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youtuber adam saleh lashes back at delta for accusing him of faking racist flight removal
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Yesterday, we posted that YouTuber Adam Saleh— who is known, in part, for a recent airport security-related hoax — was allegedly thrown off of his Delta flight for speaking Arabic. Since then, both he and Delta have responded. 

via @omgAdamSaleh

While Saleh maintains his position, Delta has claimed that he was removed because "he sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior."

via @TheOfficialSal

However, as many were quick to point out, whether or not this is a prank, Islamophobia on planes and other places remains a very serious and prevelant issue. 

via @umalkhayryusuf

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The video above shows the live stream of a video game streamer named Alex Ramirez when he "allegedly" witnessed a murderer dump a body behind a church while he was playing. You can hear him begin a 911 call, the video also follows up with a separate video where he claims to have been fired from his job. All this led to a lot of people being fooled and some people even donating money to a GoFundMe account which has now been deactivated. 

Not everyone was convinced, a person in the comments to this video links Ramirez to a troll account on Twitch that has already been banned for faking similar hoaxes.



 One man even did his own sleuthing and called the police department that Ramirez pretended to call and found out that it was, in fact, a hoax. 



According to Gizmodo, Uber has confirmed that Ramirez does work for them but hasn't been suspended (yet) and that anyone who donated to the GoFundMe account will be refunded. 

funny banksy hoax People Showed Up To a Fake Banksy Meet and Greet and Were Met By an Average Man
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When this Facebook event was started in September of 2015, many called it fake, but they were totally wrong. Kind of. 

In true Banksy style (probably?), he did not show up to this meet and greet, instead the few people who still showed up got to meet the definition of an average man. Literally, when you search Google for 'an average man' the first image that comes up is a picture of Michael Whatley, the man in the banner of this event.  He wasn't associated with the event's creation but, since he was the man in the picture he decided to stop by and he was ready to paint some faces. 


via Michael Whatley

And paint faces he did. Attendees included this lovely lady carrying handfuls of spaghetti. Now her face says "Banksy Was Here". 


via Maddie Rose 

Hopefully she'll turn it into a tattoo to make this special moment permanent. 


via Village Voice 

Hoax of The Day: 'Phuc Dat Bich' Just Trolled The Entire Internet
Via Guardian
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Phuc Dat Bich is a phucing liar.

The man who claimed Facebook was deleting his profile every time he updated it to his unfortunate-sounding name now tells Guardian Australia he made the whole thing up.

His real name is Tin Lee, a 23 year old living in Melbourne.

The trickster fooled the people of the Internet and countless publications (including Cheezburger) with a Facebook post lamenting his name.

He had this to say about his hoax in a Facebook post, which now seems to have been deleted:

"What started as a joke between friends, became a prank that made a fool out of the media and brought out the best in the people who reached out to me. It didn't bring out the anger and darkness that we often see on the internet, but it brought a levity and humanity in a time we need it most.

"Out of this ordeal I've concluded not to trust the credibility of the media, it's twisted by the hungry journalists who mask the truth ... It goes to show that an average joe like myself can con the the biggest news sources with ease."

What a Bich.

Hoax of The Day: No, There Definitely Isn't a Tinder For Street Fighting
Via Rumblr
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In the age of the Internet and viral news stories, people will believe anything.

With a crazy idea that makes you think "Hmmm...that could actually be believable," you can convince the public of just about whatever you want.

This brings us to Rumblr, a soon-to-be mobile app dubbed the "Tinder of street fighting." The app, which supposedly allows users to match with other people in their area who want to fist fight, was featured on over 200 blogs and websites this week.

Too bad it was just a big, fat lie.

Turns out, this was just a stupid marketing stunt to launch a creative agency. Not even a cool marketing stunt.

"Rumblr started as a portfolio project to help us launch our creative consulting agency, von Hughes. We're a team of college dropouts with backgrounds in marketing, design, and engineering. Rumblr came about organically as a funny idea amongst a group of friends, but quickly budded into an opportunity to showcase our branding skills."

We are all fools.

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Via essaalroc
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The same chain-letter based hoax that floated around 2012 is back and scaring your family.

