Sandy Hook Parents to Testify Against Alex Jones, and a Culture of Lies

The families of 10 victims have waited years to hold the Infowars conspiracist and the political environment that enabled him to account.

#hoaxes-and-pranks, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #lewis-jesse, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #pozner-noah, #sandy-hook-elementary-school-newtown-conn, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Crop Circles Were Made by Supernatural Forces. Named Doug and Dave.

Intricate patterns carved in fields across England in the 1980s were a viral phenomenon long before the internet fed us such prankster curiosities daily.

#agriculture-and-farming, #conspiracy-theories, #england, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #occult-sciences, #social-media

Social Media Shooting Threats Against Elite Schools Sow Fear

A tactic using social media sites to direct threats at individual students unsettles schools in New York City and around the country.

#beacon-school-manhattan-ny, #berkeley-carroll-school, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-friends-school, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #laguardia-fiorello-h-high-school-of-music-and-performing-arts, #manhattan-nyc, #mass-shootings, #new-utrecht-high-school-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #omegle-com, #police-department-nyc, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #social-media, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

No creas todo lo que lees sobre el hombre de esta foto

Su nombre es Jordie Jordan, es aficionado a los videojuegos y un retrato suyo se ha asociado a una identidad e información falsos. “Solo toman una foto que subí a internet y me ponen en todo”, dijo.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jordan-jordie, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

How a Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory Rises in Times of Tragedy

A picture of Jordie Jordan, an online gamer, has been attached to a fake name and numerous bogus reports of his death, including from the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jordan-jordie, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

In the Texas Rampage’s Wake, Social Media Can Reform Itself

Online hoax allegations are an insult to family members and should be taken down.

#facebook-inc, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mass-shootings, #musk-elon, #social-media, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

2 YouTubers Barred From U.S.C. After ‘Disruptive’ Pranks

A lawsuit filed by the University of Southern California says the two men, who are not students, caused “terror and disruption” with what seemed like classroom takeovers.

#bai-yuguo, #colleges-and-universities, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #kanevsky-ernest, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-southern-california, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

7 Takeaways From ‘The Trojan Horse Affair’ Podcast

Here are seven key takeaways from “The Trojan Horse Affair,” our podcast investigating a national scandal.

#birmingham-england, #city-councils, #education-k-12, #england, #great-britain, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #reed-brian-journalist

Jussie Smollett Is Sentenced to Jail for False Report of a Hate Crime

The actor was sentenced to five months in jail after being convicted last year of filing a false police report that said he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #empire-tv-program, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #linn-james-b, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #sentences-criminal, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television

The Yes Men: Revenge of the Pranksters

A collective that blazed a trail with corporate hoaxes occupies an uneasy space between art and activism.

#art, #bush-george-w, #carriage-trade-manhattan-ny-gallery, #cohen-sacha-baron, #colbert-stephen, #comedy-and-humor, #dow-chemical-company, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #world-trade-organization, #yes-men

Grichka and Igor Bogdanoff, Twins in an Uneasy Spotlight, Die at 72

In France they were science-loving TV celebrities (molded by plastic surgery) whose own research was suspect, maybe a hoax. They died within days of each other.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #france, #grichka-and-igor-bogdanoff, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #plastic-surgery, #science-and-technology, #television

The Latest High School Prank? Students Sleeping.

Instagram accounts featuring photos of students slouching, nodding off and parking badly took off this past semester at schools around the country.

#education-k-12, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #sleep, #social-media

Someone Offered ‘Harvard’ Jobs to Known Women in India. It Was a Scam.

For over a year, prominent women in India, including journalists, were reeled into a labyrinthine online scam, offering work with Harvard University. Who targeted them, and why, is a mystery.

#anand-bharat-n, #bharatiya-janata-party, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #harvard-university, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #impostors-criminal, #news-and-news-media

Jussie Smollett Found Guilty: What Comes Next?

The actor who was found guilty of falsely telling the police he was the victim of a hate crime faces a possible sentence of up to three years, but experts disagree on whether the judge is likely to incarcerate him.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #chicago-ill, #decisions-and-verdicts, #empire-tv-program, #hate-crimes, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #james-b-linn, #michael-omeara, #nenye-uche, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television, #webb-dan-k

Jussie Smollett Found Guilty of Reporting a Fake Hate Crime

Mr. Smollett was convicted of filing a false police report in 2019 claiming he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. The jury deliberated for more than nine hours.

