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( Updated daily) A collection of odd news stories from various sources.
MDA to End Labor Day Telethon
( 2 May 2015) News: The Muscular Dystrophy Association is pulling the plug on their annual Labor Day telethon.
Famous Philadelphia Santa Claus Dies
( 2 May 2015) News: Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who became a Yuletide urban legend when he was booed and pelted with snowballs at a 1968 Eagles game, has passed away at 66.
( 2 May 2015) Rumor: John Wayne once said that the taking of land from Native Americans was justifiable because 'there were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.'
Say a Little Prayer for Me
( 2 May 2015) Rumor: A child's Christmas letter to a sailor misinterprets the sounds of his mother's sexual satisfaction as prayer.
( 2 May 2015) Rumor: A Florida man has 'married' a 6-month-old boy.
Baltimore 'Mom of the Year' Not Being Investigated by CPS
( 1 May 2015) News: A circulating rumor claims Toya Graham is under CPS investigation for beating her teenage son during Baltimore protests.
( 1 May 2015) Rumor: The slang police term 'cop' derives from an acronym for the phrase 'constable on patrol.'
Czechs and Balances
( 1 May 2015) Rumor: Former Czech president Václav Klaus called the American people a 'confederacy of fools' for electing Barack Obama.
Charges Announced in Freddie Gray Case
( 1 May 2015) News: Maryland state's attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six Baltimore officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
( 1 May 2015) Rumor: Photograph shows a 2000-horsepower drug-smuggling boat bearing eight outboard motors.
( 30 April 2015) Rumor: The soles of Vans brand shoes are adorned with the Star of David so that wearers will 'stomp on Jews.'
BPD Claims Freddie Gray Injured Himself
( 30 April 2015) News: A new report claims Freddie Gray injured his own spine.
The Sound of Apocalypse
( 30 April 2015) Rumor: People are hearing strange apocalyptic sounds coming from the sky all around the world.
Long-Lost Siblings Matched on Tinder
( 30 April 2015) News: Two long-lost siblings purportedly met on Tinder, but the story has a few holes.
( 30 April 2015) Rumor: A nine-year-old boy was expelled from school because he said he didn't like President Obama.
99 Problems (All Heart-Related)
( 30 April 2015) Rumor: Billionaire David Rockefeller just received his sixth heart transplant at the age of 99.
Ann of the Thousand Knights
( 29 April 2015) The tale of how actress Ann-Margret autographed a tattered photo presented to her at a book signing by an ex-G.I. and thanked him for serving his country.
6 Quick Ways to Identify Fake News
( 29 April 2015) Fake news is everywhere on social media, but much of it issues from the same small bag of tricks. Here's how to spot that bag in use.
( 29 April 2015) Rumor: A Yogi Berra "yogiism" explains the difference between practice and theory.
Protest Organizer Joseph Kent Arrested
( 29 April 2015) News: The arrest of protest organizer Joseph Kent, live on CNN, caused outcry on social media.
Joni Mitchell Coma
( 29 April 2015) Is Joni Mitchell in a coma? A rep for the singer say she's now alert and responsive.
Freddie Gray Surgery
( 29 April 2015) Rumor: Freddie Gray was injured in a car accident and underwent spinal surgery prior to his arrest and death.
( 28 April 2015) Rumor: Photograph shows a bunch of black dolls hung from a tree in a Baltimore neighborhood to intimidate protesters.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Jade Helm Monitoring
( 28 April 2015) News: The governor of Texas says the state will monitor Jade Helm exercises.
New Look Coke Cans
( 28 April 2015) News: Coca-Cola is rolling out two new "brand unification campaigns" that involve can redesigns over the coming year.
( 28 April 2015) Rumor: A Spanish winemaker is planning on cutting down 150 acres of California Redwoods in order to expand their grape growing area.
A Universal Force
( 28 April 2015) Rumor: Albert Einstein described love as a 'universal force' in a letter to his daughter, Lieserl.
Freddie Gray Rap Sheet
( 28 April 2015) Rumor: Freddie Gray, who died in Baltimore police custody, had a lengthy arrest record.
Bumble Bee Foods, Workers Charged After Plant Death
( 28 April 2015) News: Bumble Bee Foods and two of its workers were charged in a 2012 death at a California facility.
Baltimore 'Mom of the Year'
( 28 April 2015) News: Circulating video purportedly captured a mom disciplining her son for participating in riots in Baltimore.
