Examples: [Collected via e-mail, October 2012]
I heard that Donald Trump's hired private investigator found out that Barack and Michelle Obama have actually been divorced for some time now. Is this true?
Origins: The May 2012 publication of Edward Klein's biography of Barack Obama, The Amateur, caused something of a stir with the book's controversial claim (denied by those involved) that after Obama was defeated by Bobby Rush in the 2000 Democratic primary for Illinois'
"Michelle actually had divorce papers drawn up," one of her friends told me.
It is alleged that the eccentric real estate mogul will claim that the documents show the First Lady and the President were at one point in their two decades of marriage seriously considering splitting up.
Trump set the hare running by claiming that he was set to make an announcement that would be 'bordering on gigantic' and that it would 'possibly' change the Presidential race.
Calling the offer a "major announcement," Trump released a video via Twitter to much ballyhoo, and his online followers grew by the hundreds in the moments before the video was released.
"I have a deal for the president," Trump said. "If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications, and passport application and records, I will give to a charity of his choice, a check immediately for
Bates, Daniel. "Donald Trump to Reveal 'Michelle and Barack Obama's Divorce Papers.'" Daily Mail. 23 October 2012. Feller, Ben. "Obama Talks Trump, Debates, Baseball on 'Tonight.'" Associated Press. 24 October 2012. Goldman, Russell. "Donald Trump's Obama 'Bombshell' Falls Short." ABC News. 24 October 2012. Klein, Edward. The Amateur. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2012. ISBN 1-596-98785-5.