Why Won't Americans Drink Tea?

Americans love waking up to gulp down as much jitter juice as they can get their hands on. But why is the only cold brew we like from a bean and not a leaf?

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News travels fast in the information age, leaving breathless news agencies no choice but to employ their own brand of quick-draw reporting, otherwise known as "horrible exaggerations" and "just plain old making shit up." Here's yet another batch of viral news stories that were either wildly misrepresented or completely fabricated.

Disney Isn't Taking Away Christmas Movies People Already Purchased on Amazon

According to several tech sites, including Torrent Freak and Digital Journal, Disney has pulled several purchased Christmas movies from Amazon customers' digital accounts in order to force them to watch the movies on television instead, because that headline was written by someone with a tenuous grasp of how the entertainment industry works.

'Tis the season: Disney revokes access to purchased Christmas movies to force you back to cable this Christmas (updated) DJont Hruska Decenter 16.2013
extremetech.com

Because Disney totally pulls The Avengers off of Amazon every time they show it on TV.

We totally understand that "Disney is taking things that you paid for so they can force you to watch them on television is an attractive headline for anyone wary of the current push toward all-digital content versus physical media. But the fact is, only one title was actually removed from any customers' personal libraries (a Christmas special from 2009 called Prep & Landing), and that was because Amazon accidentally removed it, an error that was quickly corrected.

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theguardian.com

"But if you say it that way, it sounds like something that nobody has any reason to care about!" -the news

Disney was planning to re-air the special and asked Amazon to temporarily remove it from their online stock, and Amazon mistakenly deleted it carte blanche. The most amazing aspect of this story is how many people apparently owned that Christmas special. But because professional journalists can only be bothered to read three or four words of a source before unleashing an outrage story on the Internet, we were assaulted by this headline:

Can't stream that Christmas movie you bought on Amazon? Blame Disney didn't really know what lo say. I turns out we don't own it. kids b Cvrus Fari
arstechnica.com

"I should never have brought a child into a world capable of such mild inconveniences. What God would allow this?"

(Disney won an Oscar for the 1958 equivalent of bullshit viral news. Check out The De-Textbook to un-learn the lies an old documentary fed you about lemmings.)

Those Students Suspended for Sexual Harassment Were Sexually Harassing People

This past week, CNN, Huffington Post, and Washington Times caught fire with this headline, announcing yet another ludicrous example of political correctness in schools being taken too far:

CNNI parer Partef eorplete coverage o CNN Parents 6-year-old suspended for kissing girl, accused of sexual harassment By Kelly Wallace. CNIN uodated 1
cnn.com

He's been approved for future fraternity membership at any SEC school.

That's an irresistible headline, but since we all know that little kids are shitheads who have no idea how to behave themselves in a socially acceptable manner, we were skeptical and looked a little deeper (a phrase here meaning "we took three minutes to actually read the story"). The headline is technically correct, in that a 6-year-old boy was suspended for kissing his female classmate, but it ignores the fact that the little boy has been suspended for kissing her before (and also for "roughhousing" and "other disciplinary problems"). Despite what the boy's mother claims, that attention was clearly unwanted. Incidentally, the little girl's mother completely supports the suspension and wants that boy to keep his damn hands off of her daughter.

A similar story about a teenager who was suspended after a hug he gave his teacher was declared sexual harassment also got the Internet's feathers all ruffled:

par Part of complete coverage on CNN Parents Student suspended for sexual harassment after hugging teacher By Kelly Wallace. CNN updated 12:05 DM EST.
cnn.com

All part of CNN's Kelly Wallace's month-long special coverage of school newspapers.

It sounds crazy until you learn that the student is 17, the teacher has repeatedly told him not to hug her, and he probably kissed her on her neck when he did it. So, the media has overlooked two important things: A) these kids actually need to learn about the consequences of putting your hands on another human being when they do not want you to, and B) there are, shockingly, people being harassed in these outrageous harassment cases.

