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On July 12th, a member from a popular boating message board posted a photo of some boats he didn't recognise near Dana Point, a small city on the California coast halfway between LA and San Diego. Someone responded to the post with speculation that it might be the Mexican Navy. And then the internet's game of Telephone did its magic before a reputable news outlet discovered they were actually Navy SEALS.

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President Trump took some heat this weekend after it looked like he wasn't listening to Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's speech at the G7 summit. Gentiloni was speaking in Italian, and Trump, who doesn't speak Italian, looked like he didn't have a translation headset on. This isn't the first time this has happened. But Trump actually did have an earpiece in. It's just really small.

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Have you seen this adorable photo of a baby giraffe getting a kiss from its mother? The picture has gone viral in the past few days. Steve Van Zandt, the famous Sopranos actor and musician, tweeted it yesterday with the caption, "And just when you're ready to give up hope..."

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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.