On the internet, information is little more than a click away. Unfortunately, so is a sea of [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer misinformation]].

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* In the 2009 edition of the calendar ''The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said'', one contributor attributes the phrase [[YourHeadASplode YOUR HEAD A SPLODE]] to "the video game WebAnimation/HomestarRunner" (as opposed to being from a game based on the online animated series ''Homestar Runner'' entitled [=StrongBadZone=]), not to mention that the silliness of this choice of words was a [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny deliberate]] [[StylisticSuck parody]]. Even further, this phrase's first published appearance was [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail94.html Strong Bad E-Mail #94: Video Games]], so it was not even from a video game at all, though the game was originally an Easter egg available from said cartoon.
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* [[http://www.net4tv.com/voice/Story.cfm?storyID=1517 Is Oasis lying to]] [[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance Sluggy]]? As the article is attributed to the author, it ''has'' to be parody.
* Reportedly, one website describing ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' early into the comic's run referred to the post-apocalyptic nomad advising John as the Wandering Vagrant. The comic exclusively calls him the Wayward Vagabond[[note]]Technically the comic has also referred to him as Warweary Villein, Wizardly Vassal, and Wastelandic Vindicator, but only one of those has been used more than once, and none of these terms had been used at the time, since the character had hardly debuted.[[/note]]
** A [[http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-10-16/local/30303666_1_costumes-dynamic-duo-proton-pack NY Daily News]] article put the trolls as the main characters when describing ''Homestuck''. While minor, long-time fans of the series will skip approx 6.12 beats after reading it.
** There was also an article in which the author interviewed a ''Homestuck'' cosplayer. When they said that they were cosplaying Eridan Ampora, the interviewer took that to mean that all of the trolls were named Eridan Ampora.
** Strangely, while the ''KnowYourMeme'' article for'' Homestuck'' is pretty good, edited by actual fans, the official explanatory video was...well, ''not''. It showed a page of fantrolls when describing the trolls, implying that they were also canonical; stated that Creator/DanteBasco was a recurring character instead of Rufio, a character he played in ''Film/{{Hook}}''; and at one point showed a panel of ''ProblemSleuth'' instead. This combined with the extremely basic plot summary and lack of explanation of any of the memes - which was, y'know, theoretically the whole point of the video - leads one to the very tempting conclusion that the writers hadn't actually read the comic.
** Then there was [[http://mspabooru.com/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=38300 a short newspaper article]] that seemed to imply that you could finish ''Homestuck'' in only half an hour. Even if you ignored the [[DoorStopper 450,000+ words of text]] and only watched the flash animations, that would still take you well over 30 minutes to get through. Hell, the end of act 5 animation would take nearly half of that ''by itself!''
* [[http://mobile.boston.com/lifestyle/articles/2011/08/02/the_new_webcomic_entrepreneurs/ This article]] profiling notable self-sufficient [[{{Webcomics}} web-cartoonists]] falls into this trap more than a few times. [[QuestionableContent Marten]] has never worked at a coffee shop, and Pintsize can't really be considered a pet; Jeph Jacques later joked about making Marten work at Coffee of Doom to make the article accurate. Mistaking ''MSPaintAdventures'' as being made in MSPaint [[ArtifactTitle is a more understandable mistake]], but MS Paint [[NonindicativeName hasn't been used for it at all]] since the very first page in 2006, and the site's FAQ makes that quite clear.
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* The [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pretty-cool-guy pretty cool guy]] meme, which is known for intentionally confusing the main character of a franchise with the title of the franchise itself for comedic/trolling purposes. As demonstrated by the original:
** i think {{Halo}} [[IAmNotShazam is a]] [[Memes/VideoGames pretty cool guy]]. [[RougeAnglesOfSatin eh]] kills [[AliensAndMonsters aleins]] and [[{{Badass}} doesn't afraid of anything]].
* In [[http://www.babynamewizard.com/archives/2008/12/sorry-what-was-that-i-coudnt-hear-you-over-your-name this blog post]], baby-name expert Laura Wittenberg explains how distracting names that reveal that authors failed to check their work (''e.g.'', a WorkCom with an entire office full of men in their 30s who have names that are popular ''now'' but not so much in TheSeventies) have become to her, the point being that one or two characters having names that seem out of place for their age or demographic is fine but it's implausible when the whole cast do.
* The humour in ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' is often an example on this. You may laugh at how silly the, say, Polish movie posters are, unless, of course, you happen to know that some of the pictures are not movie posters but, say, a comic parodying the film. Or, for that matter, how the Voynich Manuscript is described as undecipherable for all the ''wrong'' reasons.
