December 6, 2013 |
Someone made Paris Hilton the butt of a Twitter hoax Thursday involving "her" reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela, and girlfriend is not happy about it. "RIP Nelson Mandela," the Photoshopped tweet read. "Your 'I Have A Dream' speech was so inspiring. An amazing man. " That's right, Hilton was supposedly so dumb she confused Mandela with Martin Luther King Jr., the fake tweet would have you believe. Photos: Celebrities react to the death of Nelson Mandela A quick check of Hilton's verified account at the time the hoax started revealed she was on a plane to Miami.
December 5, 2013 |
It was a reality show all its own. Last Thursday, 30-year-old Elan Gale, a hirsute hipster and television producer whose credits include several seasons of "The Bachelor" franchise, sent a series of tweets to his roughly 35,000 Twitter followers. Explaining that he was on a delayed flight trying to make it home for Thanksgiving dinner, he described the shockingly rude antics of a fellow passenger named Diane. Over a four-hour period, Gale tweeted a blow-by-blow of a feud that apparently played out through an exchange of handwritten notes, which Gale snapped photos of and posted on his Twitter feed.
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November 29, 2013 |
A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat that led to the shutdown of a San Diego freeway on Thanksgiving. Victor Manuel Diaz remains in San Diego County jail on two felony counts of making threats. Bail is set at $50,000. According to the California Highway Patrol, Diaz made a cellphone call to his sister Thursday afternoon as she was driving northbound on Interstate 15 in San Diego. He told her that a bomb had been placed in her car, the CHP said.
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November 26, 2013 |
A Los Angeles man's story of being kidnapped while walking his dog last week -- just days before he was supposed to testify in a celebrity-linked burglary case -- has been deemed a ruse, police said. Police spent three days looking for Darwin Vela, 22, after his dog returned to their Southwest L.A. home alone the night of Nov. 19. Vela's fiancee said she called 911 after spotting blood on the chocolate Labrador's leash. Vela was found Friday afternoon, after he flagged down a motorist on the Westside.
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November 25, 2013 |
A 40-year-old man who pleaded guilty to making false bomb threats against his former employer, United Airlines, has been sentenced to prison, federal prosecutors said Monday. United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II sentenced Patrick Cau, who also used the last name Kaiser, to 18 months in federal prison. Wright ordered Cau to pay $304,495 in restitution to United Airlines and reimburse $8,838 to the Los Angeles Police Department for the expenses incurred as a result of the bogus threats. Cau, a German citizen and former flight attendant for United, pleaded guilty in August to one count of giving false information and hoaxes.
November 15, 2013 |
In what may be the least surprising development of the week, Andy Kaufman's brother Michael, who appeared onstage in New York on Monday with a woman claiming to be the late comedian's daughter, now claims he is the victim of a hoax. Rumors that Kaufman staged his own demise and was now a family man living under an assumed identity, possibly in Albuquerque, have stubbornly persisted since the "Taxi" star succumbed to kidney failure related to a rare form of lung cancer in 1984. The conspiracy theory lit up the Internet this week after a young woman came forward at the Andy Kaufman Awards claiming the comedian is still alive and that she is his daughter.