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Meet the 'Artist' Behind Boston's Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson, aka Kayvon Edson, posted strange meme jokes about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

(Newser) - Police have identified the man suspected of planting a fake bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last night, and he is … something else. His name is Kevin Edson, according to the AP . A barefoot Edson approached the finish line last night wearing a black veil over... More »

Girl, 14, Arrested After Terrorism Joke on Twitter

Pro tip: Not a good idea to send a fake threat to an airline

(Newser) - A 14-year-old Dutch girl found out the hard way that it's not a good idea to tweet a "joke" about terrorism ... when she got arrested after doing so. The teen, who went by " QueenDemetriax_ " on Twitter and is apparently named Sarah, tweeted to American Airlines yesterday:... More »

Bigfoot Hunter Admits Hoax

Corpse was made by a toy shop

(Newser) - You might want to sit down: It turns out that the guy who said he killed Bigfoot after luring it with Walmart pork ribs was lying. Again. Rick Dyer's money-making hoax fell apart when his own spokesman learned the sad truth that the supposed corpse was fake and decided... More »

That Olympic Wolf? A Kimmel Stunt

Kate Hansen was in on viral video prank

(Newser) - It seemed like the ultimate Sochi fail, but it was actually a Jimmy Kimmel prank: American luger Kate Hansen claimed to have filmed a wolf roaming the halls of Olympic Village Wednesday, tweeting out the video link, posted to YouTube, along with this caption: "Wolf in my hall?!?... More »

Man's Prank on Sister Snarls Traffic for Hours

Brother pretends there are explosives in sister's car

(Newser) - A man's prank call to his sister resulted in the closure of an interstate highway in California yesterday. During the afternoon, the man called up his sister anonymously to warn her that there was a bomb in her car, 10News reports. She pulled over on I-15 and called 911,... More »

Andy Kaufman 'Alive' Tale Falls Apart Quickly

His supposed daughter is really an unrelated actress

(Newser) - Sorry, Andy Kaufman fans. The story that sounded too good to be true—he's alive!—was, in fact, a hoax, reports the Smoking Gun . A woman who came forward this week claiming to be his daughter and alleging that he had faked his own death in 1984 is... More »

Man Arrested in Fla. Airport Bomb Scare

Police disarm 'destructive' device

(Newser) - A 39-year-old Jacksonville man is in custody in connection with the bomb scare that closed Jacksonville International Airport for five hours, jail records show. Zeljko Causevic has been charged with manufacturing, selling, or delivering a mail hoax bomb, and making a false report about a bomb, the Florida Times-Union reports.... More »

Team Admits Staging Fake Proposal, Rejection

Double-A team's stunt went viral

(Newser) - The hundreds of thousands of people who cringed in embarrassment (or laughed) at a guy having his marriage proposal publicly shot down can stop cringing (or laughing). Turns out it was all a hoax by a minor league baseball team, reports the Hartford Courant . The video went up on YouTube... More »

Amazingly Elaborate Hoax Targets Megachurch Pastor

Joel Osteen has renounced his faith, online hoax claims

(Newser) - Somebody has put a massive amount of work into a hoax claiming that pastor Joel Osteen has renounced his faith and is resigning from the Texas megachurch his father founded, the Houston Chronicle reports. The hoax includes a fake Twitter feed, a YouTube video from "ChristianityNews" containing mockups of... More »

Basketball 'Sportswriters' Reveal Hoax After 40 Years

Three college students made up 'Hershberger' award

(Newser) - It sure sounded official. Forty years ago, the National Association of Collegiate Basketball Writers picked the nation's top 15 rookie players and named them to an All-America team. The award got national publicity. Schools boasted of the honor. The only problem is that the NACBW didn't exist; it... More »

Pirate Bay: North Korea Move a Hoax

IT trick faked shift to Pyongyang

(Newser) - As many tech-savvy commentators suspected, the Pirate Bay was just Pyongyanking everybody's chains with its alleged move to North Korea . The file-sharing website, which has been forced out of Sweden, used technical trickery to make it appear as if its servers had shifted to one of the world's... More »

Coast Guard Suspects Missing Family a Hoax

Officials can't find any proof vessel off San Francisco actually existed

(Newser) - Another high-profile hoax ? The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a boat that supposedly went missing off San Francisco because it has turned up no trace of the boat or survivors after two days and can find no records that it existed in the first place, reports the... More »

Hoax Report of Gunman Puts MIT in Lockdown

Police closed down surrounding streets this morning

(Newser) - MIT got a scare this morning as police descended on the campus to investigate reports of a man with a rifle and body armor. The good news is that it turned out to be a false alarm; the bad news is that it doesn't appear to have been an... More »

Zombie Attack Under Way, Warns Montana TV Station

KRTV apologizes for hackers' warning

(Newser) - Montana's KRTV yesterday issued an emergency warning: Zombies are on the attack. The scrolling message alerted multiple counties that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" and "attacking the living," the AP reports. People shouldn't "approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely... More »

Hear the Voice of Manti Te'o's 'Girlfriend'

He releases three voicemails to Katie Couric, denies he's gay

(Newser) - The latest twist in the Manti Te'o saga is that he spoke on the phone for hundreds of hours with a man posing as his non-existent girlfriend. Now Te'o has released three voicemails to Katie Couric's show , and you can grade the apparent falsetto yourself. The voice... More »

Te'o Spent Hours on Phone With Guy Playing His 'Girlfriend'

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's lawyer says he affected a female voice

(Newser) - You probably didn't think this was possible, but the Manti Te'o story just got even weirder. A source close to Te'o has given ESPN phone records that appear to indicate that Te'o did indeed spend hours on the phone with someone he thought was Lennay Kekua—... More »

Manti Te'o: 'I Wasn't Part of This'

Notre Dame star says he was a victim of girlfriend hoax

(Newser) - Manti Te'o has broken his silence over the dead girlfriend hoax , and he insists to ESPN that he was a victim the whole time: "I wasn't faking," he says. "I wasn't part of this." The Notre Dame star says he didn't know... More »

Hoaxster's Friend: Manti Te'o 'Was a Victim'

But questions far from answered about football star's role

(Newser) - Factor this into the Manti Te'o riddle: A friend of the man thought to have engineered the hoax says Te'o had nothing to do with it. "He told me that Manti was not involved at all, he was a victim," the unidentified young woman tells ESPN... More »

Manti Te'o Has Some Holes in His Story

Says he learned of hoax on Dec. 6, but spoke of girlfriend in interviews after that

(Newser) - If Manti Te'o really was an innocent dupe, tricked into believing he had a girlfriend with a tragic story , he's going to have some explaining to do, reports the AP . Two holes in Te'o's story so far:
  • Even though Te'o says he learned on Dec.
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And Now: 'Te'oing' Memes

Hoax has fake girlfriends popping up online

(Newser) - The crazy hoax involving the nonexistent girlfriend of Notre Dame star Manti Te'o now gets the ultimate modern tribute—its own meme. As in, guys posting photos of themselves with an arm wrapped around ... nothing, reports E! Online . You can see the fast-growing Tumblr here . Te'o, meanwhile, maintains... More »

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