Reid My Lips
( 27 April 2015) A Las Vegas man says he made up the rumor that Senator Harry Reid's injuries were the result of a New Year's Eve brawl with Reid's brother.
Top 25 Urban Legends
( 27 April 2015) A list of the 25 most popular urban legends currently circulating online.
Why I'm Scared of the Ocean
( 27 April 2015) If you've ever doubted the size of a blue whale, just check out this amazing (but possibly not real) picture.
( 27 April 2015) Rumor: The red dye commonly used in nectar for backyard feeders is harmful to hummingbirds.
Baltimore Police Department Issues 'Credible Threat' Report
( 27 April 2015) News: Police in Baltimore issued a warning about possible gang collusion.
Two-Way Mirror Reportedly Found in Bar
( 27 April 2015) News: Comedian Tamale Rocks says a two-way mirror was hidden in the bathroom of bar Cigars and Stripes.
Swept Under the Tiger Rug
( 27 April 2015) Rumor: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz posted a photograph showing him posing with a tiger rug in his Washington, D.C., office.
Sewn from Whole Cloth
( 27 April 2015) Rumor: Graphic image depicts a woman in Saudi Arabia whose mouth and eye were sewn shut because she professed her Christian faith.
Video Game Canon
( 27 April 2015) Rumor: Entering a secret code enables you to play the video game Tetris on a Canon calculator.
Missing Child: Morgan Girdhari
( 27 April 2015) 12-year-old Morgan Girdhari has been missing from her Kissimmee, Florida, home since 24 April 2015.
Missing Child: William Tyrell
( 26 April 2015) Australian police have released a video in their continuing efforts to locate William Tyrell, a 3-year-old boy who has been missing from his New South Wales home since September 2014.
( 24 April 2015) Rumor: A septuagenarian was expelled from a KFC restaurant for breastfeeding her 42-year-old-son on the premises.
See No Crime, Stop No Crime
( 24 April 2015) Rumor: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it illegal for police officers to make eye contact with members of the public.
Herd of Buffalo Disrupts NYS Thruway
( 24 April 2015) News: An escaped herd of buffalo disrupted the New York State Thruway.
Money, Cash, No
( 24 April 2015) Rumor: A new law in Louisiana makes it illegal to purchase things with cash.
( 24 April 2015) News: Good2Grow is accused of using Sharpie pens to change expiration dates on their juice products.
Diet Pepsi Replaces Aspartame
( 24 April 2015) News: Diet Pepsi will no longer contain aspartame, Pepsi confirmed.
( 24 April 2015) Rumor: Photograph shows an orca whale attacking a black bear.
( 24 April 2015) Pet warning: Xylitol, a sugar substitute used in sugar-free gum and other products, can be harmful to dogs.
Walmart Closure Conspiracy Theories
( 23 April 2015) What's the real reason behind the sudden closures behind all those WalMart stores?
John Fawcett Predator Warning
( 23 April 2015) Rumor: John Fawcett, a suspect in a number of sex crimes against a child victim, remains at large.
Did You Lose a Cat?
( 23 April 2015) Despite what you may see here, don't count on your misplaced kitten being returned by a helpful raccoon.
Reddit Imagines 'Uphill, Both Ways' in the Future
( 23 April 2015) News: Reddit speculates about what millennials will say to their grandkids in lieu of "uphill, both ways".
On the Doll
( 23 April 2015) Rumor: A company has released 'child love dolls' to provide a safe sexual outlet for pedophiles.
Intolerant Jackass Initiative
( 23 April 2015) News: A California activist has taken aim at the man behind the Sodomite Suppression Act by filing an 'Intolerant Jackass' initiative.
Spurned Girlfriend Destroys Apple Gadgets
( 23 April 2015) News: A Twitter user claimed she destroyed her partner's Apple products as revenge for his cheating.
( 22 April 2015) Rumor: Brown recluse spider eggs used to fill Beanie Babies in the 1990s are finally hatching.
Oscar Winners Need Not Apply
( 22 April 2015) Rumor: Bette Davis landed her role in 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' through placing an ad in a Hollywood publication seeking employment as an actress.
Belle Gibson Cancer Hoax
( 22 April 2015) News: Alternative health blogger Belle Gibson admitted she fabricated cancer claims.
( 22 April 2015) Rumor: The date of Earth Day was chosen as April 22 by 'Unicorn Killer' Ira Einhorn to coincide with Vladimir Lenin's birthday.
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