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January 17, 2013

Next Media Animation’s take on the Manti Te’o thing is somehow the perfect way to describe what went down.

(Source: youtube.com)

19:49 // 1 year ago
And the twist … The Twitter account Manti Te’o’s reported fake girlfriend tweeted last night promising a full explanation, which means that a weird story just got weirder.
EDIT: Context to the “Reagan and Troy” bit:

The tweet refers to Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia who told ESPN that he and Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu actually met the girl. Mauia told ESPN that before Te’o’s relationship with Kekua, they became “good friends” and talked on and off.

And the twist … The Twitter account Manti Te’o’s reported fake girlfriend tweeted last night promising a full explanation, which means that a weird story just got weirder.

EDIT: Context to the “Reagan and Troy” bit:

The tweet refers to Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia who told ESPN that he and Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu actually met the girl. Mauia told ESPN that before Te’o’s relationship with Kekua, they became “good friends” and talked on and off.

8:52 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013
"I can’t  believe my ‘dead girlfriend’ was fake." Deadspin’s doozy of a story on Notre Dame star Manti Te’o and the girlfriend that wasn’t has been read more than 2 million times this evening, which actually seems like a low number. Today we learned that the name Manti Te’o can now be spoken in the same sentence as Balloon Boy, and plot devices from terrible movies translate to real life sometimes.

"I can’t  believe my ‘dead girlfriend’ was fake." Deadspin’s doozy of a story on Notre Dame star Manti Te’o and the girlfriend that wasn’t has been read more than 2 million times this evening, which actually seems like a low number. Today we learned that the name Manti Te’o can now be spoken in the same sentence as Balloon Boy, and plot devices from terrible movies translate to real life sometimes.

22:55 // 1 year ago
August 29, 2012
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23:44 // 1 year ago
June 27, 2012
buzzfeed:

We’ve been discussing this in the office for a while, and just wanted to let everyone know that that Back To The Future clock screen floating around is fake.
For reference, these are the years visited in Back To The Future: 1885, 1955, 1985, 2015. 

PSA for those unwilling to look back in time.

buzzfeed:

We’ve been discussing this in the office for a while, and just wanted to let everyone know that that Back To The Future clock screen floating around is fake.

For reference, these are the years visited in Back To The Future: 1885, 1955, 1985, 2015. 

PSA for those unwilling to look back in time.

(via theatlantic)

16:59 // 2 years ago
June 15, 2012

Be kind rewind: Kindness book author says he lied about drive-by shooting

  • claim Hitchhiker Ray Dolin alleged his arm was wounded in Glasgow, Montana, by a man in a pickup truck in a drive-by shooting.
  • retraction Dolin, who is writing a memoir called Kindness In America, has since admitted to authorities that he actually shot himself. source

 » Guess we won’t be able to trust his memoir: Dolin’s done an excellent job of undermining his entire book, especially the “nonfiction” part. If this guy can’t be kind to himself, what does that say about the rest of us? Next you’re gonna tell us that Forest Boy isn’t real … Oh God No.

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15:29 // 2 years ago

Lesson learned: Don’t trust a guy nicknamed “Forest Boy”

  • claim Nine months ago, a teenage boy stepped into Berlin, claiming he had been living in a nearby forest by himself for the past five years. Which obviously sounds totally plausible and stuff. He even got a nickname, “Forest Boy.”
  • rebuttal Now officials are saying this story is a total hoax, as the man’s former girlfriend says he’s 20 and from the Netherlands. Robin van Helsum went missing in September just days before he showed up in Germany. Hoaxed! source
11:03 // 2 years ago
October 20, 2011

On playing party-pooper to hoaxes

mbyhoff says: Hey, party-pooper, read this: https://twitter.com/#!/anarchival/status/127021226722983936

» SFB says: We, however, want to live in a world where we call PR scams what they are, and take outlets that propagate them to task. (EDIT: Which, to give them credit, they took to heart.) Is that too much to ask? — Ernie @ SFB

13:49 // 2 years ago
today:


Slip up! Man orders size 14.5 slipper, gets size 1,450 instead When a Chinese manufacturer missed a decimal point in an online order, one customer wound up with a monster of a slipper.

All I want for Christmas.

This story is fake. It’s a PR stunt for the company that made the slippers, and the guy in the slippers is the company’s Webmaster. (EDIT: Today corrected their error. Good work, guys.)

today:

Slip up! Man orders size 14.5 slipper, gets size 1,450 instead
When a Chinese manufacturer missed a decimal point in an online order, one customer wound up with a monster of a slipper.

All I want for Christmas.

This story is fake. It’s a PR stunt for the company that made the slippers, and the guy in the slippers is the company’s Webmaster. (EDIT: Today corrected their error. Good work, guys.)

13:38 // 2 years ago
September 11, 2011
latimes:

chrishahn:

40,000 people don’t realize this photograph is fake.

We got a special request from a reader to spread the word that this is a fake photo. Yes, it’s a hoax.

And a really old hoax, too. This is from the era where Fark was the most important aggregator on the internet.

latimes:

chrishahn:

40,000 people don’t realize this photograph is fake.

We got a special request from a reader to spread the word that this is a fake photo. Yes, it’s a hoax.

And a really old hoax, too. This is from the era where Fark was the most important aggregator on the internet.

12:40 // 2 years ago