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 7/22/14 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 7/21/14 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

Internet Conservatives Flip Out Over Imaginary Immigrant Invasion

Many a cloud were yelled at last weekend after bad and not good hoax news site National Report published an article claiming that a "well-organized Hispanic militia" of illegal immigrants had seized control of a small Texas town. » 7/17/14 4:40pm 7/17/14 4:40pm

This isn't the Malaysia Airlines crash. It's Photoshopped from Lost.

We're still learning exactly what happened with Malaysia Airlines flight 17, but there's one thing we can be sure about: this photo is fake. As Twitter photo debunker @PicPedant reveals, it's a photoshopped screenshot from the TV series Lost. » 7/17/14 1:36pm 7/17/14 1:36pm

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

12 More Viral Photos That Are Lying to You

One fake, two fakes. Red fakes, blue fakes. Today we've got more fake images that you may have seen recently on Twitter, Facebook, or wherever else you get your daily dose of pixel-based newstainment. » 7/15/14 1:34pm 7/15/14 1:34pm

Don't Worry, Nobody's Canceling Orange Is the New Black

This weekend, Netflix customers lost their collective shit after known flim-flam artists Empire News reported Orange Is the New Black had been canceled, supposedly for having too few male leads. » 7/15/14 11:55am 7/15/14 11:55am

Here's Every Bogus Story from the World Cup Finals

The World Cup may be over, but on the Internet the "World Cup bullshit" season is in full effect. So which of today's viral soccer stories are completely made-up? Read below to find out! (Hint: It's all of them) » 7/14/14 1:30pm 7/14/14 1:30pm

That Escaped Tarantula Isn't Real So Nobody Has to Die

Good news, Brooklynites! Despite reports by The Huffington Post, the New York Post and others* of a pregnant Mexican tarantula on the loose in Park Slope, there's no giant spider coming to bite and/or devour your face. » 7/12/14 5:00pm 7/12/14 5:00pm

No, Chicago Isn't an Actual War Zone

With over 80 people shot, the Fourth of July weekend was Chicago's bloodiest of the year, prompting some to suggest the National Guard be called in to patrol the troubled city. On Monday, "satire" site The News Nerd did them one better, publishing an article claiming military forces had already been deployed to… » 7/11/14 3:45pm 7/11/14 3:45pm

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

This "Brazil World Cup riot" picture is actually from 2013

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Zombie-Like Mystery Epidemic in Texas Is Just Another Dumb Hoax

Solidifying their status as the very worst "satire" site on the Internet, the fake and bad National Report decided to capitalize on a full-fledged humanitarian crisis on Saturday, publishing an article titled "CDC Investigates Mystery Illness Spreading Through Border Towns." As described in the story, the… » 7/08/14 4:00pm 7/08/14 4:00pm

"Extreme Stalker" Who Called Ex 77,000 Times Is a Different Maniac

Radio stations across the country hit sweet, psycho ex-girlfriend paydirt last week when they dug up this article about "the most extreme case of stalking ever recorded in the history of the country." According to the story, one Linda Murphy was arrested in New Mexico after calling her ex-boyfriend 77,639 times in… » 7/07/14 4:00pm 7/07/14 4:00pm

"Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Footage" From Germany Is Fake (and Fun)

Principal photography for Star Wars Episode VII has been underway at London's Pinewood Studios since location shooting in Abu Dhabi wrapped up in May. The next installment of Star Wars is not being filmed at Frankfurt Airport, but that didn't stop this fake, fan-made video from getting more than a million YouTube… » 7/07/14 12:51pm 7/07/14 12:51pm

SNL Tea Partier Victoria Jackson Falls For Obama Mosque Hoax

Like so many improperly-stored, bigoted fireworks, anti-Islamic outrage exploded this week on Twitter after troll news site National Report published an article claiming President Obama would spend the 4th of July meeting with Muslim leaders at a D.C-area mosque. » 7/05/14 4:30pm 7/05/14 4:30pm