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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Discussion of whether various religious groups are exempt from requirements to obtain health insurance.
Kraft Mac & Cheese
Image purportedly shows a package of Kraft macaroni and cheese bearing a warning due to the presence of GMO wheat.
Death of Chumlee
Claim that Chumlee from 'Pawn Stars' died of a marijuana overdose.
Lt. Col Matthew Dooley
Claim that Lt. Col Matthew Dooley was fired from a military teaching position due to complaints from Islamic groups.
Obama Pay Raise
Claim that President Obama issued an executive order granting himself a $100,000 pay raise.
Warning that cocoa mulch contains a chemical harmful to dogs.
Mermaids: The Body Found
Animal Planet documentary purportedly reveals the existence of mermaids.
Warning about the info-stealing Zeus computer virus.
Opinion piece attributed to Bill Cosby details political and social issues he's tired of.
Claim that Jane Fonda gave away identification slipped to her by U.S. POWs during the Viet Nam War.
Never Stand in Line Again
Purported parting exchange between President Obama and resigning General Stanley McChrystal.
Facebook Graph App
Warning that Facebook's 'Graph App' makes your private Facebook content visible to strangers.
Video purportedly documents the existence of a never-ending "Escherian Stairwell."
Account of a 10-year-old boy's death explains dry drowning and its symptoms.
Medical Device Excise Tax
Health care legislation imposes a 2.3% excise tax on the sale of medical devices.
809 Area Code Scam
Warning about scammers' sending pages from the 809 area code.
Warning that Takis chips cause ulcers and cancer in children.
Claim that baby carrots made from deformed full-sized carrots that have been soaked in chlorine.
Warning about plastic bottle bombs left in unsuspecting residents' yards.
Letter from nonagenarian World War II veteran criticizes President Obama.
Think Before You Donate
Comparison of the efficiency and salaries of top executives for several large charitable organizations.
Claim that Jesus will be portrayed as homosexual in an upcoming film.
Claim that the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein chairs a company that brokers sales of USPS facilities.
American Flag Doormats
Claim that the Lowe's home improvement chain sells American flag doormats.
New Jersey Speeding Ticket Frenzy
Claim that New Jersey state police are about to launch a 30-day speeding ticket blitz.
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