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Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Crest 3D White Toothpaste
Warning about Crest 3D White brand toothpaste causing plastic balls to become embedded in users' gums.
Obamacare Mandates Microchip Implantation
Claim that Obamacare regulations require Americans to be implanted with RFID microchips.
Starbucks Refuses Marines
Claim that Starbucks refused free product to Marines serving in Iraq.
Motel 6 Turns Away Soldier
Account of an Atlanta Motel 6 outlet that turned away a U.S. Army soldier because he was underage.
Discovery of a major bug known as 'Heartbleed' that can compromise online account information.
New Pepsi Can
Claim that a new Pepsi soda can design omits the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dwayne Johnson Death
Report that actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was killed filming a stunt for Fast & Furious 7.
Smuggled Malaysia Flight 370 Photograph
Conspiracy theory about a passenger on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 posting a picture taken with a hidden cell phone to the Internet.
ATM PIN Reversal
Claim that entering your PIN in reverse at any ATM will summon the police.
Remove Jesus Please
Photograph shows a school essay rejected because the student chose 'Jesus Christ' as her hero.
Claim that Jane Fonda gave away identifying information slipped to her by U.S. POWs during her 1972 visit to Hanoi.
Yellowstone Animals Fleeing Park
Claim that animals are fleeing Yellowstone Park, indicating that a supervolcano eruption is imminent.
#-9-0 Phone Scam
Warning about scammers' running up long-distance charges by asking victims to press #-9-0 on their telephones.
Urgent Warning About Gardasil
Warning that the Gardasil HPV vaccine has caused the deaths of 32 women.
Account of a pregnant woman who named her child after the rescuer who died while saving her and others at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Leptospirosis and Soda Cans
Warning about death and disease caused by rat urine on soda cans.
Hot Pockets Recall
Alert that Nestle has recalled some HOT POCKETS brand products due to possible contaminated beef issues.
Opinion piece attributed to Bill Cosby details political and social issues he's tired of.
Claim that Jesus will be portrayed as homosexual in an upcoming film.
Blue Waffle Disease
Photograph shows an STD-related infection known as 'blue waffle disease.'
Report that George Zimmerman sold his painting of Trayvon Martin for $30,000 at an online auction.
The Dangers of Splenda
Warning about the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda.
Do Not Eat Tilapia!
Warning about eating farm-raised tilapia and other fish from China.
809 Area Code Scam
Warning about scammers' placing calls from 809 and other suspect area codes.
Cell Phone Numbers Given to Telemarketers
Claim that cell phone providers will soon be releasing customers' phone numbers to telemarketers.
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