Urban legends can be scary, but they can also be hilarious. Sometimes the only difference between jokes and urban legends is what we call them.
"Front desk? There's a really funky smell in our room, kind of like something died in here. It seems to be coming from under the bed!"
Despite whatever eye-popping headlines you may find in your news feed this week, pro wrestler Mark "The Undertaker" Calaway was not found dead in his Houston home on April 11, 2014. Consider the source of the report, Empire Sports News, which bills itself as "a satire and entertainment website" and is infamous for previous "scoops" such as "Michael Vick Hospitalized in Pit Bull Attack" and "Blake Griffin Smacks Justin Bieber at Hollywood Starbucks."
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"Blood Moon" is a term of folklore with more than one meaning, sometimes referring to any full moon that occurs in October (also known as a "Full Hunter's Moon") and sometimes referring to any total lunar eclipse, during which the moon is likely to turn dark red in color as the earth's shadow crosses its face.
As it happens, there's a total lunar eclipse on April 14-15, 2014, which means we'll experience not only a "Full Pink Moon" (any full moon that occurs in April, per Native American tradition) and a "Paschal Full Moon" (the first full moon after the vernal equinox, per Christian tradition), but also, thanks to the eclipse, a "Blood Moon." Read More...
They call it "satire," but much of what circulates by that name these days is pure, tabloid-style gossip-mongering. Take the story "Justin Bieber Admits to Being Bi-Sexual," published on the fake news website Huzlers.com a few days ago. It's accompanied by a Photoshopped picture purporting to show Bieber locking lips with fellow teen idol Austin Mahone. The smooch never really took place, nor did Bieber tweet that Mahone is his new "boyfriend." But you kinda-sorta knew that, right? Read more...