As shared on Facebook:
Via the Daily Currant: "A woman was arrested today for stabbing to death three shoppers at a Chicago area Wal-Mart in order to secure the store's last X-Box One."
Also via the Daily Currant: "Q. Are your news stories real? A. No. Our stories are purely fictional."
As shared on Facebook today:
"RIP Bob 'Gilligan' Denver!" typed a Facebook user moments ago. "My favorite show growing up was Gilligan's Island."
"Bob Denver passing makes me sad," another person tweeted earlier this morning. "Gilligan's Island was my childhood Seinfeld."
Judging from the volume of treacly "RIP Gilligan" postings over the past 24 hours, the Internet is deeply, deeply saddened by the passing of Gilligan's Island star Bob Denver and completely oblivious to the fact that he died eight years ago on Sep. 2, 2005.
Worse yet, exactly the same thing happened last year. Was nobody paying attention?
If you see a graphic image purporting to show facial injuries sustained by Paul Walker in his fatal car crash on Saturday, don't share it. It isn't a postmortem photo of Paul Walker. The pic actually dates from 2011 and shows the face of an American charity worker seriously injured in a construction mishap two years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
As noted previously, despite conflicting reports on the Internet, it has been confirmed by Paul Walker's representatives that the Fast & Furious actor died in a fiery car crash Saturday afternoon.
It has been confirmed that Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker died in a car crash on Saturday.This announcement was posted on his Facebook page Saturday evening:
It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - #TeamPW
'Hoax' announcement was itself a hoax
There was some confusion after Walker's death was first reported thanks to a fake news article published on the self-styled "satirical" website Mediamass.net claiming the report was a hoax. Bogus celebrity death notices are a common occurrence online, but this, unfortunately, wasn't one of them. Mediamass caused similar confusion several months ago by crying "hoax" after James Gandolfini died in June.
Depending on which version of the story you read, the overstuffed python above swallowed a drunk guy in India, an unknown woman in South Africa, an unknown man in Qujing, China, a person of unknown gender in Indonesia, or a 4-year-old child in Malaysia.
All of the above can't be simultaneously true, obviously. The photo, which I've not yet been able to trace to a definitive source, has been circulating online for at least two years and more likely than not documents a python digesting a goat or a deer.
This is a hoax:
Not only is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers alive and well, he spells his last name with a "d" as in Aaron Rodgers, not Aaron Rogers. The "news story" spreading via social media that claims he died in a car crash is false, a prank, a hoax.
Frankly, I don't know how any mortal being could find time to set up a prank like this while preparing a Thanksgiving feast, but here, with not-uninteresting variants included, is a seasonal tale based on a practical joke requiring only a turkey, a Cornish game hen, and a gullible loved one to pull it off. Enjoy...
What better day than the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to have a political kerfuffle about President Obama's faith?
At issue is Obama's on-camera rendition of the speech for Ken Burns' documentary, The Address. It differs from readings contributed by other luminaries (including former president G.W. Bush) in that the phrase "under God" is missing from the clause, "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom." Read More...
They're circulating under the rubric of "Breaking News," but in fact recent Facebook posts purporting to link to a video about Oprah Winfrey committing suicide are false, generated by a rogue Facebook app that tricks users into granting it permission to post on their behalf. It's a hoax AND a scam. Oprah Winfrey isn't dead.
When last I checked it appeared that some or all of the links to the offending application had been neutralized, but I would still advise users to delete blurbs like the one above if they appear on your timeline. Don't click on them. More often than not, rogue app sites migrate to new URLs as necessary so they can continue to replicate despite attempts by administrators to remove them.