fakes

programming

Americans Don’t Need Deepfakes to Believe Lies About Nancy Pelosi

President Trump tweeted a video of House speaker Nancy Pelosi that was altered to make her look and sound drunk, with the speed slowed down to 75 percent.
Samantha Cole
5.24.19
Instagram

Scammers Are Filing Fake Trademarks to Steal High-Value Instagram Accounts

Scammers don't only hack Instagram accounts. Sometimes they just provide Instagram with some paperwork.
Joseph Cox
2.12.19
fakes

A Fake Nude of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Was Debunked By Foot Fetishists

Wikifeet foiled an attempt to shame the congresswoman with a fake Instagram post.
Samantha Cole
1.7.19
Black Lotus

How to Spot a Fake $1,000 Magic: The Gathering Card

Inside the card game’s seedy underbelly of counterfeits, repacks, and proxies.
Matthew Gault
10.30.17
Art

Victorian Con Men Faked the Middle Ages' Darkest Devices

Iron maidens? Chastity belts? These objects will make you think twice about what you learned in history class.
Anna Marks
6.18.16
Travel

Checking Out Istanbul's Knockoff Marketplace While It Lasts

As Turkey's relationship with the European Union becomes tighter, adopting its copyright standards is nearly a foregone conclusion. For now, knockoff peddlers are able to do their business more or less in the open, dealing mostly to European tourists.
Sam Koebrich
8.4.14
Stuff

Kitty Litter

It started in my limbs and made its way up my ribcage, until everything tingled. I had just popped a molly. My teeth ached from smiling. I chewed my gum into mush. The bass made my bones vibrate. But all of a sudden, things got weird. Later I found out...
Rula Al-Nasrawi
7.2.13
war

The Worst Gadget: Iraq's Most Popular Bomb Detector Is Actually Just A Toy

The ADE 651 is a small device the Iraqi military uses at checkpoints to detect bombs in and underneath cars. There's just one problem: these little wands were proven to be ineffective three years ago.
ALEX PASTERNACK
3.21.13
Motherboard Blog

How to Fake a Nice Spacecraft Landing

"The three astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft return capsule said they 'feel good' after the capsule landed on Friday morning," reported China's wire service, "Xinhua":http://english.cntv.cn/20120629/107569.shtml. Their capsule came barreling...
ALEX PASTERNACK
7.2.12