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Fake-or-Fact Friday: Good News Edition

April 4, 2014

Two of these news items really happened. One of them only happened…in our minds. Can you tell which is the fake? The answer is below.

A.

There are eight schools in the prestigious Ivy League—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania. All are extremely hard to get into, unless you are one particular 17-year-old high-school-senior from Long Island who got into all of them. The student is a first-generation son of Ghanian immigrants. His guidance counselor was especially wowed. “It’s a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies,” she told reporters. “To get into one or two is huge. This is extraordinary.” “The yesses kept coming!” said the student, who scored 2250 out of 2400 on the SAT. He got the idea to apply at all eight in the 10th grade as a fun challenge. He knows he wants to be a doctor, but he isn’t sure which school to attend, although he’s leaning toward Yale.

B.

Even good-natured pranks generally leave one of the parties involved feeling like a victim on some level. Not this prank. A Los Angeles waitress went about her normal shift, waiting tables, when suddenly she started getting very good tips. Very good tips. One tip was $1,000. Another was a trip to Hawaii. Then came a job offer, and then finally, the keys to a new car. It was all part of a website’s campaign to raise money for a social change charity.

C.

A team of biologists discovered a new species of forest mouse on Luzon Island in the Philippines. “Most mouse species actively avoid humans,” said project leader Dr. Lawrence Heaney from Chicago’s Field Mouse Museum. “These mice left what I can only describe as ‘offerings’ on team members’ sleeping bags.” Among the items found: earthworms, seeds… and a half-carat princess-cut diamond ring.

Want more fakes? Check out Uncle John’s Fake Facts. (Really!)

 

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