** An article on Japanese versions of Western characters claimed that Luke chopped Vader's head off. Which he did. In the cave on Dagobah where, if you recall the scene from the movie, he chopped Vader's head off. It also claimed that ''{{Hellsing}}'' using the name Alucard was a clumsy way to avoid copyright issues over using Dracula, despite the fact that 1. Dracula is in the public domain and 2. in ''Hellsing'' Alucard is Dracula, which is explicitly confirmed when he reveals his true form and how he came to serve the Hellsing organization.
** One article involving something along the lines of "the most offensive ways the 9/11 attacks have ever been cashed in on" mentioned that since ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' take place in a region inspired by New York City (whereas all other regions in the Pokémon universe seen so far have been inspired by areas of Japan), that the area had a nod to the attacks. Their evidence was that the area roughly equivalent to where the World Trade Center was was a desert with two ruined towers in it, filled with ghosts. OK, that's unfortunate, but you could say it was unintentional. The problem? They claimed that the area is a barren desert because it was hit by a meteor, which was never hinted at. They also said that the meteor contained Kyurem, a legendary Pokémon that stands at a height of 9'11. Granted, Kyurem does stand at 9'10, but the meteor didn't crash anywhere near that area and therefore the two have nothing to do with each other aside from being in the same game.
** An article about ''{{Friends}}'' is entirely based on the premise that we don't know what started a fire in a specific episode ([[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming The One Where Ross Dates A Student]]), claiming it was a mystery left in the air. Too bad this shows that the columnist didn't even bother to finish watching said episode, and stopped after five minutes (halfway through it - not even at the end - the source of the fire is unmistakably identified).
** In their [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20503_5-famous-movie-characters-who-wasted-awesome-superpowers_p2.html "5 Famous Movie Characters Who Wasted Awesome Superpowers"]] article, when talking about ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', they originally said that the game that Vanellope is in is called ''Candy Crush''. The game is actually called ''Sugar Rush''. This was eventually fixed by the editors.
** Cracked has had serious fact-checking problems with video games in particular. It's referenced at least five times on the Video Games page.
** One article on movie endings said that ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'' had a sad ending because, even though Jack's classmates learned to accept him, Jack's ageing disease meant he would die before graduating high school. Except they clearly hadn't watched the end of the movie, because he does just that, graduating valedictorian and going off with his friends to party.
* ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'' research mistakes:
** Remixing video game stock footage for a blog that praises the game ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''.
** Initially characterizing VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} as a single mother.
** Lumping ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' and the Daughters of Amazon therein as example of "crazy man hating Straw Feminists without any realistic feminists showing up" when not only do calmer more grounded feminists appear but Brian K. Vaughan explicitly created the characters as examples of one type of feminist school of thought and other characters as opposing ones.
** Dismissing Clarice Starling from ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' because she's overshadowed in the cultural memory of the film by a male character (Hannibal) even though Clarice fits previously established criteria; she has the most screen time in the film, the story arc revolves around her, we see her make decisions and she is the character that the viewer identifies with in a role that earned Creator/JodieFoster her second Oscar along with Creator/AnthonyHopkins for his Hannibal Lecter role. It's virtually impossible to describe the plot in a way that makes Hannibal seem anything like the lead character, but the exact opposite of this is stated.
** Listing Clementine from ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' as a straight example of a ManicPixieDreamGirl, even though she is a character who was an outright subversion of this trope who actually says to her romantic foil: "I'm not a concept. Too many guys think I'm a concept or I complete them or I'm going to make them alive, but I'm just a fucked up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours."
** Anita only briefly mentions a second playable character in the Dinosaur Planet game that became ''StarfoxAdventures''; she does not mention that said character, Sabre, was male and promoted as the main character.
** Sarkeesian lambastes ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'' for how Peach's powers in that game are "her out-of-control female emotions." However, the actual plot of the game is about Bowser causing ''everyone's'' emotions to become super-powered and out-of-control and Peach being the only one capable of ''controlling'' her emotions.
* Website/TheAgonyBooth's recap of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' made an error [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/High_School_Musical_2006.aspx?Page=3 by saying that]] AshleyTisdale basically played an identical AlphaBitch character on that "awful sitcom ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''". If you're not familiar enough with the show to know that Ashley Tisdale plays the [[{{Foil}} exact opposite character type]] on that show, you obviously haven't even seen a commercial for it, and probably shouldn't be making judgments about it.
