Thatz Not Okay: I Like to Lie. Can I Keep Doing It?

Caity Weaver · 02/17/14 10:11AM

Recently I've invented a hobby whereby I invent factoids that are close enough to the truth to be believable, or just so totally random that they're difficult to prove/disprove (e.g. "Professional hurdlers run faster and make fewer mistakes when forced to jump over animals of the exact same height as a hurdle.") I tell these facts to friends and acquaintances in such a manner that they believe to them be irrefutable truth.

Brendan O'Connor · 02/02/14 06:00PM

Our attention has been brought to the fact that the Puppy Bowl was filmed in October. Everything good in life continues to be a lie. Enjoy the Super Bowl!

Trucker Threatening to Arrest Lawmakers Now Says It Was All Bullshit

Cord Jefferson · 10/08/13 07:46PM

Earl Conlon, the Georgia man who said he and a squad of other truckers were coming to D.C. this weekend to clog the roads and try to arrest congresspeople, now says his wild-eyed threats were just a bunch of baseless lies. This kind of honesty from fringe wingnuts is rare, so savor it.

Fox News Falls For Fake Story Claiming Obama is Funding Muslim Museum

Max Rivlin-Nadler · 10/05/13 03:40PM

During a segment on the government shutdown yesterday, Fox News host Anna Kooiman claimed that President Obama has "has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture." Problem being, besides the complete lie she told about the president, is that a museumby that name in Washington D.C. doesn't even exist.

Celine Dion Told a Weird Lie About Prince on Jimmy Kimmel

Rich Juzwiak · 09/07/13 11:30AM

Celine Dion sat on Jimmy Kimmel's couch for two (two!) whole segments last night (and then later performed her new single). She wasn't as goofy as one might expect, though sometimes hilarious regardless — Kimmel pointed out that the titular command of her new song "Love Me Back to Life" is technically impossible to pull off, but Dion vehemently disagreed, citing the scenario of a bunch of people praying around a hospital bed while someone was in a coma as an example of loving someone back to life. For Celine, all drama is melodrama. Life is but a soap opera.

How Conservatives Pretend That Martin Luther King Was One of Them

Hamilton Nolan · 08/28/13 09:23AM

Remember Martin Luther King, Jr., the oppressed Southern black man, the freedom fighter, the peacenik, who called for radical progressive civil rights and economic justice legislation, and who was smeared as a Communist? Today, pundits would like to remind you that he was, of course, a "conservative."

The 20 Best Trollings in Modern History

Hamilton Nolan · 03/25/13 04:00PM

From the Spanish-American War all the way up to the 40 Hottest Women in Tech, the past century has borne witness to some epic trolling, bro. This amoral art form—loosely defined as "the media fucking with you on purpose"—has defined our modern era of outrage. It is time that we honored the very best trollings of the past 115 years.

The Insane and Devastating Costs of the War in Iraq

Hamilton Nolan · 03/15/13 11:38AM

Ten years ago next week, the United States invaded Iraq. The ensuing decade of war would destroy Iraq, kill hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers, and cost trillions of dollars. It was not worth it. Not even close. A new accounting from the Costs of War project at Brown University lays bare just how much blood and treasure ten years of the War in Iraq has cost. For example:

No, Banksy Probably Didn't Get Arrested

Cord Jefferson · 02/22/13 05:53PM

You may have heard by now that Urban Outfitters' favorite street artist, Banksy, was arrested in London last night on charges of vandalism. Even better, after hauling him in, police reportedly revealed Banksy's identity to the press, a huge development considering that for years everyone—including Gawker—has been doggedly speculating about who exactly is behind the world's most famous irreverent stencils and the critically lauded film Exit Through the Gift Shop. Isn't this exciting news? No, it is not, because it's all a lie.