Why We Didn't Float Away: A Look at the Planetary Alignment Hoax

January 5, 2015 1:19 AM

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You probably heard about it. After all, satirical content site Daily Buzz Live earned itself a whopping two million Facebook shares and 11,000 tweets with this latest's trending fake news. An article claimed that on the first Sunday of the new year, a bizarre planetary alignment phenomenon would make us weightless for a short time. Here's what inspired it, and why such a thing is utterly impossible.

The article, which debuted on Dec. 15, claimed that early risers on Jan. 4 would have a brief window of time to experience weightlessness. It even included a fake screen cap of a "tweet" from NASA, complete with the foreboding-but-trendy hashtag "#beready."

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