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Emma Watson 4Chan Nude Photo Leak Confirmed a Hoax

A UN speech delivered by Emma Waston went viral over the weekend. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Following Emma Watson’s well-received UN speech on gender equality came rumors that the actress’s nude photos had been stolen and would soon be posted online by a 4Chan user. The threat also came after the invasive theft and distribution of nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and many others less than a month ago.

Emmayouarenext.com has been hosting a countdown clock, ticking down until the release of Emma Watson’s nude photos. Many had been wondering if the photos actually exist and would be making their debut at the end of the countdown, but it has been confirmed that the whole thing is a hoax. Read More

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eBay Yanks Prank Auction for ‘Jewish Spot in Heaven’ After Bids Reach $100,000

Mr. Mandel (Photo: azjewishpost)

Though you may no longer sell magic potions or tarot readings on eBay, one enterprising New Jersey resident decided that he could perhaps skirt the auction platform’s rules against metaphysical items and put his spot in “Olaam Habaah (Heaven)” up for sale. At least that’s what he originally told The Jewish Daily Forward. Within hours, the “item” had raked in bids upwards of $100,000, which is really chump change considering we’re talking about all of eternity here. Read More

Hoaxes

Actually, That ‘Mom Crowdsources Baby Name for $5,000′ Story Was a Giant Hoax

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Last week, the story of 26-year-old mom to be Natasha Hill went viral, appearing on sites from BuzzFeed to CNET to Today, and even earning an SNL spoof. The Los Angeles based Ms. Hill was supposedly chosen from a pool of 80 applicants to be paid $5,000 by the baby-naming site Baby Ballot for letting the Internet choose her child’s name. The list of names was supposed to be chosen by Belly Ballot and several advertisers, and the final names would be voted on in an online poll.

Now, Today reveals that the whole thing was actually just a big publicity hoax. Read More

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Balloon Boy Falcon Heene Is Now the Lead Singer of a Metal Band

(Screenshot: YouTube)

What does a now 9-year-old kid do after becoming the infamous subject of an infamous hoax? He fronts a metal band, natch.

In 2009, then 6-year-old Falcon Heene became wrapped up in an elaborate hoax staged by his parents, Mayumi Iizuka and Richard Heene. On the afternoon of October 15th, news broke that a balloon was floating over Fort Collins, Colorado, and that Falcon was trapped inside. The scoop quickly went viral, with people everywhere tuning in as the balloon swept across the skyline, squinting to try to see if there was a boy inside. Read More

Hoaxes

Anatomy of a Hoax: How an Anonymous Blogger Tricked the Internet Into Believing He Was a Deaf Quadriplegic

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If there’s anything we’ve learned from the Violentacrez scandal, it’s that anonymity on the Internet can be easily unmasked–for better or for worse. In the case of quadriplegic Internet sensation Dave on Wheels, it was for the worse. This is the story of how an anonymous blogger tricked the Internet into believing that he was a deaf, wheelchair-bound cerebral palsy sufferer using a special computer to communicate with his thousands of online fans.

David Rose was a 24-year-old Orange County resident who kept a blog, Facebook and Twitter account where he posted inspiring and wry missives about his life and battle with illness. (All of these accounts have since been deleted.) He had communicated with hundreds of online strangers as far back as 2007, when he first registered his Facebook profile. Read More

Hoaxes

Justin Bieber Trolls Everyone, ‘Stolen Laptop’ Claim was a Viral Marketing Stunt for His New Single

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Yesterday morning, music news outlets across the Internet began reporting that human Girl Talk game Justin Bieber had his laptop and camera stolen at a concert in Washington state. On Wednesday, the Biebs tweeted out to his 29 million followers that his stuff had been ganked from the Tacoma Dome. “yesterday during the show me and my tour manager josh had some stuff stolen. really sucks. people should respect other’s property,” he lamented. “i had a lot of personal footage on that computer and camera and that is what bothers me the most. #lame #norespect” Read More