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Test Your Bullshit Detector With This Week's Fake News Quiz

Some are crazy-but-true. Some are hoaxes.

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  1. Correct
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    It's false.

    This is a story where false rumors took on a life of their own. What is true, and tragic, is that a 5 year-old girl in Idaho was sexually assaulted. But the local police chief told The Washington Post that "the victim had not been raped but was believed to have been sexually assaulted." Also: there was no knife, the boys in question are originally from Iraq and Sudan (not Syria), and only one boy is said to have committed the assault. Another false claim about this incident was that the boys were high-fived by their families after the attack.

    It's false.
    Via idahostatesman.com
  2. New Zealand is experiencing a wave of large scale avocado thefts.

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    It's true.

    Rising prices and heavy demand for avocados has led to a rash of thefts in New Zealand. "Since January there have been close to 40 large-scale thefts from avocado orchards in the north island of New Zealand, with as many as 350 fruit stolen at a time," The Guardian reported.

    It's true.
    Via theguardian.com
  3. Correct
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    It's false.

    This originated on a fake news website. The story also included this photoshopped pic of police posing with the confiscated bacon on a table.

    It's false.
    Via worldnewsdailyreport.com
  4. A man lost his penis after attempting to rape a woman wearing this anti-rape device.

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    It's false.

    The story was published by a fake news website and was completely made-up. However, the device shown in the image is a real invention called the Rape-aXe. It's worn like a tampon and will injure any penis that comes into contact with it. The device is currently only a prototype, and its inventor is trying to raise funds to put it into production.

    It's false.
    Via news4ktla.com
  5. This billboard was put up by a candidate in Tennessee.

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    It's true.

    Rick Tyler's billboard was placed along Highway 411 but was later taken down. In response, Tyler wrote, "this is not a mere publicity stunt, but rather a calculated maneuver to dispense hardcore truth while simultaneously doing an end run around the iron curtain of censorship."

    It's true.
    Via ricktylerforcongress.com
  6. A groom was bitten by a rattlesnake while doing his wedding photos.

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    It's true.

    Johnny and Laura Benson were taking post-ceremony photos at the Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado when a rattlesnake jumped up and bit Johnny's leg. Luckily, it didn't inject any venom and he was later released from hospital. Photographer Maddie Wilbur told BuzzFeed News that the couple only missed an hour of their wedding reception.

    It's true.
    Via Maddie Mae / Via maddiemaephoto.com
  7. The NRA launched a buy-one-give-one campaign that would see a gun donated to an at-risk neighborhood whenever someone purchased a new Smith & Wesson.

    sharethesafety.org
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    It's false.

    The "Share The Safety" campaign was a hoax, as was the website created for it. “That’s a hoax. It’s a spoof,” an NRA representative told BuzzFeed News. “It appears that someone skinned our website, font, and put their own content in.”

    It's false.
    Via sharethesafety.org
  8. Marco Rubio said: “God Killed Those Gays In Orlando To Signal He Needs Me Back In The Senate”

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    It's false.

    This is a fake quote from a hoax news article.

    It's false.
    Via politicops.com

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

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