Previous “Real or Fake” posts

Real Or Fake? (April 3rd, 2012 Edition)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

It’s time for America’s most beloved web game, “Real or Fake?“, where you guess whether a news item is full of truth or just full of it.

Play along by reading a headline or story summary below, then deciding if you think it’s a real story from a proper news site or a fake, from somewhere like The Onion. After you’ve made your pick, click “Answer” to reveal the truth, then read more by clicking the link.

Limber up, because you don’t want to pull a hammy when you answer the question:

Is it Real or Fake?

1. Ikea Tests Out “Manland,” a Holding Pen For Bored Male Shoppers (Answer)

2. RIAA Sues Radio Stations For Giving Away Free Music (Answer)

3. New Age Terrorists Develop Homeopathic Bomb Overseas (Answer)

4. 5 Facebook Profile Pics That Make You Look Like a Tool (Answer)

5. Wyoming House Advances Doomsday Bill, Featuring New Currency, Military Draft, and Acquisition of Aircraft Carrier (Answer)

That’s all the stupid this site can handle for one day. Got your own submission? Send it over for the next edition!

Real Or Fake? (October 28th, 2011 Edition)

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The much-beloved game “Real or Fake?” has recently received some improvements, and it’s time to show them off. If you don’t recall or haven’t seen it, in this game, you guess whether a news item is fact or fiction.

Play along by reading a headline or story summary below, then deciding if you think it’s a real story from a proper news site or a fake, from somewhere like The Onion. After you’ve made your pick, click “Answer” to reveal the truth, then read more by clicking the link.

Let’s get ready to answer the question:

Is it Real or Fake?

1. Pat Robertson: God Let Zoo Animals Escape to Bite Gay People (Answer)

2. Clooney’s Satellites Capture Piles of Bodies, Mass Graves in Sudan (Answer)

3. Diplomacy Breaks Down Amid Bieber Fever (Answer)

4. First-Ever Gay ‘Dear John’ Letters Begin Reaching U.S. Troops Overseas (Answer)

5. Gadhafi Put on Display in Shopping Center Freezer (Answer)

That last one may just be the most disturbing Real or Fake ever, and it’s certainly the closer for this round. We’ll try to top it next time though!

Real Or Fake? (March 14th, 2011 Edition)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Over nine months have passed since the last round of “Real or Fake?“. Now, it’s back to prove to you that we went through the looking glass long, long ago. In this game, you’re asked to decide whether a news item is fact or fiction.

Play along by reading a headline or story summary below, then deciding if you think it’s a real story from a proper news site or a fake, from somewhere like The Onion. After you’ve made your pick, discover the truth and read more by clicking the link.

Get ready to answer the question:

Is It Real or Fake?

BREAKING: Large Air Spill At Wind Farm (Answer)

China Traffic Jam Enters 9th Day, Spans Over 60 Miles (Answer)

Struggling Blockbuster Eliminates Rental Fees (Answer)

Phil Collins Apologizes for Success as He Quits Music (Answer)

The Lost Tribes of RadioShack: Tinkerers Search for New Spiritual Home (Answer)

That’s all for today – how’d you do? Remember, you get one point per correct answer, and there’s no point in actually keeping score.

Real Or Fake? (May 10th, 2010 Edition)

Monday, May 10th, 2010

“Real or Fake?” is back again, to show you just how tenuous your grip on reality actually is. In this game, you’re asked to decide whether a news item is fact or fiction.

Play along by reading a headline or story summary below, then deciding if you think it’s a real story from a proper news site or a fake, from somewhere like The Onion. After you’ve made your pick, discover the truth by highlighting the hidden answer text with your mouse, and read more by clicking the link.

Now, let’s answer the question:

Is It Real or Fake?

Liechtenstein, Andorra Forced To Fight By Larger Countries (Answer)

Alaska Oil Spill Now Up to 100 Gallons – Just Last Week, BP Said the Release Involved an Estimated 3 Gallons of Oil (Answer)

Thousands Of Abandoned, Foreclosed Homes Threatened By Florida Hurricane (Answer)

Bushes Keep Vampires Out of Lawndale (Answer)

Lil Wayne Sentencing Delayed So Rapper Can Get His Teeth Fixed (Answer)

For those of you scoring at home, or even if you’re by yourself, the top score is 5. Thanks for playing!

Real Or Fake? (February 12th, 2010 Edition)

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Welcome, friends! It’s time for another edition of “Real or Fake?”, the game where we try to separate what’s real from what’s parody, and shudder at the realization of just how far gone reality actually is.

To play, just read a headline or story summary below, then decide if you think it’s a real story from a proper news site or a fake, from somewhere like The Onion. Once you’ve made your pick, find out the truth by highlighting the hidden answer text with your mouse. Let’s answer the question:

Is It Real or Fake?

Elvis Presley Turns 75 (Answer)

China Shopping Center Builds Car Park for Women (Answer)

U.S. Finally Gets Around To Prosecuting Mastermind Behind 9/11 (Answer)

14 Terror Suspects Mistakenly Kill Themselves (Answer)

Dye Pack Foils Art Thief (Answer)

Now tally up your score, giving yourself 1 point for each right answer, and subtracting 5 points for each wrong answer. Did you get a positive score? Cheater.

Submit Your Own
Find your own ridiculous “Should be fake, but it’s real” headline or story and send it my way.

Real or Fake?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

For years, I’ve enjoyed a game with some friends called “Real or The Onion?”. To play, one person presents a headline or story and everyone else must decide if this is an actual story or merely a fabrication by that excellent humor site The Onion. Invariably, these stories are in fact real, but sound as if they belong in The Onion. I suppose it’s not really much of a game, so much as a pithier name for “the activity of linking to articles that should be fake, but are in actuality real”.

Now, however, I’ve decided to turn it into more of a game. Without only a little more ado, allow me to present the first edition of “Real or Fake?”. To play, just read a headline or story summary below, then decide if you think it’s a real story from a proper news site or a fake, from somewhere like The Onion.

Once you’ve made your pick, find out the truth. If you find yourself intrigued, or if you think I’m a filthy liar, click the link to read the full story. Now, let’s play!

So Is It…Real or Fake?

Britain Warned by Iran’s Foreign Minister That It Will “Get Slapped in the Mouth” if It Does Not “Stop the Nonsense”. (Answer)

December Named National Awareness Month (Answer)

Man in Diabetic Coma Tasered 11 Times by Cops for Being Unresponsive (Answer)

Escaped Convict Continues to Update Facebook (Answer)

Afghan Presidential Election A Celebration Of All Forms Of Government (Answer)

How’d you do? Shut up, no one cares. But if you find your own ridiculous “Should be fake, but it’s real” headline or story, send it my way.