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October 18th, 2017

snopes_dot_com @ 04:37 pm: Did a Drag Queen in a Demonic Outfit Read a Sexually Explicit Book to Children at a Public Library
Right-wing web sites used alarmist language and false claims to describe a reading event at a California library.

snopes_dot_com @ 03:56 pm: Urban Legend: Drilled Wire
A competitor one-ups a company proud of their new ultra-thin wire by drilling a hole through it.

snopes_dot_com @ 03:29 pm: Trump Got a Spray Tan in the Oval Office?
A staged photograph actually shows a presidential lookalike.

snopes_dot_com @ 12:39 pm: US Rep: Trump Says Fallen Soldier Knew What He Signed Up For
Rep. Frederica Wilson said President Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of a fallen soldier, that he "knew what he signed up for." Trump denies it.

October 17th, 2017

snopes_dot_com @ 11:05 pm: Will Burning Bay Leaves Reduce Anxiety?
A chemical compound found in the leaves of the bay laurel may affect mood, but the results are inconclusive and not necessarily relevant to bay leaf smoke.

snopes_dot_com @ 10:25 pm: Did a Football Fan Sit on an American Flag While Wearing a Shirt Reading I Stand for the National A
A sports news web site published the photograph, which was taken during a game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots.

snopes_dot_com @ 10:05 pm: Did Mexican Drug Cartels Start the California Wildfires?
Disreputable web sites provide no evidence to support a half-baked theory about the cause of the October 2017 fires.

snopes_dot_com @ 09:08 pm: Is Ireland Lowering Its Corporate Tax Rate?
Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar Called U.S. President Donald Trump's claim "fake news."

snopes_dot_com @ 06:55 pm: President Obama Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Weinstein, Weiner, Clinton, and Cosby?
A meme claiming that President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, and Bill Cosby uses doctored images.

snopes_dot_com @ 06:36 pm: Was This Coyote Given a Bath After Being Mistaken for a Dog?
A photograph showing a coyote in a bathtub was circulated with an inaccurate backstory in October 2017.

snopes_dot_com @ 04:32 pm: Was Freddy Krueger From Nightmare on Elm Street Based on a Real Serial Murderer?
The explanatory last line of a Halloween joke about a real-life Freddy Krueger was removed in subsequent shares.

snopes_dot_com @ 01:52 pm: Trailer Park Boys Actor John Dunsworth Dies at 71
The Canadian actor, who played Mr. Lahey on the comedy series, died after a short illness.

snopes_dot_com @ 03:39 am: Is the Mandalay Bay Security Guard Missing?
Police told us that despite widespread rumors and speculation, Jesus Campos is not missing.

snopes_dot_com @ 03:11 am: Is Trump Spending More Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel than Obama Did?
Despite preliminary indications that the Trump family's government-paid travel expenses are higher than the Obamas', Internet rumors exaggerate the disparity.

snopes_dot_com @ 01:18 am: Did a Mandalay Bay Hotel Worker Vanish After Giving an Interview?
A disreputable web site published an illogical and inaccurate conspiracy theory about a valet worker who reportedly had a brush with the Las Vegas gunman.

October 16th, 2017

snopes_dot_com @ 10:18 pm: Are Hurricane Maria Survivors Getting Skittle Meals From The Government?
Volunteer veterans, journalists, and others claim that FEMA is providing "meals" that are little more than unhealthy snacks to hurricane victims, but a FEMA spokesperson says images circulating online misrepresent what the agency is doing to help Puerto Ricans.

snopes_dot_com @ 07:44 pm: NASA Confirms Existence of Earths Second Moon?
While a discovery from 2016 did reveal the presence of a small asteroid trapped in Earths orbit, this object cannot be classified as a moon.

snopes_dot_com @ 07:40 pm: Did Sprinklers Save a House From a Massive Wildfire?
A photograph showing a home with a green lawn surrounded by charred land is real, but the back story accompanying it is incomplete.

snopes_dot_com @ 06:59 pm: Did Divers Just Uncover the Lost City of Heracleion?
Divers did uncover the ruins of Thonis-Heracleion, but the discovery was not new in 2017  contrary to the claims of clickbait articles.

snopes_dot_com @ 06:37 pm: Was a Woman Killed by a Frozen Shaft of Urine?
An image purportedly showing a woman who was pierced by a urine icicle originated on a 1990s-era British television show.

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