'Gone Girl' Kidnapping in CA Wasn't a Hoax, New Evidence Reveals

In March, a Vallejo woman was kidnapped, held for ransom, and then released in Huntington Beach. Her boyfriend, who was with her at the time of the kidnapping, had been drugged and tied up, unable to do anything. Police were sure that the couple had cooked up the kidnapping scheme themselves, but new evidence makes it… »7/14/15 1:45pm7/14/15 1:45pm


So Many Men Fell in Love With A Woman Who Never Existed

Social media creates a false sense of intimacy and, because we want to believe that people on the internet are who they say they are it’s still fairly easy for people to trick themselves into believing the beautiful stranger who’s taken an interest in them is made of flesh and blood and not ones and zeroes. In some… »5/26/15 6:15pm5/26/15 6:15pm

The Star of that 'Drunk Girl in Public' Video Says She Was Tricked Too

Remember that video about the "drunk girl" getting propositioned by men on the street that went viral last week? Well, the entire thing has been unraveling quicker than that ugly sweater my grandma made me for Hanukkah once. Turns out the "drunk girl" was "duped "into the video. Just like the dudes. Just so some… »11/18/14 7:00pm11/18/14 7:00pm

Was TrappedAtMyDesk, the Tragic Brain Cancer Victim, Another Web Hoax?

Regular denizens of these parts surely remember a recent installment of "Your Evening Cry" that we subtitled "A Life Told Through Twitter"—it was a subtle, lingering gut-punch of a video that chronicled (via a slideshow of her Twitter feed) a woman named Amanda's tragic battle with brain cancer. The story was… »2/07/14 5:40pm2/07/14 5:40pm

Ignore This Dumb Facebook Hoax--the HPV Vaccine is NOT Deadly

I'm not sure what drags fear-mongering garbage memes like this 2009-vintage "Developer of Gardasil Admits that Vaccine Is Basically Just Bubonic Plague" hoax back from the dead every couple of years, but there it is, going around and around on my Facebook feed again today. Because this apparently needs to be said:… »11/13/13 8:30pm11/13/13 8:30pm

Jacintha Saldanha’s Body Returns to India and the BBC Cancels Prank Patrol Down Under

The body of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who apparently killed herself over a prank phone call from two hapless Australian DJs looking to get details about Kate Middleton's pregnancy, is being escorted from the UK to Mangalore, India today by Saldanha's husband and two children. According to the BBC, the burial will… »12/16/12 4:00pm12/16/12 4:00pm

Woman Steals Facebook Baby Pics, Tells Ex The Child Is His

We all have a friend who uploads an excessive amount of baby photos to Facebook, and one woman in Wales found a use for them. Unfortunately, it was incredibly dishonest and cruel. Victoria Jones took baby photos from her friend's Facebook page, uploaded them to her own page, and concocted an elaborate story for her… »9/22/11 11:09pm9/22/11 11:09pm