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Why People Thought Jack Bruce’s Death was a Hoax

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via Waffles at Noon:

Cream bassist Jack Bruce has died at the age of 71. Some social media users claimed the rocker’s death is a hoax, but these claims are false.

It was confirmed by multiple news sources that Jack Bruce had indeed died on October 25, 2014 at his home in Suffolk from liver disease.

Despite heavy sharing of legitimate news sources about Bruce’s passing, some internet users were quick to proclaim this news a hoax. Why would someone make such a claim?

Enter Mediamass…

This website is a fake news generator. The same Mediamass story which discusses a Jack Bruce death hoax is duplicated for dozens, if not hundreds, of celebrities. The same story exists for all major living celebrities and politicians on that website. The date of the article is changed every few days to make it appear current.

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CNN Runs False iReport That Incoming Asteroid May End Life On Planet

cnn.asteroidWhoops. This hoax will likely be an extinction-level event for whatever editor was asleep at the wheel over the long weekend.

The message is clear enough. It’s not a nice thing to contemplate the first day back at work after a three-day holiday weekend, but the good news is that it looks like the only impact story here is the fact that the cable news network has slammed the Earth with an enormous bolide of B.S.

The post is from iReports, which is apparently an experiment in citizen journalism. CNN lets random people with no qualifications post stories under the CNN banner. The asteroid scare illustrates the hazard of this approach.

Apparently ireporters don’t need to reveal their names. The asteroid report’s author has called himself, or herself, Marcus575. The story says the giant asteroid was spotted by a project called the Near-Earth Object Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), which really exists.

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Noted Bigfoot Hoaxer Rick Dwyer Confesses To (Yet Another) Bigfoot Hoax

PIC: Plazak (CC)

PIC: Plazak (CC)

A wise man once said “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Chronic hoaxer and flimflam man Rick Dwyer has apparently met most of them. You may recall Dwyer as the guy who was hauling around a supposed Sasquatch body this past winter and charging rubes to take a peek at it, “Minnesota Iceman” style. Apparently he made $60,000 during this last haul, but has had to call it quits because his former promoter was threatening to go public.

Via HuffPost:

In a post to his Facebook page, Dyer wrote a long and rambling confession. “Coming clean about everything is necessary for a new start,” Dyer wrote. “From this moment own (sic), I wlll speak the truth! No more lies, tall tales or wild goose chases to mess with the haters!”

This chapter in Dyer’s ongoing Bigfoot fantasy began in 2012 (some years after a previous Bigfoot hoax in 2008 to which he also confessed), when he claimed to kill an 8-foot-tall Bigfoot-like creature in Texas.

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Illuminati Training Video Leaked

Enjoy this parody(?) video by filmmaker Matt Anderson.

Anderson explains the video as follows:
“Illumicorp is a parody of sorts. I guess the best way to describe it is that I wanted to make a corporate training video for the ‘Illuminati’ that synthesized all of the conspiracy information floating around. If such a group did exist, how would they really function? My wager was they would act just like any other faceless mega-corporation. It was originally to be part of a larger project, but that never came about so I released Illumicorp as it’s own standalone video.”

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Mysterious Computer Chip Crop Circle Is An Nvidia CES Publicity Stunt

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Tegra 4-Icera i500 (Photo credit: nvidia.corporation)

Sorry to burst your bubbles (not really), but this crop circle, posted here about a week ago… Is brought to you by Nvidia.

via Tech Crunch

 An intricate crop circle recently cut into a field two hours south of San Francisco baffled onlookers and spawned crackpot theories that aliens were responsible, but sources tell me it was created by Nvidia to publicize a big CES announcement. [Update: Nvidia confirms.] The design looks like Nvidia’s Tegra 4 chip, and though we can’t confirm this, it may be designed to drum up interest in the Tegra 5 chip Nvidia is expected to launch at CES.

Nvidia has a major CES press conference planned for tonight at 8pm PST in Las Vegas where it may fess up to creating the crop circle and is likely announce details of its new products.

[Update 6:30pm PST: Nvidia has confirmed it created the crop circle by adding this teaser image to its website.]

The Tegra is a “system on a chip” for mobile devices that combines a CPU, GPU, and memory controller.

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Germany’s Feral “Forest Boy” Found Guilty As Fraud

forest boyThis is one way to start your life all over again. Via The Local:

The young man who became world famous as the “Forest Boy” when he claimed he had lived feral in German woods for five years – agreed to carry out 150 hours of community service on Thursday after admitting making it all up. Berlin authorities charged him with fraud after spending €30,000 looking after him before his identity and age were revealed.

“Ray” became a global story in September 2011 after turning up at Berlin’s city hall and asking for help. He told astounded officials he had been living in the woods for five years with his father, sleeping in huts and living off the land. He said he no longer knew who he was nor where he was from – and that after his father died in a fall.

“Ray” stuck to his story for months and even attracted the attention of one couple who said he was their long lost son.

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Haunted Curiosities’ Guide to Duping Goth Kids and Twilight Fans

vampire salesmanThere was a kid in my high school named Chris or John, but we all called him “Dick.”  He wore a trench coat and combat boots, and he started telling people he was an honest-to-goodness vampire.  He would cower in the shadows and play out an uninspired pantomime of retreating from the sun in pain.  I remember him telling us that he had woken up on the ceiling above his bed one morning.  He was clearly a resident of the highest social tier.

I haven’t thought about Dick in years, but last night I came across a grown-up version of him on YouTube, “Anthony, the living vampire,” being interviewed by a woman named DeeDee, who runs the Haunted Curiosities and Haunted Collector websites.

On the Haunted Curiosities YouTube channel, there are interviews with other “real” vampires, a djinn-possessed man, some witches, a dimension-hopping demon-slayer, and a half-breed (half vampire, half werewolf).  There is also a Haunted Curiosities Blogtalk radio show, discussing subjects ranging from ghosts and vampires to Icke-style conspiracy theories.… Read the rest

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies

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In the spring of 1920, at the beginning of a growing fascination with spiritualism brought on by the death of his son and brother in WWI, Arthur Conan Doyle took up the case of the Cottingley Fairies. Mary Losure explores how the creator of Sherlock Holmes became convinced that the ‘fairy photographs’ taken by two girls from Yorkshire were real 

In the winter of 1920, readers of the popular British magazine the Strand found a curious headline on the cover of their Christmas issues. “FAIRIES PHOTOGRAPHED,” it said. “AN EPOCH-MAKING EVENT DESCRIBED BY A. CONAN DOYLE.” The Strand’s readership was well acquainted with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; most of his wildly popular Sherlock Holmes stories had appeared for the first time in its pages. The great man’s claim that fairies –real fairies – had been photographed in the north of England by two young girls was greeted with wonder, but unfortunately for Conan Doyle, most of it was of the “what can he be thinking?” variety.

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Hacked Montana Television Station Issues Zombie Doomsday Alert

Scary daytime viewing from Montana's KRTV:
Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" in several Montana counties. This message did not originate from KRTV, and there is no emergency. Our engineers are investigating to determine what happened and if it affected other media outlets.
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