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Fact-or-Fake Friday or Fight!

January 31, 2014

FactOrFake Logo 1Here are three weird news items from the past few weeks. Two of them are true, and one of them we just made up. Take a guess, and check the answers below to see if you’re right.


The manufacturers of the Flushmate III toilet peripheral are ordering a recall due to the risk of…explosions. There are reports that the high-tech flushing mechanism erupted so violently so as to blow apart the tank or rip the lid off the top of the toilet. There have been no injuries as of yet, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the recall is underway in the U.S. and Canada for a certain run of units, which were manufactured between March 2008 and June 2009. If you have a Flushmate III installed on your commode, it’s recommended to stop using the toilet right away, then turn off the water supply, and give it one last flush to “relieve pressure.”


Stop us if you’ve heard this one: 51-year-old David Sherratt walked into a U.K. bar naked from the waist down and carrying a bag of adult toys and announced that if anyone had a problem with his outfit they could take it outside. No one in the White Hart bar took him up on the offer to fight, so he left. But when the bartender saw that he’d approached a group of pedestrians outside, he called the police. When the cops apprehended Sherratt, they found that in addition to the toys, the bag he was carrying also included amphetamines, which he said he “may have taken too much” of. He has been sentenced to a 12-month community order and to pay an 85-pound fine.


A vast collection of rare pornographic photographs is scheduled to go up for auction that was once owned by the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. The online-only auction, planned for Feb. 6, will benefit the estate of Ingmar Bergman, which is now operates as a nonprofit artists’ retreat on the Baltic island of Fårö. Bergman’s daughter, Linn Ullmann, said the photographs were part of the director’s extensive art collection, and the sale would help preserve Bergman’s legacy as an artist. The nearly 2,000 photos are expected to bring in anywhere from $200,000 to $500,000.

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