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in House Fire
as Hate Crime
Feb 26, 2019 3:48 PM CST
Activist Charged in House Fire Investigated as Hate Crime
Michigan police call hoax on 2017 blaze
- A Michigan gay rights activist and former Citizen of the Year has been charged with setting his home ablaze in what was first investigated as a hate crime. The 2017 fire killed five pets, the
reports. Nikki Joly, a transgender man, had received death threats prior to the...
Chicago Cops Reveal Actor
Smollett's Alleged Motive
Feb 21, 2019 10:25 AM CST
Chicago Cops Reveal Actor Smollett's Alleged Motive
They say he staged attack because he was unhappy with his 'Empire' salary
- He wanted a better salary. That's the alleged motive of
actor Jussie Smollett for staging a fake assault on himself, according to Chicago police. Chief Eddie Johnson told reporters Thursday that the 36-year-old actor wasn't happy with what he was making on the Fox show and thought...
Email Bomb Threats Were a
Hoax—and a 'Terrible Strategy'
Dec 14, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Email Bomb Threats Were a Hoax—and a 'Terrible Strategy'
Extortion warnings sent around the US, Canada demanded $20K in bitcoin
- Chaos ensued across the US, Canada, and New Zealand Thursday after schools, businesses, government buildings, media outlets, and other venues were hit with a wave of email threats that warned of bombs going off at each target if $20,000 in bitcoin wasn't paid up,
Cops: Woman Faked Abduction
to Avoid Paying Workers
Sep 5, 2018 6:57 AM CDT
Cops: Woman Faked Abduction to Avoid Paying Workers
She claimed men stole $9K from her
- A California woman who said she had been kidnapped, robbed, tied up, and possibly sexually assaulted was making it all up because she didn't want to pay her subcontractors, according to police in Fresno. Police say 32-year-old Maria Gonzalez claimed two black men armed with a handgun abducted her...
He Didn't Die
Jul 24, 2018 1:14 PM CDT
Using Bacon Pics, Orrin Hatch Proves He Didn't Die
His Google bio erroneously declared Utah senator deceased as of last September
- "Hi.. @Google? We might need to talk." That was Orrin Hatch's tweet to the tech site late Monday night after he spotted an error in his bio that popped up in a Google search, and it was a pretty big one. According to Google, the 84-year-old Utah...
Cops: Texas Teen's
Gang-Rape Story Was a Hoax
Mar 23, 2017 12:16 PM CDT
Cops: Texas Teen's Gang-Rape Story Was a Hoax
Police say scratches to her body were self-inflicted
- A bloodied Breana Talbott stumbled into a Texas church on March 8, wearing only a T-shirt and underwear, claiming to have been kidnapped and gang-raped in nearby woods by three black men in ski masks, police say. Authorities in Denison now add that the 18-year-old's story was only an...
Dozens of Jewish Centers
Hit by 'Telephone Terrorism'
Jan 19, 2017 12:15 AM CST
Dozens of Jewish Centers Hit by 'Telephone Terrorism'
At least 27 centers across the country evacuated after hoax bomb threats
- Jewish centers across America were evacuated Wednesday after what security analysts say was an unprecedented number of threats. The FBI and the Justice Department say they're investigating the bomb threats phoned in to at least 27 Jewish community centers in 17 states, Reuters reports. Wednesday's threats follow a...
Dec 26, 2016 2:00 PM CST
Hackers to Blame for Britney's 'Death'
Bob Dylan's 'Rest in peace @britneyspears' tweet was probably a hack job, too
- As the world continued to mourn the death of pop singer George Michael , Britney Spears' fans also felt their hearts stop Monday morning due to a series of tweets sent out from Sony's Music Global account. "RIP @britneyspears," read the first tweet, per TMZ (which has screenshots...
His Epic Sail Was a Hoax,
and It Cost Him His Life
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Dec 4, 2016 11:50 AM CST
His Epic Sail Was a Hoax, and It Cost Him His Life
The sad tale of Donald Crowhurst's trip 'around the world'
- In 1968, 36-year-old Donald Crowhurst set off from England to sail around the world as part of a competition. Crowhurst had his hopes set on using the resulting prize money to save his failing business, but he really had no business being in the race given that neither he nor...
He Wrote a
Oct 24, 2016 11:54 AM CDT
He Wrote a Gibberish Paper via Autocomplete, Found Success
Looks like anyone can be a nuclear physicist
- When New Zealand professor Christoph Bartneck received an invitation to submit a paper to the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics in the US, he was skeptical given he has "practically no knowledge" of nuclear physics. So he decided to use his iPhone's iOS autocomplete function to...
