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Unbelievable scientific breakthrough uncovers snakes in New Zealand! Have we been lied to?
The shock discovery that no one saw coming.
By Admin
4 Hours ago, updated 5 mins ago
yournewsbulletin.co.nz

MATAMATA – the discovery made by a construction worker has the local community searching for answers.

Digger operator Kevin Billington, 62, couldn’t believe his eyes after he unearthed the remains of what he suspects is a snake early on Tuesday morning.

‘You’re gonna find some strange stuff when you’re digging. It comes with the territory,’ said Billington. ‘I’ve seen my fair share of bones, even the odd coffin. But something told me this one was different.’

After realising what he had discovered, Billington and a few of his colleagues managed to carefully excavate the 80 centimetre skeleton from the site.

While some locals believe it’s likely the skeleton is in fact an eel that has been caught from a nearby river and discarded on the site, others aren’t so convinced.

One woman believed further investigation was required, saying, ‘Snakes have been around for ages, so it was only a matter of time before we found them here’.

Home to the fabled Hobbiton, Matamata is no stranger to the limelight. With the latest discovery bringing hordes of attention to the small town, eager residents are already looking to capitalise on the potential economic opportunity.

‘Snakes and Hobbits, what more could you want?’ said one guy.

Well then – does New Zealand have snakes? Will Matamata finally have a new tourist attraction? Is this just a stupid fake news article? These are the questions. You decide.

Have you seen a snake? Contact Your News Bulletin on 0508 638 723.

Atlantis-like structure discovered beneath Lake Taupō.
Ancient temple discovered in the depths of New Zealand’s largest lake.
By Admin
3 Hours ago, updated 38 mins ago
yournewsbulletin.co.nz

A local Cantabrian couple have discovered what experts have described as an ‘Atlantis-like structure’ resting 30 metres below the surface of Lake Taupō in the South Island.

Brendon and Shelly Watson were taking their regular Sunday dip when the unexpected happened.

‘I felt something prod me in the backside’, said Brendon, ‘at first, I thought it was a sunken boat.’ After inspecting a little further, the two quickly realised that whatever they’d swam into was much bigger than a boat and they alerted authorities as soon as they got to shore.

It’s unclear what the structure is, however, experts at the scene believe it could be the remnants of a temple.

People in the southern town of Taupō are astounded by the finding and excited for the investigation to continue.

Wellington to open nation’s first left-handed primary school in effort to boost creativity
The unveiling that has divided academics and parents alike.
By Admin
5 Hours ago, updated 5 mins ago
yournewsbulletin.co.nz

Are we creative enough? Apparently not according to the country’s capital, as local councillors gathered to cut the ribbon of the nation’s first left-hand only school, St. Lefties Primary, this morning.

Celebrations at the opening were cut short and tensions came to a head when a small group of protesters, believed to be affiliated with the Righties Rights movement, started shouting abuse at councillors and tearing down barricades.

The 18-month project comes off the back of a controversial study claiming conclusive proof that left-handed people are more creative than right-handed people.

The study, conducted by extreme left-wing group Leftist is Bestist, has been condemned by early education experts who say it is ‘elitist’, ‘fraudulent’ and ‘just not right.’

Leftist is Bestist leader John Wilson wasted no time responding: ‘Of course it’s not right – it’s all left!’

The controversy hasn’t stopped the project getting the green light from Wellington Council which is optimistic that the social experiment could radically boost the city’s creative offering.
Due to a lack of resources, St. Lefties will only be able to enrol a maximum of 15 students. The only prerequisite is that pupils must be naturally left-handed.

Parents in the community are divided on the topic. Those with left-handed children seem to be open to the idea, while mother of five, Mary-Anne Guthrie, fears that her children are just being left out.

New miracle weight-loss Jet Planes are soaring off the shelves.
A ground-breaking new fat-burning miracle
By Admin
3 Hours ago, updated 31 mins ago
yournewsbulletin.co.nz

A ground-breaking new fat-burning miracle has just been discovered! @Ripped_Ricky is the man behind the trend making waves around the world after he posted his impressive before and after transformation on Instagram while in lockdown. He had been consuming large amounts of a special kind of sugary treat — Ripped Ricky’s Jet Planes!

