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A continuously updated roster of fake news stories misrepresented as real ones -- hoaxes, parodies, spoofs, political satires, jokes, and outright disinformation -- presented as "the news."

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93-Year-Old Grandma Kills 'Knockout Game' Thug
Viral article claims a 93-year-old grandmother in St. Louis named Gladis Bennett shot and killed a thug who attacked her while playing the "knockout game."

9-Year-Old Suspended for Saying Merry Christmas
Viral article claims a fourth-grader at Anon Elementary School in San Francisco was suspended for saying "Merry Christmas" to his atheist teacher.

112 Murdered by Teens Reenacting 'The Purge 2' Movie
Satirical article claims a group of teens reenacting violent scenes from "The Purge 2: Anarchy" murdered 112 people in Chicago.

Assam Rape Festival Begins in India
Viral "news story" published by NationalReport.net claims an event called the "Assam Rape Festival" will begin shortly in India.

Bitstrips App Is Secretly an NSA Trojan Horse
Viral article claims the popular social media app Bitstrips is actually an NSA Trojan horse designed to spy on you by tapping your Facebook feed and cell phone.

CA Allows State-Recognized Human-Animal Marriage?
Viral "news article" originating on the satirical website National Report claims marriage between humans and animals is legal in California.

British Scientists Clone Dinosaur
Satirical article claims scientists in England have successfully cloned a dinosaur to produce a living Apatosaurus named "Spot."

Blake Griffin Smacks Justin Bieber Hoax
Satirical "news" article claims Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers got into an altercation with an unruly Justin Bieber at a West Hollywood Starbucks location.

Creator of 'Flappy Bird' Commits Suicide
Viral article falsely claims that "Flappy Bird" developer Dong Nguyen and 7 other people in the U.S. committed suicide because of the game.

Conservative Pundit Refuses to Board Plane with Black Pilot
"News article" shared via social media claims right-wing political pundit Ann Coulter refused to board a commercial airline flight after learning the pilot was African American.

Christian Boy Dies For 3 Minutes, Meets Allah in Heaven
Viral "news article" says a young Christian boy died briefly on the operating table and claimed he met Allah in heaven after doctors revived him.

Charles Manson Granted Parole
Satirical article claims infamous murderer Charles Manson has been granted parole due to his age, ill health, and prison overcrowding.

Fellatio Decreases Risk of Breast Cancer in Women
Homemade Web page masquerading as a CNN news story claims women can decrease their risk of breast cancer by "performing the act of fellatio on a regular basis."

Charles Manson Granted Parole
Satirical article claims infamous murderer Charles Manson has been granted parole due to his age, ill health, and prison overcrowding.

Giant Squid Found in California
Viral "news story" claims a 160-foot-long giant squid washed ashore in California and is believed to have come from waters near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan.

Charles Manson Granted Parole
Satirical article claims infamous murderer Charles Manson has been granted parole due to his age, ill health, and prison overcrowding.

January 4, 2014 Planetary Alignment to Decrease Earth's Gravity
Viral article claims a rare planetary alignment on January 4, 2014 will temporarily reduce the Earth's gravity.

Gauging Toddlers' Earlobes
Satirical article claims "gauging" (piercing and stretching) toddlers' earlobes has become trendy among parents into body modification.

Dumb Burglars Snort Stolen Cremains
As allegedly reported in a Florida newspaper, stupid burglars confuse woman's cremated remains for crack cocaine.

Eli Manning Cut From the Giants
Viral "news article" claims New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been cut from the team.

Fans of Fast and Furious Destroy Blogger's Vehicle?
Viral article claims outraged "Fast and Furious" fans vandalized the car of blogger Adora Bull after she wrote a disrespectful article about Paul Walker.

NBC Confirms that 'Friends' Is Returning for a Comeback Season?
Viral article claims it has been confirmed by NBC that the popular 1990s TV series "Friends" will return for a "comeback season" in 2014.

