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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Marilyn Monroe died more than 50 years ago, but people are still obsessed with her as ever. And it was Monroe's birthday yesterday, so there's a good chance you'll see even more photos of her on Facebook and Pinterest than usual this week. But be careful, because many of them are completely fake.

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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.