Tagged With hoaxes

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Yesterday, we wrote about a YouTube video called "Hi Walter! I got a new gf today!" It had recently gone viral, and a theory emerged that it may have been connected to the 2009 disappearance of Kayla Berg, a Wisconsin teenager. Police announced that they were investigating the video on Monday, but yesterday, the department declared that the whole thing was just a twisted misunderstanding.

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We're not an hour into tonight's most historic US presidential debate, and Donald Trump is already telling bald-faced lies about his record on climate change. Apparently, he no longer remembers describing global warming as a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. The internet, however, does.

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Danh Van Le is a YouTube star whose more recent viral exploits have made him a menace to society. On 5 July 2015, Van Le and some cohorts shot museum heist hoax videos at two separate galleries in London for his YouTube channel Trollstation. One woman reportedly fainted while onlookers ran from the scene. Today, England's courts weren't laughing, sentencing Van Le to 12 weeks while the four other Trollstation members received sentences as long as 20 weeks behind bars for two charges of "intent to cause fear" or "provok unlawful violence".

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A sonar reading recently revealed a previously unseen trench at the bottom of Loch Ness. Located about 14.5km east of Inverness, it looks just large enough for Nessie to hide in. Or more plausibly, it's yet another attempt by the locals to keep the myth alive — and the tourists flocking to the lake.

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We all like to think we can spot a real from a fake. But a new study by researchers from the the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul suggests that, actually, we're pretty awful at telling a real digital photo from a fake.

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As Albert Einstein once said, "Don't believe every quote you read on the internet, because I totally didn't say that." This year marks Einstein's 136th birthday and to celebrate, we have nine quotes incorrectly attributed to Einstein that you may have seen swirling around the internet lately. They're all fake.

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The internet loves fun facts. But those images and facts we see floating around are often more fun than fact. Sometimes, these incorrect facts are distributed by people who simply haven't done their homework. Other times, they're the product of people who just want to throw a spanner in the machinery of social media.

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Dana Keller is a colouriser. He takes old black-and-white photos and applies his digital paintbrush, transforming them into a new work of art. Colourisation of old photos isn't new, but it's becoming increasingly popular on forums like Reddit's r/ColorizedHistory, where people share their colourised creations. But how do these new works affect our understanding of the past? And what happens when the colourised photos become more popular than the originals?

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It's that time of year again! Every six months or so, the media rave about the latest advancements in flying car technology. They insist your flying car is ALMOST HERE! No, no it's not.

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Another day, another fake image getting passed around as real. Today we have everything from posing puppies to sketchy satellites to underwater trains that are just too good to be true. Always remember the first rule of viral image safety: be aware before you share.