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Rape Victims Lured by Children
Warning that rapists are using little children who appear to be lost to lure victims to them.
Warning about atomic explosions at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Warning about contamination dangers with cut onions.
Warning about a computer virus masquerading as a postcard from a friend or family member.
Claim that calling #77 or *112 from a cell phone in any state will connect you with highway patrol dispatchers.
Cell Phone Numbers Given to Telemarketers
Claim that cell phone providers will soon be releasing customers' phone numbers to telemarketers.
Urgent Warning About Gardasil
Warning that the Gardasil HPV vaccine has caused the deaths of 32 women.
Photographs show actor Tom Hanks posing with a drunk, passed-out customer in a diner.
Aldi Horsemeat Scandal
Warning that food products sold by Aldi contain horsemeat.
Will Smith Dead
Report that actor Will Smith died during surgery following an accident.
'Black Muslim in the White House' Virus
Warning about a destructive computer virus known as 'Black Muslim in the White House.'
Party Mehndi Red Cone
Photograph shows a woman who suffered a severe infection after the application of henna.
Confessions for the Holidays
Ben Stein's commentary about the observance of Christmas.
Claim that HealthCare.gov was developed on a no-bid contract by a company at which Michelle Obama's classmate is a top executive.
Claim that Muslims are exempt from Obamacare requirements to obtain health insurance.
Do Not Eat Tilapia!
Item warns about eating farm-raised tilapia and other fish from China.
Bill Cosby on Blaming White People
Excerpts from Bill Cosby speech about blacks' taking responsibility for their lives.
Report that Pope Francis declared at the Third Vatican Council that 'all religions are true.'
Claim that baby carrots made from deformed full-sized carrots that have been soaked in chlorine.
Heart Attacks and Water
Advice that drinking four glasses of water at the beginning of the day will cure diseases.
Photograph shows a Bigfoot shot and killed by a hunter in San Antonio.
Warning about medical ailments purportedly caused by the artificial sweetener aspartame.
Account of athlete who gave up his collegiate areer to donate bone marrow to a young man with leukemia.
Warning that the use of E15 gasoline can damage engines and/or void warranties of car models older than 2012.
Facts on Honey and Cinnamon
Article extolls the medical virtues of honey and cinnamon.
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