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.