm

Bush-Era Homeland Security Adviser Falls for Parody Military Website

Frances Fragos Townsend spent five years as George W. Bush's key advisor on homeland security and counterterrorism. She's currently a national security correspondent for CNN. And she can't tell the difference between actual news and a joke by the military's answer to The Onion. » 7/18/14 2:08pm 7/18/14 2:08pm

Detroit's "Testicle-Eating" Monster Fish Won't Actually Eat Your Balls

On Monday, Detroit's WXYZ reported a red-bellied pacu had been caught in nearby Lake St. Clair, renewing fears from last summer that the weirdly toothy piranha relative was coming for our junk. As described by Vocativ, KMGH Denver and others, the pacu is "known for consuming human testicles" earning it the nickname… » 7/16/14 2:00pm 7/16/14 2:00pm

Kentucky's "Real-Life Dexter" Is Really Fake

"Wouldn't it be crazy if [TV show I watch] were real?" That's the thought that had Showtime subscribers losing their shit this week after an article came out about 17 dismembered bodies being found in the Ohio River near Henderson, Ky. According to the report, the victims were wrapped in individual plastic bags and… » 7/10/14 3:20pm 7/10/14 3:20pm

"Guy Doing 29 Celebrity Impressions" Was Actually a Team of 11 People

This video of songwriter Rob Cantor performing an original song in an impressive range of celebrity voices—everyone from Bono to Cher to Jeff Goldblum—has been watched 7 million times in a week, with commenters praising Cantor's spot-on impressions. Which makes sense, because they were actually done by a team of 11… » 7/10/14 10:53am 7/10/14 10:53am

If Gingers Go Extinct It Won't Be Because of Global Warming

This week, pale people both home and abroad wigged out after Scotland's Daily Record published an article claiming "redheads could become extinct" due to climate change. Citing an unnamed scientist, the paper forwarded the idea that increased sun exposure could kill off the world's ginger population like so many… » 7/09/14 3:15pm 7/09/14 3:15pm