Update: 26 July 2014

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  • Links posted on Facebook supposedly point to a leaked video of a Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 being shot down by a missile.
  • Must fruit be eaten on an empty stomach in order for the body to absorb it properly?
  • Do we really use only ten percent of our brains?
  • Account reports instances of customers being cheated by malfunctioning gas pumps.
  • Reports that the former president George H.W. Bush has died of food poisoning are false.
  • Does the U.S. Army secretly feed new recruits saltpeter in order to suppress their sexual urges?
  • Has President Obama required that ammunition cartridges use primer that expires after one year?
  • A girl goes insane after a medical student slips a cadaver's arm into her bed as a practical joke.
  • Did actor Paul Newman author an essay on the art of marriage for his wedding to Joanne Woodward?
  • Will being immersed in a can of Mountain Dew truly turn a mouse into a "jelly-like" substance?
  • Dr. Arieh Eldad's account of a burn center patient turned suicide bomber.
  • Wife takes revenge on a philandering husband by supergluing his penis to his leg.
  • Another child battling cancer wants cards from well-wishers for his birthday.
  • Can homemade 'sun tea' harbor dangerous bacteria?
  • Video purportedly shows Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashing.
  • Photograph shows debris scene of shot-down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Real or fake?
  • Did Michelle Obama note that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not 'born American'?
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