I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… » 5/28/15 11:03am Thursday 11:03am

D.A.R.E. Suckered by Fake Story About Deadly Weed Gummies

D.A.R.E., the ineffective anti-drug program you barely remember from elementary school, is still around, and still warning kids of the dangers of taking any drug in any amount ever. Especially a new and deadly marijuana gummy that was completely made up by a fake news site whose story D.A.R.E. republished in its… » 5/05/15 1:25pm 5/05/15 1:25pm

Internet Racists Are Pretending to Be Black Looters in Baltimore

For every human tragedy offline, there will inevitably be a group of dedicated fuckers trying to make it worse using the internet. Today’s example is the #BaltimoreLootCrew, spreading white supremacist bile and misinformation about the Freddie Gray protests. » 4/30/15 1:57pm 4/30/15 1:57pm

Forward or Delete: This Week's Fake Viral Photos

Occasionally, against all odds, you’ll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But is it worth sharing, or just another Photoshop job that belongs in the digital trash heap? Check in here and find out if that viral photo deserves an enthusiastic “forward” or a pitiless “delete.” » 4/24/15 3:45pm 4/24/15 3:45pm

Food Blogger Famous for Curing Her Own Cancer Admits She Was Never Sick

A popular Australian food blogger who claimed she beat terminal cancer through healthy eating—and used that backstory to sell a popular cookbook and app—now admits “none of it’s true.” Belle Gibson, creator of The Whole Pantry, came clean this week after journalists and investigators began to unravel her story. » 4/22/15 2:20pm 4/22/15 2:20pm

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's Lifetime Movie Was No April Fools' Joke

News broke on Wednesday (April Fools' Day) that Anchorman 2 co-stars Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig had finished making a top-secret Lifetime movie, due to air this summer. Usually reliable sources, from Entertainment Weekly to The Hollywood Reporter to Today, assured readers that the movie, titled A Deadly Adoption, » 4/03/15 6:00pm 4/03/15 6:00pm

ISIS Didn't Invade Star Wars Set, Remains Committed to Earth Wars Only

Earlier this week, it was widely reported that the Islamic State had taken over the real-life version of Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine. This is not accurate. ISIS fighters have not torn down the Mos Eisley Cantina and are not currently stomping through the historic streets where a young Jedi's destiny was… » 3/27/15 5:15pm 3/27/15 5:15pm

The Evidence That the Germanwings Copilot Was Muslim Is Sketchy as Hell

In the wake of the Germanwings flight that went down in the French alps Tuesday, killing 150, investigators and the media are focusing in on co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who apparently locked the pilot out of the cabin and intentionally crashed the plane. Was he mentally ill? Was he suicidal? Or was he, perhaps, a secret… » 3/27/15 1:35pm 3/27/15 1:35pm