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Blind spot: How a hoax about eye licking went global

Media finds weird news impossible to resist, even when it sounds too silly to be true. But it can fool people especially easily when coming from a place like Japan, birthplace of wacky trends.

By Aug. 8, 2013


Rush Limbaugh: iPad great tool in fighting global warming 'hoax'

After a 13-year-old boy calls in to say he has found proof in his local library that man-made global warming is a hoax, the famed radio host sends him an iPad, as its portability will prove useful in the boy's crusade.

By Apr. 5, 2013


Hoax #Sandy photos flooding social media (pictures)

Photos from the impending hurricane are flooding social media. But some of the imagery is fake. So consider reality-checking that incredible that just arrived in your Twitter feed.

8 Images By Oct. 29, 2012


Facebook photo reportedly leads to airliner bomb hoax

A curious love triangle -- which allegedly resulted in a compromising picture being posted to Facebook -- allegedly ends in a man making a bogus bomb threat.

By Sep. 7, 2012


WhatsApp CEO message hoax returns following status glitch

A hoax message is rattling around on WhatsApp, urging app users to forward a fake message to all their contacts.

By Nov. 29, 2012


Flying Dutchman is Lying Dutchman in elaborate hoax

A cleverly designed human birdwings hoax has the whole Internet bummed out it's not real.

By Mar. 23, 2012


Iranians say story on plan to cut Internet access is a hoax

Government says interview with Communications Minister Reza Taghipour published on April 1 was in fact a hoax.

By Apr. 10, 2012


Facebook fixes bug, but 'Nicole Santos' hoax lives on

Company is removing posts containing malicious code from users' pages, but the malware continues to spread when people click on the links. Already, the hoax has been memorialized on T-shirts and YouTube.

By May. 12, 2011


Mutating Mars hoax at it yet again

For the seventh consecutive year, fake e-mails are filling up in-boxes around the world warning that on August 27, Mars will approach Earth and grow to the size of a full moon.

By Aug. 26, 2010