In just TWO short weeks, @Ripped_Ricky was showing signs of significant body composition changes with a noticeable increase in fat loss. After three weeks he had an impressive six pack and was by all accounts ‘pretty shredded.’ Jet Planes have since been hailed as the new miraculous shredding snack, with millions of his followers hastily buying up as many packets of Jet Planes as possible.

Get a full year’s worth of Jet Planes with this one-off special deal (TODAY only!) *Bulkberry flavour not included.

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New miracle weight-loss Jet Planes are soaring off the shelves.
A ground-breaking new fat-burning miracle
By Admin
2 Hours ago, updated 10 mins ago
yournewsbulletin.co.nz

A ground-breaking new fat-burning miracle has just been discovered! @Ripped_Ricky is the man behind the trend making waves around the world after he posted his impressive before and after transformation on Instagram while in lockdown. He had been consuming large amounts of a special kind of sugary treat — Ripped Ricky’s Jet Planes!

In just TWO short weeks, @Ripped_Ricky was showing signs of significant body composition changes with a noticeable increase in fat loss. After three weeks he had an impressive six pack and was by all accounts ‘pretty shredded.’ Jet Planes have since been hailed as the new miraculous shredding snack, with millions of his followers hastily buying up as many packets of Jet Planes as possible.

Get a full year’s worth of Jet Planes with this one-off special deal (TODAY only!) *Bulkberry flavour not included.

www.jetplanesbyrippedricky.com

Conclusive proof that the human body is not designed for exercise.
Netflix addicts rejoice!
By Admin
5 Hours ago, updated 7 mins ago
www.randomology20223.bs.net

A young woman in her early 20s has just released a new study concluding that the human body is definitely NOT designed for exercise.

“I conducted my own study for a total of 6.25 weeks and researched human anatomy at great length.” She further noted, “We’ve had it wrong all along. The way in which our bone structure and anatomy is formed is designed for simply sitting on a couch for long periods of time – preferably all day if possible. You can see this in the way our joints perfectly bend to fit the shape of a couch.”

In her study, she made some surprising new recommendations for ultimate longevity and health.

Here is a quick summary of her findings and recommendations:

  • Human anatomy is ultimately designed for sitting on the couch for long periods of time.
  • Exercise for the human body is simply a ‘trend’ and does more damage than good.
  • Substitute walks for sitting upright at a 90-degree angle on a comfortable couch in a seated position to boost bone structure, longevity and health.
  • Place your hands on your head while in a seated position to give the body an immune boost at the same time.
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Have a read through the article. Does anything seem a little fishy?

What do you think this is an example of?

Scroll through the article to the leftabove. Click on the correct answer below.
A. Satire/Irony B. Clickbait C. Propaganda

[correct]Yup, it’s definitely clickbait.[/correct]

[incorrect]Nope, it’s actually clickbait.[/incorrect]

Clickbait articles use triggering words and phrases to reel in the clicks. In this case, the language in the headline attempts to provoke the reader into finding out more.

Good rule of thumb; If the headline makes you angry or sad or LOL, then you have good reason to be skeptical. Always read beyond the headline.

Remember

Reputable news outlets normally have more neutral headlines.

Atlantis eh? Hmmmm let’s get to the bottom of this.

Can you spot anything strange in this article?

[correct]Nice! Lake Taupō is actually in the North Island.[/correct]

[incorrect]Close, but Lake Taupō is in the North Island.[/incorrect]

Incorrect details are often a giveaway of fake news. Misinformation such as altered timelines, incorrect place names or unreliable sources can easily mislead and trick readers.

 

Remember

Always do your due diligence.

If you think something seems odd, see if you can find any other information from a reputable source. Anyone can share fake news, so never assume that an article is telling the truth just because it’s been published.

You can find a list of websites you can trust on our resources page.

 

Uhhh… is this for real?

What is this piece of news an example of?

[correct]LOL, it’s satire for sure.[/correct]

[incorrect]So close! It’s gotta be satire though.[/incorrect]

Some media outlets are just in it for the lols and parody. Satirical news is deliberately amusing, which is why it’s important to not mistake it for real news.

