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snopes.com Update: 19 July 2014


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New Articles

  • Still not dead: actress/singer Miley Cyrus. It's another celebrity death hoax.
  • How scammers pretending to be Microsoft techs call victims to gain access to their computers and/or bank accounts.
  • Will bananas be extinct within ten years?
  • Did President Obama stop wearing his wedding ring and wristwatch for Ramadan?
  • Is castoreum, a secretion produced by beavers, used as a food additive?
  • Scientists drilling in Siberia went too far and ended up punching a hole through to Hell, where the screams of the damned drifted up to them.
  • Was the Pentagon built with extra bathrooms to accommodate racial segregation laws?
  • Soupy Sales was legendary for sneaking smutty jokes into his TV show. But did he really?
  • Did radio stations shun the Diamond Rio song 'In God We Still Trust' because of its subject matter?
  • Photographs purportedly show multi-colored 'rainbow grapes.'
  • Are Canadian police ticketing motorists for parking their cars with the windows down?
  • Who wrote the Serenity Prayer? Was it St. Augustine, or someone else?
  • A number of strange deaths are connected to the Poltergeist film series.
  • Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!

Worth a Second Look

  • Did the American Library Association report a nationwide 500% increase in library card applications from children after a 1977 episode of "Happy Days" aired?

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