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Which Of These Viral Stories Were Hoaxes?

Did that reaaaally happen, though?

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  1. 1. A cheerleader released her bowels halfway through a lift.

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    This viral picture was actually created by Reddit user totalitarian_jesus on a Photoshop Battles thread. The original image was just of a terrified cheerleader, but the unfortunate aftermath was added in with editing.

  2. 2. A man force-fed vodka to his puppy.

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    The image, first shared on Facebook in August 2012, started an internet witch hunt from animal lovers around the world. But it turned out that Alex Barker, the guy in question, was wrestling a closed bottle away from his puppy, and no harm had been done.

  3. 3. A 31-year-old man is dating a 91-year-old great grandmother.

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    Kyle Jones, 31, met his girlfriend, 91-year-old Marjorie McCool, in a bookshop in 2009. “The physical side of our relationship is wonderful," McCool said in June. "I amaze myself, he amazes me.”

  4. 4. Combining Motrin and Robitussin can cause heart attacks in children.

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    Snopes debunked this popular urban legend, which seems to have originated in 2008 thanks to an email chain letter.

  5. 5. A "Dear Abby" column was pulled for being taken from an episode of The Simpsons.

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    Universal Press Syndicate was forced to pull a "Dear Abby" column in 2004 when they realized it mimicked a Simpsons episode about Marge having an affair with a sexy bowler.

  6. 6. Usher charged his cell phone in a woman's vagina.

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    This actually happened at Art Basel in Miami. Usher paid $20 for the privilege.

  7. 7. A circus painted dogs to look like pandas.

    Corpo Forestale dello Stato
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    In December 2014, an Italian circus really did paint two chow chow puppies to look like pandas so tourists would pay to take pictures with them.

  8. 8. A tourist took a picture in one of the Twin Towers right before it was hit by a plane.

    touristofdeath.com
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    Commonly known as "Tourist Guy" or "the Tourist of Death," the man in the picture did not lose his life shortly after the shutter was pushed, but was ultimately found to be a Hungarian man named Peter who photoshopped the image.

  9. 9. A tree grew around a bike left by a boy who went to fight in WWI.

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    The bike is real, but the story is false – the bike was abandoned on Washington's Vashon Island by a resident in the 1950s, but it was years after the legend says, a local paper reported.

  10. 10. Former MLB player Jose Canseco's finger fell off during a poker game.

    Twitter: @ModelLeila
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    The whole thing was a well-executed prank from Canseco after he saw a prop finger in a Halloween store (though he did shoot himself in the hand the month before). The former athlete even fooled us.

  11. 11. There's a dude who was born with two penises.

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    An anonymous 25-year-old man with diphallia, a condition that means he has two penises, gained fame after doing an AMA on Reddit, and so far hasn't been proven to be a fraud (he's even posted pictures of his junk). He's also now authored a book, Double Header: My Life with Two Penises.

  12. 12. An international Sesame Street added an HIV-positive Muppet to their show.

    Sesame Street
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    In 2002, the South African version of Sesame Street, Takalani Sesame, added an HIV-positive muppet named Kami to their cast.

  13. 13. It was found that the government could save $400 million in printing costs by switching fonts, thanks to a middle schooler's science project.

    gizmodo.com
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    Pittsburgh 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani did do a science experiment that found out his own district could save $21,000 in printing costs by switching to a thinner font, and some Harvard students expanded the study and found that the government could save $400 million. But as the Daily Dot pointed out, "the study incorrectly conflated toner with printer ink, failed to account for point-size differences between fonts, and would have us sacrifice legibility while saving considerably less money than hypothesized."

  14. 14. A Florida strip club offered free flu shots.

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    Rachel's Gentlemen's Club, in Casselberry, Florida, offered seniors free flu shots (and a complimentary lunch buffet) to increase business. How enterprising!

  15. 15. A python ate a drunk guy in India.

    craveonline.com
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    This hoax has been around for years, cropping up online every few months, and has been reported to take place all over the world. But it's been proven to be a fake.

Which Of These Viral Stories Were Hoaxes?

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You're pretty good about knowing when something is real or not, but you might get fooled once in a while. Happens to the best of us!

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Man, the internet sure can be tricky sometimes. You've probably fallen for a few hoaxes, but who hasn't? At least you're not a cynic.

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