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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 DigitalJournal.com

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.

The solution to world hunger?

In 1729, Jonathan Swift proposed eating babies as the solution to famine in Ireland. Recently, a Japanese scientist has proposed an arguably even more unpalatable solution.

Gay Girl in Damascus blog is a hoax

A blog entitled ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’, which detailed the life of Amina Abdallah Araf al Omar, has been revealed to be a hoax and is actually the work of an American student at a university in Scotland.

Reports of Canadian PM choking on food are false, website hacked

Ottawa - On early Tuesday morning, several reports surfaced indicating Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was sent to the hospital after choking on hash browns. The PM's Office later confirmed the Conservative Party website was hacked, and the news was fake.

No hoaxing, 52 thoroughbred horses will not be slaughtered Special

Barnesville - It seems that Facebook statuses requesting a users' friends to copy and paste the same status on their own profile in support of a cause, which is likely a hoax, has overshadowed the popularity of chain-emails.

Hoax news circulating on Facebook closing after Mar. 15

Palo Alto - A hoax floating around the Internet claims that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is planning to shut down the social networking giant on Mar. 15, 2011. However, the rumor is false and was published by a tabloid outlet.

Hoax news about Avril Lavigne's death circulates on the Internet

Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne is the first celebrity to have a fake news article written about her in 2011 when a news story spread through the Internet saying that she had died over the weekend while celebrating the New Year.

Was story of disguised man who flew to Canada a hoax or a leak?

Vancouver - Reports that a young Chinese man who allegedly gained access to Canada vai an Air Canada flight to Vancouver by disguising himself as an older man using a realistic mask have ripped around the world within a short time after CNN broke the story.

Vancouver Police say Storro's acid attack self-inflicted

Vancouver - When Bethany Storro went public to talk about how she had been attacked by an unknown woman wielding a cup of acid, the story spread like wildfire.

Internet Hoax-Chris Hansen is not a child molestor

An Internet hoax claims that ‘To Catch a Predator’ host Chris Hansen was arrested for child molestation. This is false. The post was started on Wikipedia.org.

Email about two moons appearing tonight a hoax

You may have received an excitable email about Mars appearing as large as the moon tonight, giving rise to the "two moons on Aug. 27" viral email. But it's an age-old hoax based on a 2003 event.

Op-Ed: The white-faced rat monster of Ontario

Something rat-sized, dead and pretty ugly washed up on a lake beach in Kitchenuhmaykoosib, Ontario. Photos were taken, but the creature has disappeared.

Balloon-Boy Parents Plead Guilty

Guilty--the parents of a 6-year old Colorado boy who falsely claimed he was lost up high in a balloon, have decided to plead guitly to the crimes they committed.
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