Forward or Delete: This Week's Fake Viral Photos

Occasionally, against all odds, you'll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But is it worth sharing, or just another Photoshop job that belongs in the digital trash heap? Check in here and find out if that viral photo deserves an enthusiastic "forward" or a pitiless "delete." » 11/21/14 4:36pm Yesterday 4:36pm

Did Ben Franklin want the turkey to be our national symbol?

It's one of those Thanksgiving fun facts I loved repeating when I was a kid: Ben Franklin liked turkeys so much that he wanted them to be our national bird, instead of the bald eagle. It's a popular fun fact. But I was shattered to learn as an adult that this little nugget of trivia isn't quite true. » 11/20/14 5:15pm Thursday 5:15pm

The world's oldest basketball court has iron poles in the middle of it

Basketball is famously an all-American sport (invented by a Canadian). But thanks to an odd twist of fate and the YMCA, the world's oldest surviving basketball court is actually in France. Tucked away in a neighborhood of Paris, the handsome facility has parquet floors and iron pillars running down the middle of it.… » 11/20/14 1:05pm Thursday 1:05pm

No, Colonel Sanders never killed a man in a shootout

The internet loves fun facts about Colonel Sanders. Yes, he was a real man named Harland Sanders. And yes, he really was a colonel. (Well, kind of.) But there's one fun fact about everybody's favorite chicken salesman that simply isn't true. Despite what you may have read online, Colonel Sanders never killed a man in… » 11/19/14 12:45pm Wednesday 12:45pm

1 percent of recording artists earn 77 percent of recorded music revenue

Thanks to the internet, there are now more ways than ever to get music. But this hasn't allowed smaller artists to get a bigger share of the financial pie. In fact, the top 1 percent of artists now collect 77 percent of all revenue from recorded music. » 11/18/14 12:30pm Tuesday 12:30pm

A fake gas-powered alarm clock once got Energy Star certification

When an appliance gets Energy Star certification that's supposed to mean that it's environmentally friendly. But what happens when you submit fake products like a gasoline-powered alarm clock or the "air purifier" pictured above? A government audit in 2010 found that both of these ridiculous products were certified as… » 11/14/14 5:45pm 11/14/14 5:45pm

Forward or Delete: This Week's Fake Viral Photos

Occasionally, against all odds, you'll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But is it worth sharing, or just another Photoshop job that belongs in the digital trash heap? Check in here and find out if that viral photo deserves an enthusiastic "forward" or a pitiless "delete." » 11/14/14 2:23pm 11/14/14 2:23pm

James Bond and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were created by the same person

Whimsical 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is best remembered for its nutty flying car and catchy songs. One piece of chitty-chitty-memora-bang-bang-bilia (sorry) that often gets overlooked: The source material was written by Ian Fleming, who is much better known for creating the most famous fictional secret agent in… » 11/11/14 12:03pm 11/11/14 12:03pm

Oscar the Grouch used to be orange (but was supposed to be magenta)

Sesame Street is 45 years old today, and the warm-spirited puppeteers behind the show's Twitter account did a fun thing. They shared 45 facts about Sesame Street over the course of the day. Chief among them is the fact that Oscar the Grouch was actually orange for the entire first season of the show. Orange! » 11/10/14 7:50pm 11/10/14 7:50pm

Waldo from Where's Waldo? has different names all over the world

This may come as a shock to some Americans, but Waldo from the Where's Waldo? books has different names throughout the world. In France he's called Charlie. In Norway, he's Willy. Germany? Walter. And in Britain, the home of the illustrator Martin Hanford and the original books, he's called Wally. » 11/07/14 1:05pm 11/07/14 1:05pm

Meet the Mysterious Creator of Rumor-Debunking Site Snopes.com

Snopes.com creator David Mikkelson has been calling out bullshit on the Internet for two decades. (There's no antifreeze in Fireball, people ... merely the makings of a very regrettable hangover.) We caught up with Mikkelson to find out where Snopes came from, and what's next for the site. » 11/06/14 6:32pm 11/06/14 6:32pm

The original eBay.com hosted a page about Ebola

According to a newly-published New York Magazine profile, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar sounds like a pretty weird dude. The lengthy piece not only documents the billionaire's latest shenanigans, but also the origins of the world's largest auction site. Funnily enough, Ebola plays a strange role in that story. » 11/04/14 11:45am 11/04/14 11:45am