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The definitive fact-checking site and reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

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Did a Mandalay Bay Hotel Worker ‘Vanish’ After Giving an Interview?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:18:32 +0000

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.

Are Hurricane Maria Survivors Getting ‘Skittle Meals’ From The Government?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:18:32 +0000

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.

NASA Confirms Existence of Earth’s Second Moon?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:44:44 +0000

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.

Did Sprinklers Save a House From a Massive Wildfire?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:40:54 +0000

A photograph showing a home with a green lawn surrounded by charred land is real, but the back story accompanying it is incomplete.

Did Divers Just Uncover the ‘Lost City’ of Heracleion?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:59:51 +0000

Divers did uncover the ruins of Thonis-Heracleion, but the discovery was not new in 2017 — contrary to the claims of clickbait articles.

Was a Woman Killed by a Frozen Shaft of Urine?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:37:13 +0000

An image purportedly showing a woman who was pierced by a urine icicle originated on a 1990s-era British television show.

Little Girl Desperately Clings to Screen Door During Hurricane Ophelia?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:13:27 +0000

A video showing a little girl hanging on to a door on a windy day is real, but it was not captured during the hurricane or in Ireland.

As Crews Gain Ground, California Fire Victims Return Home

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:54:57 +0000

While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was not over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places.

The Latest: Coroner: Stanford to Study Body of Vegas Shooter

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:48:41 +0000

The coroner in Las Vegas says the body of the man who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern history was sent to Stanford University for study.

‘Take a Knee’ Comes to Germany Through Hertha Solidarity

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:42:07 +0000

Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on 14 October 2017.