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Did a Drag Queen in a ‘Demonic’ Outfit Read a Sexually Explicit Book to Children at a Public Library?

October 18, 2017 - 12:37pm
Right-wing web sites used alarmist language and false claims to describe a reading event at a California library.
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Urban Legend: Drilled Wire

October 18, 2017 - 11:56am
A competitor one-ups a company proud of their new ultra-thin wire by drilling a hole through it.
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Trump Got a Spray Tan in the Oval Office?

October 18, 2017 - 11:29am
A staged photograph actually shows a presidential lookalike.
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US Rep: Trump Says Fallen Soldier Knew What He Signed Up For

October 18, 2017 - 8:39am
Rep. Frederica Wilson said President Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of a fallen soldier, that he "knew what he signed up for." Trump denies it.
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Will Burning Bay Leaves Reduce Anxiety?

October 17, 2017 - 7:05pm
A chemical compound found in the leaves of the bay laurel may affect mood, but the results are inconclusive and not necessarily relevant to bay leaf smoke.
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Did a Football Fan Sit on an American Flag While Wearing a Shirt Reading ‘I Stand for the National Anthem’?

October 17, 2017 - 6:25pm
A sports news web site published the photograph, which was taken during a game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots.
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Did ‘Mexican Drug Cartels’ Start the California Wildfires?

October 17, 2017 - 6:05pm
Disreputable web sites provide no evidence to support a half-baked theory about the cause of the October 2017 fires.
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Is Ireland Lowering Its Corporate Tax Rate?

October 17, 2017 - 5:08pm
An Irish government official refutes U.S. President Donald Trump's claim, whose source is entirely unclear.
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President Obama Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Weinstein, Weiner, Clinton, and Cosby?

October 17, 2017 - 2:55pm
A meme claiming that President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, and Bill Cosby uses doctored images.
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Was This Coyote Given a Bath After Being Mistaken for a Dog?

October 17, 2017 - 2:36pm
A photograph showing a coyote in a bathtub was circulated with an inaccurate backstory in October 2017.
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Was Freddy Krueger From ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Based on a Real Serial Murderer?

October 17, 2017 - 12:32pm
The explanatory last line of a Halloween joke about a real-life Freddy Krueger was removed in subsequent shares.
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‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actor John Dunsworth Dies at 71

October 17, 2017 - 9:52am
The Canadian actor, who played Mr. Lahey on the comedy series, died after a short illness.
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Is the Mandalay Bay Security Guard ‘Missing’?

October 16, 2017 - 11:39pm
Police told us that despite widespread rumors and speculation, Jesus Campos is not missing.
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Is Trump Spending More Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel than Obama Did?

October 16, 2017 - 11:11pm
Despite preliminary indications that the Trump family's government-paid travel expenses are higher than the Obamas', Internet rumors exaggerate the disparity.
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Did a Mandalay Bay Hotel Worker ‘Vanish’ After Giving an Interview?

October 16, 2017 - 9:18pm
A disreputable web site published an illogical and inaccurate conspiracy theory about a valet worker who reportedly had a brush with the Las Vegas gunman.
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Are Hurricane Maria Survivors Getting ‘Skittle Meals’ From The Government?

October 16, 2017 - 6:18pm
Volunteer veterans, journalists, and others claim that FEMA is providing "meals" that are little more than unhealthy snacks to hurricane victims, but a FEMA spokesperson says images circulating online misrepresent what the agency is doing to help Puerto Ricans.
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NASA Confirms Existence of Earth’s Second Moon?

October 16, 2017 - 3:44pm
While a discovery from 2016 did reveal the presence of a small asteroid trapped in Earth’s orbit, this object cannot be classified as a moon.
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Did Sprinklers Save a House From a Massive Wildfire?

October 16, 2017 - 3:40pm
A photograph showing a home with a green lawn surrounded by charred land is real, but the back story accompanying it is incomplete.
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Did Divers Just Uncover the ‘Lost City’ of Heracleion?

October 16, 2017 - 2:59pm
Divers did uncover the ruins of Thonis-Heracleion, but the discovery was not new in 2017 — contrary to the claims of clickbait articles.
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Was a Woman Killed by a Frozen Shaft of Urine?

October 16, 2017 - 2:37pm
An image purportedly showing a woman who was pierced by a urine icicle originated on a 1990s-era British television show.
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