Hoax of the Day: Reddit Post Warns of Deadly Outbreak in Arizona Town

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Hoax of the Day: Reddit Post Warns of Deadly Outbreak in Arizona Town
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Slender Man is not real, and Mammoth, Arizona is NOT ground zero to some grisly outbreak or zombie apocalypse.

But many people were fooled into thinking the latter was the case, this week, after a fictional post on Reddit was taken as fact.

The post, titled "WTF is going on in Pinal county, Arizona??" is part of a subreddit called "No Sleep," which contains shared horror stories (both real and fake) submitted by Reddit users. The page also notes that "suspension of disbelief is key here."

But with the country in panic about a potential Ebola outbreak in their neighborhood, it's not hard to believe that someone would take it seriously.

From the post:

Entire families were being found beaten to death all over Mammoth. Blood, bruises, nails and teeth missing, hair ripped out- all of them. I heard reports of anywhere from 14 to 55 dead bodies, depending on who you were talking to. In a state of completely shock, I did the only thing I could do really well on autopilot - I wrote an article about it for my blog.

People from all over the country started calling local businesses and the police chief to inquire about the horror they had been reading about online.

"It's all unfounded, the only thing we've taken in the last few days is loud music calls and barking dogs," he said.

So no real-life horror movie in Mammoth, but it does have a ghost town!

Murica of the Day: Arizona Student Violently Blindsided by a Riot Cop

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The video's description:

Arizona students riot after the Wildcats lost to Wisconsin. To control the situation riot cops were called in, but some of them were very violent. A cop in riot gear took down an innocent girl for no reason. She didn't seem to be make an audible or visible scene, and the response by the cop was excessive.

Beating a Dead Horse of the Day

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Beating a Dead Horse of the Day
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In the rumor/controversy that just won't die, President Obama's campaign team has asserted that the president will, indeed, be on Arizona's general election ballot, despite Secretary of State, Ken Bennet, stating that he would disqualify Obama if he could not prove he was, in fact, born in Hawaii. Though given some of the other injustices happening in Arizona, this seems totally unsurprising.

[dailyintel]

This Seems Kind Of Wrong of the Day

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This Seems Kind Of Wrong of the Day
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This Seems Kind Of Wrong of the Day: Arizona's Supreme Court upheld a ruling issued by a lower court ordering the removal of a San Luis city council candidate's name from the ballot because she wasn't sufficiently fluent in English.

Alejandrina Cabrera is an American citizen who was born in Yuma, but raised in Mexico for a number of years before returning to Arizona at 17. She adm

Gabby Giffords Update of the Day

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Gabby Giffords Update of the Day
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Gabby Giffords Update of the Day: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose painful road to recovery after being critically wounded during last year's Tucson shooting was recently documented on ABC's 20/20, announced today that she will be resigning from Congress in order to f

This Is Also All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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This Is Also All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day
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This Is Also All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Speaking of how Arizona is making a habit of being awful, an administrative judge yesterday upheld an earlier decision by the state's superintendent of public instruction to ban the Tucson Unified School District's Mexican-Ameri

The Woman With The Pink Gun of the Day

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The Woman With The Pink Gun of the Day
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The Woman With The Pink Gun of the Day: In a recent report filed by Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas, a claim is made that Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein (R-LD6) -- a staunch gun rights advocate noted for carrying a loaded handgun into the state Capitol two days after the Tucson shooting -- pointed her raspberry-pink .380 Ruger at Rue