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Attempted Tomato Assassination of George Washington

Snopes - February 20, 2017 - 7:50pm
The tale of a cook who attempted to poison George Washington by feeding him tomatoes comes from a mystery magazine, not history.
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President Trump and ‘What’s Happening in Sweden Last Night’

Snopes - February 20, 2017 - 4:59pm
An address President Trump gave in Florida caused widespread confusion with his reference to an unspecified incident in Sweden.
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Kentucky Lawmaker Introduced Bill Requiring Men to Get Wives’ Permission to Take Viagra

Snopes - February 20, 2017 - 4:33pm
Kentucky Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, who is also a registered nurse, joked that she introduced the tongue-in-cheek 2016 legislation 'to protect these men from themselves.'
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A new continent of Zealandia? Wrong. Not new at all to scientists.

Doubtful News - February 20, 2017 - 3:32pm
Heard the news about Zealandia, the lost continent? Then you probably heard it wrong. It’s not new, we’ve had the bathymetric data for a while. The submerged landmass was known as a microcontinent that included the surrounding land masses. The name “Zealandia” was first proposed in 1995 but it was also called “Tasmantis” (the “Tasmantis complex”…
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Did George Washington Have Wooden Teeth?

Snopes - February 20, 2017 - 1:30pm
We cannot tell a lie: George Washington's false teeth weren't made out of wood, though the materials actually used weren't all that appealing, either.
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Prove the scientific consensus and win a prize: A time-dishonored PR ploy used by cranks, quacks, and pseudoscientists (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. edition)

Science-Based Medicine - February 20, 2017 - 3:36am
Last week, antivaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. teamed up with Robert De Niro to issued a challenge to provide one scientific study that proves thimerosal in vaccines is safe, with a cash prize of $100,000. They thus joined a long line of antivaxers, creationists, and climate science denialists offering money to "prove" the scientific consensus. Science doesn't work that way.
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‘Violin Island’ in Costa Rica?

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 11:22pm
An image purportedly showing a 'Violin Island' off Costa Rica is actually a digitally created optical illusion.
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Did Ben Carson Say That Illegal Immigrants Caught Voting Should Lose Their U.S. Citizenship?

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 10:58pm
Dr. Ben Carson wrote in a 2014 article that anyone caught voting illegally should be stripped of their citizenship and deported.
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Magic Johnson’s Celebrity Crew Arrive at the NBA Playoffs?

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 10:33pm
A photograph showing a star-studded group arriving at the NBA playoffs is a composite of several photographs.
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Did President Lyndon B. Johnson Applaud the Smothers Brothers for Mocking Him?

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 9:13pm
An image shows a kind letter supposedly sent to the Smothers Brothers by LBJ about their repeated mocking of him.
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Did Starbucks Place Trump’s Photo on the Floor So Every Customer Has to Step on It?

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 7:41pm
An image showing a President Trump welcome mat on the floor of a Starbucks was doctored.
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Were John McCain and Maxine Waters Fooled by Russian Pranksters?

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 7:22pm
Russian pranksters claimed they pulled phone pranks on Senator John McCain and Congresswoman Maxine Waters by impersonating the Ukrainian prime minister.
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Does a Video Show Acesha Bright Committing Murder?

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 6:48pm
A woman named Acesha Bright was arrested for murder in February 2017, but a video purportedly showing someone by that name killing her boyfriend was staged.
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What Is Presidents Day?

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 3:01pm
What are we celebrating on the holiday known as 'Presidents Day'? Is it really a holiday at all?
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U.S. House Votes to Lift Ban on ‘Predator Control’ Hunting Practices in Alaska

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 2:43pm
H.J. Res. 69 nullifies federal protections for hibernating bears, denning wolves, and other predators on national preserves in Alaska.
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All Facebook Posts to Be Made Public?

Snopes - February 19, 2017 - 1:40pm
Facebook is not making all your posts public or claiming copyright to them, so posting an ineffective legal notice on your Facebook page is pointless.
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 02/19/2017

Science-Based Medicine - February 19, 2017 - 11:59am
More poorly done acupuncture studies. Burzynski eats just desserts. Italians like homeopathy. New Jersey is going after Oregon. And more
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Dasani Products Recalled Due to ‘Clear Parasite’?

Snopes - February 18, 2017 - 9:45pm
Reports that Coca-Cola is recalling Dasani water products after a "clear parasite" was found in bottles in the United States are fake news.
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Ungrateful Elephant Kills Man

Snopes - February 18, 2017 - 9:12pm
A legendary but false story about a man killed by an elephant he mistook for one he had aided years earlier.
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Federal Judge Orders Bail Hearing for Detained ‘DREAMer’ Immigrant

Snopes - February 18, 2017 - 12:22pm
Immigration officials argued that Daniel Ramirez Medina should be deported because of alleged gang ties.
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