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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Warning about criminals' using burundanga to incapacitate their victims.
Claim that Jane Fonda gave away identification slipped to her by U.S. POWs during the Viet Nam War.
Claim that the continuation of the popular reality series Duck Dynasty is being threatened by complaints about the show's inclusion of prayer scenes and guns.
Miss Lube Rack
Photograph purportedly shows a young Nancy Pelosi posing as "Miss Lube Rack" of 1959.
Claim that calling or *112 from a cell phone in any state will connect you with highway patrol dispatchers.
Video purportedly shows Barack Obama kicking in a door after a meeting with Congressional leaders?
Discussion of whether various religious groups are exempt from requirements to obtain health insurance.
Alert about a 14-year-old boy named Devon missing from his Horseheads, New York, home.
Heineken Dogfight Promotion
Photograph purportedly shows a dogfighting event sponsored by Heineken.
Juval Aviv Terrorist Predictions
Claim that Juval Aviv correctly predicted upcoming terrorist attacks against the UK and the U.S.
Facts on Honey and Cinnamon
Article extolls the medical virtues of honey and cinnamon.
KFC Mutant Chickens
Claim that KFC stopped using the word 'chicken' because it serves meat from mutant animals.
Opinion piece attributed to Bill Cosby details political and social issues he's tired of.
Starbucks Refuses Marines
Claim that Starbucks refused free product to Marines serving in Iraq.
Chicken Wings and Ovarian Cysts
Claim that growth hormones used in poultry cause ovarian cysts in women who consume chicken wings.
Warning about medical ailments purportedly caused by the artificial sweetener aspartame.
Warning that reusing or freezing plastic water bottles causes them to break down and release carcinogenic compounds.
Claim that Jesus will be portrayed as homosexual in an upcoming film.
#-9-0 Phone Scam
Warning about scammers' running up long-distance charges by asking victims to press #-9-0 on their telephones.
Claim that baby carrots made from deformed full-sized carrots that have been soaked in chlorine.
Two-Striped Telamonia Spider
Warning that venomous 'two-striped telamonia' spiders are lurking beneath toilet seats in public restrooms.
Warning about plastic bottle bombs left in unsuspecting residents' yards.
Claim that the father of Chelsea Clinton's husband a former congressman who pled guilty to fraud charges.
Claim that President Obama ordered half the cattle guards in Colorado to be fired.
Comparison of the efficiency and salaries of top executives for several large charitable organizations.
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