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David Emery

Updated Articles and Resources

By David Emery

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Tedd Petruna and Flight 297 Atlanta to Houston Created: Friday, December 04, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Unreported airline incident? Viral email by Tedd Petruna purports to be an eyewitness account of a Muslim terrorist 'dry run' aboard AirTran Airways Flight 297 from Atlanta to Houston on November 17, 2009.
    • Ericsson 'Free Laptop' Promotion Created: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Viral message claims phone manufacturer Ericsson will give away free laptop computers to anyone who forwards the text to at least eight people.
    • Don't Be Fooled by This Fake Image of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      HOAX: Viral image purports to show wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
    • AVOID THE SCAM: 'Actual Footage of Missile Fired at Malaysian Airliner' Video Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Beware of posts linking to a video of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 being shot down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists. It's a scam.
    • New & Updated Urban Legends Created: Friday, September 19, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Find info on the latest Internet hoaxes, rumors, and the most popular stories circulating today.
    • Top 25 Urban Legends Created: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Trending urban legends, online rumors and hoaxes
    • 'Miley Cyrus Found Dead' Video Scam Created: Saturday, July 19, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      DO NOT CLICK on Facebook posts touting videos claiming Miley Cyrus died of a drug overdose.
    • Whoa! Did Scientists Discover a Winged Spider? Created: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      FAKE newspaper clipping supposedly confirms the discovery of a winged spider.
    • Cell Phone Popcorn? It's Fake Created: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Question of the hour: Can you pop popcorn with cell phones? Answer: no.
    • Moonmelon Hoax Created: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Viral image purports to depict a 'moonmelon,' a Japanese fruit with bright blue flesh that 'switches flavors' after you eat it.
    • Urban Legends, Are You SURE 'Mr. Gorsky' Was a Hoax? Created: Friday, August 05, 2005 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      A reader writes: 'I absolutely recall hearing these comments on the radio, in 1995, as told by Armstrong following the press conference. Either what I heard was an audio hoax, he was just kidding, or it is the truth. Are you SURE it was a hoax?'
    • Does the Word 'Dork' Really Mean 'Whale Penis'? Created: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Attention Internet: The word dork does NOT mean whale penis!
    • 112 Murdered by Teens Reenacting 'The Purge 2' Movie? No, It's Satire. Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Satirical article claims a group of teens reenacting violent scenes from 'The Purge 2: Anarchy' murdered 112 people in Chicago.
    • Don't Be Fooled! A Guide to Fake News Websites Created: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Tired of people sharing fake news stories as if they're true? Point them to our checklist of satire sites on the web. Guaranteed 100% effective!
    • Is Lady Gaga a Man? A Woman? A Hermaphrodite? Created: Monday, August 10, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Online rumors say Lady Gaga is a man or a hermaphrodite. Read Gaga's response to Barbara Walters.
    • 13 Creepy Stories to Tell After Dark Created: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Thirteen of the creepiest stories ever told. Read them if you dare.
    • Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky! - Urban Legends Created: Friday, August 06, 2004 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      An apocryphal footnote to the history of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 lunar landing and moonwalk.
    • FACEBOOK SCAM: 'Girl Killed Herself Live on Cam' Video Created: Monday, February 17, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      DO NOT CLICK on Facebook posts touting videos of a girl who killed herself live on cam. It's a scam.
    • The Origin of the F-Word - Urban Legends Created: Monday, June 27, 2005 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      In which we're asked to believe that the word 'fuck' originated as the acronym of 'Fornication Under Consent of the King,' 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,' or some variation thereof.
    • Superglue Revenge, Revisited Created: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Buck Wolf just blogged about a sticky situation in Wisconsin involving an unfaithful husband, his jilted wife, three different women...
    • The Uses and Abuses of Superglue Created: Monday, May 19, 2003 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Befitting its status as a modern miracle invention, urban legends about superglue loom large in modern folklore.
    • 'Where Thieves and Pimps Run Free' Created: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      In which we attempt to nail down the source of a quotation attributed to the irascible Hunter S. Thompson.
    • Why Do We Carve Pumpkins on Halloween? Created: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      A brief history of the jack-o'-lantern and how carving faces on pumpkins became a Halloween tradition.
    • Jeremy Meeks Killed By Wife? No, It's Satire! Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Satirical article claims 'hot convict' Jeremy Meeks was killed by his own wife one hour after he was released from prison.
    • Listerine Mosquito Control Created: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Viral text claims spraying an outside area with Listerine mouthwash repels and/or kills every mosquito in the vicinity.
    • Giant Snake Found in Red Sea Created: Monday, May 20, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      HOAX: Viral images show an unbelievably large snake found and killed in the Red Sea by Egyptian scientists and military.
    • Bloody Mary Created: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Legend has it that if you stand before a mirror in a darkened room and chant 'Bloody Mary' again and again, a terrifying ghost will appear.
    • Do Earwigs Crawl in People's Ears and Eat Their Brains? - Urban Legends Created: Friday, August 06, 2004 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Myth Busted: The earwigs is so named because it crawls into sleeping people's ears and eats their brains.
    • Raw Onions on Feet to Cure Illness? Be Skeptical! Created: Thursday, January 23, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Viral message claims placing raw onions on the bottoms of your feet overnight will take away illness.
    • Illegal Immigrants Forcibly Occupy Small Texas Town? Nope, Satire. Created: Monday, July 14, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Satirical article claims a 'Hispanic militia' consisting of illegal immigrants has forcibly occupied Sarita, Texas.
    • No, Netflix Isn't Canceling 'Orange Is the New Black' Created: Saturday, July 12, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Satirical article claims 'Orange Is the New Black' has been canceled by Netflix because CEO Reed Hastings objects to its portrayal of women.
    • Can the Heat from a BBQ Melt Contact Lenses? Created: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Supposedly, the heat from a backyard barbecue can melt plastic contact lenses and fuse them to the eye, causing severe injury and blindness.

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