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Rumor: The use of the Facebook Messenger app requires user acceptance of many privacy-violating conditions.
Vinegar and Water De-Icing
Rumor: Spraying a mixture of vinegar and water on your car's windshield will de-ice it.
Mike Brown Beating Video
Rumor: Video captures Mike Brown assaulting an elderly man over a stolen backpack.
New 2015 Taxes Due
Rumor: A bevy of tax increases were quietly imposed upon Americans in January 2015 due to the Affordable Care Act.
Rumor: The FBI revealed no murders occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
Rumor: Dustin Diamond (aka "Screech") was charged with second-degree murder after stabbing a man at a bar.
Facts on Honey and Cinnamon
Rumor: Honey and cinnamon have substantial illness-fighting properties.
Think Before You Donate
Comparison of the efficiency and salaries of top executives for several large charitable organizations.
Rumor: Fashion CEO Michael Kors said he is tired of "pretending to like blacks."
Aldi Horsemeat Scandal
Rumor: Food products sold by Aldi contain horsemeat.
Rumor: Image captures the moment when a cheerleader pooped at the top of a pyramid.
Rumor: The FBI raided and dismantled a pig brothel in Missouri.
Rumor: Eminem's interview in the movie The Interview was real.
Rumor: The interaction of Motrin and Robitussin can cause heart attacks in children.
Rumor: Facebook has announced it will be turning over user data to the FBI, CIA, and NSA.
Tax Refunds Delayed
Rumor: Payment of federal tax refunds for 2014 will be delayed until October 2015.
News: Hobby Lobby's lawsuit over a federal mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Sandy Hook Hoax
Rumor: Video details that the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were a staged hoax.
Rumor: A 2-year-old boy who shot and killed his mother in a Walmart is going to be tried as an adult.
Rumor: Fox News mistakenly used a photo of Stephen A. Smith during its tribute to Stuart Scott.
Rumor: Sandy Hook shooting victim Noah Pozner was pictured among those killed during a December 2014 attack on a school in Pakistan.
Rumor: NFL referee Pete Morelli quit after being paid $500,000 for his officiating at the 2014 Cowboys-Lions playoff game.
Cell Phone Numbers Given to Telemarketers
Rumor: Cell phone providers will soon be releasing customers' phone numbers to telemarketers.
Doggies for Anthony
Rumor: The mother of 16-year-old leukemia patient Anthony Lyons created a 'Doggies for Anthony' Facebook event.
Flashlight App Warning
Rumor Cell phone flashlight apps are secretly tracking users' data and sending the information to cybercriminals.
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