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Top 25 of the Past Week

1. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Died While Filming a Stunt
Scam postings tout a video showing how Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson supposedly died while filming a dangerous stunt on the set of Fast & Furious 7. Status: False

2. '16 People Dead in Roller Coaster Accident' Video
Scam postings offer CCTV video footage of a roller coaster accident at Universal Studios in Florida in which 16 people supposedly died. Status: Scam

3. 'Blood Moon' on April 15
Find out why they're calling the full moon of April 15, 2014 a "Blood Moon" and why, according to some, it has prophetic significance. Read more

4. Hoax Quiz: Can YOU Spot the Fakes?
Take our Hoax Quiz and test your ability to tell fake photos from real ones. It's harder than you think! Start here

5. 'She Ended Up in Emergency After Friends Did This' Video
Facebook clickjacking scam touts a video purporting to document the case of a woman who ended up in the emergency room after being sexually assaulted by friends. Status: Scam

6. 'Full Pink Moon' on April 15, 2014
Social media postings make much of a "Full Pink Moon" coinciding with a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014. "Share the experience." Status: True

7. Will Smith Died While Filming a Deadly Stunt
Facebook posts promote a video showing how Will Smith supposedly died during the shooting of a movie. Status: False

8. Bottled Water Cancer Warning
Forwarded message says don't drink bottled water that has been sitting for any length of time in a warm car because, supposedly, the heat causes cancer-producing toxins to "leak" from the plastic into the water. Status: See details

10. Carmen Winstead
Chain-letter-style Internet postings tell the story of Carmen Winstead, a 17-year- old girl supposedly pushed down a sewer and killed by a gang of girls from her school. Status: Urban legend

11. What Does '420' Mean and Why?
A survey of myths about the origin of the pot smokers' term "420" and the real history behind it. Read more

12. The Legend of Bloody Mary
Urban legend says if you stand in front of a mirror and chant "Bloody Mary" three times, a terrifying ghost will appear. Status: Urban Legend

13. 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. Status: False

14. Richard Gere and the Gerbil
Several years ago, "they" say, actor Richard Gere was admitted into the emergency room of a Los Angeles hospital with a foreign object lodged in his rectum: a gerbil. Status: False

15. 'Flight MH370 Found in Indian Ocean' Video
Social media clickjacking scam promotes a video supposedly showing the recovery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean. Status: Scam

16. Breast Infestation
Viral image and video purport to document the medical case of a female anthropologist named Susan McKinley who failed to seek treatment for a rash and wound up with an infestation of larvae in her breast. Status: See details

17. 'Talking Angela' App a Threat to Kids' Safety
According to online rumors, the popular interactive children's app "Talking Angela" threatens kids' privacy and safety by asking personal questions, making inappropriate remarks, and taking photos of children who use it. Status: False

18. Hercules, World's Biggest Dog
Emailed photo of a gargantuan dog named Hercules, purportedly the Guinness Record holder for the title of Biggest Dog in the World. Status: False

19. Jamie Lee Curtis Is a Hermaphrodite
Longstanding rumors say actress Jamie Lee Curtis was born with male sex organs and underwent a sex change operation as an infant. Status: Dubious

20. JFK: 'I Am a Jelly Donut' ('Ich Bin ein Berliner')
Did Germans really chuckle with embarrassment when John F. Kennedy uttered the words "Ich bin ein Berliner" during a speech at the Berlin Wall in 1963? Status: False

21. The Clown Statue
A babysitter calls the parents she's working for to ask if she can cover up the disturbing "clown statue" in the room where she's watching TV. Status: Urban legend

22. Humans Can Lick, Too
Home alone, but there's nothing to fear with your trusty dog keeping watch under the bed. Or is there? Status: Urban legend

23. Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do
Viral message purports to clue readers in on a number of little known tips and tricks for mobile phone use, including dialing 112 to access a worldwide emergency network. Status: Mostly false

24. Origin of the F-Word
In which we are asked to believe that the word "fuck" originated as the acronym of "Fornication Under Consent of the King," "Fornication Under Command of the King," "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge," or some other variation thereof. Status: False

25. Cell Phone Numbers Going Public
Viral messages warn that a directory of cell phone numbers is about to be published and instructs users to dial 888-382-1222 and list mobile numbers with the Do Not Call Registry to prevent telemarketing calls. Status: Mostly false

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