John Kerry would be surprised

I’m sure Secretary of State John Kerry would be surprised with this “fact” from Yahoo! News:

governor news

John Kerry was never governor of Massachusetts. He was lieutenant governor, but is  more widely known as a former senator from Massachusetts. It’s just one more example of why you should never trust what you read from Yahoo!’s “journalists.”

What the Redskins didn’t lose

Beware of anything you read on Yahoo! News. If you’re reading this article, you might think that the Washington Redskins lost six patents and some copyright protection:

patents copyright news

That’s simply untrue. The team lost trademarks and therefore, trademark protection. The writer has confused patents, copyrights, and trademarks, treating them as if they were synonymous. They are not.

They really do think it’s 2015

The folks at Yahoo! seemed a little confused yesterday when they announced income numbers for 2015. Lest you think that the error is just the result of a writer going rogue, there’s additional evidence on Yahoo! Movies that Yahoo!ers have no idea what year it is:

next summer 2016 movies

Does your car have a microwave oven?

Stuck in traffic? Got a microwave oven handy? And some water, peanuts, Cup Noodles, and raisins? And maybe a spoon? Then you can make a snack, according to Yahoo! News:

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OK, so maybe not. The writer obviously did not read the article that this teaser refers to. The article is about food you can get at a gas station mini-mart — not food you prepare in your car when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic.

That’s unbelievable!

Here are two reasons I’d never believe anything I read on Yahoo! Travel. The first is something every American should know:

ellis island beauty

The Statue of Liberty never struck a pose on Ellis Island. She first appeared on Bedloe’s Island, which was later renamed Liberty Island, where she remains.

That normally would be enough for me to threaten to poke out my eyes with a number 2 pencil. But, I continued reading the article, which is purportedly about American models of the past. So, how did the writer screw up Peggy Moffitt’s name so badly — every freakin’ time she mentioned her?

name moffatt beauty

Here’s what I think: The writer is so damned sure of her superior knowledge that she didn’t bother to look up any facts. And without an editor to do a little fact-checking, you get an article like this.

News Flash! Yahoo predicts new jobs in 2015!

In a stunning act of prescience, predicts the number of jobs to be added in the first half of next year:

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Bucking up

Why would anyone want to be a bucking bronco? I have no idea, but the writer Yahoo! Travel seems to think those people exist:

broncos travel

It is possible, I suppose, that the writer has no idea what a bucking bronco is. A bucking bronco is not a person who rides a horse. It is the horse:


Do you think this vocabulary-challenged writer meant buckaroo?

Not a high school graduate

How the heck did Eminem’s daughter do that? In October she was a high school homecoming queen, and now she’s a college graduate?

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The answer is pretty simple: This appeared on, a site not known for accurately reproducing facts. It was right under the writer’s nose. Assuming the writer doesn’t have a schnoz like Cyrano de Bergerac, it should have been easy to see that the girl didn’t graduate from college. (And I meant graduate from college, not graduate college.)

Whom do you trust?

How does a great white shark grab chum off the deck of a boat? Don’t go looking for answers on Yahoo! News, because it’s not exactly the source of factual information:

chum news

The facts? According to legitimate news sources, the great white shark “grabbed” the chum in a chum basket, which was hanging off the boat in the water.

That must be one huge set!

That set that’s mentioned on It must have been humongous if a train can go barreling through:

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Does that seem possible to you? Me neither. The truth is that Mr. Wallach was nearly killed by a train on location.


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