Writer Successfully Fakes
National Food Holiday
Aug 27, 2016 10:42 AM CDT
Writer Successfully Fakes National Food Holiday
And it was shockingly easy, too
- Last Tuesday was National Cuban Sandwich Day. Celebrations were planned from Florida to South Korea, and it even had its own hashtag. But it's OK if you didn't know about it; it was made up on a whim by a reporter for the
Tampa Bay Times
Writing Fake News
About Justin Trudeau
Is Very Profitable
Aug 14, 2016 12:03 PM CDT
Writing Fake News About Justin Trudeau Is Very Profitable
2 Canadian teens are cashing in on Internet's apparent thirst for satire about PM
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hot stuff . At least, that's what two teens in Canada who'd been looking for ways to make quick money building websites concluded after they started the satire site Hot Global News ."This is where it’s at: Justin Trudeau," Yaman...
One of Great
Aug 10, 2016 3:50 PM CDT
Study Names Man Behind One of Great Scientific Hoaxes
Charles Dawson was apparently the sole perpetrator behind Piltdown Man
- In 1912, an ambitious lawyer named Charles Dawson discovered a fossilized skeleton with the skull of a man but the jaws of an ape in a British gravel pit, the
reports. For the next three decades,
—better known as Piltdown Man, named for the location it was...
Coast Guard Hunts Hoaxer Who Cost It $500K
Jul 24, 2016 12:17 PM CDT
Coast Guard Hunts Hoaxer Who Cost It $500K
Unamused after 28 mayday hoaxes
- The US Coast Guard says it's looking for a man who has cost the service about $500,000 after responding to nearly 30 of his fake distress calls, reports the AP . In a press release published Friday, the Coast Guard says the 28 calls have originated from around the...
That Crazy Viral
Video You Saw
Made by This Firm
Jul 16, 2016 11:55 AM CDT
That Crazy Viral Video You Saw Was Actually Made by This Firm
Australian company says part of project was publicly funded
- The numbers are remarkable, as tallied by the
: Eight viral videos published to YouTube over the past couple years were seen in 180 countries more than 205 million times
totaling 164 years of viewing time on YouTube alone and amassing half a million comments and almost 2 million likes....
Bomb Threats Reported
at Schools in 18 States
May 24, 2016 8:00 AM CDT
Bomb Threats Reported at Schools in 18 States
Robocalls believed to be 'swatting' hoaxes
- Schools across the nation were hit by a wave of robocall bomb threats Monday, closing buildings and forcing the evacuation of thousands of students,
reports. Elementary, middle, and high schools in at least 18 states were targeted, and security expert Ken Trump says the automated calls seem to...
Pastor Who Sued
Whole Foods Over
Cake Admits Hoax
May 16, 2016 12:56 PM CDT
Pastor Who Sued Whole Foods Over Cake Admits Hoax
Pastor Jordan Brown alleged an employee wrote a gay slur in icing
- The Texas pastor who sued an Austin Whole Foods over an "extremely offensive and humiliating" cake now admits the grocery story "did nothing wrong." Pastor Jordan Brown alleged a homophobic slur was written on his cake in icing beneath the words he had requested—"Love Wins....
This Is the
Fake Uber Lawsuit
Mar 18, 2016 10:10 AM CDT
This Is the Hoaxer Behind Fake Uber Lawsuit
It's Jonathan Lee Riches, again
- When a bizarre lawsuit supposedly filed by accused Kalamazoo shooter Jason Dalton made headlines this week, police pretty quickly declared it a hoax . After all, it came from Philadelphia, and Dalton is jailed in Michigan. So if it wasn't Dalton, then who impersonated him? The Smoking Gun has the...
Yale Grad Students Debunk
1951 Dinner-Party Legend
Feb 8, 2016 8:33 AM CST
Yale Grad Students Debunk 1951 Dinner-Party Legend
A hoax of mammoth proportions is revealed
- The Explorers Club Annual Dinner in New York—now going on its 112th year —has long treated its guests to exotic food items, including in more recent years deep-fried tarantulas, goat eyeball martinis, and the barbecued sex organs of bulls, reports the
. But the most famous meal of...
Only Lead in
Dec 19, 2015 9:57 AM CST
Cops Follow Only Lead in School Threats
US man's email service subpoenaed
- The search for the hoaxster behind the bomb threats that shut down schools in Los Angeles for a day has led investigators to an email service run by a Maine man—and he can't tell them much. Vincent Canfield, a 21-year-old who moved from Maine to Bucharest, Romania last...
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