Did This 29-Year-Old California Woman Fake Her Own Abduction or What?

Here's a strange story out of California: in the early afternoon on Monday of this week, 30-year-old Vallejo resident Aaron Quinn called the police, saying that his girlfriend, 29-year-old Denise Huskins, had been kidnapped from his house that morning and was being held for ransom. Huskins' father spoke to the local… »3/27/15 10:10am3/27/15 10:10am

Man Who Terrorized Brianna Wu For Months Says He Was Just Kiddin Around

"Jace Connors," the man who made several bizarre and threatening videos about game developer Brianna Wu, has revealed to BuzzFeed news that he's actually Jan Rankowski, the member of a "provocative," as BuzzFeed puts it, cult comedy group. And he says — wait for it — that he's now being harassed by Gamergate and… »2/24/15 11:10am2/24/15 11:10am

Sasha Grey Is Not a Murdered Battle Nurse in the Ukraine

Former porn star Sasha Grey would just like to make sure we're all clear on the fact that she's not dead. Contrary to the reports of some dicey-looking Internet memes, she also wasn't working as a nurse for the Russian Army, and has never—not even once—been captured by Ukrainian soldiers and then brutally murdered.… »2/18/15 4:30pm2/18/15 4:30pm

That Fake 'Feminist Aborts Baby Boy' Story Fooled So Many People

A very, very fake story about a feminist who aborted a male fetus out of principle has been circulating wildly this week, even though it's absurd and even after Snopes looked into it and determined it "probably false." The story, titled, "I Aborted My Baby — Because It Was a Boy" ran on a bullshit site called… »2/11/15 11:10am2/11/15 11:10am

Girl In Viral #BringBackOurGirls Photo Neither Nigerian Nor Abducted

This week, Twitter and Facebook's highly visible #BringBackOurGirls campaign highlighted the plight of 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. One problem: the most visible images used in that campaign are pictures of girls that aren't Nigerian. Or kidnapped. Or even technically girls… »5/09/14 1:00pm5/09/14 1:00pm

Next Level Shit: Woman Pretends She's Pregnant With Quintuplets

A woman in Canada who was pregnant with quintuplets shocked both hospital staff and her boyfriend when it turns out she wasn't pregnant at all. With any-lets. I've heard of faked cancer, faked weddings, faked girlfriends who live in Canada who were met "at summer camp," but this. This is powered up fakery. »3/25/14 9:30pm3/25/14 9:30pm

Unhinged Ex Girlfriend's Viral Blog Was Actually A Marketing Hoax

Classic American love story: Boy meets girl. Boy cheats on girl. Girl discovers infidelity. Girl goes batshit crazy, taking out full page ads in college newspaper and starting whole tumblr about it. Boy grovels. Girl vows continued revenge. Girl turns out to be an invention of a record company promoting a new *bItChEs… »1/31/14 7:00pm1/31/14 7:00pm

Waitress Who Faked Anti-Gay Receipt Also Lied About Giving to Charity

A waitress who collected thousands of dollars worth of donations from well-intentioned internet denizens after a picture of a receipt allegedly containing a homophobic note that actually turned out to be fake went viral promised to donate her ill-gotten gains to charity. Except it now looks like she kinda lied about… »12/06/13 3:45pm12/06/13 3:45pm

Idiot Boston Student Upsets Everyone With Fucked-Up Facebook Rape Hoax

The Boston College Confessions Facebook page usually serves as an anonymous forum for BC kids to let off some steam, a place to air their PG-rated unflattering private thoughts in public. Harmless, cheap web therapy. But yesterday, the site posted a confession that's so awful I'm literally shaking after reading it —… »10/02/13 11:50am10/02/13 11:50am

Woman Whose Photos Were Used To Create "Lennay Kekua" Understandably Flees Social Media

The epic catfishing of Manti Te'o continues to befuddle the nation. 23-year-old Los Angeles woman Diane O'Meara, whose photographs were now infamously appropriated by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo as an avatar for the nonexistent "Lennay Kekua," wrote a piece in the L.A. Times where she basically just does this. And who can… »1/26/13 6:00pm1/26/13 6:00pm

Balloon Boy and His Dad Are Back, Now With a Baby Metal Band

Remember back in 2009 when people across the nation were glued to their TV screens because they thought a little boy (named Falcon) had flown away in a tin foil balloon and everybody just had to see whether or not he fell out of it? Of course, it turned out that the whole thing was a hoax set up by the boy's father… »12/12/12 6:50pm12/12/12 6:50pm