Claim:   NASA has discovered a new planet covered in marijuana.


FALSE


Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2015]


You will LOVE this one!!! NASA Discovers New Planet Covered With Marijuana! (P.S. – I’m a NASA librarian who uses and loves your webpage. This came from an actual reference call I just received)

Origins:   On 24 May 2015, the NewsWatch28 web site published an article reporting that NASA had discovered a new planet completely covered in marijuana:


NASA has announced this morning that they have discovered a planet completely covered with marijuana, a discovery that has completely taken scientists by surprise.

Planet X637Z-43, discovered using NASA’s Kepler satellite, would also allegedly be one of the very few planets potentially habitable according to NASA experts, who have detected sufficient levels of oxygen and nitrogen to support human life.

The presence of marijuana on other planets could strongly encourage future generations to take interest in space exploration, some experts believe.

“We always think young people aren’t interested by anything but it’s false. Young people love smoking pot,” explains David Charbonneau, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.


There was no truth to this report, however. It originated with NewswWatch28, one of many fake news sites currently operating online, and one that previously published fabricated clickbait stories about tranquilizer darts being sold for use on children and a death hoax concerning actor Al Pacino.

Last updated:   4 February 2016