There’s a persistent urban legend—it’s been around since at least 2004—about a Chinese woman who’d had plastic surgery, unbeknownst to her husband. Her secret was allegedly revealed after she gave birth to “ugly” children who didn’t look anything like her, and the couple divorced over the incident. The story has been debunked numerous times, but not before it wrecked the life of one actual Taiwanese model.
A music store owner in Kingsport, Tenn., had what he thought was the perfect plan to drum up business and deter break-ins at the same time: He'd have someone pretend to rob the store, then heroically pull his gun while the fake perp played dead. All he had to was post the security footage online, and the prank would definitely "go viral."
A Peruvian public service announcement making the rounds today captured two men sexually harassing women on the street, only to find out that the victims of their catcalling are their own moms in disguise. Some sites are treating it as if a prankster's hidden camera actually caught a man hollering at his mom's "tasty panties," but if the scene seems totally staged, that's because it was.
Hackers claiming affiliation with the loose hacktivist collective Anonymous began taking down alleged jihadist websites over the weekend as part of #OpCharlieHebdo, a response to last week's shooting attack on French satirical newspaper. The global outrage over the shootings, seasoned with a dash of Anonymous retribution, created the ideal environment for a familiar hoax from some of the internet's most tired, overexposed hoaxsters: Rantic.