Does the state of Texas run an abortion "whistleblower" website that asks people to send anonymous tips about potential illegal abortions? No, that's not true: It's run by Texas Right to Life, a private anti-abortion organization. The cla
Did Germany halt all COVID-19 vaccines because they are unsafe and no longer recommended? No, that's not true: Clickbait headlines, capitalizing on the language barrier, are representing as factual a multiday broadcast event that made cle
The disgraced former governor allegedly asked if any staff member could keep the dog.
The Sakya Library has over 80,000 texts. It was discovered in 2003 and is thought to be around 1,000 years old.
A Detroit newspaper article, allegedly written in 1933, reviewed the iconic artist before she was famous.
The incident went viral.
The story of Elgin Staples and his mother, Vera Mueller-Staples, has wowed audiences since the 1940s.
The images prompted comparisons to dosa, an Indian crepe.
This video is disturbingly real. But the caption...?
West has been using the name publicly for years.
Come as you are as long as you're not naked.
Did former President Donald Trump say to not be distracted by Afghanistan because "a magician always distracts his audience ... And we all know that the Democrats are very good magicians"? No, that's not true: Liz Harrington, Trump's spok
The claim appeared to stem from former U.S. Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who hasn't yet returned our request for comment.
The civil rights activist had been vaccinated in January 2021.
Actor Danny DeVito’s show of support for Nabisco workers gained attention on Twitter not just for the sentiment, but for the accusations that followed of reprisal from the platform. “Support Nabisco workers striking for humane working hours
A humorous video was repurposed and shared as if it was connected to a real (and deadly) incident in Afghanistan.
The threat to female journalists in the region is undoubtedly real.
The Taliban entered Kabul in mid-August 2021, as foreign powers departed.
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A causal relationship between reported symptoms to VAERS and the vaccine cannot be established.
Rumor has it the rock band found an unlikely inspiration in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy.
The case of D.B. Cooper has become infamous, not only in the Pacific Northwest but also in the country.
Will the materials Mike Lindell releases at his Cyber Symposium meet evidentiary standards of authenticity to support his claim the 2020 election was stolen? Here's how Lead Stories will test the data: By asking the questions we sent to h
Oregon State University's bipedal robot completed the course in 53 minutes.
This is an art installation at Castel Sant'Elmo titled "Follow the Shape."
On August 5 2021, an Imgur account shared the following “on this day in history” meme about the liberation of the Gęsiówka labor camp in 1944: A “flair” (“Historical”) marker on the post suggested that it was a
Does the president of a teachers' union live in a lavish Los Angeles mansion? No, that's not true: There is no evidence that a president of a teachers' union lives in the mansion, which at one time may have been the most expensive residen
The passenger was arrested when the flight landed.
The video features a strange, funnel cloud-shaped column of smoke.
People in the 14th century could be just as immature as people today.
The 1908 Summer Olympics were held in London.
Did wolves attack Shrek the Sheep (archived here), a Merino sheep who escaped from a sheep station only to be found 6 years later covered in approximately 60 pounds of wool? No, that's not true: there are no native wolves in New Zealand,
A video supposedly showing a fighter jet landing on a dam racked up more than 100,000 views in July 2021.
The duo was reportedly photographed at a depth of over 6,000 feet.
It has been widely claimed on social media that French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech in which he said he will no longer sacrifice “my life, my time, my freedom and the adolescence of my daughters” for people who refuse the Covid-1
It isn't a stretch to say that this image is real.
Did the Henry County, Virginia, Sheriff's Office confirm images of a bigfoot? No, that's not true: Capt. Scott Barker with the sheriff's office confirmed to Lead Stories on the phone that their department has not seen or validated any ima
If credible scientists faced an uphill challenge to try to predict COVID-19 mutations, it was unlikely this unsourced meme did it first.
At the Tokyo Games, Diaz's performance earned the Philippines its first gold medal — ever.
The rapper had been working on “Donda,” his 10th studio album.