Earlier this month, you might have smelled a pungent piece of news. Former IGP Musa Hassan went on Twitter and shared an article about the CIA apologizing to the late Osama bin Laden after finding out that he wasn’t involved in the 9/11 attacks. Sounds mundane enough, but there are two problems with that.
- The news was from 10 months ago.
- It came from The Onion, a site well-known for their satirical pieces.
Musa Hassan subsequently became a subject of ridicule on Twitter. But before jumping on the bandwagon and shaming an elderly for confusing fact and fiction, it must be noted that we are at a time when real news are increasingly sounding more ridiculous, so many people can have a hard time figuring out what is real and what is satire. Just check out these 100% real headlines:
Even the people who run The Tapir Times (a local news parody site macam The Onion) told us that Malaysians have sent such ridiculous headlines to them, asking if they were behind those. So how can one tell what’s real or not anymore? Well, we dunno how, but we can test how well you, the reader, can tell what’s real or not.
To do that, we gathered some weird-sounding headlines from real, legit news sources, mixed them up with headlines from The Tapir Times, and set them in the form of a quiz. So get your bullsh*t detectors up and running, and try to sift through these. Can you tell which is which?
Truth can be stranger than fiction, huh? Well, regardless of whether you’re just as likely to make the same mistake as Musa Hassan or not, here are the links to the stories behind those ridiculous headlines:
*NO CHEATING SCROLL BACK UP AND FINISH THE QUIZ FIRST*