May 27, 2016

    Can You Tell The Hoax News Stories From The Real Ones?

    Some of these stories are crazy and true. Some are pure bullshit. Can you tell the difference?

    1. National Report
      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      It's fake.

      This was a fake story from National Report, a hoax news website.

      Via thatsfake.com
    2. There's a new dating site just for conspiracy theorists.

      youtube.com
      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      It's true.

      According to Jarrod Fidden of Awake Dating, the site caters to the kind of person “who has investigated and come to his or her own conclusions on a collection of topics and issues. And through this research and critical thinking, [he] has ‘woken’ from the fantastic false dream carefully crafted for the ‘consumer'.”

      Via Awake.dating
    3. A crow tried to steal a knife from a crime scene.

      Facebook: thecrowandI
      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      It's true.

      Canuck is a famously friendly crow in Vancouver, Canada. After police detained a man who threatened them with a knife, Canuck made a visit to the crime scene. "Yes, the bird did pick up the knife at a crime scene on Tuesday and began to fly away before dropping it,” Constable Brian Montague told BuzzFeed Canada.

      Via youtube.com
    4. A National Geographic photographer died after being attacked by a giant fish off the coast of Portugal.

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      It's fake!

      This is a hoax story from World News Daily Report.

      Via World News Daily Report
    5. A huge snake bit a Thai man's penis while he sat on the toilet.

      BBTV CH7 Thailand via AP
      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      True!

      Attaporn Boonmakchuay was using the toilet in his home when a 10-foot python slid through his home plumbing and bit his penis.

      Via youtube.com
    6. A woman tried to smuggle meth into the U.S. inside a burrito.

      Twitter
      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      It's true

      U.S. border agents did in fact find a pound of meth hidden inside a burrito. An Arizona woman tried to smuggle it into the country, and she is now facing criminal drug possession charges with intent to distribute.

      Via Twitter
    7. A woman defecated on her boss's desk after she won the lottery.

      The Valley Report
      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      It's false.

      Hoax news site The Valley Report is the source of the story.

      Via The Valley News
    8. A transgender woman was shot to death after entering the women's bathroom at a Colorado department store.

      buzzfeed.com
      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      It's false.

      This is one of several anti-trans hoaxes that fake news websites have recently been pumping out. It was published by a fake site called Associated Media Coverage.

      Via BuzzFeed News
    9. 20,000 bees chased a woman in her car for two days.

      Tom Moses
      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      It's true.

      The queen bee was trapped inside the car, so her swarm followed as the driver went on her way. The bees followed the scent of the queen for two days were eventually reunited.

      Via Tom Moses
    10. The Saudi King funded Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israeli election campaign.

      Google News
      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      It's false.

      The Middle East Observer website published a story containing a fake quote from Isaac Herzog, a member of Israeli parliament and leader of the Zionist Union party, that said, "In March 2015, King Salman has deposited eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu’s campaign via a Syrian-Spanish person named Mohamed Eyad Kayali." That never happened, but the story was picked up by several online outlets in the Middle East.

      Via Twitter: @yossi_melman

    Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

    Contact Craig Silverman at craig.silverman@buzzfeed.com.

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