Angelina Jolie Isn't Buying Brad Pitt a Heart-Shaped Island

Look at this obvious nonsense:

Angelina Jolie buys Brad Pitt heart-shaped island to mark his 50th birthday: report Theactress reportedly shelled out $20 million for the grand gift t
nydailynews.com

Thanks to the New York Daily News and the Mirror, we have to explain that, of the things Angelina Jolie does with the millions of dollars all of us gave to her by seeing her movies, buying an island for Brad Pitt was not one of them.

LIFE LWE Fesnures Frant Lloydwright Prane kland Arehnnctre Rumor Has It Angelina Jolie Bought Brad Pitt A Heart- Shaped Island For $12.2 Million GA IL
businessinsider.com

"No, it's cool. We added 'rumor has it' to the beginning, so it doesn't matter if it's not true."

Just to recap, the rumor appeared on two tabloid sites and could have been easily refuted by bothering to speak with the family that is actually selling the island. To their knowledge, nobody (not even the breakout star of Hackers) has made them any offers.

The Guy Who Got Pulled Over With a Cookie iPhone Is Known for Twitter Pranks

Twitter tends to be a worse news source than tea leaves. And yet when comedian Randy Liedtke claimed that he made iPhone-shaped cookies to eat while driving and trick police into pulling him over, then wound up getting a ticket for outstanding parking violations, this happened:

FEIAN 2MMERMAN GAWER PRANIS 12/12/03947 1260 Troll Comedian Bakes iPhone Cookies to Fool Police Comedian (Unsurprisingly) Regrets Pranking With Phone-
gawker.com, shine.yahoo.com, nbclosangeles.com

The story has been covered on every news site that has ever existed, and we know it's the unvarnished truth because of the staggering photographic evidence he provided:

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twitter.com/randyliedtke

After all, it's not like you can just stand in front of a police station with a random piece of paper.

Ignoring the fact that he is a comedian who recently pulled an entirely different Twitter hoax, the photos he posted don't actually confirm any part of his story except for the fact that he made cookies that vaguely looked like iPhones.

Every Picture of the Sphinx and Pyramids Covered in Snow Is a Lie

This month, snow fell in Cairo for the first time in over 100 years, prompting Twitter to post an onslaught of snow-dusted pyramid pictures:

History In Pictures 1- Follow eHistoryinpics Snow has fallen on the pyramids for the first time in 112 years. pic.twitter.com/pzXTqdHvGp Reply t2 Retw
twitter.com/HistoryInPics

Or Egypt's coke problem has gotten ridiculously out of hand.

The most retweeted photo came from something called Mind Blowing, which posted the "first picture ever" of the Sphinx covered in snow:

Mind Blowing L- Follow @MindBiowing Egypt's first snow in 100+ years the covers Sphinx. Think about it: this is likely the FIRST picture of this EVER!
twitter.com/MindBlowing

On the plus side, he doesn't have to worry about a runny nose.

The pictures are undeniably mind-blowing, though perhaps not for the reasons intended:

5 More B.S. Viral Stories That All Your Friends Believed
legalinsurrection.com

"Seems legit."

Golly, the pyramids, the Sphinx, and even the Eiffel Tower were hit! Why is the Eiffel Tower there, you ask? Because this is a fucking miniature:

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amusingplanet.com

The picture is from Japan's Tobu World Square Park, which, unlike the Sphinx, actually does get snow from time to time. The only part of Egypt that actually got snow was Cairo's suburbs, but that didn't stop the Internet from Photoshopping snow onto the pyramids anyway.

5 More B.S. Viral Stories That All Your Friends Believed
mirror.co.uk

5 More B.S. Viral Stories That All Your Friends Believed
wafflesatnoon.com

"Lying with Photoshop? How are we supposed to keep up with these new Internet trends?"

One bold trickster even went so far as to post this dramatic piece of photographic proof:

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luxorlv.wordpress.com

That snow-capped pyramid is covered in glass, surrounded by palm trees, and in Las Vegas.

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