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May 24th, 2017

snopes_dot_com @ 04:24 am: Wally Pipps Career-Ending Headache
Contrary to baseball folklore, Lou Gehrig's famous consecutive game streak did not begin when the Yankees' first baseman Wally Pipp sat out a game with a headache.

May 23rd, 2017

snopes_dot_com @ 11:51 pm: Is There a New, Rare Tick That Burrows Under Your Skin Undetected?
A viral Facebook post with pictures lifted from various sources doesn't provide any specifics about a supposed new type of tick.

snopes_dot_com @ 11:14 pm: Physicist Warns That Fidget Spinners Could Affect Earths Center of Gravity?
Reports that "one of the nations most respected physicists" has warned that fidget spinners could have a harmful effect on the Earths center of gravity are fake news.

maureenlycaon @ 03:53 pm: A salient quote from "All The President's Men"
Deep Throat stamped his foot. 'A conspiracy like this...a conspiracy investigation...the rope has to tighten slowly around everyone's neck. You build convincingly from the outer edges in, you get ten times the evidence you need against the Hunts and the Liddys. They feel hopelessly finished - they may not talk right away, but the grip is on them. Then you move up and do the same thing at the next level.

All the President's Men, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

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snopes_dot_com @ 09:08 pm: Fred Rogers  Look for the Helpers
Television's children host Mr. Rogers said his mother responded to scary news by telling him, 'Look for the helpers.'

snopes_dot_com @ 09:04 pm: Does Sheriff David Clarke Wear Fake Military Medals?
It's not "stolen valor"  the notorious Milwaukee sheriff never claimed to have served in the military and says he wears a number of pins that have personal significance to him.

snopes_dot_com @ 08:45 pm: Fox News Web Site Retracts Debunked Reporting on DNC Staffer Seth Rich
However, the network has continued to devote airtime to propagating the claim that Rich was connected to Wikileaks.

snopes_dot_com @ 07:07 pm: Did the Doomsday Seed Vault Flood Due to Global Warming?
Although melting permafrost did cause flooding in the access tunnel to the vault, the vault itself was not breached and the seeds were not threatened or harmed.

snopes_dot_com @ 07:02 pm: Global Warming: 1922
A newspaper article warning that climate change was melting Arctic ice and disrupting wildlife was published nearly a century ago.

snopes_dot_com @ 06:48 pm: Chuck Schumer Resigns in Disgrace?
A satirical web site published an entirely fabricated story about the Senate Minority Leader.

snopes_dot_com @ 06:32 pm: Was Nelly Arrested on Drug Charges in April 2017?
A 2015 news story about the musician's being detained was repackaged and recirculated as current years later.

snopes_dot_com @ 06:13 pm: Manchester Police Name Bomber, Hunt for Accomplices
Investigators are hunting for possible accomplices of the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and sparking a stampede of young concertgoers.

snopes_dot_com @ 05:57 pm: Did Marilyn Monroe Have an IQ of 168?
Claims that Marilyn Monroe had an extremely high intelligence quotient are frequently offered up without any proof.

snopes_dot_com @ 05:46 pm: Does Cooking with Aluminum Foil Put You at Risk for Alzheimers?
Sensationalist stories about how cooking with aluminum foil could spur the onset of Alzheimer's rely on a number of untested assumptions that sometimes strain credulity.

snopes_dot_com @ 05:17 pm: National Guard Troops Turn Their Backs on a Protest in Baltimore?
A viral video from 2015 shows soldiers turning away as a protester steps on an American flag.

snopes_dot_com @ 04:49 pm: Did Masai Tribespeople Donate 14 Cows to the United States After 9/11?
A popular internet meme holding that members of the Masai tribe donated cows to the United States after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks is accurate.

snopes_dot_com @ 04:24 pm: New Killer Insect?
A warning about a new killer insect that is able to spread a skin-altering virus when touched is just a prank.

snopes_dot_com @ 04:21 pm: Did Disney Fake Lemming Deaths for the Nature Documentary White Wilderness?
Lemmings don't commit mass suicide, so filmmakers had to use various camera tricks to capture scenes of them supposedly plunging to their deaths.

snopes_dot_com @ 03:57 pm: Delivery Person Mistaken for Troll
Legend about a developmentally disabled adult who captures a delivery person (or other front door caller), believing him to be a troll.

snopes_dot_com @ 03:10 pm: Woman Trying to Buy Birthday Card Trapped Inside CVS
A woman trying to buy a birthday card called police when she was accidentally barricaded inside a CVS store in central Florida.

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