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snopes.com Update: 22 November 2014


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New Articles

  • Will a planet-dissolving dust cloud wipe out our solar system in December 2014?
  • Is the Syrian "hero boy" video real?
  • Images purportedly document a Hamas-organized mass wedding of adult men and pre-pubescent girls in the Gaza Strip.
  • A pregnant woman was detained by security at a sporting goods store on suspicion that she was trying to shoplift a basketball.
  • Photographs purportedly show the aftermath of a car fire caused by a GPS device.
  • Article claims farmers are saturating wheat crops with Roundup herbicide as a dessicant before each harvest, causing an increase in wheat-related ailments.
  • Was Tim Tebow arrested for soliciting a prostitute?
  • A young woman named Elisa Lam died under mysterious circumstances in Los Angeles.
  • Purported e-mail from a dying black veteran named William G. Lillas spoke out on his deathbed about a number of issues in black culture.
  • BMW is giving away free cars on Facebook?
  • Will the world run out of chocolate by 2020?
  • Has Starbucks teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont over GMO labeling?
  • Photograph claimed to be a 430-pound buck shot in Hartford, Michigan.
  • Has the U.S. government imposed a 15-cent tax on Christmas trees?
  • Did President Obama secretly meet with Ferguson protesters and urge them to 'stay on course'?
  • Were Green Bay Packers receivers caught using 'performance enhancing gloves'?
  • Did Chicago Public Schools plan to teach "safe anal sex" and other sexually explicit topics to fourth or fifth graders?
  • Did child actress Raven Symone accuse Bill Cosby of abusing her?
  • Did Orly Taitz discover a hidden connection between Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch and former Attorney General Eric Holder?
  • Did the FDA bust Chipotle in the act of using cat and dog meat and force the chain to close all locations?
  • Is a 179-year-old man living in India?
  • Does the satanic leaf-tailed gecko have wings like a dragon?
  • Did a busy NYC restaurant keep getting awful reviews until surveillance footage revealed the reason to be that customer smartphone use was ruining the restaurant experience?
  • Is giant retailer Walmart now selling caskets and urns?
  • Does Hillary Clinton want to ban beards because they are sexist?
  • FSU student Jason Derfuss survived a campus shooting after a bullet intended for him lodged in a book he was carrying in his backpack.
  • Can your answering a call from the number 96723345 enable scammers in Peru or Pakistan to clone your cell phone's SIM card?
  • Was a retired Marine was forced to remove USMC decals from his car or be fined, while neighbors were allowed to keep their Obama stickers without incident?
  • Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!

Worth a Second Look

  • Was George Washington the first U.S. president to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation?

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