Can you cut through viral internet BS?
Posted on December 16, 2016, at 4:40 p.m. ET
As Atlas Obscura reports, in the middle of a budget debate in 1969 it was used as a prop to make a point. The politician pulled it out of his desk with the words, “This will give you something to look at.”
The misinformation was reported by The American Tribute, a self-described satirical website, Snopes reports.
There are no pancakes on your Lincolns. The hoax has been around since at least 2012 but, as Snopes reports, it's deliciously fake.
The creation is the brainchild of Adam Padilla, who runs a branding agency and an Instagram account called Adam the Creator. Angry parents had to be told the creation “is not endorsed, produced or approved by Fisher-Price.”
It happened while the couple was visiting a provincial park in Alberta. “We saw it on the side of the road so we stopped and waited,” Theresa Malan told BuzzFeed Canada. They watched it lick another parked car, “then it just walked over to our car and had its way.”
"The animals are taxidermied; she sprayed each with a commercial product used to waterproof leather to protect them from the water," the Washington Post reports.
After a video of a woman claiming she's lived in a Trump hotel for nine years free of charge went viral, BuzzFeed news investigated. A Trump Hotels spokesperson said, “The woman depicted is not our guest.”
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