I've been getting a lot of tweets and emails from neo-Nazis and neo-fascists lately. To be fair, I said that Nazis and fascists were bad, so I was kind of asking for it. But the thing that I've found most interesting amongst the mountains of hate are all the fake quotes that racists send me, purportedly by famous historical figures. Especially Winston Churchill.
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Astrology is garbage. But for some reason, many people still believe that astrologists have the ability to predict the future. The Los Angeles Times even ran a story back in October that reported about the predictions that some astrologists had for the 2016 US presidential election. You can probably guess how that turned out.
Carrie Fisher was a brilliant writer, an amazing actress and, by most accounts, just a good human being. She passed away yesterday and I, like many people, took to social media to mourn the loss of this incredible pop culture icon. But I unknowingly helped spread a meme that turns out to be fake. Did you see that script with handwritten edits for The Empire Strikes Back? Those edits weren't made by Carrie Fisher.
The year 2016 will probably go down in history as the year of the fakes. There were plenty of fake news articles, and even plenty of debate about the definition of the word "fake." Here at Gizmodo did our best in 2016 to keep you informed of the latest images on social media that were actually fake.
Did you see that story about a five-year-old boy and his dying wish to see Santa Claus? Of course you did. The heartbreaking tale has been seen and heard by millions of people around the world. It went viral earlier this week when it was retold by virtually every major news outlet. The only problem? It's almost certainly fake.
Have you seen this photo of White House staffers looking depressed today? It was supposedly taken today, when Obama welcomed Donald Trump to the White House for a visit. But it's not — the photo is from yesterday when President Obama made an upbeat announcement about Donald Trump's future presidency.
The Zika virus has officially spread to over 50 countries, including the United States and Australia. And like public health threats of the past, there are plenty of hucksters trying to sell "natural" remedies for Zika online. But they're all bullshit.
Scientifically speaking, April Fools' Day is the worst day of the year. And as consumers we have only two options to survive the horror that is brands flogging the dead horse known as April Fools' Day. The first is to humour them by politely chuckling at their whipping of the stallion's corpse.
The second is to saddle up and ride that poor, rotting pony — pretending it's alive until these brands provide us with the products and services they're offering.
But honestly, some of the products that brands advertise on April Fools' Day sound pretty nice. Like Virgin Australia's Kids Class cabin? No more screaming children kicking the back of your seat? Sign me the hell up.
There's a photo currently swirling around the great big toilet bowl of social media that supposedly shows President Obama in Cuba. He's pointing and smiling at an illustration of a naked Donald Trump. An illustration of Donald Trump sporting a micropenis, no less. But it's completely fake.
Have you ever heard the phrase, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win"? It's often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, but he actually never said that. Someone should tell Donald Trump.
There's a lottery meme spreading amongst American Facebook users claiming that if the current US Powerball jackpot was divided evenly, every American would get $US4.3 million. But that's not right at all. Why? Simple maths.