The Earth's rotation doesn't affect flight duration but the weather and winds it creates do. The flat earth theory has been frequently debunked.
Do photos prove that sea levels aren't rising? No, that's not true: Scientists agree that the global sea level is rising, and it is rising at an increasing rate. Photographs of historic landmarks, displayed without any context or explanat
Is there a legitimate movement made up of people trying to raise awareness that birds are not real but are actually government spy drones that charge on power lines and drop tracking devices on cars? No. This parody movement is supported
The recipe is only known to a small number of people at a time. Anyone who reproduces Coca-Cola's recipe wouldn't be able to market it as Coca-Cola.
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Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: Over-the-counter cold and cough medications aren't being pulled from drugstore shelves for nefarious reasons — some products that contain phenylephrine as a single ingre
Does a video show British police officers expressing support for a pro-Palestinian rally in London during the 2023 Hamas-Israel war? No, that's not true: London's Metropolitan Police told Lead Stories that the men in the footage were not
Did a Donald Trump impersonator take the place of the former president during his November 6, 2023, civil fraud trial? No, that's not true: The visual of Trump sitting in court in this claim on Instagram has been edited. The original foot
Did a "survey" find that COVID-19 vaccines "killed 3.5X more Americans than COVID virus"? No, that's not true: A medical professional who treats patients of long COVID told Lead Stories that the so-called survey "lacked scientific rigor"
Is there no visual evidence to prove there was a coordinated attack by Hamas militants that killed hundreds of people at the Supernova music festival? No, that's not true: The violent attack at the Supernova Festival is not a conspiracy o
SciCheck Digest Influenza vaccines contain small amounts of various ingredients that allow them to work and keep them safe and long-lasting. A misleading meme suggestively lists more than two dozen substances it claims are in flu vaccines. But most
Did Dr. Peter McCullough, an American cardiologist who has repeatedly made anti-COVID-19 vaccine statements, successfully discredit the World Health Organization (WHO) and the global health community's approach to COVID-19 treatment durin
Is the human body "designed" for a plant-based diet and incapable of ingesting and breaking down meat? No, that's not true: Two nutrition experts confirmed that to Lead Stories. The claim in a social media post is largely based on the inc
Did Eglin Air Force Base make masks, COVID-19 testing, and booster shots mandatory after Labor Day 2023? No, that's not true: In a brief statement, the deputy chief of media operations with the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon
Did Sen. John Kennedy read aloud during a Senate hearing sexually explicit text messages former President Barack Obama sent to Larry Sinclair? No, that's not true: The video is authentic, but mislabeled. The Louisiana Republican was readi
Did New England Patriots football coach Bill Belichick overrule the players' vote to allow "protest" kneeling? No, that's not true: This claim comes from a satirical website that has a history of fabricating content surrounding popular to
Mike & Dennis At Lead Stories we have a long history of looking at Mike Lindell's election fraud claims. Readers will remember our fact checks about Lindell's four conspiracy-filled election fraud "documentaries" here, here, here and
Did 14 American cities join a "World Economic Forum treaty" imposing a total ban on meat, dairy and private cars by 2030? No, that's not true: At the time of writing, there is no such WEF treaty. The source of the claim cited an unrelated
Do babies not need the hepatitis B vaccine because it was only created for "hookers & drug users" and are babies being used by the pharmaceutical companies to mitigate losses? No, that's not true: There are legitimate reasons for babi
Do potential methane emissions expelled by wild bison populations compare with levels expelled by domestic cows in the U.S. and beyond? No, that's not true: Global populations of bison total less than half a million compared with 1.5 bill
Did Vice President Kamala Harris give a speech to say reducing population is a goal of the climate change movement? No, that's not true: While she did say the words "reduce population," a While House official confirmed to Lead Stories tha
Did the World Economic Forum announce in early July 2023 that it will ban fashion, making people exclusively wear uniforms by 2030? No, that's not true: The claim came into being as an exaggerated extrapolation of a 2019 report that wasn'
There aren't enough Italians.
Do flaws in a mock-up of a purported Hunter Biden message to a Chinese businessman prove it is not authentic? No, that's not true: Although Lead Stories can't vouch for its overall validity, the details of the message accurately reflect a
Did a child yell, "Shut the fuck up!" while President Joe Biden was speaking at an event? No, that's not true: The shouting child's voice was edited into this footage of Biden speaking at a Take Your Child To Work Day event at the White H
Do the blue eyes of babies turn brown because of carbon -- and can adult eye color tinted by heavy metals, toxins and diseases be changed by "detoxing" -- by adopting a raw fruit-based vegan diet or using herbs such as contribo? No, that'
Does the pneumococcal vaccine cause autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children? No, that's not true: There is no scientific evidence to support the assertion that the pneumococcal vaccine or any other vaccine causes autism. The shots are
Do cheating partners or "pHs that don't mix" contribute to urinary tract or yeast infections? No, that's not true: While sexual activity can increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and yeast infections, there can be other cau
Do mRNA vaccines used on animals cause the involuntary vaccination of the people who eat their meat? No, that's not true: The Nebraska Center for Virology says there are "no commercial veterinary mRNA vaccines," but even if the shots were
Does a video that resurfaced on social media show Uyghur women consuming alcohol against their will on "the second day of Ramadan" in 2023? No, that's not true: The clip was initially published in 2018, but the exact date and circumstance
Do the photos in a post that purportedly depict the Statue of Liberty in 1898 and 2017 prove that sea levels aren't rising? No, that's not true: Without detailed information about tides and sea conditions at the moment each photo was take
Are menstrual cycles not natural and are they caused because the body is removing toxins? No, that's not true: "It is completely natural and it is essential," a physician and scientist told Lead Stories about the menstrual cycle. The clai
Have copper bracelets made by "CopperHeal" been shown to "significantly reduce" blood sugar and treat diabetes? No, that's not true: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed to Lead Stories in an email that the agency had not
Can all senior citizens get a free $3,500 grocery card from Medicare in 2023? No, that's not true: Neither the government nor Medicare are offering a free grocery card valued at $3,500 to all senior citizens in the United States. The clos
Did a teenager named Brandon Smith go missing on February 28, 2023, in multiple American cities simultaneously? No, that's not true: Lead Stories analysis shows that a series of social media posts about a boy and his dog has characteristi