29 Ridiculous 'News' Stories You Thought Were True In 2015

We're living in a new age of yellow journalism. Except instead of the news making baseless claims against public figures, reporting non-stories as the end of the world, taking barely substantiated stories at face value, and ... oh, wow. Nope, really doesn't look like there's a big difference between the news media today and the yellow press of the Pulitzer/Hearst days.

So with that in mind, we enlisted the aid of the Purveyor of Truth AuntieMeme to debunk some of the biggest stories you believed this year. Get ready to be the life of all the holiday parties.

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BS NEVIS This year, news crews from The AV Club, CNN, IBTimeS, and The Huffington Post breathlessly proclaimed that ISIS had claimed the Tunisian town

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BS NEVIS According to The independent, IBTimeS, Fox, and even I Fucking Love Science, a North Carolina town rejected a solar farm because they thought

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BS NEVS A widely-circulated meme claimed Donald Trump said to People magazine in 1998, If I were to run, I'd run as Republican. They're the dumbest g

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BS NEVIS The Drudge Report published an article in December 2015 claiming that Leonardio DiCaprio's character in The Revenant was raped by a bear. Twi

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BS NEVIS According to USA Today and Slate, more people die from selfies than shark attacks. For example, a man died while taking a selfie at the Taj M

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BS NEVS The Huffington Post, CBS, Salon, ABC, and Fox have reported stories of parents deliberately infecting their children at measles parties. Par

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BS NEVIS Sites like CBS Local, Inquisitr, and India Today told the story of a Catholic priest who was declared dead for 48 whole minutes before being

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BS NEVIS According to one study (as well as IGN, CNN, and CBS) people who use Apple products are noticeably smarter than those mouth-breathers pawing

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BS NEVIS According to The Telegraph, The Independent, Express, Los Angeles Times, aNd more, sleeping more than 8 hours a night can kill you- or at lea

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BS NEVIS According to The Huffington Post, IBTimes, the Metro, The Independent, and the Malaysian Digest, the Saudis are about to open a Sharia-compli

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BS NEV/S When Pope Francis proclaimed that dogs go to heaven, the New York Daily News, USA Today, io9, and Time all jumped on the irresistibly adorabl

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BS NEVIS News outlets including the Washington Post reported that there's gold in sewage, and concluded that people poop gold. Your poop could be a li

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BS NEVIS This September, entertainment news site Variety announced the death of Monty Python memberl noted director Terry Gilliam. Monty Python's Terr

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BS NEVS Do you feel lonely from time to time? Congratulations! You're gonna die! At least, you might according to Express, CNN, and The Huffington Pos

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BS NEVIS When Mark Zuckerberg announced the birth of his baby, hopeful Facebook users updated their statuses with a message of congratulations, believ

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BS NEVIS You might remember the time McDonald's dabbled in pizza, with wildly unsuccessful results. Time, BGR, Thrillist, Yahoo, and RYOT recently rep

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BS NEWS According to Daily Record, CNBC, and Metro, Kim Jong Un is going to open up a restaurant in Scotland that will serve delicious dishes such as

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BS NEWS If CNBC and The Atlantic are to be believed, millennials hate buying houses. The reason? They're all a bunch of cheapskates. Housing gets more

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BS NEVIS The news outlets lost their minds this year over a topless Instagram photo by Will and Jada Smith's daughter Willow. Willow Smith's Topless

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BS NEVIS According to CBS, Discovery, CNET, Telegraph, Fox, and Mashable, we are only two Wrestlemanias away from human head transplants, in 2017. Fra

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BS NEVS Media outlets from The Washington Post to Slate.com proclaimed that The Simpsons had predicted Donald Trump's candidacy for President in a 200

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BS NEVIS When CNN ran a story about a Texas A&M University professor failing an entire class as a form of tough love, people ate it up. Look out, mi

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BS NEVIS RT, Digital Journal, Tech Times, Uproxx, and The Hollywood Reporter announced this year that Google executive Eric Schmidt says the Internet

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BS NEVS Medical Daily, Complex, USA Today, independent, and Mashable all reported that people who use emojis are having more sex than people who don't

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BS NEVIS People who drink their coffee black are more likely to be sadists and psychopaths, according to a widely-cited study that made the rounds on

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BS NEVIS A story made the rounds on social media this year about a sexual predator who put on a clown costume and lay in wait in a child's bedroom, SO

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BS NEWS In The New York Times, an article entitled Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes? warned readers that wearable tech such as A

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BS NEVIS CBS, Slate, and Daily Mail reported this year that the high levels of arsenic in low-priced wines is going to kill everyone who drinks them.

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BS NEVIS The Independent, Telegraph, NY Daily News, People, CNBC, and even Smithsonian Magazine ran stories saying that the president of Argentina rec

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