15 untruths you may have believed
Don't fall victim to a trick
Don’t worry, we’ve fallen victim to some of these viral bits of misinformation. Especially on the internet, read with a dose of skepticism and remember, Snopes.com will almost always set the record straight. Here are 15 things you may have thought were true, but really aren’t.
Obama in a 90’s music video?
The hoax: President Obama made an appearance in the “Whoomp There It Is” video.
The truth: How cool would it be if the POTUS really had been an extra in Tag Team's super cheesy 1990 single? It was merely a spicy rumor – President Obama never had aspirations of a rap career.
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Golden eagle snatches kid
The hoax: You saw the YouTube video. You may have even shared it. One second an eagle is gliding around a Montreal park, then moments later, it swoops down and tries to snatch a toddler.
The truth: Four Canadian film students were assigned a project: Create a YouTube hoax video that gets 100,000 views. They got nearly 42 million instead.
Will a wet head will make you sick?
The truth: In response to rumors about copyright issues, Facebook issued a statement and provided the public with a guide showing exactly how they use the information they receive about their users.
Pittsburgh Steeler Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension
The hoax: In 2010, Washington Post sports reporter Mike Wise “broke” the news that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would receive a five-game suspension, sending sports fans into a tizzy.
The truth: Wise was suspended for one month after posting a false news story. The columnist claimed it was a social experiment to see how quickly a false rumor could spread throughout Twitter.
World’s largest/oldest turtle
The hoax: Last year, an image of a gigantic turtle 500-plus-year-old turtle that weighed nearly a ton spread like wildfire on Facebook. The turtle was said to have been hauled from the Amazon.
The truth:The image was actually taken from a Japanese sci-fi movie called “Gamera the Brave.”
Back to the future
The hoax: Remember that scene in Back to The Future, when Doc Brown sets the DeLorean to a date 30 years into the future? On June 27, 2012, some internet users were fooled when a Photoshopped image pegged to that day in "the future” spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter.
The truth: The altered date in the image wasn't "the future" – the clock is actually set for Oct. 21, 2015.
Bill Cosby for President 2012
The hoax: In a widely circulated message, U.S. comedian Bill Cosby states his plans to run for President in the 2012 elections. The message supposedly outlines the platform that Cosby would base his presidency on should the bid be successful.
The truth: Cosby publicly denied any connection to the message via a post on his website.