Fact or Fiction Archive

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10/10/14 -- Red Bull Settlement:  A misleading story claims a man sued Red Bull because he failed to grow wings as the company's ads promised.  The suit actually involved claims that Red Bull would improve concentration and athletic ability.  Anyone who bought Red Bull in the last 12 years can submit a claim to receive $10 or two free Red Bull products.

9/9/14 -- Obama Speech:  A video being sent around social media appears to show President Obama making a speech in which he argues against freedom.  But it's simply an edited version of a speech in March in which the President argued against totalitarianism.  Here is PolitiFact's analysis of the edit and a transcript of the speech.

7/28/14 -- 809 Area Code:  An email going around warns people about scams forcing people to make expensive calls to the Dominican Republic.  You can check where any area code is from by using the Search Bug website.

6/23/14 -- Cardboard Art:  Art student Kai Xiang Xhong makes incredible works of art out of cardboard.  Pictures of his work are posted on his Facebook page.

5/26/14 -- Amazing Photos:  Images posted online show photos that appear to be artistic paintings.  They're actually the work of photographer Alexander Khokhlov and makeup artist Veronica Ershova.

4/29/14 -- Cloaking Spray:  A video posted online by the University of Michigan School of Engineering claims to show a new cloaking spray that can make objects transparent.  But it's just an April Fools prank. Last year the school posted another fake video showing the teleportation of a key.

4/23/14 -- Stadium Ghost:  Video from a soccer broadcast in Bolivia shows a shadowy figure gliding through the stands, even appearing to run through a barrier.  Last year people in Venezuela thought they saw the ghost of late-President Hugo Chavez block a shot during a game.

4/16/14 -- Hypnotized Bunny:  A viral video shows a rabbit in a hypnotic trance getting a bath.  There is an actual technique for hypnotizing a bunny by turning it over and rubbing its nose.

4/1/14 -- April Fools Pranks:  Many companies have created hoax products in honor of April Fools Day.  That includes a fake Cheetos perfume from Frito-Lay.

3/27/14 -- Ghostly Video:  Surveillance video from a general store in New Hampshire shows a glass cake cover appearing to fly off a counter on its own.

3/5/14 -- Hoverboard Video:  A video online claims to show a company's new Hoverboard invention.  This is a fictional creation of a company called HuvrTech, whose intentions are not yet clear.

3/3/14 -- Happy Birthday Colin:  A special birthday Facebook page in honor of a Michigan boy with few friends has gone viral.

2/20/14 -- Radio Shack Ad:  A Radio Shack newspaper ad from 1991 contains more than $3,000 worth of items that, with 2 exceptions, can all now be replaced with one smart phone.

2/18/14 -- Camera Falls in Pigpen:  A viral video posted on YouTube appears to show a GoPro camera falling from a plane into a pig pen where it's then chewed upon by a pig.  The video is apparently real as confirmed by a spokesman from NorCal Skydiving.

2/5/14 -- Plastic Snow:  Videos posted on YouTube claim to show evidence that fake plastic snow is falling in the U.S.  In the videos, the snow doesn't dissolve into water when held up to a lighter, and black scorch marks are left behind.  But this is all a natural phenomenon explained in this video along with this one.

2/4/14 -- Chicken McNuggets:  A video posted by McDonald's shows how Chicken McNuggets are made, refuting the claim that the product is made from pink slime.

1/29/14 -- Mars UFO?:  A video posted on Youtube shows an unknown object streaking past Mars.  It was photographed by NASA's Mars Rover and is a legitimate picture posted on the agency's website.

11/5/13 -- Burger Napkin:  A Japanese fast food chain has increased sales of it's signature burger by giving women a special "Liberation Wrapper" napkin to hide their face.

10/21/13 -- Textured Touchscreen:  Disney is working on a new touchscreen that has texture you can actually feel.

10/16/13 -- Cat Wine:  The B&H Lifes company has created a new wine specifically for cats.

10/2/13 -- Paid To Stay In Bed :  NASA is paying people up to $18,000 to stay in a tilted bed for 70 days. You can find information on the study here.

9/19/13 -- Medical Mistakes :  A new study claims medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death in the United States.

8/5/13 -- Amazing Plane Video :  A video being sent around social media shows what appears to be a stunning landing after a plane loses a wing.  However, the video is fake and this video shows how it was made.

7/31/13 -- Customer Service:  A website gives you numbers that allow you to bypass automated customer service systems and talk to a real person.

6/10/13 -- Super Moon:  There will be a so-called Super Moon on June 23rd during which the moon will be significantly larger and brighter due to its proximity to the Earth.

2/27/13 -- Crazy Hotel Rooms: Treehotel in Sweden offers a variety of crazy rooms in the middle of a forest.  The rooms resemble everything from a ufo, to a bird's nest, to a lego toy.

2/26/13 -- Naked Hotel Man: A video that has gone viral shows a naked man get locked out of his hotel room and make his way to the lobby.

2/19/13 -- Amazing Pencil Drawings: Pencil drawings by an artist named Diego Fazio look exactly like photographs.

2/8/13 -- Human-Faced Dog: A dog with an eerily human-like face is up for adoption in Indiana.

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