Can you tell what was real news and what was fake news this week?
Ishmael N. Daro
Posted on October 5, 2018, at 12:20 p.m. ET
A flight from Phoenix to Boston was diverted to Kansas City after a passenger kept doing pull-ups on the overhead luggage compartments and refused to listen to the flight crew, according to witnesses who spoke to WBZ-TV.
The image was shared by a verified Twitter user, but it's a fake. According to Snopes, Trump's face has been superimposed onto an unidentified person's body in an image from the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.
An FBI agent was rushed to the hospital after he was shot in the leg by a booby-trapped wheelchair. The trap, and several others, were left behind by a former home owner serving jail time in Arizona. Other traps at the home, according to the Oregonian, included spike strips at the bottom of the driveway, a van equipped with spring-loaded animal snares, and a sideways hot tub set to roll downhill if disturbed.
The image went viral on Facebook, according to Snopes, but it's actually a doctored photo that Barack Obama has previously shared showing a totally different shirt.
Researchers at the University of Washington created a simple "social network" called BrainNet. As the MIT Technology Review explains, the setup uses electroencephalograms (EEGs) and transcranial magnetic stimulation to let two people send information to a third person in order to solve a Tetris-like game together.
A website made to look like that of ABC News ran an article that claimed Kavanaugh's home had been vandalized by 200 left-wing protesters. The article was shared thousands of times on social media, but as Lead Stories reports, it was an obvious piece of satire. One clue might have been the claim that Kavanaugh lives in a town called "Mayo Lake."
It's true. Trump had toilet paper, a napkin, or another kind of tissue paper stuck to the underside of his shoe while walking up the stairs onto the presidential plane. You can see a video of it here.
Dennis Dickey, a 37-year-old US Border Patrol agent, pleaded guilty to accidentally starting a massive wildfire in Arizona last year. The fire started when pyrotechnics used at a gender reveal party set the dry bush aflame, eventually burning 47,000 acres of land and requiring hundreds of firefighters to extinguish.
Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B
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