Jeff Gordon and Stephen Rhodes in Gay Relationship
Satirical story published on EmpireSports.co claims NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Stephen Rhodes are in a gay relationship.

Fred Phelps' Deathbed Confession: 'I'm Gay'
Satirical "news story" claims anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps confessed to being gay on his deathbed.

Man Responsible for Olympic Ring Mishap Found Dead
Satirical "news story" claims a man blamed for the Olympic ring malfunction in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia was found dead.

Michael Vick Hospitalized in Pit Bull Attack
Satirical "news article" claims Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was hospitalized after being attacked by a pit bull.

Texas Board of Education: Slaves Were 'Unpaid Interns'
Viral "news article" claims the Texas Board of Education revised history textbook guidelines to stipulate that slaves must be referred to as "unpaid interns."

Gay-to-Straight Program in Arizona Public Schools
Viral article claims Arizona is instituting a mandatory gay-to-straight conversion therapy program in all public schools.

Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado
Viral article from the Daily Currant claims 37 people in Colorado died on the first day marijuana use was legalized throughout the state.

Justin Bieber Legally Changes Race to African American
Satirical article claims Justin Bieber legally changed his race to "African American" in a Canadian court recently.

Gerbilling Mishap Injures Two
The rectal rodent was the least of their worries...

G.W. Bush Accidentally Votes for Obama in 2012 Election
According to a viral "news story," former President George W. Bush mistakenly cast his vote for Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

G.W. Bush Has Lowest IQ of Any Modern President
You'd think Americans would have grown weary of "Bush is an idiot" jokes by now, but the popularity of this forwarded email suggests otherwise.

Illegal Immigrants Forcibly Occupy Small Texas Town
Satirical article claims a "Hispanic militia" consisting of illegal immigrants has forcibly occupied the small town of Sarita, Texas.

Jeremy Meeks Killed By Wife
Satirical article claims "hot convict" Jeremy Meeks was killed by his own wife one hour after he was released from prison.

Palin Wonders If Flight 370 Flew Directly To Heaven
Satirical article quotes Sarah Palin suggesting that missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 could be in heaven if it "accidentally flew too high and got stuck up there."

Thailand 'Snake Girl' Photo
Viral image purports to show an 8-year-old girl suffering from Serpentosis Malianorcis, supposedly a rare syndrome which gives her lower body "a distinct reptilian form and aspect."

Human Meat Found in McDonald's Meat Factory
Satirical article claims inspectors found human and horse meat stored in the freezers of a McDonald's meat factory.

Hydrogen Beer Explosion
Japanese man suffers serious burns while belching blue fire in karaoke bar!

Phillip Morris Introduces Marijuana Cigarettes
Satirical article claims Phillip Morris plans to introduce a new product called "Marlboro M," marijuana cigarettes.

Jockey Accidentally Euthanized After Breaking Leg
Was a jockey mistakenly euthanized after breaking his leg at the 140th Kentucky Derby?

Judge Forbids Black Mothers to Name Own Children
This viral news story claims a U.S. federal judge has ruled that due to the proliferation of "ridiculous names," poverty-stricken black women no longer have the right to christen their own children.

Legal Drinking Age to Change to 25
Social media prank claims the legal drinking age in the U.S. will be raised to 25 in August 2014. Not true.

Justin Bieber Admits to Being Bisexual
Viral "news story" claims Justin Bieber tweeted a photo of himself kissing "boyfriend" Austin Mahone and admits he is bisexual.

KKK Starts Online Petition for Yearly 'Purge' of African Americans
Satirical article claims the KKK has started a petition for an annual "purge" (guilt-free murdering, as in the move 'The Purge') of African Americans.

Ogling Breasts Increases Men's Lifespans
'Medical study' purportedly published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims research has shown that ogling women's breasts increases men's lifespans.

Kansas to Black Out 'Cosmos' Show
Viral article claims proposed legislation in the Kansas Senate would force Fox affiliates in the state to black out the science TV series "Cosmos" on religious grounds.

