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snopes.com Update: 29 August 2015


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New Articles:

NASA Debunks Asteroid Rumors

NEWS: Rumors about an “asteroid threat” have been addressed by NASA.
 

Skeleton Key

FACT CHECK: Does a photograph shows two young boys who disappeared from their home in 1920 after discovering a treasure map?
 

Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells in Preclinical Studies

NEWS: The National Cancer Institute reported that cannabis killed cancer cells in preclinical studies.
 

Protest Gloat

FACT CHECK: Does a photograph depict a protester holding a misspelled sign demanding “Justise 4 Trayvon”?
 

Black Panther

FACT CHECK: Does a photograph show Michelle Obama sporting a Black Panther shirt?
 

Irate for Dinner

FACT CHECK: Is Lansing, Michigan, hosting a Ramadan Unity Dinner on 11 September 2015?
 

Tag Scheme

FACT CHECK: Do all police cars (marked and unmarked) have “L” as the final letter of their license plates?
 

Meijer Coupon Scam

SCAM: Survey scam masquerades as a Meijer $100 “Back to School" coupon offer.
 

Texas Woman’s Remains Stolen

NEWS: The remains of Julie Mott, 25, were stolen from a San Antonio funeral home.
 

Whale Trust

FACT CHECK: Have scientists discovered whales living in Lake Michigan?
 

Tattle Hymn

FACT CHECK: Did a federal judge order Brandon High School in Mississippi to remove the hymn “How Great Thou Art” from their marching band’s halftime show?
 

Sun Don't Shine State

FACT CHECK: Did the state of Florida legalize nudity on all beaches?
 

Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms

NEWS: Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms are real and available in stores.
 

Postpartum Deletion

FACT CHECK: Did Chelsea Clinton say that she erased her mother Hillary Clinton’s e-mails due to postpartum depression?
 

Minimum Rage

FACT CHECK: Did Chris Christie say that teachers should make only minimum wage plus bonuses?
 

Dumpster Jiving

FACT CHECK: Did a homeless man find a baby with seven legs in a Dumpster following a botched abortion?
 

McWhopper of a Deal

FACT CHECK: Was a Wendy’s worker arrested for contaminating a hamburger with her bodily fluids?
 

One Misdirection

FACT CHECK: Did former boy band member Joey Fatone pen an open letter to current boy band One Direction?
 

James Earl Jones Dead?

FACT CHECK: Has veteran actor James Earl Jones passed away?
 

Fretting Warmer

FACT CHECK: Is it dangerous to put Downy Unstopables (or other laundry fragrance beads) in a tart or wax warmer?
 

Linda Blare

FACT CHECK: Was a young girl’s Wonder Woman lunchbox described as being “too violent” in a school’s letter to parents?
 

Troll Sister

FACT CHECK: Did Josh Duggar seek a “brother-sister” type affair on the infidelity-based dating web site Ashley Madison?
 

Trafficking Patterns

FACT CHECK: Was a female shopper at a Tampa-area Target store targeted by child sex trafficking operatives?
 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

FACT CHECK: Has actor (and former California governor) Arnold Schwarzenegger passed away from a heart attack?
 

Border Disorder

FACT CHECK: Does a photograph show a border fence between the countries of Mexico and Guatemala?
 

VP Blutarsky

FACT CHECK: Did Vice President Joe Biden say that the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
 

Blunder Pressure

FACT CHECK: Does a photograph depict a pressure cooker accident?
 

Staten Island Mystery Stench

NEWS: Staten Island residents reported a “mystery stench” on 28 August 2015.
 

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