Fact Checks

Rumors and questionable claims we have researched recently.

Maxine Waters told cameras that racial justice protesters should stay in the streets, fight for justice, and get more confrontational.
Did Maxine Waters Urge Protesters To ‘Get More Confrontational’? Rep. Waters answered questions from reporters while marching with protesters ahead of a verdict in...
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A ferris wheel operator in Opa-locka, Florida, attacked a woman after she exited the ride.
Did a Florida Man Attack a Woman at a Ferris Wheel? Terrifyingly, the Ferris wheel started operating while people were still on the platform.
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On April 2, 2021, Houston police seized a breakfast burrito concealing crystal methamphetamine at William P. Hobby Airport.
Was Meth Found in Breakfast Burrito at Houston Airport? Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials thought the burrito looked peculiar with an "unidentified lump" in...
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Katy Perry was not banned by SNL despite the claim made in an online ad.
Was Katy Perry Banned for Life From ‘SNL’? An article claimed to list a number of celebrities who perhaps won't reappear on NBC's...
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Person, Human, Airplane
Did a WWII Vintage Bomber Crash-Land off Florida Beach in April 2021? An old plane skirting ocean waves surprised onlookers on the beach.
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Budweiser is giving away a free beer to people who can prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Is Budweiser Giving Away a Free Beer to People Who Have Been Vaccinated? For a limited time, and in participating states only, it is possible that proof of...
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In March 2021, staff at a Alpha XR pharmacy in Monroe, North Carolina inadvertently injected some individuals with saline instead of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Did a Alpha XR in NC Inadvertently Inject Saline Instead of COVID-19 Vaccines? Saline, or sodium chloride solution, is used to dilute some COVID-19 vaccines before injection.
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Fries, Food
Is There a ‘BTS Meal’ at McDonald’s? The Korean pop boy band BTS bagged seven Guinness World Records in 2020.
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Bear, Mammal, Wildlife
Are ‘Pizzly Bears,’ a Polar-Grizzly Mix, Real? We will also accept the name "grolar bear."
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Flare, Light, Nature
Did a Florida Woman Catch a Velociraptor on Camera? Cue "Jurassic Park" theme.
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The structure of a spider web was translated into music by scientists.
Did Scientists Create Music from Spiderwebs? Scientists reportedly played music in live performances around the world.
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Three large asteroids “bigger than football fields” were set to zoom past Earth in April 2021.
Are Three Asteroids Bigger Than Football Fields to Zoom Past Earth? The three space objects were set to pass Earth in mid-April 2021.
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