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No End to the End-of-the-World Nonsense

When it comes to the apocalypse, there’s no such thing as a partial success. It’s like being pregnant. So here are our choices: Either the world is going to end this year, as New Agey types believe by interpreting the ancient Mayan calendar through the lens of their “hippie consciousness-expanding nonsense,” like this helpful clip puts it, or it’s not.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE

‘Gay Girl in Damascus’? Not So Much

In a curious case of scrambled online identities, a 40-year-old American man has been outed as the writer of an attention-grabbing blog by the name of A Gay Girl in Damascus, which was supposedly written by a Syrian-American lesbian.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Khalid Tanveer

Pakistan Papers Publish Faux WikiLeaks

An already fraught relationship between India and Pakistan got a bit more taut after a lapse of journalistic responsibility led several leading Pakistani papers to publish fabricated WikiLeaks cables that more resembled anti-Indian propaganda than diplomatic correspondence.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE

Hey, Dummy: Climate Change Is Real

We’re the nation that put a man on the moon, so we can’t be stupid. We’re just pretending, right? We’re not really taking seriously the “argument” that the big snowstorms that have hit the Northeast in recent weeks constitute evidence—or even proof—that climate change is some kind of hoax.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE

Anything to Be on TV

Now we know the answer to one of the vexing questions of the modern age: Evidently, there is nothing at all that some people won’t do to get on television.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE

Ashley Todd

Faux Attack ‘Victim’ Ordered to Undergo Counseling

Ashley Todd, the 20-year-old McCain campaign volunteer who admitted that she had made up her story about being mugged by a 6’ 4” black man who carved a “B” into her face on Oct. 22, has been released from jail under the condition that she undergo psychiatric treatment.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE

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Flickr / Mr. Littlehand

Oops!: News That Was Not Fit to Print

In an extraordinary 633-word retraction, The Los Angeles Times has renounced an article it published last month that claimed to have new information about an attack in 1994 on rap artist Tupac Shakur, who later was killed.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE

Yxta Maya Murray on ‘Love and Consequences’ Hoax

The author who reviewed Margaret Seltzer’s phony memoir for Truthdig responds to the hoax and answers the singular question raised by such a deception.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE

Was the N. Korean Missile Warning a Hoax?

Defense Tech notes that if Pyongyang really had loaded up all that fuel in the rocket 10 days ago, it would have eaten through the missile’s casings by now.

Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE

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