You might have noticed a flurry of action on your Facebook feed yesterday as people began copy and pasting what they believed was a legal notice, protecting the privacy of their profile data.

Stuff that looked like this:

As of September 27th , 2015 at 01:16 a.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with...

Posted by Ines Ligron on Monday, September 28, 2015


Now it's official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the...

Posted by Stephani Victor on Monday, September 28, 2015


So, that's totally incorrect. Facebook has not threatened to make public the data contained in profiles and no mention has been made to charge for an upgraded privacy setting. Trust us. Their making a killing just doing what their doing.

And even if they were, please do not believe that a status update will serve as a legally binding request to keep a business away from data that users are voluntarily putting on its servers. That's not how things work.

Luckily, not everyone took it seriously.



The messaging became so widespread that the company itself had to come out and warn users not to believe the hype.

While there may be water on Mars, don't believe everything you read on the internet today. Facebook is free and it...

Posted by Facebook on Monday, September 28, 2015


So, there you go. Your stuff won't be made public and status updates aren't binding legal statements.

Have a lovely day.

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And here's reason number 195708 to never trust anything on the Internet.

A woman by the name of Natalie Amyot fooled a lot of people this week by uploading a video claiming that she was looking for the father of her unborn child. As it turns out, this was all a horrible viral marketing stunt.

The story goes that Amyot met a man on vacation in Australia's Sunny Coast, fell in love with him and lost contact when she went back to France.

Now, six weeks later she is back in Australia looking for her lost love/baby daddy.

She even set up a Facebook account for people to reach out with information about the mystery man.

But a new video posted Tuesday revealed the entire story to be a hoax. A man joins her on screen and spills the beans.

"This has been a viral video for Holiday Mooloolaba. My name is Andy Sellar and I own a company called Sunny Coast social media," he says to the camera.

So, there you have it. Everything is marketing. And the Internet is a horrible place.

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Remember that time Brian Williams was shot down in a helicopter in Iraq?

Well now neither does Williams, and he is apologizing publicly for the erroneous story which he has been telling for years after being called out by some of the troops who actually were in the attack.

Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft, said Lance Reynolds on Facebook. I do remember you walking up about an hour after we had landed to ask me what had happened.

He brought up the story in a news segment Friday about a tribute to a retired soldier at a New York Rangers game.

But crew members told the military news site Stars & Stripes that this never happened, and Williams issued a retraction.

I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago, Williams said on NBC Nightly News Wednesday. I want to apologize.

The soldiers of the 159th Aviation Regiments Chinook which was actually shot down claim Williams was in a helicopter that arrived an hour later.

I don't know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another. Williams said.

He later elaborated and apologized further in a Facebook comment:

You are absolutely right and I was wrong. In fact, I spent much of the weekend thinking I'd gone crazy. I feel terrible about making this mistake, especially since I found my OWN WRITING about the incident from back in '08, and I was indeed on the Chinook behind the bird that took the RPG in the tail housing just above the ramp.

Now people on Twitter have started a hashtag to shame him called #BrianWilliamsMisremembers, in which he claims he was part of some other major historical events.
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Well now neither does Williams, and he is apologizing publicly for the erroneous story which he has been telling for years after being called out by some of the troops who actually were in the attack.

“Sorry dude, I don’t remember you being on my aircraft,” said Lance Reynolds on Facebook. “I do remember you walking up about an hour after we had landed to ask me what had happened.”

He brought up the story in a news segment Friday about a tribute to a retired soldier at a New York Rangers game.

But crew members told the military news site “Stars & Stripes” that this never happened, and Williams issued a retraction.

“I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Williams said on &ldquo

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While we have already learned that the "Drunk Girl in Public" video was a fake (is anything even real anymore?), now the actress hired to play said drunk girl is also speaking out.

Jennifer Box has released a video apologizing for the stunt Monday, which she says was originally pitched to her as a "lighthearted prank show."

She said she never would have participated if she had known the damaging outcome of the video. But isn't forever being remembered as "that drunk girl in public on Hollywood Boulevard" a good enough reason to turn it down?

The men in the video recently spoke up about the prank to Inside Edition and the mastermind behind the entire debacle, Stephen Zhang, has made the original video private, which had racked up millions of views since it aired.