#actors-and-actresses, #assaults, #decisions-and-verdicts, #empire-tv-program, #foxx-kim, #hate-crimes, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television, #webb-dan-k

Jury in Jussie Smollett Trial Begins Deliberations

After closing arguments on Wednesday, the panel began considering whether the actor had staged a hate crime against himself, as the two men who attacked him have testified.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #hate-crimes, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television

Lawyers in Jussie Smollett Case Tangle Over Motive as Testimony Ends

Mr. Smollett was questioned Tuesday by the prosecution about his interactions with his attackers shortly before the 2019 assault.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #hate-crimes, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television

Jussie Smollett Testifies at Trial on Charges He Staged an Attack on Himself

The actor, who is accused of directing two brothers to mildly attack him, and then reporting it as a hate crime, took the stand at his criminal trial on charges related to the 2019 assault.

#actors-and-actresses, #assaults, #chicago-ill, #empire-tv-program, #fox-broadcasting-co, #hate-crimes, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television

After a Bungled Theft of Navy’s Mascot Draws Fire, Goatnappers Strike Again

Leaders of the nation’s military academies say swiping one another’s mascot animals is strictly forbidden, but that hasn’t seemed to deter glory-seeking raiders.

#goats, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #mascots, #robberies-and-thefts, #united-states-military-academy, #united-states-naval-academy

Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Dispute Account That Attack Was Staged

Under questioning by Mr. Smollett’s defense team, two brothers who say they participated in a fake attack denied suggestions they had lied to avoid prosecution.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #empire-tv-program, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television

Investigator Cites Video and Other Evidence Against Jussie Smollett

A detective told jurors at Mr. Smollett’s trial how the actor had gone from victim to suspect as the investigation unfolded. But the actor’s lawyer suggested the police work was not thorough.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #hate-crimes, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #smollett-jussie-1983

Army Cadets Tried to Get Navy’s Goat, Again. Commanders Were Not Amused.

Rivalries among the nation’s military academies include a long history of mascot-stealing “spirit missions” before football games, despite official condemnations.

#annapolis-md, #goats, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #mascots, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-military-academy, #united-states-naval-academy

Canadian Admits Fabricating Terrorism Tale Detailed in New York Times Podcast

In exchange for the admission of the man, Shehroze Chaudhry, Canada dropped criminal charges against him.

#canada, #chaudhry-shehroze, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #middle-east, #royal-canadian-mounted-police, #terrorism

Texas Man Is Sentenced to 15 Months for Online Covid-19 Hoax

Christopher Charles Perez, 40, wrote on Facebook last year that he had paid someone who was infected with the coronavirus to lick groceries at a San Antonio supermarket, federal prosecutors said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #heb-grocery-co-lp, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #perez-christopher-charles, #san-antonio-tex, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

Jury Selection in Jussie Smollett Case to Start in November

The actor is facing disorderly conduct charges related to accusations of lying to the police about a hate crime they say he staged.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #foxx-kim, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jury-system, #police-department-chicago-ill, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smollett-jussie-1983, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #television

TikTok’s Latest Craze: Stealing Stuff From School

Students are taking things like soap dispensers, fire alarms and bathroom mirrors. TikTok and educators are trying to stop it, but it’s gone viral.

#hoaxes-and-pranks, #robberies-and-thefts, #school-discipline-students, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #vandalism, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

No, Walmart and Litecoin Are Not Partnering

Litecoin and other digital currencies jumped by as much as 30 percent after the announcement, which was republished as legitimate by media companies.

#businesswire, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #shopping-and-retail, #thomson-reuters-corporation, #twitter, #virtual-currency, #walmart-stores-inc

Allen Midgette, an Ersatz Andy Warhol, Dies at 82

In a prank, or perhaps a piece of performance art, Mr. Midgette pretended to be the famed artist on a lecture tour in 1967.

#actors-and-actresses, #art, #deaths-obituaries, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #impersonators-and-impressionists-entertainment, #lonesome-cowboys-movie, #midgette-allen-1939-2021, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #warhol-andy

Weddings: Two Pranksters Fall in Love

Caroline Gholson and Andrew Fallon’s relationship was filled with “gotcha” moments from the start. But, Mr. Fallon’s bedroom proposal made his high jinks next level.