* When a school shooting rekindled discussions in Germany about [[MurderSimulators video games being responsible for real life violence]], the news broadcast Focus TV showed the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8SWMAQYQf0 infamous clip of the "Angry German Kid"]], claiming that the footage was secretly recorded by Leopold's father while he got mad playing on his computer. (If you didn't know by now, the clip was staged and recorded by the 'kid himself for the lulz.)
* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic announced [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome his appearance in the]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Entrepreneur]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome magazine]], we all went straight to or searched for [[http://www.entrepreneur.com/magazine/entrepreneur/2009/december/204086.html the article online!]] But here's the thing: Mike Ellis and Mike Michaud have been mislabeled in the article.
** Plus, Doug and the Mikes are listed as co-founders and runners of Channel Awesome...but not even a mention of Bhargav?
** Moreover, the article actually goes into detail in another Channel Awesome website, the much less popular Chicago nightlife review site [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.wikia.com/wiki/Barfiesta Barfiesta]] instead of mentioning Bhargav, when that site is actually ''Bhargav's pet project''. Weird, huh?
* X-Entertainment liked to play on this trope when it still published articles, particularly for franchises that the author isn't interested in. Example: [[http://www.x-entertainment.com/articles/0747/ Behold!]], an article on the Strawberry Shortcake cereal getting the names of Apricot and Hopsalot Bunny wrong, even though the correct names were mentioned in the commercial that's available for download from the same page!
* An image for the "Manga/{{Bleach}} Has No Backgrounds!" [[MemeticMutation meme]] had a shot of ''Bleach'' compared to a shot from ''{{Naruto}}'' and ''OnePiece'' respectively. While this isn't a problem if you want to make a point, the problem is that the pictures from the other two were of cities, while the picture from Bleach was of...Hueco Mundo, a statedly empty and barren desert.
** Arguably, the real issue is that Naruto had a visibly bigger animation budget (possibly because the original manga's art style was inspired by Manga/{{Akira}} and they wanted to do it justice), and One Piece's art style (being more cartoony) works better with a smaller budget than Bleach's does.
* Animated Views has so many of these it's not even funny. A few of the examples include an assumption that ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' began airing with "Fame and Fortune" instead of "We're a Couple of Misfits" in 1998 as opposed to 1965 (1998 is actually the year "We're a Couple of Misfits" '''returned''' to ''Rudolph'', a fact the reviewer could have confirmed simply by watching the previous year's broadcast!), a lament that the "Recommended Features" box on the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' Blu-Ray does not include a link to ''Day and Night'' even though the link is randomized, and ''could'' link to that short on certain viewings, and an assumption that in the ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' graphic novel, Dr. Manhattan and the squid were the same being (a site devoted to animation probably shouldn't review ''{{Film/Watchmen}}'' in the first place!).
* [[TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] ''Deadliest Character: [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Megazord]] VS [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Mechagodzilla]]'' video was chock full of innacurate discriptions and blatant CriticalResearchFailure, which were invoked as it was a parody/ TakeThat at Series/DeadliestWarrior's research fails, including-
** 1.) Talking about the Showa ([[Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla 1974]]) Mechagodzilla while showing clips of ''[[Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla Kiryu]]''. While Kiryu ''is'' an incarnation of Mechagodzilla, it is '''not''' the same monster (The original Mechagodzilla is a robot built by aliens to take over the world and Kiryu is a cyborg version of the original Godzilla).
** 2.) Saying that Mechagodzilla was unable to defeat a single monster (IE: Godzilla). In reality, Mechagodzilla is one of the few Kaiju that Godzilla is unable to defeat on his own. The Showa Mechagodzilla required the aid of King Caesar (''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'') and humanity (''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla'') to defeat.
** 3.) Completely ignoring (or simply not knowing about) the fact that Mechagodzilla ''also'' has an ally in the form of Titanosaurus.
** His review of Knightmare erroneously states that the show was made by the BBC, when the show was actually produced by Anglia Television, one of the many (former) regions of ITV. It's even painfully clear when he shows footage of one of the winning teams receiving a trophy (The Silver Spurs), which have the words ANGLIA TELEVISION emblazoned atop it.
* Headline on AOL's welcome page: "Actor, 87, Suffers Stroke." The "actor": ElmoreLeonard. OK, he's appeared in a few documentaries, but he's NEVER been an actor. Since it was a link to an article on the Moviefone website, obviously someone just figured "Moviefone article=actors & actresses."
* Even Rational Wiki isn't immune to this. The article on TvTropes claimed apologetics for rape and pedophilia, when no such thing occurred.
** TV Tropes tends to get this treatment an odd number of times, especially from social justice sites, which sometimes attempt to paint the site in a sexist or racist light. Many seem to be under the bizarre impression that mentioning sexism or inequality at all is the same as supporting it.
