7 Real Life Forms That People Once Believed Were Hoaxes

The history of science has its share of biological frauds, cases where people fabricated an imaginary organism and passed it off as real, or lied about an organism's behavior. Every now and then, however, a creature that is suspected of being a hoax turns out to be real. » 3/27/15 11:20am Friday 11:20am

Every Scientific Discipline Needs Its Own "Bare-Fronted Hoodwink"

In 1950, Maury Meiklejohn was an ornithologist, and he knew his profession was in need of something that didn't yet exist. He heroically stepped up, and the bare-fronted hoodwink was unleashed on the world. » 3/19/15 1:39pm 3/19/15 1:39pm

Seth Davis Promotes His Mom's Hoax Cancer Cures

There have never been more options for those convinced that the medical establishment is hiding secrets from them. Look at the Google ads running down the sidebar of just about any website you visit, and you're almost certain to see ads about "natural" cures—gluten-free diets and alkaline water, superfoods and… » 2/19/15 1:39pm 2/19/15 1:39pm

The Bizarre True-Life Tale Of The Hoax Behind The Book I, Libertine

Have you ever read I, Libertine? The book itself may be less interesting than how the book came to be. Hear the story of the book that started as a hoax. » 2/18/15 12:30pm 2/18/15 12:30pm

How The BBC Fooled Viewers Into Thinking Spaghetti Grows On Trees

Who knew the BBC had this much of a sense of humor? Here is a fantastic clip broadcast on April Fool's Day in 1957, which shows the "traditional spaghetti harvest" and educates its viewers on dangers like the spaghetti weevil. » 2/11/15 2:30pm 2/11/15 2:30pm

Controversial Bigfoot Enthusiast Invites You To Invest In His Search

One of the cryptozoology world's most polarizing figures, Tom Biscardi, is planning an IPO to help fund his ongoing search for Bigfoot. » 1/21/15 11:28am 1/21/15 11:28am

In Shocking Twist, Alien Abductee Artist Not Really An Alien Abductee

Though British artist Lloyd Canning got media attention for claiming to be an alien abductee — he told the Daily Mirror that he'd had six close encounters, and was receiving "visions"from extraterrestrials that inspired his paintings — he later took to his Facebook page to confess the truth: » 1/05/15 8:00pm 1/05/15 8:00pm

How a Con Artist Used Basic Chemistry to Prophesize the Apocalypse

In 1806, the people of Leeds were sure that the rapture was upon them. Chickens had actually started laying eggs with apocalyptic messages on them. That's when a group of intrepid skeptics revealed that Leeds was in the thrall of chemistry, not the end times. » 11/17/14 11:40am 11/17/14 11:40am

1,500-Year-Old "Lost Gospel" Suggests Jesus Was Married With Children

A new book is making the controversial claim that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had two sons. The authors say the evidence comes from a 1,500-year-old manuscript uncovered at the British Library. » 11/11/14 2:30pm 11/11/14 2:30pm

10 More Viral Images That Are Actually Fake

The fakes are coming! The fakes are coming! Today we have 10 more images you may have seen floating around the internet recently. But don't believe your lying eyes. They're all totally fake. » 10/31/14 10:50am 10/31/14 10:50am

We Still Don't Know If This Tribe Discovered In The '70s Was Real

When a "stone age tribe" files a libel suit against anthropologists, you know you're going to get some twisted history. Learn about the Tasaday tribe of the Philippines, and make your conclusions as to what extent they were an authentic culture or just seriously devoted actors. » 10/02/14 8:00am 10/02/14 8:00am

6 More Viral Photos That Are Total Lies

The internet is filled with plenty of photo fakery. And we here at Factually are here to help you distinguish the true from the too-good-to-be. Today we have six more images you may have seen floating around recently. None of them is precisely what it claims to be. » 8/26/14 3:20pm 8/26/14 3:20pm

CNN Needlessly Terrifies Thousands By Publishing Asteroid Hoax

Earlier this week — and for a period of nearly 24 hours — a CNN iReport falsely claimed that a newly discovered asteroid has a nearly 50% chance of hitting the Earth in 2041. The story received more than 230,000 hits and 23,000 media shares before it was finally taken down. » 5/28/14 11:00am 5/28/14 11:00am

Who perpetrated the Great Duck Egg Scare of 1895?

Today, while we have an ongoing debate over environmental issues, it might be informative to look at a past environmental debate - and a past environmental hoax. Who orchestrated the hoax, and why? You decide. » 2/24/14 1:59pm 2/24/14 1:59pm

10 More Viral Photos That Are Actually Total Fakes

The internet can be a tough place to distinguish fact from fiction. Who has time to fact-check all those beautiful, weird, and sometimes horrifying pictures? Well, we do. » 2/20/14 1:20pm 2/20/14 1:20pm

Have you ever gotten high on Derbisol?

If you have, you are either living in South Korea, or lying, or possibly both. Derbisol is rarely discussed now, but at one point it was supposed to be the drug that caught out the kind of people who lie about taking drugs. » 2/11/14 2:40pm 2/11/14 2:40pm

A monkey, food coloring, and some Nair caused a UFO panic in 1953

In 1953, people began calling into the police station in Atlanta, Georgia to report UFO sightings. All it took to get everyone seeing flying saucers was three guys, a dead monkey, and a few basic household ingredients. » 2/05/14 1:28pm 2/05/14 1:28pm

Inside the Fakes Factory: My Chat With a Viral Image Creator

It's an astounding sight: Buddha carved into a tall rock formation at the Ngyen Khag Taktsang Monastery in China. People talked breathlessly about how they visited the place, saw it with their own eyes. Except that they didn't. Because it's a fake. And this is the guy who faked it. » 2/04/14 1:05pm 2/04/14 1:05pm

7 (More) Fun Facts That Are Total Lies

Did Nikola Tesla actually work as a swimming instructor? What's the deal with that famous photo of Albert Einstein and his therapist? Did they actually make radiation-aged bourbon back in the 1960s? Nope! » 12/26/13 1:52pm 12/26/13 1:52pm

9 Fun Facts That Are Total Lies

Everybody loves fun facts. But sometimes these little nuggets of trivia can be more fun than they are fact. And sometimes, they're outright lies. Like these! » 12/09/13 2:20pm 12/09/13 2:20pm