Prankster Poses As Ukraine Eyewitness, Calls MSNBC Host "Dumbass"

MSNBC's Krystal Ball couldn't foresee being called a "dumbass" by a prankster posing as an eyewitness to today's MH17 flight disaster, even after the guest—claiming to be stationed at the U.S. embassy in Kiev—claimed the plane was shot down by "a blast of wind from Howard Stern's ass." » 7/17/14 3:43pm 7/17/14 3:43pm

Dear Abby Runs Clearly Fake Letter From Woman Asking What Twerking Is

How many letters do you think "Dear Abby" receives in a day? Hundreds? Thousands? Enough, surely, that the advice column (now written by Jeanne Phillips) wouldn't need to run a fake letter. But you'll probably find this one in your local paper today, and we're pretty sure it's not authentic. » 5/07/14 11:20am 5/07/14 11:20am

Shaka Smart-To-Marquette Reports Came From Student Journalist

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel now tells us Shaka Smart is not likely to take the head basketball coaching position at Marquette. Why, then, were TV stations in Milwaukee all breathlessly reporting the breaking news that he'd be the new leader of the Golden Eagles? A source inside one of those newsrooms tells us this… » 3/25/14 5:11pm 3/25/14 5:11pm

How An ESPNer Found Out The "Battle Of The Sexes" Was Probably Fixed

As usual, this one started with a tip. It came courtesy of Hal Shaw, a 79-year-old man who lived in Florida. ESPN investigative reporter Don Van Natta Jr. knew him. The two had met when Van Natta was researching his 2011 biography of Babe Didrikson Zaharia. Shaw once worked at the country club that she owned, so Van… » 8/29/13 2:42pm 8/29/13 2:42pm

Atlanta Braves Batboy Uses Actual Bat In Cruel Hoax

A real, winged bat flew onto the field in the middle of last night's Phillies-Braves game. If you've seen this story by now, you probably think that the batboy scooped the bat from shortstop Paul Janish's glove and then ran, cradling it, to the Braves dugout. You may have read or incorrectly invoked the term "irony" » 8/15/13 3:24pm 8/15/13 3:24pm

Somebody Took Over Manti Te'o's Old Twitter Account And Is Reviving His…

Just when we thought things on the Manti Te'o/Lennay Kekua front were over, they got weird again. Earlier this month, an unknown individual assumed control of Manti Te'o's deleted Twitter account, recreated its appearance, and started tweeting. The tweets weren't original, though; they were recycled from Te'o's own… » 3/30/13 7:25pm 3/30/13 7:25pm