** Except of course when you explicitly state that [[AndThatsTerrible racism and pedophilia is bad]].
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd
** In the [=McKids=] review, the Nerd said that CoolSpot was a 7-Eleven character, instead of 7-up.
** Averted in the VideoGame/StreetFighter2010 review. In the behind the scenes special, James said that during the writing, he wrote that the FinalBoss looked liked the [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Grimace]] from Series/SesameStreet, this was changed.
* [[http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/what-is-fan-fiction-%E2%80%93-and-why-is-it-making-people-nervous-1334505-Mar2014/ This article]] makes the surprising claim that there exists ''[[Franchise/HarryPotter Harry Potter]]'' {{fanfiction}} written in Parseltongue. A brief Googling demonstrates otherwise (although it does also demonstrate that there does exist a fanfic in which Harry uses Parseltongue to converse with [[UnusualEuphemism trouser snakes]]), which is to be expected as Parseltongue is basically just various hissing snake noises.
* [[http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/2014/03/29/12/51/reporter-stitched-up-in-emma-watson-interview This site]] posted a short story about the Emma Watson prank pulled on Jovenshire of SmoshGames. Problem is that they mistakenly refer to Joven as a news reporter, when he is in fact a video game show host, and mistakenly believe that his name is actually Joven Shire. [[spoiler: For those unaware, Jovenshire's name is Joshua Ovenshire.]]
* Invoked for humor in one online video, where an exasperated SamuelLJackson is harassed by a bunch of [[MoralGuardians overly touchy parents]], with one of them saying her son wound up in jail because he saw him act in TheShawshankRedemption, to which Jackson incredulously shouts "That was MorganFreeman!"
* While addressing the several plot holes of ''PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew'' in his [[http://duckyworth.deviantart.com/journal/DT-Pokemon-Lucario-and-the-Mystery-of-Mew-2005-378960165 review]] (A film he feels suffers from HypeBacklash), Duckyworth questions why Mew can suddenly shapeshift at will. Bulbapedia will tell you that [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Transform_(move) it could do this since Generation 1.]] When the error was pointed out in the comments, he was surprised Mew could know the move.
** Another example comes into his ''The Elf [[YouMakeMeSic That]] Rescued Christmas'' [[http://duckyworth.deviantart.com/journal/DT-The-Elf-That-Rescued-Christmas-2011-420025994 review]], where he gets angry about the discovery of [[spoiler: [[BigBad Basil's]] ice lair]] being built over a volcano, in Lapland. While the fact that an ice structure being built over a volcano ''does'' stretch the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, the nearby area, ironically named Iceland, does have prominent volcano activity, even with all the snow, including the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010.
* An InUniverse example occurs in the ''[[http://mrenter.deviantart.com/art/Growing-Around-Episodes-Silly-Sally-474284892 Growing Around]]'' episode, 'Silly Sally'. The town hall website, in order to create a smear campaign against Sally Duun, contains lies (i.e She's TooDumbToLive, her breath is terrible, etc.) presented as facts, to wreck her reputation. Mainly, everyone believes it, setting the catalyst of the plot.
* In 2007 there was a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNO6G4ApJQY legendary Fox 11 report]] about the denizens of [[ImageBoards 4chan and the other 'chans]], referring to them as "Anonymous", and portraying them as mafia-like domestic terrorists and evil hackers who gather on secret underground websites. (While in fact, nobody used "Anonymous" as a collective name at the time, they're not hackers, the site is publicly available, and although it's true that they can be very mean in their pranks, they're not nearly as much of a threat as the report implied.) It all caused not so many heads to be banged against walls as it caused [[{{Narm}} arses to be laughed off]]. Among other things, it actually ''coined'' the now widely used name "Anonymous", and introduced instantaneous [[MemeticMutation memes]] such as "hackers on steroids", "internet hate machine" and dogs and closed curtains being Anonymous' only weakness.
** Ironically, in both this case and a similar Fox 11 report on {{troll}}s in general, the station is universally mistaken for FoxNewsChannel when, in fact, they have almost nothing to do with one another; the station is an owned-and-operated affiliate of {{FOX}}, the separate broadcast network, and its local news operations are independent of Fox News Channel. Another recent example of this occurred when someone posted a news clip claiming that "Fox News attacks bronies". However, the clip came from a St. Louis Fox affiliate, and not the Fox News Channel.
* Speaking of [=4chan=]; after the August 2014 celebrity nudes leak that was sourced from a [=4chan=] user, Creator/{{CNN}} reporters [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbH48RalNE8 thought "4chan" was the name of the hacker itself.]]
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