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The Legend of the Chloroformed Turkey


The tale of the chloroformed turkey usually involves two women living in the city who decide to get a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Baby Jesus in the manger watched over by 2 T-rexes


It took me a while to see it, but once you see it, you can't unsee it. The question is: is this a purposeful illusion, or an accidental one?

Virgin Mary Tree


Residents of Polk City, Iowa noticed that a tree standing beside a busy intersection (3rd St and Bridge Rd) had on its side a six-foot tall mark that looks like the Virgin Mary.

Breaded Chicken Jesus


Ernesto Hernandez of Pennsylvania was about to eat his dinner, prepared by his wife, when he noticed that one of the pieces of breaded chicken on his plate seemed to have an image of Jesus on it.

Barnum, the Musical


Word is that a new film about P.T. Barnum is in the works. It'll be a musical, titled "The Greatest Showman on Earth," starring Hugh Jackman as Barnum.

Moore’s Beach Monster


In the summer of 1925, the carcass of a large ocean creature washed up onto Moore's Beach in the California town of Santa Cruz.

Trust him - they’re really there!


Artist Jonty Hurwitz has created "nano sculptures" so small that they can't be seen with the eye. You need a scanning electron microscope to view them.

Giant Eel

A pair of videos that seemed to show a giant "human sized eel" in New Zealand's Manawatu River went viral in the past week.

Edgar Allan Poe Gum Mark


Redditor "famousmess" posted an image to the pareidolia subreddit, showing a gum mark he saw on the floor of the subway that looks like Edgar Allan Poe.

Terror in Mammoth, Arizona


People in the small town of Mammoth, Arizona were puzzled when, earlier this week, they started to receive calls asking about the outbreak of a deadly, infectious disease — a disease that supposedly caused hemorrhagic bleeding and violent behavior.

New Hoax Photo Test


I recently completed a major update and revision of the Hoax Photo Test. It now has 50 photos to challenge your photo-fakery detection skills.

Macaulay Culkin not dead


A fake news report recently circulated on social media alleging that former child star Macaulay Culkin, of Home Alone fame, had been found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

The Hippocratic Tampon. Fact or fiction?


Tampax, maker of feminine hygiene products, has an article on its website in which it claims that, "The ancient Egyptians fashioned disposable tampons from softened papyrus.

Musicals, plays, and movies based on hoaxes


Last night, Balloon Boy: The Musical had its opening-night performance at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado.

3000 tarantulas for sale?


There's a bit of a mystery on Reddit. Redditor "tcatron565" claims to have come across a post on Facebook from someone trying to sell 3000 tarantulas because their owner "is away" and the spiders are starving.

All ads, all the time


At Web Summit in Dublin, two social-media strategists started pitching a new startup called VelloBook, which they described as the "world's first ad-only social media network.

Satirical Candidates in Colorado


Election results in Adams County, Colo. have been delayed because of an all write-in race for the county surveyor post, which means every ballot has to be read by a human.

Is it a wave, or is it Nessie?


If I were to make a list of the Worst Nessie Sightings Ever, Jonathan Bright's Nessie photo would have to be near the top of the list.

Spider-Filled Beanie Babies


The latest fake news story to be mistaken for reality comes from clickhole.com. It claims that Beanie Babies made in the 90s were actually filled with thousands of spider eggs, and that those eggs are now beginning to hatch "bursting through the seams of Beanies everywhere." Syracuse.com reports that the fake story has been shared on Facebook over 58,000 times.

Birboon, Schnowlzer, Laughing Hamstyna, etc.


California artist Sarah Derememer creates hybrid animals, such as the "birboon" (a cross between a baboon and a sparrow) as a way to improve her photoshop skills.


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