If you've heard somewhere on the Internet that iOS 7 makes your iPhone magically waterproof, please put your phone down and step away from the edge of the pool.
So it's hardly surprising that news of a new trend centered on Japanese kids who were licking each other's eyeballs for kicks, and spreading pinkeye (aka conjunctivitis) in the process, made the rounds internationally two months ago. It was just too good to resist.
But all these sites seem to have fallen for a hoax. And as other recent hoaxes have shown (remember the fake study claiming Internet Explorer users were stupid?), the situation is indicative of an enormous global media appetite for bizarre news from anywhere -- and a digital culture in which information spreads almost instantaneously. But when the source is from a foreign language and culture, it's practically a recipe for fake news.
When fast-food chain Chipotle sent out a series of confusing and nonsensical tweets Sunday, it was clear the company's Twitter account had been hacked.
In fact, the chain even sent out a final tweet at the end of the day saying, "Sorry all. We had a little problem with our account. But everything is back on track now!"
However, it seemed strange when no hackers stepped forward to claim responsibility for working to topple the restaurant's Twitter feed. But it turns out that was because it was Chipotle itself that staged the hack.
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Earlier this month HP told CNET it was planning to get back into the mobile game with a long-term plan to enter the smartphone market.
Then, this week, we saw some images floating around the Web with captions claiming the photos were leaked shots of HP's new phones. The pictured phone bore an uncanny resemblance to an iPhone running a stock Android OS, with a low-resolution HP logo slapped on the back.
Even more amazing, it only took HP two weeks to turn the notion of getting back into the smartphone market at some point into a new prototype phone.
Or... this particular leak was a hoax. And a pretty crude one at that.… Read more
A new hoax is making the rounds on Facebook, promising to give away expensive personal electronics items in exchange for a simple "Like."
One of the earliest examples of this hoax popped up a couple of days ago, inviting Facebook users to "Like" a page for a chance to be randomly picked to receive high-end headphones from Beats Electronics that allegedly couldn't be sold because they had been unsealed. Here is the text of the fake promotion:
We have got 1,239 boxes of Dre Beats and 250 Monster Beats By Dr Dre Studio Limited … Read more
Manti Te'o's tale was a portrait of a heartbroken football player overcoming adversity -- triumphing over the tragic death of his girlfriend.
The devout Mormon, Notre Dame linebacker, and runner up to the 2012 Heisman Trophy first suffered the loss of his grandmother, then his girlfriend to leukemia. On the day she died, he had one of the best games of his college career, logging 12 tackles.
The only problem is that she didn't die...because she apparently never existed.
Alas for those excited by a video seemingly showing an eagle's unsuccessful attempt to carry off a child: it's not real.
Just as Fourandsix was digging into the matter, a Montreal school said animation students were behind the video. It "was made by Normand Archambault, Loic Mireault, and Felix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design," a statement from the center said. "Hoaxes produced in this class have already garnered attention, amongst others a video of a penguin having escaped the Montreal Biodome." … Read more
You have probably barely slept for wondering what kind of sniveling snail would put their picture up on Facebook with a fake winning Powerball ticket.
Or you have probably barely slept for wondering what kind of saintly sort would ask people to share on Facebook his picture with a winning Powerball ticket and offer $1 million to a random sharer.
Either way, the excitement generated by Nolan Daniels has been heated and profound -- especially as more than 2 million people have now shared in the experience.
Now, it seems, we know which Nolan Daniels he is.
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Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- McDonalds to open first vegetarian restaurant.
- Hoax alert: Bruce Willis fights for the right to bequeath his iTunes library.
- How classic games got their names (hat tip to Corey).
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