Planes Get Struck By Lightning Once a Year on Average

There’s a moment in the Truman Show, when Jim Carrey tries to travel to Fiji (and escape his creep-o TV show island) and this poster pops up at a travel agency. It’s funny because lightning strikes are such rare occurrences it couldn’t happen that often. Surely, not often enough to necessitate a poster. » 5/15/15 1:55pm 5/15/15 1:55pm

The Himalayas Dropped 3 Feet After the Nepal Earthquake

The earthquake in Nepal was so violent it moved mountains. Satellite imagery shows that the parts of the Himalayas sank three feet—and the area around it as much as five feet—as tectonic plates snapped under extreme pressure. But the mountains will regain their height, slowly but surely, thanks to the geologic forces… » 5/13/15 3:42pm 5/13/15 3:42pm

Albert Einstein, Famous Product Endorser, Hated Product Endorsements

Companies love to put Albert Einstein in their ads. We’ve seen Einstein peddle Nikon cameras, Apple computers, and even Mentos. But Einstein never approved for his image to be used in any product endorsements while he was alive. In fact, he called these deals the “corruption of our time.” » 5/11/15 3:45pm 5/11/15 3:45pm

Mike Huckabee Half-Heartedly Defends His Cinnamon Pill Cure For Diabetes

If you’re looking for garbage health advice, there are quite a few people to turn to: Dr. Oz, The Food Babe, and... Mike Huckabee? Yes, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has been peddling garbage supplements that are supposed to help cure diabetes. And he was on Face the Nation yesterday where he defended against … » 5/11/15 11:00am 5/11/15 11:00am

Forward or Delete: This Week's Fake Baltimore Photos

Occasionally, against all odds, you’ll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But probably not this week. Here are the fake viral Baltimore photos that deserve nothing more than a pitiless “delete.” » 5/01/15 4:33pm 5/01/15 4:33pm

Internet Racists Are Pretending to Be Black Looters in Baltimore

For every human tragedy offline, there will inevitably be a group of dedicated fuckers trying to make it worse using the internet. Today’s example is the #BaltimoreLootCrew, spreading white supremacist bile and misinformation about the Freddie Gray protests. » 4/30/15 12:52pm 4/30/15 12:52pm

15 Ridiculous Headlines From The Dr. Oz Show's Website

Dr. Oz is in hot water over his promotion of garbage weight loss cures and anti-GMO fearmongering. His defense? The doctor claims his widely popular TV program “isn’t a medical show.” Which, if you ignore the fact that he often wears scrubs and has the word doctor right there in his show’s title, might have some truth… » 4/29/15 3:00pm 4/29/15 3:00pm

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.” » 4/24/15 4:45pm 4/24/15 4:45pm

Food Blogger Famous for Curing Her Own Cancer Admits She Was Never Sick

A popular Australian food blogger who claimed she beat terminal cancer through healthy eating—and used that backstory to sell a popular cookbook and app—now admits “none of it’s true.” Belle Gibson, creator of The Whole Pantry, came clean this week after journalists and investigators began to unravel her story. » 4/22/15 3:37pm 4/22/15 3:37pm

Is the GMO Labeling Movement Just a Long Con to Get You to Buy Organic?

In a recent New York Times column, Mark Bittman compared consumers to lab animals subjected to an experiment. “Stop Making Us Guinea Pigs,” the headline of his piece lamented. The experiment? Genetically modified organisms lurking in the nation’s food, filling our families’ bellies, and maybe doing something to us,… » 4/22/15 12:46pm 4/22/15 12:46pm

Hacked Emails Show Dr. Oz Wanted to Peddle Sony Wearables on His Show

The folks over at Vox have spotted a curious email that was leaked as part of the Sony hack. Back in January 2014, Dr. Oz sent a message to Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment, asking about Sony’s upcoming wearable devices. Since Sony produces his show, Dr. Oz saw an opportunity for good old fashioned… » 4/20/15 1:30pm 4/20/15 1:30pm