This story was first published on April 24th 2015
According to a circulating ‘news’ report, America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently investigated popular US beverage maker AriZona Tea and discovered that human urine is used as an active ingredient in the company’s products.
The report claims that the FDA found thousands of gallons of urine in industrial containers at the company’s factories. The report further claims that around 6% of AriZona Tea products are made up of human urine and it is the urine that gives the drinks their signature flavour.
Not surprisingly, however, the claims in the report are utter nonsense. The FDA has made no such discovery. The report is a work of fiction that comes from the fake-news ‘satirical’ website Huzlers.
Nothing published on Huzlers should be taken seriously. The site has been responsible for an endless stream of nonsensical stories that circulate the Interwebs disguised as news, duping the unwary as they travel.
Of course, there are no credible news reports that back up the claims that AriZona Tea contains urine. Naturally, if there were really pee in the tea, then mainstream news outlets around the world would have extensively and gleefully reported on such a juicy scandal.
And, for the record, the company has repeatedly denied the nonsensical allegation via its Facebook Page.
Given the number of fake-news stories that now circulate, it is wise to check any ‘news’ reports that come your way via social media before you share them. Searching a news aggregator such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating story is true.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!