 

Remember

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between satire and reality.

If you’re unsure, have a look at what other articles have been published on the same website. Are they known for their satirical commentary? Make sure you know before you share.

This sounds suss… 🤔

What do you think is going on here?

[correct]Yup, this smells like sponsored content.[/correct]

[incorrect]Nope, this is actually sponsored content.[/incorrect]

Weight loss miracle? This article clearly has a commercial agenda. Fake news like this tends to prey on people’s emotions to trick them into believing that something is everything it claims to be, when really it isn’t.

If you read the full story, you’ll notice that it’s published in association with @Ripped_Ricky. This probably means the individual related to the article wants you to purchase their product.

 

Remember

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Examine the article to see if it’s clearly ‘sponsored’. If you find anything that resembles an advertisement, it’s probably trying to get you to open your wallet.

Always do your own research on websites you trust to find out whether a product can actually fulfil the claims stated in an article.

You can find a list of approved websites on our resources page.

 

One of these images is not like the others.

Can you find which image in the article has been edited?

As the old saying goes, a picture’s worth a thousand words. That’s why you’ll often find digitally altered images on fake news articles that are intentionally designed to deceive readers.

Scroll through the article to the leftabove and click on the edited image.

Fake photo alert

Looks like this has been edited.

Remember

If an image looks weird, question whether or not it’s been manipulated.

See if you can find the image anywhere else. If you want to check if any other news outlets have picked up the same story, run a reverse image search simply by dragging and dropping the pic into Google Images.

View the video below to learn how:

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How can you tell this story isn’t legitimate?

[correct]That was a hard one, but you’re onto it![/correct]

[incorrect]Hmmm, does that url really sound trustworthy?[/incorrect]

You can tell by looking at the URL of this website that it’s probably bogus. Information that comes from an unnamed author or a funky looking address is an instant red flag.

 

Remember

The author byline and the website URL are often telltale signs of whether an article is credible or not.

If you think it’s suspicious, have a look to see what else they’ve had published. This will give you a good indication of a publication’s credibility.

 

What is the danger of news stories like this?

[correct]Yep, this is building an unconscious bias.[/correct]

[incorrect]This is actually building an unconscious bias.[/incorrect]

Unconscious biases are learned stereotypes that are often unintentional, automatic, deeply ingrained and are able to influence behaviour.

We’re hardwired to believe news stories that affirm our beliefs and tend to discredit information that doesn’t. The news that you find on your feed is often based on things you like and the content you interact with.

The main danger of targeted content like this is that we miss the full scope of a story because it doesn’t align with what the algorithms think we want to see.

 

Remember

Unconscious bias is different for everyone.

If a piece of news triggers a strong emotional response like outrage, fear or that it makes you feel like something you believe is objectively right, slow down, check the source and always make sure you read the full story before you share.

 

Last question!

Which of these media channels might publish fake news?

Click on the correct answers below (you may pick more than one).
A. Social Media B. Television C. Radio D. Newspaper

[correct]Yep, it’s everywhere![/correct]

[incorrect]Sorry, bit of a trick question, it’s everywhere![/incorrect]

While a high percentage of Kiwis think fake news is only lurking in their social media feeds, it can actually be found on traditional media channels too.

Thanks to the internet, anyone can create, publish and share information. That’s why it’s important to chuck on your critical thinking cap to determine what’s fact and what’s fake.

 

Remember

Fake news might be everywhere, but that doesn’t mean all news is fake.

Check the facts and do a bit of your own investigating before accepting anything at face value. Being a digital detective is actually a lot easier than it sounds.

 

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Where is Fake News?
You can find it everywhere.
Spreading fake news is easy, even your nan could do it!

And with a third of Kiwis accidentally sharing it online, she’s definitely not the only one. That’s why it’s important to keep these tips and tricks up your sleeve for the next time you encounter something that seems a little suss.

Remember - there’s a lot of credible information out there, but there’s a lot of misinformation too.

Ask more questions, get better answers and beware before you share.

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