#hoaxes-and-pranks, #weddings-and-engagements

6 Arrested After Briefly Altering Hollywood Sign

The stunt had nothing to do with “breast cancer awareness,” as some reports suggested. One organizer said it was intended to protest the suspension of her Instagram account.

#hoaxes-and-pranks, #hollywood-calif, #nudism-and-nudity, #signs-and-signage, #trespassing

Nepal Seeks to Ban 2 Climbers It Says Faked Everest Summit

The Indian climbers submitted doctored photos appearing to show them atop the world’s tallest peak, Nepal says. Fake claims of Everest climbs have become common.

#haryana-india, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #mount-everest, #mountaineering, #nepal

California Sheriff’s Deputy Is Charged With Faking Attack

Sukhdeep Gill, a Santa Clara County deputy who claimed that he had been shot in his body camera last year, was charged with fabricating the attack, prosecutors said.

#attacks-on-police, #cameras, #gill-sukhdeep, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #santa-clara-county-calif

Parents of ‘Balloon Boy’ Are Pardoned by Colorado’s Governor

Richard and Mayumi Heene were accused of concocting a hoax after their 6-year-old son was feared to have floated away in a balloon in 2009. The boy was found safe at home.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #balloon-boy, #colorado, #fort-collins-colo, #heene-falcon, #heene-mayumi, #heene-richard, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #missing-persons, #reality-television, #rescues

New York Times Says ‘Caliphate’ Podcast Fell Short of Standards

The Times cited an institutional failure and determined the “Caliphate” team gave too much credence to the claims of a supposed former terrorist.

#baquet-dean, #caliphate-radio-program, #callimachi-rukmini-maria-1973, #chaudhry-shehroze, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #podcasts, #terrorism

Cookie Monster Mural Puzzles Artist and Enrages Property Owner

A man claiming to be a property owner in Peoria, Ill., wanted a Soviet-style mural of Cookie Monster. The artist who did the job now says he was tricked (and paid) by an impostor.

#art, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #illinois, #joshua-hawkins, #murals, #peoria-ill

He Pretended to Be Trump’s Family. Then Trump Fell for It.

For months, a 21-year-old Trump supporter impersonated Trump family members on Twitter, spreading conspiracy theories, asking for money and eventually drawing the attention of the president.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #gofundme, #hall-josh, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Them. Here’s What They Did Next.

Rudy Giuliani is just the latest in a long line of people pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen.

#arpaio-joseph-m, #borat-subsequent-moviefilm-movie, #cheney-dick, #cohen-sacha-baron, #comedy-and-humor, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #moore-roy-s, #movies, #palin-sarah, #roberts-daniel-gun-rights-advocate, #spencer-jason-1974, #television, #who-is-america-tv-program

Rudy Giuliani Denies He Did Anything Wrong in New ‘Borat’ Movie

President Trump’s personal lawyer has become caught up in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new “Borat” satire after he was shown with an actress in an edited scene.

#biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #borat-subsequent-moviefilm-movie, #cohen-sacha-baron, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #presidential-election-of-2020

The Times Starts Review of ‘Caliphate’ Podcast After Hoax Charge

The Canadian authorities arrested a man featured in the podcast and accused him of falsely claiming to have been an ISIS executioner.

#caliphate-radio-program, #callimachi-rukmini-maria-1973, #canada, #chaudhry-shehroze, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #podcasts, #syria, #terrorism

Meet the Biggest Prankster in Baseball: Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman

Bogus trades. Fake lottery tickets. Electric pen assaults. No one at Yankee Stadium is safe from the longtime general manager’s high jinks.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #cashman-brian, #cintron-alex-1978, #coaches-and-managers, #eppler-billy, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #new-york-yankees, #rivera-mariano, #trades-sports

As Europe’s Coronavirus Cases Rise, So Do Voices Crying Hoax

As health officials warn of a second major wave, growing numbers of people are dismissing the threat as media hype and sometimes embracing conspiracy theories.

#conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #masks, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Man Accused of ‘Swatting’ With White Supremacists Signs Plea Deal

John William Kirby Kelley, a former Virginia college student, suggested his school as a swatting target, according to court records.

#atomwaffen-division, #denton-john-cameron, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #kelley-john-william-kirby, #neo-nazi-groups, #virginia