April Fools Fake News Test

To celebrate April Fools day, here are some of the fake news that have gone viral and made their rounds on social media in China. Enjoy.

Urban legend or news? A woman sprayed perfume in a car. Someone lighted a cigarette and caused an explosion.

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Ans: An urban legend that once went viral in China. It never happened.

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True or false? Wa Wa vegetable and fresh black fungus are toxic.

Poison

Ans: False. Both can be safely eaten.

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Viral on Chinese social media: 84-year old man feigned deafness for 62 years to avoid talking to his wife.

Old Newari Couple

Ans: Complete fabrication.

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Viral on Chinese social media: 250 researchers in China found that radiation from mobile phones can cause cancer.

Well rounded (1 of 2)

Ans: Only a handful of inconclusive results.

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Viral on Chinese social media: WeChat will soon charge users. Those who share this piece of news will get to use it for free.

WeChat

Ans: Fake news. The “incentive” caused the rumour to spread like wild fire.

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Viral on Chinese social media: Riders of electrical personal mobility devices (in China) must take a driving test.

China 16 - Jianshui - Electric scooter girl

Ans: Under consideration.

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Viral on Chinese social media: The yellow croaker fish is artificially dyed yellow.

Yellow Croaker

Ans: Fake news.

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Viral on Chinese social media: Chemotherapy has killed more people than it cured.

Chemotherapy

Ans: Fake news perpetuated by alternative healers.

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Viral on Chinese social media: Eating huge amounts of black fungus can help prevent cancer.

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Ans: Not backed by evidence.

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Viral on Chinese social media: Researchers found that non-diary creamer has the same nutrient content as infant formula.

Infant formula dangerous

Ans: Fake news.

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Viral on Chinese social media: Scientists just discovered that low sodium diets are actually less healthy than high sodium diets.

Salt

Ans: Fake news.

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Viral on Chinese social media: Temple in Kai Feng placed a recruitment ad for monks. Monthly allowance 20,000-50,000 yuan.

greed monk

Ans: Fake news.

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Viral on Chinese social media: A mixture of spinach and milk is a recipe for dysentery.

Tummy Ache

Ans: It may cause diarrhoea in some people but not dysentery.


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