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Quiz: Spot The Real Tech Headlines

Headlines from the world of science and technology -- drones, anyone? -- sometimes sound unbelievable. Take our quiz and try to spot the real headlines among the fakes.
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It's easy to suspend disbelief when you see tech industry headlines like this one: "Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board To Focus On Clippers, Teaching." Or, this one: "Is The Player Nervous? Just Ask His Shirt."

As science and technology advance at a breakneck pace, it's getting more difficult than ever to figure out what's real and what's merely a figment of someone's imagination. I, for one, have fallen victim to satire news stories that seemed completely believable, and have read real news while shaking my head and saying, "This can't be true."

With that in mind, we decided to test your ability to separate truth from fiction. The following slides are mostly an assortment of fake headlines. The first slide in each set will list four crazy-sounding heds. Only one of the four headlines is real: Look them over and decide which one is true. Advance to the next slide to see the answer. (No Googling or scrolling ahead, please. We're working on the honor system here.)

Once you've completed the quiz, share your results in the comments. Tell us which of the real headlines had you stumped -- and which of the fakes you'd love to see in real life.

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D. Henschen
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9/2/2014 | 9:25:23 AM
That's one scary tarantula!
That tarantual picture is creeping me out, but I can't look away. Goes to show that tech can't outdo Mother Nature for amazing creations.
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/2/2014 | 1:06:35 PM
Re: That's one scary tarantula!
@Doug: ha! I can't decide which scares me more, the drone or the tarantula.

How'd you do on the quiz?
zaious
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zaious,
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9/2/2014 | 11:45:57 PM
Tough to discern
I got all of them wrong! Should I be worried? Or, I can stop reaading the news headlines. It seems that anyone can baffle me with a news from 'The Onion'. 

I should learn to expect weird news from science and tech, or I will be judged outdated. 

And, whoever came with the other headlines is a genius! -in my opinion. 
(Most probably the title goes to Susan N.)

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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/3/2014 | 6:26:11 PM
Re: Tough to discern
@zaious: <bows humbly> Thank you for the compliment. I did indeed make them up, and I had so much with the fake headlines that I really want to write stories to go with them now! There really is no shortage of absurdity in tech right now, when you have execs running off to take over basketball teams and such. Did you have a favorite fake headline that you wished was real?
zaious
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zaious,
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9/5/2014 | 12:09:27 AM
Re: Tough to discern
I wish (do not know why)  this was true.

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