06 Jul Did Heinz launch “Mayoreo”? Fact-checking 3 Ongoing Rumors of the Week (20210705)
July 6, 2021
Did Heinz launch “Mayoreo”? Does Walmart take our charitable donations at checkouts and write them off as their own tax deductions? Are the photos showing objects melting due to extreme heat waves real? In this post, we will share three ongoing and widespread rumors. They may sound wild, ridiculous, or too creative to believe. Can you tell which are true and which are false?
Did Heinz launch “Mayoreo”?
No. False! (Rated by Snopes)
Have you seen this photo of a Heinz new product called “Mayoreo”? The image has been viral on many social platforms, and people are wondering if this new condiment combining mayonnaise and Oreo cookies really exists:
Fortunately, it does not. If you take a closer look, you will find that there is a phrase [DoctorPhotograph] printed on the bottle:
The “Mayoreo” was actually an image digitally processed by Doctor Photograph, an account that creates fake products and designs and makes memes for fun. They published the image on June 24:
So, relax, the “Mayoreo” does not exist. The image is just a joke! (For those who are curious about how it tastes, sorry!)
Does Walmart take charitable donations from customers upon checkout and write them off as their own tax deductions?
FALSE! (Rated by Snopes)
Do you remember when you are at the checkout counter in Walmart, you are asked if you want to donate a small amount of money to charities? A meme circulating on social media misled readers that these donations customers made are written off by Walmart to deduct their own taxes. The statement is FALSE! Here’s one of the Tweets about this belief:
Large businessess (like Walmart) are just collectors of charitable donations, and they CANNOT use them for tax deductions. Instead, you, the customers, can use the receipt and write the amount you donate when you file for tax returns. So rest assured to make donations at Walmart checkouts or any other businesses. Companies will not make use of your donations; you can get your own tax deductions and help those in need at the same time!
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Are the photos showing objects melting due to extreme heat waves real?
The statement is a mixture, as Snopes reported.
A series of images showing melting objects, including garbage cans, tires, traffic lights, and so on, keeps circulating online whenever a heat wave hits. In early mid-June, the post with photos captioned “First big heat wave of 2021 arrived this weekend. This is damage done in the past by a heat wave.. Enjoy whatever cold places you live because this ain’t for the faint of heart” had been widely discussed again, receiving more than 82K shares on Facebook:
However, most of the pictures are actually old and not taken during the heat wave in 2021. Some of them were objects melted because of fires instead of heat.
Some other objects were not even melted. For example, the “melting tire” photo actually appeared in a 2018 incident about “melting bitumen” on a resurfaced road in north Queensland. In this case, the tires the tires did not melt; they just “sank” into partially liquified bitumen on the road under hot weather. Here is the original photo included in a 2018 Facebook post by Tablelander newspaper:
Although not all of the photos picture the effect of heat wave in 2021, some of the photos can be genuine results like the melting fans since similar phenomenon happened before:
The post with a collection of melting objects is a combination of truth and misinformation. Heat waves do cause damage, but they do not just “melt” everything!
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