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If You Get Less Than 3/7 You're Getting Sucker Punched By Fake News

Can you cut through viral internet BS?

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  1. 1. We've discovered a new organ, the mesentery, in the human body.

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    There is a mesentery in your body, but we've known about it for a long time (since at least 1885) and it is not classified as an organ just yet. Whether it should be classified as such is currently a debate in scientific communities.

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  2. 2. In France, it's illegal to answer your email after work hours.

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    Much like the kerfuffle over similar headlines in 2014, this story is fake. There is a proposed bill that talks about employees' rights to diconnect, but it doesn't mention email.

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  3. 3. Someone vandalized the Hollywood sign to say Hollyweed on New Year's Eve.

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    Countless tweets and local media reports confirm: Hollyweed was real.

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    Via Twitter: @twitter.com/ @tweetsauce
  4. 4. Los Angeles will help fund legal aid for residents facing deportation.

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    LA is joining other cities across America in paying for legal council of undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Los Angeles has set aside $10 million.

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  5. 5. Australian authorities saved 20 koalas being sex-trafficked in underground animal brothels.

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    Versions of this story have been floating around since 2014, as Snopes reports, but none of them have any truth to them.

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  6. 6. The Washington Post Express printed the wrong symbol for women on its front page.

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    The newspaper later apologized and tweeted the correct cover, but not before getting roasted on Twitter.

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    Via Twitter/@WaPoExpress
  7. 7. Target has Sharia-compliant checkout lanes where you cannot bring pork or alcohol

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    The rumor started when a sign for the lanes popped up on a blog, Snopes reports, but it was photoshopped.

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