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Home --> Media Matters --> Not Necessarily the News

Not Necessarily the News

Ratings Key

        Green bullet = true
        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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Red bullet A Romanian couple named their son 'Yahoo' as a sign of gratitude for their having met over the Internet.

Yellow bullet A man freed himself from an avalanche by drinking beer and urinating on the snow to melt it.

Red bullet Women in Germany face the loss of unemployment benefits if they decline to accept work in brothels.

Yellow bullet A mouse set a house on fire after the homeowner threw the rodent into a pile of burning leaves.

Red bullet An Oregon girl's message-in-a-bottle was found by a boy in Hawaii.

Red bullet An alligator captured in the Chicago River in June 2008 was the first such creature ever found in that body of water.

Red bullet A vengeful Polish dentist pulled out all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth after he dumped her.

Red bullet A Swedish man died after having sex with hornet's nest.

Red bullet A man in China has sued his wife for bearing him ugly children.

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