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Polio vaccine fears spread panic in Pakistan

Peshawar - More than 25,000 children were rushed to hospitals in northwest Pakistan after rumours spread that some had suffered reactions to a polio vaccine, officials said Tuesday.

Indonesia warns over 'fake news' after deadly jet crash

Jakarta - Indonesia warned social media users on Tuesday against spreading hoaxes, as rescue teams searched for human remains from a horrifying jet crash.

'Real' fake research hoodwinks US journals

Washington - Three US researchers have pulled off a sophisticated hoax by publishing fake research with ridiculous conclusions in sociology journals to expose what they see as ideological bias and a lack of rigorous vetting at these publications.

Brief panic in Germany as satire site claims Merkel coalition demise

Berlin - Germany lurched into a brief panic Friday as several media outlets fell for a satirical tweet that claimed Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition had collapsed in a bitter row over immigration.

Pipeline protest hoax on Facebook page gets thousands of sign-ins

Even as Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protesters continue to face down law enforcement officials in North Dakota, some people are saying it seems they're trying to use social media to confuse the Morton County Sheriff's Department.

Hell hath no fury: Wife jailed over mistress bomb hoax

Grenoble - It is often said that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but one cheated wife went to extraordinary lengths to exact revenge on her husband's mistress.

Man who 'deleted his company' with code bug reveals it was a hoax

The man who last week claimed to have deleted his entire business by running a single line of buggy code on his servers has revealed his original post was a hoax. The self-promotion effort was inspired by a real incident several years ago though.

FacePalm Friday: YouTuber jailed for bomb hoax prank

London - A popular prankster on YouTube was arrested and jailed after he was convicted of bomb hoaxes and mock robberies in London.

Inter-dimensional portal caught on film, Truth or Hoax?

On December 7, 2015 tourists captured on film a swirling inter-dimensional portal in the sky above the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. An orb is seen entering the portal before it disappears. The question is it truth or a clever hoax?

Facebook hit by another viral copy-and-paste privacy scam

Another Facebook privacy hoax is currently going viral on the social network, asking users to copy and paste a "privacy notice" to their profile if they want to avoid the social network charging $5.99 to retain access to private posts.

Op-Ed: Hoax – Priest who never existed claims he died, saw female God

Boston - So lately, tongues have been wagging due to a recent story of an elderly priest who died and had a conversation with God, and a female God at that. The story has been dancing around on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.

'Syrian hero boy' video was hoax, filmmaker says

Stockholm - A viral video showing a Syrian boy rescuing a girl under gunfire, watched online by millions of viewers, was faked by a Norwegian film crew, according to its director.

Viral Internet hoax prompts users to microwave iPhone 6

A hoax involving an iPhone 6 software update is going viral, and costing scores of users not only their phones, but their microwaves as well.

Report: Disfigured girl asked to leave KFC restaurant was a hoax

Jackson - A newspaper undertook an investigation into allegations a KFC restaurant asked Victoria Wilcher, 3, to leave because her facial scars were disturbing other patrons. The paper concluded the incident never took place.

Op-Ed: Thousands fall for Charles Manson 'parole' hoax

Panic spread through the United States as thousands of social media enthusiasts shared the big news that infamous cult leader Charles Manson would be paroled. Little did they realize, it was all a hoax.

'Swatting' hoax sends more than 60 cops to Long Island home

Long Beach - It's called "swatting." A person who loses an online game calls 911 and causes a massive number of police to swarm the home of the winner. According to police, these pranks are becoming more and more common.

Online job ad offers $40k per year to pose as 'Harvard student'

Cambridge - An alleged "Harvard student" is offering a payment of $40,000 per year to a qualified candidate willing to pose as him while attending classes at Harvard University.

Andy Kaufman's brother and 'daughter' claim comedian is alive

New York - Is actor/comedian Andy Kaufman still alive? Andy's brother Michael and a woman claiming to be his daughter are claiming Andy Kaufman faked his own death.

Video: Twerking girl catching fire is a hoax

Take a girl; add a trending infamous subject matter, throw in a camera and some flammable disaster, and you get hoax gone viral.

Mars to approach Earth and 'look like two moons' hoax resurfaces

A hoax that had previously circulated the Internet has resurfaced this August. The message claims Earth will have a close encounter with Mars and it will appear the Earth has two moons. It is a hoax and experts say no such event will occur.

'Bigfoot' claim disputed by genetics

Supposed samples that related to 'Bigfoot' have turned out to be a hoax and are actually a mix of opossum and other known species, according to a new analysis.

The Facebook copyright hoax — as told in headlines

A copyright notice from Facebook is making its way around the Web. The legal blurb is a hoax, and for some reason every news outlet in the world really, really, really wants you to know this.

Bill Nye the science guy death Twitter hoax

Bill Nye has strong beliefs in evolution that he does not mind airing. However, he was almost made extinct recently on Twitter.

German 'Forest Boy' mystery solved, admits his story was a hoax

Berlin - The mysterious "Forest Boy" in Germany has finally been identified after nine months of puzzlement. It turns out the story the man told when he arrived in Berlin in Sept. 2011 was a hoax.

Yacht explosion reported in N.J. was possible hoax

Yesterday a call was made to the U.S. Coast Guard indicating that a yacht had exploded off the New Jersey ocean shore with 21 people aboard. Now it is believed the distress call was an orchestrated hoax.

TopFinds: Obama's five-fingered baby encounter, the UFO hoax

President Obama is surprised by a baby's exploring hands. A nutritionist finds out how a McDonald's cheeseburger doesn't rot after a year. What kind of UFO hoax happened in Connecticut? These are the top stories on

National Geographic's UFO hoax over Connecticut mall

Winsted - Photo and video analyst for Mutual UFO Network Marc Dantonio created a "quadcopter" for an upcoming National Geographic special, "The Truth Behind UFOs." The purpose was to show how technology can fool anyone into thinking they are seeing a real UFO.

Flesh-eating banana hoax circulates in Mozambique

An old hoax has surfaced in Mozambique that claims 'flesh-eating bananas' have been imported into the country and placed on the market, spiking fear.

Reports of Quebec Premier's death a hoax, Le Devoir hacked

Montreal - The editor-in-chief of Le Devoir, a French daily newspaper in Montreal, claims the newspaper was hacked following a false report that stated Quebec Premier Jean Charest was rushed to the hospital and died after suffering a heart attack.

Web browser, IQ study discovered to be hoax Special

A recent study linking a person's use of a Web browser and IQ level has been found to be an elaborate hoax created by a disgruntled Web developer.
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