Some are crazy-but-true. Some are hoaxes.
Posted on July 10, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. ET
Rick Nelson, 61, was walking his dog in Sudbury, Ontario when he came upon a bear cub. Then he came face to face with its mother, who took a swipe at him. Nelson then threw a counter-punch. "I had the perfect shot to take. I did an underhand and hit it right in the snout." He told CBC News that the bear cub then began to run away and the mama bear followed, leaving him alone.
The story originated on ABCNews.com.co, which is a fake news website designed to fool people into thinking it is the real ABC News. The site faked the image showing a supposed text message exchange. Strangely, the hoax was picked up by many Spanish-language media outlets.
This is a hoax from fake news website News4KTLA. It publishes a constant stream of fake articles about crime and other topics.
The photo was actually taken at the Brussels Airport in Zaventem after a terrorist attack killed 32 people. It recirculated on Twitter after the Istanbul airport bombings and was picked up by many media outlets.
“As I looked one way, I noticed that there was something in the water in front of me,” Shayla Wiggins, 19, told BuzzFeed News. “And so I took a closer look and saw it was a body.”
She had been out for an early morning walk in Riverton, Wyoming when it happened.
This is a hoax from yet another fake news website. The site, Associated Media Content, also previously published a hoax article claiming that the Westboro Baptist Church was planning to protest motorcycle rallies.
Brad Beard, 24, and Samantha Canipe, 21, of North Carolina were charged with simple assault after police arrived and found them throwing pizza rolls at each other.
This is a hoax from CartelPress.com, a fake news website.
Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.
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