Kanye West: 'I Am the Next Nelson Mandela'
Viral "news story" from the Daily Currant quotes rap singer Kanye West as saying, "I am the next Nelson Mandela."

Man Arrested for Having Sex with Pumpkin
"Police arrested Patrick Lawrence, a 22-year-old white male, resident of Dacula, GA, in a pumpkin patch at 11:38 p.m. Friday. Lawrence will be charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency, and public intoxication at the Gwinnett County courthouse on Monday..."

McDonald's Uses Worm Meat Fillers
Hoax article published on a fake news website claims McDonald's uses worm meat as filler in its hamburgers.

Miley Cyrus Kicked Out of Derby Party After Fight With Ron Jeremy
Viral "news story" claims Miley Cyrus was ejected from a post-Kentucky Derby party after an altercation with porn star Ron Jeremy.

Miley Cyrus Tested Positive for HIV
Viral "news article" claims Miley Cyrus tested positive for HIV during a recent hospital stay for treatment of flu-like symptoms.

Netflix Cancels Orange Is The New Black
Satirical article claims Netflix has canceled popular TV series "Orange Is the New Black" because CEO Reed Hastings objects to its portrayal of women outside the home.

Obama to Remove 'In God We Trust' From All Currency
Satirical article from National Report claims President Obama has ordered the removal of "In God We Trust" from all U.S. currency.

Obama to Visit Mosque on 4th of July
Satirical article claims President Obama will visit a mosque and host Muslim leaders at a White House cookout on the 4th of July.

Oprah Posts Bail for 'Sexy Felon' Jeremy Meeks
Satirical article claims Oprah Winfrey has agreed to post bail for famed "sexy felon" Jeremy Meeks and wants to give him a job as talk show host.

Monsanto Cucumbers Cause Genital Baldness
Viral "news story" claims researchers at Dalhousie University have discovered that consuming genetically modified cucumbers from Monsanto Inc. may result in "total groin hair loss."

Obama Announces Plans for a Third Term
Satirical article claims President Obama wants to run for a third presidential term.

Obama Unveils New American Flag
Viral article claims President Obama introduced a new U.S. flag substituting symbols of Islam and Socialism for the traditional stars and stripes.

Premature Rapture
Arkansas woman mistakes the driver of a pickup truck for Jesus and dies while trying to ascend to heaven through the sun roof of her car.

RFID Chip to Be Implemented in All Public Schools
Satirical article claims U.S. students will be required to receive RFID chip implants to help reduce gun violence.

Rick Santorum Declares War on Heavy Metal
Viral text claims Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has condemned heavy metal music as "Satanic" and the "single most dangerous force in America today."

Rick Santorum on Gay Pornography
In this viral quote, Rick Santorum is purported to have announced he will ban pornography - especially gay pornography - allegedly the only issue he "sees eye to eye on with the Taliban."

Sarah Palin: 'Thanksgiving Is for Real Americans'
Satirical article quotes Sarah Palin as saying during a TV interview, "Thanksgiving is for real Americans not Indians. We founded this Christian nation."

Sonia Sotomayor Advocates Castrating White Males
Emailed "news story" claims U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor delivered a speech in 2004 in which she advocated the "castration of all white males," and that her comments have been defended by President Obama as "taken out of context" by political opponents.

Teens Smoking Bed Bugs to Get High
Viral video claims teenagers are getting high by smoking bed bugs, which supposedly give off a hallucinogenic substance.

'Walking Dead' Season 6 Cancelled
Social media prank claims AMC is cancelling the popular TV series "The Walking Dead."

Unborn Baby Becomes Pregnant
Satirical "news story" claims an unborn fetus became pregnant while still inside the mother's womb.

Uganda Launches Child Rape Festival
Satirical article claims Uganda has launched a "child rape festival" to combat homosexuality and uphold "Christian principles."

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