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Hoaxes

  1. So, Yeah, Chipotle Faked Their Twitter Hack as a Publicity Stunt, Have Earned Our Eternal Ire

    An entertaining prank, or a startling breach of Twitter ethics?

    On Sunday, the official Twitter account for the restaurant chain Chipotle started sending out some odd Tweets. We, and others, assumed they'd been hacked, even though the 'hacker' didn't seem to get how Twitter works. As it turns out, there's a rational explanation for why an avocado-craving Luddite was on Chipotle's Twitter account -- the whole thing was faked.

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  2. Don’t You Believe It: Fake Photos From Hurricane Sandy

    There's no shortage of impressive photos of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, as we showed you earlier. Of course, a steady supply of real photos isn't going to stop some people from passing along faked ones, whether to get their jollies or just because they don't know any better. Here are some of the most famous fakes of Hurricane Sandy so far -- some of which may even seem familiar.

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  3. Bill Nye Is Not Dead, Nor Did He Threaten Violence Against Anyone on Television

    Okay, Internet. We need to have a talk about the way you have been treating Bill Nye, because it's not cool. To start the week off, Nye saw Twitter fake his death, resulting in a slew of tweets mourning the very-much-alive-and-well Nye. This was a particularly cruel trick to play on legions of  grieving nerds, coming as it did on the heels of the all-too-real passing of Neil Armstrong. But hey, it's Twitter, and Twitter is good for nothing if not faking celebrity deaths. Yesterday, though, Nye got hit with another round of phony news about him when B-grade satire site -- The Daily Currant --  posted a fake story about Nye calling Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin "a fucking idiot" on television. It didn't happen, of course, because come on you guys, this is Bill Nye, but it managed to get picked up and spread around as an actual thing, and this just needs to stop.

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  4. Mars Will Look Like a Second Moon Tonight, Says Some Dumb Email Hoax

    According to an email that's going around now and that has apparently recirculated every August since 2003, there are "Two moons [visible in the night sky] on 27th August 2010." Also, one of them is Mars.

    Here's the basic template for the email:

    "Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August.

    It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

    Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again."

    As the title of this post suggests, this is not true: NASA informs us that "On August 27, 2010, Mars will be 314 million km from Earth, about as far away as it can get. Mars will shine in the western sky after sunset like a tiny red star of ordinary brightness. If you didn't know it was there, you probably wouldn't notice." The e-mail hoax is, however, based on a grain of reality which has unfortunately snowballed into sensational claims:

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