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The Ten Most Popular Hoax-Slayer Stories of 2015

by Brett M. Christensen

Top Ten 2015
Here we take a little trip down memory lane and revisit some of the most popular stories published on Hoax-Slayer during 2015. In fact, quite a few of these continue to circulate even today:

  1. Fake-News Report Claims NASA has Predicted 15 Days of Darkness in November 2015
    According to a ‘news’ report currently circulating via social media, NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15 and November 29, 2015.
  2. Completely Pointless and Misleading ‘Facebook Privacy Notice’
    Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a ‘Privacy Statement’ as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network. The latest ‘better safe than sorry’ version mentions Channel 13 News as a source.
  3. Spurious Health Tip – Onion on Feet to Take Away Illness
    Circulating health tip claims that placing raw onion on your feet can take away illness by absorbing toxins from the body. The message claims that onion placed on the bottom of your feet can gain direct access to your internal organs via “meridians” in your body.
  4. HOAX – ‘Dorval, Quebec Mayor Refuses to Remove Pork From School Canteens’
    Circulating message claims that the mayor of Dorval, a city in Quebec Canada, refused to bow to Muslim demands to remove pork from local school canteen menus and explained his decision in a strident note sent to parents in the area.
  5. NONSENSE – ‘All Americans Microchipped by 2017’
    Report claims that a 2007 NBC News segment predicted that all Americans would be microchipped by the year 2017. The reports suggest that the implanted RFID microchips will be used by the US government to control its citizens.
  6. No, Energy Drinks Do NOT Contain Bull Sperm
    Message circulating via social media claims that the ‘longhorn cattle company’ tested some of the top brands of energy drink and found that they contain bull sperm.
  7. HOAX – ‘Facebook To Start Charging to Keep Your Posts Private’
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that from tomorrow all of the information that users have published on Facebook will be made public unless they pay a fee of £5.99 or repost the same message.
  8. Killer House Plant Warning
    Message claims that an indoor plant that is commonly kept in homes and offices is so poisonous that it can kill a child in less than a minute and an adult in 15 minutes.
  9. Fake-News Story Claims AriZona Tea Contains Human Urine
    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.
  10. HOAX – ‘HIV & AIDS Infected Oranges Coming From Libya’
    Circulating message warns that the immigration services of Algeria have recovered oranges from Libya that have been injected with ‘HIV & AIDS blood’.

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer