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Can You Tell If These Viral Headlines Are Fake Or Real News?

The improvement of technology and access to many different media outlets has allowed American society to become inundated with “fake news” thus spreading general misconceptions and incorrect information in order for the creators to push their ideas, political agendas, or just cause disruption. The purpose of this quiz is to see if you can tell the difference between a fake and a real news story headline.

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  1. 1. "Woman Arrested For Defecating On Boss’ Desk After Winning The Lottery"

    "A 41-year-old woman had the winning lottery ticket worth over 3 million dollars on Friday night, but showed up to work anyway on Monday to deliver one last package.”

    "A 41-year-old woman had the winning lottery ticket worth over 3 million dollars on Friday night, but showed up to work anyway on Monday to deliver one last package.”

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    Fake!

    This story received about 1,765,000 Facebook shares, comments, and reactions. It was one of the biggest fake stories to surface in 2016.

  2. 2. "Llama Drama In Arizona As Duo Runs Wild After Zoo Escape"

    "The inseparable black-and-white partners in crime blazed through streets and neighborhoods, fleeing a show-and-tell presentation only to find a tough life on the streets of Sun City, Ariz."

    "The inseparable black-and-white partners in crime blazed through streets and neighborhoods, fleeing a show-and-tell presentation only to find a tough life on the streets of Sun City, Ariz."

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    Real!

    The video of the llamas running through the streets of Arizona quickly went viral after the incident first happened on Feb. 27, 2015. After quite the chase, the llamas were lassoed and returned to the zoo unharmed.

  3. 3. "Controversial McDonald’s Opens in Vatican Building (Wi-Fi Is Available)"

    "The opening was low-key, reflecting widespread opposition that broke out when plans for the restaurant — quickly dubbed "McVatican" — were made public in October."

    "The opening was low-key, reflecting widespread opposition that broke out when plans for the restaurant — quickly dubbed "McVatican" — were made public in October."

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    Real!

    "The McDonald's will pay the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See — the Vatican's property supervisor — more than $30,000 a month for the bottom floor of the building which is 100 feet from the Vatican State. The fast food restaurant opened on December of 2016."

  4. 4. "Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President"

    “I have been hesitant to offer any kind of support for either candidate in the US presidential election but I now feel that to not voice my concern would be a dereliction of my duty as the Holy See. I ask, not as the Holy Father, but as a concerned citizen of the world that Americans vote for Donald Trump for President of the United States.”

    “I have been hesitant to offer any kind of support for either candidate in the US presidential election but I now feel that to not voice my concern would be a dereliction of my duty as the Holy See. I ask, not as the Holy Father, but as a concerned citizen of the world that Americans vote for Donald Trump for President of the United States.”

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    Fake

    This story had 961,000 Facebook engagements and was the third most popular fake news story of 2016

  5. 5. "Drug Kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Escapes Mexican Prison For The Third Time"

    "This is now the third time Guzmán has escaped from a Mexican prison and brings into question Mexico’s ability to keep corruption out of it’s penal system."

    "This is now the third time Guzmán has escaped from a Mexican prison and brings into question Mexico’s ability to keep corruption out of it’s penal system."

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    Fake!

    Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman only escaped from prison twice. This headline received about 426,081 Facebook engagements.

  6. 6. "Buddhist Monk Charged With Stashing 4 Million Meth Pills in Monastery"

    "A Buddhist monk has been arrested in Myanmar after authorities found more than 4 million methamphetamine pills in his car and in his monastery, police said Tuesday."

    "A Buddhist monk has been arrested in Myanmar after authorities found more than 4 million methamphetamine pills in his car and in his monastery, police said Tuesday."

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    Real!

    "Authorities had been tipped off that the monk was carrying an illegal haul, said Officer Maung Maung Yin. He also said an anti-drug task force found 400,000 pills in the monk's car. A subsequent search of his monastery turned up 4.2 million pills — worth upwards of $4 million in street value — along with a grenade and ammunition."

  7. 7. "Husband And Wife Discover They Are Biological Twins After IVF Clinic Performs Routine DNA Test"

    "Shortly after consulting with a husband and wife about conceiving a child, specialists at a fertility clinic in Jackson, Mississippi discovered that the link between the married couple actually ran much deeper than anyone thought: the two were actually fraternal twins."

    "Shortly after consulting with a husband and wife about conceiving a child, specialists at a fertility clinic in Jackson, Mississippi discovered that the link between the married couple actually ran much deeper than anyone thought: the two were actually fraternal twins."

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    Wrong!

    Fake!

    This headline was put out by the Mississippi Herald, which is a fake news site in April, 2017. The story began to spread and was picked up by major news outlets, including The Daily Mail and Elite Daily.

  8. 8. "Ex-Con Mayor Considers Run for Governor of Connecticut"

    "A Connecticut mayor who spent seven years in prison on public corruption charges says he's forming an exploratory committee for a possible run for governor."

    "A Connecticut mayor who spent seven years in prison on public corruption charges says he's forming an exploratory committee for a possible run for governor."

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    Real!

    "The 57-year-old Joseph Ganim served as mayor from 1995 to 2003. He resigned after being convicted of federal corruption charges in 2003. After his release, he won the mayor's office again in 2015. Ganim's chances depend heavily on whether the State Elections Enforcement Commission grants his request to be exempted from a rule barring felonious public officials from receiving public campaign financing."

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