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Via AZcentral
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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!

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Via KOMO News
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In a scene that sounds straight out of a video game, police officers and a helicopter descended on a Washington home Thursday, after receiving a 911 call that the family inside was being held hostage.

According to Komo News:

"The caller said he had an assault rifle and he had placed explosives in the yard and he was holding a family hostage," said Nathan Elledge, chief of police at the Sammamish Police Department. "He wanted $20,000 to release the family."

It turns out that the call was actually made by a computer, and the owner of the home is a top exec at Bungie, the game developer behind "Halo" and the recent hit "Destiny."

And on top of all that, investigators think the suspect "has ties to the video game community."

Let the conspiracy theories begin.

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Emma You Are Next, A website purporting to leak private photos of Emma Watson has now been found out to be a coordinated hoax to get 4chan shut down. Yesterday internet sleuths discovered who was really behind the website so the countdown timer was pushed to today.


The trick began after Emma Watson's powerful U.N. speech where she discussed feminism and her "HeForShe" campaign.

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The mysterious Moon Melon with it's deep, vivid blue color is said to come from Japan with a unique ability to change the taste of other foods with just a few bites. But like many things found on the internet that are two weird to be true, the Moon Melon is just that. The circulating image of the exotic fruit was reported to be a couple of digitally slices of plain ol' watermelon byThe Daily Dot in July of 2012.


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According to the International Business Times, many suspect it's been circulating again because the widely followed Twitter account, Weird Hacks & Facts, posted a photo of the fantasy fruit. The post reads the following:

"This fruit grows in some parts of Japan, and is known for its vibrant blue color. What you probably don't know about this fruit is that it can switch flavors after you eat it. Everything sour will taste sweet, everything salty will taste bitter, and it gives water a strong orange-like taste."
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This 7'4' troll is looking for a new roommate in the D.C. area and he's hoping that it will be you. Like all trolls, this fiscally responsible guy really cares about making sure rent is covered and other bills are paid (he especially cares about tolls). But don't let this payment punctuality overshadow his wild side. This kickball-loving, happy hour hopping wild wonder likes to have a good time.

About Me
I am 328 lbs, 7 feet tall (7' 4" if you count horn height), yellow/greenish eyes and a heart-warming smile. Happy hour? Free networking event? Kickball?... I'm there. I love being fiscally responsible and making sure all debts are paid, tolls collected, and budgets balanced.

Apartment Requirements
Space is no issue! I am great in tight spaces so am happy to claim an unused den or living room corner. I am also quite prepared to sleep under your bed or chill out in the closet. NOTE: I suffer from frequent, violent night terrors brought on by fiscal stress. So let's keep our budget in check when we're bunking up, OK? We will need to convene weekly budget meetings to discuss utility bills -- keeping costs down keeps spirits up!

Outstanding Questions
What is our toll rate for pedestrians walking by outside? Is it strictly enforced or a catch-and-release program? Do you have a dedicated sheep/goat herder, or do you just hire freelancers?


Interested in learning more about this guy? Check him out on Tumblr or follow him on Twitter. Maybe you'll be the next one to have him make your house a...bridge overpass.

Screen grab of a funny hoax on Craigslist of a person claiming to have two unicorns for sale.
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Craigslist Unicorns For Sale HOAX

Parents facing the stress of attempting to fulfill unrealistic gift requests can breath a little easier after these two majestic unicorn beauties went up for sale on Craigslist. For the child who as everything, you'll be able to provide you kid with double the magic this holiday season with this pair of beautiful unicorns. Here is an excerpt from the ad that was placed:

2 Unicorns for Sale - $930000 (Hartford)
We are selling 2 purebred unicorns. Male is 3 years old named Pagasus. Female is 5 years old and named Daisy. Price of $930,000 USD is per unicorn. Unicorns are hand fed from birth, and require just as much attention if you do decide to welcome a unicorn into your home. We are the only fully licensed unicorn breeder in North America, and are NUBAA certified. Call now to be put on the waiting list, on which wait times start at 9 months out.
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE


For those on a tighter budget, they also have unicorn eggs for sale.


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