This quiz will test your ability to spot fake stories online!
DATE: February 23, 2017
Frank Hoogerbeets, a researcher who reportedly predicted the December 25, 2016 magnitude-7.6 Chile earthquake, the earthquake that hit Surigao City last February 10, and the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Argentina last February 17, recently predicted on Patreon to share his theory about the next major earthquake to strike Philippines, Chile, Indonesia and the United States.
Frank Hoogerbeets, who claims to use the alignments of the planets to work out when an earthquake will rip through tectonic plates, said that a higher 6 to 7 magnitude seismic events on the planet will occur on the 24th and 25th due to planetary alignments involving Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Earth.
He said: “On 24 February two planetary alignments will occur both involving Mars and Venus. The first alignment will be Mars-Venus-Jupiter at 4:24 UTC. The second alignment will be Venus-Mars-Uranus at 11:57 UTC. Earth will be very close to these alignments as it will be within 0°38′ of the Jupiter-Uranus resonance vector. This will become apparent in the following days when Earth lines up with the aforementioned planets except Venus.
DATE: December 11, 2016
Early this morning, President Obama made what could very well prove to be the most controversial move of his presidency with the signing of Executive Order 13738, which revokes the federal government’s official recognition of the Pledge of Allegiance. Under the new order, it is now illegal for any federally funded agency to display the pledge or for any federal employee to recite, or encourage others to recite, the pledge while on duty.
During the press conference, the President explained his decision was based on a personal belief that the language used in the pledge is “divisive” and “contrary to America’s deepest held values.”
“The pledge excludes so many Americans who are vital to making this country what it is,” Obama said. “Asking someone to pledge their allegiance to our country excludes Jehovah’s Witnesses, Amish, Muslims, and many others whose religious beliefs prohibit strong displays of nationalism. By calling this ‘one nation under God’, we exclude the millions of hard working atheists and agnostics who call America home. By saying ‘liberty and justice for all’, we ignore the grievances of millions of Hispanics, African Americans and Muslims who feel they have neither liberty nor justice.”
DATE: February 28, 2017
During President Trump’s meeting with dozens of leaders of historically black universities on Monday, Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor, made herself at home in the Oval Office. She hopped onto a couch, sat back on her heels and tapped on her phone.
This impromptu manner of sitting is common in living rooms across America, but not in the Oval Office. And there are more important things underway in the White House: an ambitious budget, health care (it’s complicated!) and a presidential address to Congress on Tuesday. But Ms. Conway’s posture was all the kindling a hair-triggered public needed to ignite a battle over decorum.
DATE: Not stated
NEW YORK – A 41-year-old woman had the winning lottery ticket worth over 3 million dollars on Friday night, but showed up to work anyway on Monday to deliver one last package.
The courier company had no idea of her winnings. “I knew something was wrong because I came back from lunch and the door to my office was closed,” said the manager. I slowly opened the door to discover the woman with her pants around her ankles, hunched over on my desk like a hippopotamus/cheetah dropping a massive poo on my desk. She shot her head towards me and locked eyes. I was frozen in shock and fear. In my peripheral vision I saw a huge mud-monkey sliming out of her butt like a Play-Doh fun factory.”
“It was worth it,” the woman said on arrest. “On Friday when I realized I hit the lotto, I knew this would be the first thing I would do. I hit up every Mexican food truck and saved my dumps all weekend. I was shuffling around like a death-row inmate trying not to explode. I’ve been putting up with that guy’s shit for years, it’s time he put up with some of mine.”
DATE: April 14, 2007
The couple had been under intense media pressure since they met at St Andrews University, Fife, in 2001, BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said.
BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said: "It's a surprise, because it had seemed very stable and very steady."
He said he thought the prince's move to Bovington Camp in Dorset had "a lot to do with the final stages" of the break-up.
The Sun reported that the couple had seen each other no more than once a week since then.
"One must suspect, though I don't know that this is absolutely certain, that it is more his decision than hers," said Nicholas Witchell.
Sen. Leila de Lima, who is facing Duterte's first political detention in police cells on accounts of conspiracy pertaining to drug trade in the Philippines has been hospitalized after attempting suicide.
The detained 57-year-old senator was hospitalized, The Philippines National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City said early this morning after she attempted suicide at the camp.
A close source told our reported that De Lima tried to hand herself inside the cell , where she has been confined.
Oh no. Do you take time to question the things you see online? Do you double-check the details? You may think that believing or sharing everything you read online isn't a problem, but spreading false information could have dangerous consequences.
TIP: Go back to basics. Find out what you need to look for and practice, practice, practice! Just because a lot of people shared a story doesn't automatically make it true.
You're aware that fake news stories are out there, but you tend to believe what you see online – perhaps too much. You need someone to point out that something is fake.
TIP: Be more skeptical and be careful who or what you trust. There is hope! Learning starts with awareness.
You can generally spot a fake news story but you may miss the small details, especially if the story seems well-written.
TIP: Don't forget to check the little things when in doubt! Remember: the devil is in the details.
Great job! Right away, you know when something seems off with an article. You take the time to verify information. The buck stops with you, and you know that sharing a fake news story could have horrible consequences.