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
Was a "mass shooting today in Lakewood" threat posted on May 30, 2021, real? No, that's not true. A fake social media post was shared on Reddit but Lakewood, California, city officials declared it a "swatting," which is when a person make
Was a South Carolina man named William Tenenbaum and who self-identified as a deer shot by hunters because they mistook him for the real thing? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Canadian entertainment website that makes a li
Are COVID-19 vaccines rewriting patients' DNA, sneaking microchips into people's bodies and causing infertility? No, that's not true: The claims are made without citations to research or other evidence and are directly refuted by public h
Is a batch of 950 military ballots for Joe Biden in Fulton County, Georgia, proof of election fraud? No, that's not true: Posts making that claim say the ballots were in sequential order but ballots aren't numbered, according to a county
There was a politician who swallowed a fly? I don't know why but it's just CGI.
Do antibiotics stop birth control from working? No, that's not true: Most antibiotics do not hinder the effectiveness of birth control. There is only one antibiotic known to reduce steroid levels in women taking oral contraceptives. The c
Is it illegal for businesses to ask for proof of vaccination or to require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry? Furthermore -- if a private business owner or employee were to ask for proof of vaccination would that constitute a v
Does a video about COVID-19 vaccines and their supposed side effects contain only factual and proven statements? No, that's not true: It's a mash-up of false, unproven and cherry-picked claims. Among the allegations are that the vaccines
Genuine news outlets don't carry "parody" disclaimers.
Does an anti-vaccine advocate prove his claims of vaccine dangers with "undercover" video of private World Health Organization meetings and does he provide credible citations of scientific research to prove his claims? No, that's not true
A Facebook post claims people who receive the Covid-19 vaccine will become more vulnerable to and die from the disease because of something called “vaccine enhancement syndrome”. This syndrome does not exist. The post may be referring to an
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
Is a radio host correct in saying the Material Safety Data Sheet for one part of an mRNA vaccine proves there is a poison in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine? No, that's not true. Chemicals in which lipids like SM-102 are maintained before us
"My friends tell me the graphics are the best," the blind musician supposedly said. "I don't know what that means, but ..."
Did Dr. Anthony Fauci's "project manager" confess to creating COVID-19? No, that's not true: The claim is based on an old interview with Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a global environmental health organization. The vi
Does a University of Miami study confirm that COVID-19 vaccines will affect men's production of sperm? No, that's not true: The Miami study looked at sperm counts of men infected and killed by COVID, not those of vaccinated men. The Insta
Are Styrofoam picnic coolers a cheap, easy-to-find container to hoard gasoline in? No, that's not true: Styrofoam (extruded polystyrene) melts almost instantly when it comes in contact with gasoline, so this would be impractical, dangerou
Advice from May 2021: Don't store gas in plastic bags and keep fuel away from open flames.
Is "oxtail" a retail name for kangaroo meat and does a Connecticut grocer substitute oxtail for kangaroo tail meat? No, that's not true: an employee from the meat department of the store whose label is shown in the photo told Lead Stories
Did a woman prove with a short video that the area where she received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has become magnetic, or that she was microchipped? No, that's not true: The 20-second long video describes no methodology and does not offer
Did Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," express anti-mask and anti-COVID-19 vaccine opinions during a segment of his show? No, that's not true: Noah was expressing his discontent with changes in the message from the Ce
Did McDonald's in Japan run an ad campaign that featured a shirtless Ronald McDonald in red briefs overflowing with french fries? No, that's not true: In 2019, this french fry ad was promoting a much smaller Japanese restaurant chain call
By Dana Ford and Maarten Schenk Does "new evidence" on voting systems in Antrim County, Michigan, give a full and complete picture of how tabulation machines and software work? No, that's not true: The evidence, which consists of a video
Don't worry, the cow appears to be perfectly healthy.
If COVID-19 is airborne would everybody have caught it by now? A viral video with an anti-vaccine message peddles false information about the coronavirus outbreak, throwing doubt on the authenticity of the virus by stating, "If it is airb
Was the phrase "How To Hit A Woman So No One Knows" Googled 163 million times during 2020 as reported in an article in The Journal of General Psychology and subsequent articles about those findings? No, that's not true: The author of the
Don't cut your engines just yet.
Don't mess with T-Pain on Call of Duty.
Does a video prove that "final moves against the deep state" are happening now? No, that's not true: Many of the conspiracy theories claimed in the video are false. Donald Trump is not still president or "in charge," the London 2012 Olymp
Is Henry Repeating Arms giving away rifles to five lucky winners? No, that's not true: A spokesman for the company told Lead Stories the giveaway is not real. A post making the claim is riddled with spelling errors and appears on a page t
Are COVID-19 shots set to contribute to the "decimation of the world's population"? No, that's not true: The claim is one of several presented without credible evidence during a video interview with Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, a German microbiol
Series creator Gene Roddenberry reportedly commented, "I want him to wear a wig, because I don't want this guy going in bald."
Is the audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, confirming the rumor that a "special watermark is on the real ballots"? No, there's no evidence that's true: Maricopa County ballots do not have watermarks, according to a spokeswoman for the Mari
Did a military drone launched by the "Deep State" target a building near Trump adviser Roger Stone's office in Florida? No, that's not true: The explosion and subsequent fire began with a leaking liquid petroleum tank inside a Styrofoam m
If you receive this congratulatory text message from "Amazon" on your phone, don't click that link!
Did Pope Francis die in mid-April 2021 and did a leading American conspiracy theorist break the "news"? No, that's not true: The pope made several public appearances that offer proof of life and Lin Wood's off-the-cuff comment was a quest
Would a proposed Florida bill make a transgender student athlete "drop her pants" to prove she's a girl before playing on a Florida school sports team? No, that's not true. Both versions of the bill in Florida (a state House bill and a st
Did U.S. schools stop teaching cursive writing so that future generations would be unable to read the Bill of Rights or the Constitution? No, that's not true: Schools did not stop. At least 21 states still require that their students lear