Will all Australians who are not vaccinated by the end of the year be put into "isolation camps"? No, that's not true: A spokesperson at 7News Australia told Lead Stories that the account in which this claim was made is fake. Also, a repr
Do these photos depict Christians who refused to deny their faith being suffocated in Afghanistan? No, that's not true: These are video stills taken at a protest performance 8,800 miles from Afghanistan in Medellín, Colombia, on May 26,
Does a widely shared image show a nighttime photo of Mbabane, the capital city of Eswatini? No, that's not true: the city shown is Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on September 6, 2021.
Does footage released after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan show the insurgents using anti-aircraft weaponry? No, that's not true: The footage is from the video game Arma 3. The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) publis
Is there a giant U-shaped skyscraper in New York that is so big a plane can easily fly between its uprights? No, that's not true: This image of a large building in Manhattan is just an architectural design for a proposed building that had
Sleep crust (also known as eye gunk or eye goop) is a mixture of mucus, exfoliated skin cells, oils, and tears. It has nothing to do with spiders.
Did animals kept at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey escape during the state's experience with the remnants of Hurricane Ida? No, that's not true: The animals did not flee the zoo during the storm. The claim appeared in a Fa
Did Kamala Harris once pose for red carpet photos with Jeffrey Epstein? No, that's not true: On September 17, 2015, Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff were photographed together at a black-tie dinner for the opening of the Broad
Did CNN publish an article describing a 40-year-old COVID-19 victim's sentiments toward unvaccinated people? No, that's not true: The satirical story about a severely obese woman who was vaccinated and is now dying from COVID-19 was not p
Is there a mandatory oil dump order in place per the "Department of Hydrocarbons"? No, that's not true: neither a mandatory oil dumping order nor the "Department of Hydrocarbons" exist, and the creator of the video admitted it was a joke.
Can people wanting to report someone for not wearing a mask do so by phoning "867-5309"? No, that's not true: The number that appears in the claim is the title of a popular 1980s song, "867-5309/ Jenny" by Tommy Tutone. This number has be
Was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez photographed wearing $3,900 sunglasses? No, that's not true: She was wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses that are priced at less than $200 on the eyewear company's website. Also, this claim was on a know
Are "vaccine bandits" abruptly giving unsuspecting pedestrians COVID-19 vaccines and taking over Los Angeles' streets? No, that's not true: The idea was a joke started by a known satirical account on TikTok. The creator of the original vi
Is it true that whether a vaccine works or doesn't work for other people, you don't need one? Paradoxically, neither of these claims is true: You need protection even if others are vaccinated and especially when the vaccine, like many oth
Is the "Lovers and Friends Festival" lineup a fake? No, that's not true: The music festival is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas in May 2022 with the artists listed on the festival's website. The claim of a fake appeared in a July 30,
Does an old photo show a young Nancy Pelosi walking with her dad, who appears to be Adolph Hitler? No, that's not true: The black-and-white image shows Helga Goebbels, the daughter of the chief Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, walking w
Is a letter rejecting AARP membership and criticizing President Joe Biden's "Socialist politics" from 2021? No, that's not true: The letter was written in 2009 during the administration of former President Barack Obama. A copy of the lett
Are all the "I just left the ER...We are officially getting crushed" memes about the COVID-19 Delta variant outbreak part of a fear campaign aimed at the unvaccinated? Not all of them. Some have been altered to refer to a "Ligma" variant,
Does this picture show a man walking past a super-realistic mural painted on a building featuring two kittens napping? No, that's not true: This is not a mural on a building. This image is part of a digital art series by Andrey Shcherbak.
Does a Public Health England report on COVID variants show the case fatality rate for the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is .08 percent and that, compared to the virus that started the pandemic, Delta is not as lethal? No, that's not true: The
Does this photo show a reindeer in Finland whose brightly glowing horns were treated with reflective paint to protect it from being hit by a car? No, that's not true: This is artwork by visual designer Vasjen Katro. He was inspired to cre
Is this an electric car "cemetery" in France, full of cars that became worthless due to battery failure? No, that's not true: The caption attached to this photo is misleading on two counts: First, the photo has been misidentified as being
Does a video show a "Karen"-like woman stealing mail? No, that's not true: The video is a skit made by the person behind a well-known TikTok account. The claim appeared as an Instagram video (archived here) on July 1, 2021. It opened: th
Is it true that there has "never EVER" been a virus mutation that resulted in a virus that was more lethal? No, that is a misleading claim. Two experts told Lead Stories that while the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus may be less letha
Is there a real poster of an older woman advertising her desire to "breathe dust"? No, that's not true: The poster was created by Alan Wagner and posted on his comedic Instagram account @truewagner. The claim appeared in a Facebook post (
Did the Kraft Heinz Company release a condiment called Mayoreo, a mix of mayonnaise and Oreos? No, that's not true: The company confirmed that Mayoreo is not a real product and that a viral image of the product is Photoshopped. The claim
Did the container ship run by Evergreen Marine, Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal in March 2021, catch fire? No, that's not true: The container ship in the video that did suffer a fire off the coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is the X-
Did a police officer help a homeless man who was trying to take a shower in a car wash? No, that's not true: This three-minute video drama was originally posted by Blake K, a video producer who makes short skits for social media. This vid
Does this photo show a humanoid robot and has it already been "perfected"? Furthermore, does this photo show military technology that's "ancient" and has been "militarized against the masses"? No, that's not true: This photo appeared in t
Does a photo show a canal in Riverdale, Georgia? No, that's not true: The canal in the photo is actually the Sart Canal Bridge in Belgium. The same photo can be found on numerous places on the internet, including on Google Maps and Google
Do people not need a COVID-19 vaccine because the immune systems of 99% of people who came down with it fought it off without one? No, that's missing context: A 1% fatality rate is not low for an infectious disease, public health experts
Did a Nebraska schoolteacher take a fifth-grade class to a slaughterhouse to show them where meat comes from? No, that's not true: This story originated in 2010 on a satire website called Newsweak with the subheading, "Where facts come to
Did a man fill his tarp-lined truck bed with gasoline and then drive away, allowing the open liquid cargo to slosh over the sides? No, that's not true: This video is a skit that was originally posted on the Facebook page of magician Juliu
Does this photo show a new species of shiny blue, purple and yellow Atlantic Ocean sea turtle? No, that's not true: It's a piece of glass artwork. The claim appeared in a Facebook post (now unavailable but archived here) on May 27, 2021.
Did Popular Science magazine publish a tip that said disposing of used engine oil in the ground is OK in January 1963? Yes, that's true: however, it is not a good idea and should not be done, then or now. There is no need to dump used mot
Does this video show a nurse pretending to administer a shot to a person at a drive-through vaccine clinic? Or could it be that the nurse inserts the needle into the woman's arm and leaves it there? No, neither of these explanations tell
Did a soldier come home from deployment with plans to surprise her partner, only to discover that he was seeing another woman? No, that's not true: This contrived "caught on tape" drama is a skit using actors for entertainment and monetiz
Did a giant flying saucer hover over a military convoy while a soldier stood guard, seemingly oblivious? No, that's not true: This image was entered in a creative UFO Photoshop contest in December of 2005. It is a doctored composite of se
Did the woman in this video really wash her SUV with gasoline? No, that's not true: This prank skit video was posted on TikTok by a channel that posts many staged videos. In another video posted a day later, the actor sips from the stream
Does a video show a woman pumping gas into plastic bags at a gas station in May 2021? No, that's not true. The video was filmed at a gas station in Houston in December 2019 -- not amid the gas shortage due to the Colonial Pipeline shutdow