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Creator of 'Electric Slide' Has to Debunk Bizarre Rumor

Songwriter Bunny Wailer shoots down fast-spreading theory that it's about a vibrator

(Newser) - Ah, the internet. This week, it gave birth to a rumor about the legendary song "The Electric Slide" that became so widespread the songwriter had to come forward to officially debunk it. No, says Bunny Wailer, the song isn't about a woman's vibrator. "At no time... More »

Story May Provide Clue About Kennedy's Plans

Supreme Court justice warns clerk applicants he's considering retirement

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court wrapped up its current term, all eyes were on Anthony Kennedy amid rumors that he'd announce his retirement. He did not do so , but the rumors are gaining steam once again thanks to an NPR story. The focus of the piece was on new Justice... More »

Marion Cotillard Speaks Out, Once, About Brad Pitt Rumors

She reveals she's pregnant with 2nd child

(Newser) - Marion Cotillard has gracefully addressed rumors that she played a role in the Brangelina split —and signaled that she plans to stay as far away as possible from the tabloid feeding frenzy. "This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke... More »

NASA: The World Will Continue Past Sept. 28

Agency crushes Internet rumor that asteroid strike is coming

(Newser) - It's your prerogative should you choose to live the next month of your life like it's your last, but the majority of us will live to see October, NASA says. The words of encouragement come after Internet rumors sparked fear that an asteroid strike, allegedly due between Sept.... More »

Pal Maria Shriver: Jack Nicholson Is Not Retiring

But RadarOnline says 76-year-old is out

(Newser) - The big man himself hasn't weighed in, but friend Maria Shriver tells E! Online that a report about Jack Nicholson retiring from acting is absolutely false. Shriver was responding to a story at RadarOnline alleging that the 76-year-old was done because of memory problems. Its source is an unnamed... More »

Rumor: An iPhone 5 Summer

Next generation could feature 4-inch screen: 9to5Mac

(Newser) - A fresh new rumor declares an iPhone 5 launch this summer with a screen enlarged to at least 4 inches (compared to 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S). Prototypes of the iPhone 5 are apparently "floating around," claims the Apple-centric blog 9to5Mac , which is getting its info... More »

Lay Off Marcus Bachmann

'Deeply closeted' or not, there's 'no evidence' he's a hypocrite: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - An “angry mob” of gay-rights supporters are slamming the anti-gay Marcus Bachmann, suggesting he’s a hypocrite who’s not as “straight an arrow as he purports to be.” Though Bachmann’s views on homosexuality are indefensible, the activists themselves may be the real hypocrites, writes Meghan... More »

NASA Press Conference Ignites ET Rumors

Alien idea debunked, but speculation rages

(Newser) - NASA has announced a press conference tomorrow “to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life,” and alien enthusiasts have been wondering: have scientists found ET? An insider’s tweet debunked that rumor, but the net remains abuzz with curiosity over what... More »

Sarah Palin: 'No, I Have Not Had Implants'

She lays rumor to rest on Fox News

(Newser) - Sarah Palin herself has denied the rumors: "No, I have not had implants," she tells Greta Van Susteren on Fox News . "A report like that is about as real and truthful as reports that (my husband) Todd and I are divorcing or that I bought a place... More »

George Clooney: No Truth to Breakup Rumors

British tab 'made up' split story

(Newser) - George Clooney says rumors that he and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis have split are hogwash. Grazia magazine earlier quoted an anonymous source saying the pair split shortly after the Oscars. "Once again the story is made up, spread to other outlets and now denied," Clooney tells PopEater . "But... More »

Snopes Founders: People Are Suckers

Please, stop falling for that Nigerian scam

(Newser) - The founders of started out investigating the origins of urban legends like the serial killer with a hook for a hand; 14 years later, their site is a major source of information for people seeking the real story behind political rumors. “When you’re looking at truth... More »

Roberts Rumor Started by Gullible Law Students

Spoof part of lecture on unreliable sources

(Newser) - The wild rumor that John Roberts would retire from his Supreme Court gig for health reasons appears to have begun by overexcited Georgetown law students texting during class. At 9am yesterday morning, Professor Peter Tague told his 1L class that, just between them, don’t tell anybody, John Roberts would... More »

Chief Justice John Roberts Quitting? Um, No

Gossip site RadarOnline spreads rumor, then retracts

(Newser) - RadarOnline briefly tantalized readers with a juicy rumor saying Chief Justice John Roberts was "seriously considering" resigning for "personal reasons." It then posted an update declaring that he was staying on the court. The original didn't have any sourcing or specifics. The Huffington Post weighed in... More »

Teen Angelina Slept With Mom's Beau

Star stole mom's lover at age 16, says new book

(Newser) - Angelina just can’t catch a break: unauthorized biographer extraordinaire Andrew Morton is pushing a new book and dangling the revelation that she slept with her mother’s live-in boyfriend when she was just 16. Angelina apparently confessed the affair to her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, much to the detriment of... More »

Tori Turns to Twitter to Defend Marriage

Mag claims hubby just wants attention

(Newser) - Tori Spelling is on the defensive after a Star magazine story declared her marriage to Dean McDermott a loveless sham. "R they kiddin? DON'T believe!" she tweeted. "Uggh. Hate tabloid lies!" In the story, a source claimed Dean "craved being in the spotlight, and Tori's... More »

McCartney Recalls 'Madness' of Death Rumor

'Paul is dead' rumor refused to die, Beatle says

(Newser) - The infamous rumor that Paul McCartney died in 1966—and was replaced by a man who looked and sounded like the original—had Beatles’ fans regularly checking the musician’s appearance to see if he was the genuine article, McCartney tells Mojo magazine, as noted by the Telegraph. “I... More »

S. African Track Star Told to Take Gender Test

Gender confusion has followed Semenya's meteoric success

(Newser) - The International Association of Athletics Federations has asked South African track star Caster Semenya to undergo gender testing, the BBC reports. The 18-year-old Semenya won the 800-meter final today at the World Championships in Berlin, just weeks after becoming African junior champion by smashing the South African record. More »

Swayze's Not Dead: Rep

(Newser) - Rumors flooding the Internet today of Patrick Swayze’s death are exaggerated, his publicist says. A Florida radio station announced this morning that Swayze had lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, setting the web abuzz. “Patrick is alive, well, and is enjoying life,” his publicist told E! “... More »

Everybody Wants My Hair: Kate

(Newser) - The rumors surrounding her marriage aren’t the only thing popular on the Kate Gosselin front: Her signature haircut has her stylist’s phone ringing off the hook, the reality-TV star tells Entertainment Weekly. “Everybody wants it,” the Jon and Kate Plus 8 mom says. “It’s... More »

Key Twitter Myths Debunked

A guide to what Twitter isn't

(Newser) - The whole country may be having a love affair with Twitter, but a great many people are missing the point, argues blog Among the things Twitter isn't:
  1. A replacement for email. "Idiot" Maureen Dowd's New York Times column was "entirely missing the point."
  2. A forum
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