NBA Player Spreads Dumb Hoax About a "Real Life Purge"

Fueled by a potent mix of ignorance and teenage boredom, rumors of an upcoming "purge" raced across the country last week, with just about every major American city named as a target. A purge, in case you're not familiar, is the eponymous night of terror from 2013's The Purge, a dystopian horror-thriller where » 8/28/14 5:30pm Thursday 5:30pm

Fox Affiliate Falls for College Humor's Office Note War Prank

Last Tuesday, College Humor posted a photo series titled "This Is The Most Passive-Aggressive Office Battle We've Ever Seen" depicting an exchange of break room notes that escalates into a full-scale sandwich hostage crisis. It was pretty funny, but also totally fake, as made clear by the extensive watermarks and… » 8/26/14 4:00pm 8/26/14 4:00pm

Crazy Conservatives Are Sure a Gitmo Detainee Killed James Foley

James Foley was courageous, and his murder by an apparently English-accented zealot of the Syria-based Islamic State was so horrific that no simple narrative can do it justice. Unless, that is, you're a conservative political opportunist of a special sort, eager to pin the crime on liberal policies. » 8/22/14 4:26pm 8/22/14 4:26pm

"Alien Thigh Bone" Found on Mars Is Just a Rock

On Thursday, media outlets across the English-speaking world creamed their collective space-jeans over a possible "alien thigh bone" recently photographed by the Mars rover Curiosity. Citing the basement-renowned astronomists at Ufo-blogger.com, the Huffington Post, The Independent and the Daily Mirror all published… » 8/22/14 2:45pm 8/22/14 2:45pm

Neo-Nazis Fall for The Onion's Psychic Adam Sandler Story

Sometimes a work of satire is so profound, so incisive that the twisted society it came from can't even recognize it for a farce. Other times people are just really, really dumb. The latter was almost certainly the case this week when ClickHole—The Onion's BuzzFeed parody site—published "5 Tragedies Weirdly… » 8/21/14 12:30pm 8/21/14 12:30pm

Sorry, That Viral Free Speech Photo Is from Bundy Ranch, Not Ferguson

Before you hit "retweet," you might want to source that political statement. On Tuesday night, thousands of Twitter users shared this image of a protest sign next to a "First Amendment Area" with the hashtag "#Ferguson," making it appear the picture was taken in the troubled St. Louis suburb. » 8/20/14 2:30pm 8/20/14 2:30pm

Teen Stoners Freak Out Over Fake Facebook Drug Task Force

Kids these days, right? When the punks aren't selfie-ing their Kardashians on Facebook, they're trying to put honest street dealers out of business by buying their dope online. So when National Report published the article "Facebook Drug Task Force To Begin Monitoring All Messages October 1st" on Monday,… » 8/19/14 3:45pm 8/19/14 3:45pm

Louisville Teen Starts Hoax on Twitter About a "Purge"

A teen in Louisville is being investigated after starting rumors of a "Purge" that was slated to take place Friday night. A flier for the purge, circulated on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook gained traction quickly. The nuanced and culturally-sensitive website Thought Catalog published a fictional account of what… » 8/16/14 5:23pm 8/16/14 5:23pm

NASCAR Fans Freak Out Over Tony Stewart Retirement Hoax

Last weekend, former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart struck and killed another driver during a horrific sprint car crash, making much of the racer's future uncertain. For many, however, the only question was whether Stewart would continue to compete, which was seemingly answered Thursday when Empire News reported "Tony… » 8/15/14 4:45pm 8/15/14 4:45pm

Coke Bottles List Every Name from "Mambo No. 5" in Fake, Bad Photo

Yesterday, a picture popped up on Reddit showing a row of Coca-Cola bottles bearing the names of the women (in order) from Lou Bega's 1999 hit "Mambo No. 5." Being longtime fans of the listicle pioneer, Buzzfeed breathlessly wrote up the story, followed soon after by Huffington Post, Metro and Elite Daily. » 8/07/14 3:42pm 8/07/14 3:42pm

CBS News Falls for Hoax, Reports on Nonexistent "Sideways Tornado"

CBS News published an article this afternoon reporting on a super rare "sideways tornado" spotted in Maryland. The only problem is that there is no such thing as a sideways tornado, and apparently CBS has no meteorologists (or elementary school graduates) on its payroll to fact check this sideways article. » 8/06/14 5:57pm 8/06/14 5:57pm