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The top rumors Snopes readers are checking out right now.

Is Taco Bell Going Out of Business? The website Money Pop published a list of restaurant chains purportedly "turning off their burners...
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Did Second COVID-19 Stimulus Include Foreign Aid? A misleading meme about the second coronavirus stimulus bill sparked internet outrage.
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Can Veep Play the ‘Pence Card’ and Reject US Election Results? An error-riddled rumor was copied and pasted across social media in an exceedingly desperate attempt...
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Did Members of Congress Each Make $100K While Debating $600 Stimulus Checks? Members of Congress make $174,000 per year.
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Is 6MWE an Anti-Semitic Proud Boys Slogan? A Proud Boy wearing a shirt with the acronym 6MWE combined with a fascist symbol...
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Kate Middleton ‘Just Dropped an Unexpected Baby Bombshell’? In a year as tumultuous as 2020, we'd rather not time travel to the past.
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Did an Ex-Police Dog Bark at a Dead Body in a Tree? An online advertisement and 40-page story about an "ex-cop dog" that barked at a tree...
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Did Trump Commute Bernie Madoff’s Prison Sentence? The disgraced financier had asked the president to commute his prison sentence in 2019.
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Is the Wheel of Fortune ‘Clam Digger’ Video Real? An old "Wheel of Fortune" video clip with a "Clam Digger" puzzle found new life...
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Did Trump Designate Christmas Eve 2020 a Federal Holiday? The order allegedly excused all federal employees from duty on the day before Christmas Day.
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Did David Bowie Say He Supports Fascism and Call Hitler a ‘Rock Star’? In the years after Bowie's death, social media posts highlighted public statements from the 1970's.
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Is the 1950s ‘Thalidomide Tragedy’ Indicative of COVID-19 Vaccine Risks? The therapeutic was commonly prescribed as a treatment for morning sickness in pregnant women, ultimately...
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Has the US Imposed Martial Law 64 Times? Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn claimed the president can use it to carry out...
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Did Joel Osteen’s Megachurch Get a $4.4M Coronavirus Loan? A spokesperson for Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, said Osteen didn't personally benefit from the...
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Divers Exploring Titanic Make ‘Deeply Shocking’ New Discovery? An 80-page story said that a "deeply shocking," "haunting," and "spine-chilling" new discovery had been...
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Brandy Vaughan Died of Natural Causes, Say Police Brandy Vaughan, the founder of the anti-vaccination group Learn the Risk, died at age 45...
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Did David Muir ‘Reveal His Partner’ and Pose Shirtless? An online advertisement featured a shirtless picture of ABC News anchor David Muir and claimed...
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Ruby Freeman Was Not Arrested by the FBI Election-fraud fan fiction spun out of control in 2020.
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Did Franklin Graham Call on Pete Buttigieg to ‘Repent’ for Being Gay? “Part of God’s love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, in the way that...
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Did Stalin Pluck a Live Chicken as a Lesson to His Followers? A common tale expresses the thought that a dictator can do anything he wants to...
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Did Rep. Ilhan Omar Criticize AOC for Getting COVID-19 Vaccine? Headlines appeared to allege drama between the two congresswomen.
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Is the Island from the Allstate TV Ad Real? Perhaps a golf cart might suffice on an island this small.
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Did a Topless Woman Appear in Disney’s ‘The Rescuers’? An image of a topless woman can be fleetingly seen in the initial home video...
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Did a TikTok Video Reveal Recipe Process for Chick-fil-A’s Nuggets? The original viral TikTok video that purportedly showed parts of the recipe for chicken nuggets...
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Did KFC Make a Gaming Console That Includes a ‘Chicken Warmer’? Those dark days when your chicken got cold while you played video games will soon...
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Did Eric Clapton Once Unleash a Racist Rant Onstage? In late 2020, internet users highlighted a shocking episode from the legendary blues guitarist's past.
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Did 2021 U.S. Defense Bill Nullify the Insurrection Act? A defense budget bill was surprisingly controversial during the final weeks of 2020.
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No, Harvey Staub the ‘Pharmacist’ Is Not Right About COVID Tweets claiming to be authored by a pharmacist assert that a decline in Tamiflu sales...
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Did Pelosi Stage Photo of Herself Getting COVID-19 Vaccine? Members of Congress were among the first people in the U.S. to receive the vaccine...
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Was Part of a Twin Towers Scene in ‘Home Alone 2’ Cut for TV? A sky-high scene in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" was whittled down for...
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Does ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Include a Munchkin Suicide? One of the most ubiquitous of film legends holds that a munchkin hanged himself on-camera...
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Is a Testicular Blow Exponentially More Painful Than Childbirth? There are no real winners in this contest.
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Is This the Grinch’s Phone Number? The Grinch wouldn't touch his phone with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole!
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Has Bill Barr Been Appointed to the Board of Dominion Voting Systems? The election services company is one of several businesses that contain the word "Dominion."
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Did Consumers Sue Over Alleged Hair Loss Ingredient in TRESemmé Shampoo? A viral Facebook post, and online articles, reported a potentially significant class action lawsuit against...
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Is Netflix Giving Away Free 1-Year Subscriptions Due to COVID-19? Phishing scams have proliferated on the internet since the start of the pandemic.
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Was the COVID-19 Pandemic Planned in Rockefeller’s ‘Operation Lockstep’? Diabolical plans for world domination aren't normally posted as readily available PDFs.
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Spacesuit Envy Did NASA have to relabel the size chart for a condom-like urination contraption used in...
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Does Meme Accurately Compare US COVID Relief Funds to Other Countries’? Comparing apples to oranges is ironically a fruitless method of argument.
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Did Bing Confirm China Would Invade the USA? TikTok videos purported that the Bing search engine was displaying news that said China was...
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Will ‘Million Militia March’ Try To Stop Biden’s Inauguration? Given the tumultuous 2020 election season, some unrest is expected.
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Did ‘Head of Pfizer Research’ Say COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Is Female Sterilization’? Two doctors who raised the specter of vaccines causing sterilization have both spread pandemic misinformation.
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Did Gov. Cuomo Host a Maskless Birthday Party in the Hamptons? A spokesperson for the governor had a few choice words about this rumor.
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Was This 9-pound Goldfish Found in a South Carolina Lake? Anyone missing their goldfish?
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Was Anonymous Letter Decrying ‘Harmful Impact’ of Christmas Lights Sent to Minnesota Resident? An identical letter was reportedly sent to several neighbors in the same area.
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No, mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not ‘Alter Your DNA’ A viral bit of copypasta falsely claiming to have been authored by Robert F. Kennedy...
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Was ‘Fort Blunder’ Built on the Wrong Side of the Border? After construction, it was decided that it would be easier to move the border than...
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Did Houston Police Arrest a Man Who Killed, Ate 30-Plus People? A notorious producer of junk news and hoax articles churned out yet another hoax, this...
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Did a Plane Disappear and Land 37 Years Later? Armed with facts, we find that the mystery of Pan Am Flight 914 isn't much...
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Did a Dead Person End Up Voting in Pennsylvania? Officials discovered a case of election fraud in the state, but it turned out to...
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