A parody Twitter account succeeds again in tricking users into taking a fake tweet seriously.
In the wake of another terrorist attack in Britain, President Donald Trump fired off several tweets about the need for his court-blocked travel ban, contradicting statements from members of his own administration and distorting the facts in the process
Monica Lewinksy Found Dead, Murdered in Attempted Burglary-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Monica Lewinsky has been found dead in what appears to be an attempted burglary, which suspiciously happened after she ended an affair with President Bill Clinton.
A single small independent study stating that unusual amounts of lead were found in a few fidget spinners has been twisted into a fear-mongering report.
Democrats Introduce Americans with No Abilities Act (ANNA)-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Senate Democrats have introduced a bill called the Americans with No Abilities Act, or ANNA, to provide benefits to Americans who “lack any real skills or am
On June 1, US President Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. In his remarks, he misrepresented the agreement itself as well as the economic and climatic effects of the greenhouse gas emissions reduct
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY In an op-ed published by CNN, US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) argues for a US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, an international agreement with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming. S
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Bernie Sanders inflates Trump tax plan benefits to billionaires Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called President Donald Trump’s budget a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, childre
Tens of thousands of science teachers in the US have recently received an unsolicited booklet titled “Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming”, which looks like a scientific report. It was published by the Heartland Institute (self-described a
Secret Service Investigating Kathy Griffin for Trump Beheading Photoshoot –Truth! Summary of eRumor: The Secret Service is investigating comedian Kathy Griffin for performing a mock beheading of President Trump and posing with a replica of Trum
Following tension-filled interactions at the NATO and G-7 summits, President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been engaging in something of a war of words. For instance, Merkel said at a May 28 campaign event, "The times in wh
Charlie Daniels Writes Open Letter to Senator Chuck Schumer –Authorship Confirmed! Summary of eRumor: Country and bluegrass legend Charlie Daniels wrote an open letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about Schumer’s resistance to
Nancy Pelosi’s Son Arrested for 2nd Degree Murder-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s son was arrested for 2nd degree murder stemming from an altercation with an umpire at a youth baseball game. The Truth: A sel
Q: Have scientists confirmed that e-cigarettes cause an incurable respiratory disease called “popcorn lung”? A: No. The vapor of some e-cigarettes contains a chemical associated with popcorn lung, but there’s not enough evidence
It wasn't obvious that the concrete wasn't dry, and the motorist drove into it through a 24-foot gap between traffic control cones.
There are few things Donald Trump loved more during his presidential campaign than proving the experts wrong. His next target: economists. Specifically, Trump wants to demonstrate that there’s no reason why the United States can’t consisten
Q: Does NASA pay $18,000 for people to stay in bed and smoke weed for 70 straight days? A: No. NASA conducts bed-rest studies, but it does not allow participants to smoke marijuana or even drink alcohol. FULL ANSWER Facebook users flagged a story wit
Vice President Mike Pence went too far in claiming that a new report showed that “the average premium across this country has actually doubled under Obamacare.” The report, from the Department of Health and Human Services, focuses only on
Ariana Grande Said She Hates America, Disrespects Flag- Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Singer Ariana Grande has said that she hates Americans and can be seen disrespecting the American flag in a picture. The Truth: Ariana Grande was caught
We looked into the accuracy of a viral list touting President Trump's accomplishments during his first four months in office.
A Facebook post created using a "prank" web site fooled many into believing that internet star April the Giraffe's calf had died.
How does President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reach a balance in 10 years, as the administration says it will? With 3 percent economic growth, says Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. How does Trump pla
Q: Did Hollywood celebrities threaten to strike until President Donald Trump resigns? A: No. That story was made up by a “HYBRID site of news and satire.” FULL QUESTION Are eminent Hollywood celebrities preparing for a massive strike in
“As a mom, rising health care costs are a big concern. My family lost our insurance and doctor because of the Affordable Care Act. But now, we have hope.” — California resident Elizabeth Jacinto, in an ad sponsored by the American Act
On May 22, 2017, Fox News published an opinion piece by Senator Rand Paul arguing that the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Sen. Rand Paul’s opinion relies on the claim that the Paris Agreement would achieve little in the way o
Dropping the Hammer on James Comey- Commentary! Summary of eRumor: A commentary titled “Dropping the Hammer on Comey” has appeared in forwarded emails and on social media. The Truth: The widely circulated “Dropping the Hammer on Co
How to make sense of Michael Flynn's contradictions? He was one of the most distinguished military intelligence officers in a generation. Now he’s the shortest-lived national security adviser in American history after loose-lipped talk with t
“I don’t know who the people are that would put us into a NAFTA, which was so one-sided. … Wilbur [Ross, the secretary of commerce] will tell you that, you know, like, at the court in Canada, we always lose. Well, the judges are three
Prayer Requests for Dakota Miller, Boy Who Accidentally Shot Himself-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Prayer requests are circulating social media for a 13-year-old boy named Dakota Miller from Greenup, Kentucky, who accidentally shot himself. The Truth: Pray
President Obama’s Burial Plot a Massive Waste of Taxpayer Money-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Barack Obama has submitted plans for an Obama family burial plot that would be located next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall an
On May 17, the Justice Department announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government’s efforts to influence the 201
A joke on Twitter has been fleshed out into a full-fledged hoax by two satirical web sites.
On 19 May 2017, Sweden's top prosecutor Marianne Ny said a seven-year investigation into rape claims against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was over.
A confused white-tailed deer that wandered into a Walmart store in Minnesota ran into a startled customer who tackled the animal to the ground.
A study that seemed to show people can read and do math with their unconscious minds has been called into question by researchers.
Summary In the weeks leading up to his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump met with Comey on at least two occasions and discussed the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign. But Trump’s version of what was said at t
Americans are hearing a lot of comparisons these days between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, particularly after news reports revealed the existence of contemporaneous notes taken by soon-to-be-fired FBI director James Comey during his conversations wi
The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked FBI director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.
An explosive Washington Post story published May 15, 2017, accused President Donald Trump of sharing "code-word" classified information with the Russian ambassador to the United States and its foreign minister during an Oval Office meeting. T
Pastor Eaten By Crocodile While Walking on Water Like Jesus-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Pastor Jonathan Mthethwa or Pastor Jeremiah Mahlangu (depending on the version) was eaten by crocodiles in South Africa while trying to demonstrate to congregan