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France Has Not Banned Nettle or Nettle-Based Fertilizers

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 8/2/2024; Author: Ivan Subotić At the end of January, a reader of FN Tragac brought attention to a post on social media claiming that “nettle is becoming a forbidden plant.” The post, after highlighting the medicinal and beneficial properties of nettle, stated that “the law of the European Union […]

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Whooping Cough Originates from Bacteria, Not Viruses or Air Pollution

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 7/2/2024; Author: Teodora Koledin In late January, Serbia’s Ministry of Health reported the deaths of four infants due to whooping cough, also known as pertussis. Just three days following the announcement, the death toll had risen to five. That same day, speculations about this disease, the symptoms and the […]

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Eustahija Arsic Wrongly Portrayed as George Sand

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 12/01/2024; Author: Marija Zemunović A reader recently brought to our attention that various websites and media outlets have mistakenly used the wrong image to represent Eustahija Arsic, a pioneering Serbian writer from the 19th century. Instead of Arsic, the image often displayed is that of George Sand, a noted […]

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“Politika” Republishes Fictional Journalist’s False Claim of Zelensky Fleeing to the USA

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 25/12/2023; Author: Teodora Koledin The article from the web portal Politika, published in early December, erroneously reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had obtained American citizenship and was planning to leave Ukraine. This claim was supported by an image purporting to be Zelensky’s naturalization certificate. Following Politika’s publication, similar […]

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Photo of a protest under umbrellas: “against violence”, not “for Sajam”

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 11/12/2023; Author: Ivan Subotić The news website Ozonpress, and the Facebook page SM info, published a photograph on December 10, 2023, depicting a large crowd carrying umbrellas. This image was purported to represent attendees at the “March for Sajam” protest to express their opposition to the demolition of the […]

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“I Love Serbia”: Elon Musk’s Declaration Made by Parrot AI

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 29/11/2023; Author: Marija Zemunović A reader asked us to check whether the video in which entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk praises Serbia is real: “I saw this post a few minutes ago and I’m almost sure it was made with the help of artificial intelligence, but I can’t explain […]

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Prostatitis Has Not Been Eradicated in Japan

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 06/12/2023; Author: Teodora Koledin The editorial team at FakeNews Tragac was alerted by a reader to a dubious article promoting Prostatin+, a product claiming to alleviate symptoms of prostatitis. The headline makes a bold assertion that “Japan has been prostatitis free for five years”, and the article is structured […]

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Srpski Telegraf Repeatedly Spins the Same ‘Exclusive’ Story

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 23/11/2023; Author: Ivan Subotić The 28th anniversary of the Dayton Agreement, a pivotal event that concluded the Bosnian War, signed on November 21, 1995, did not receive a lot of media attention in Serbia. Srpski telegraf, however, prominently featured this anniversary on its front page in its latest print […]

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The Dirac equation is not “the magic formula of love”

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 20/11/2023; Author: Marija Zemunović Facebook page Femina recently shared a photo of a tattoo of a mathematical formula with the following statement: “This is the Dirac equation and it is the most beautiful of all in physics, which describes the phenomenon of quantum entanglement. In other words, it is […]

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No, the Pannonian aurora did not come from Alaska

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 15/11/2023; Author: Ivan Subotić At the start of November, a rare phenomenon graced the skies above the Serbian region of Vojvodina. Residents in the northern part of the country, as well as throughout the region, were taken aback when the sky suddenly turned reddish—a spectacle attributed to the polar […]