Fact Or Fiction: Hello, 2010!

This week's weird outdoor news--plus one faker.

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A new year dawns, but one thing’s sure to stay the same: as long as we keep going outside, we’ll keep seeing weird n’ wild outdoor news.

2010 seems especially fruitful already, as this week’s edition of F vs. F can attest. Can you figure out the false bit of news? Read on to find out—and remember, no using the Google to cheat!

Pet dog saves Canadian boy from mountain lion attack
. An 11-year-old boy was gathering wood in his backyard near Boston Bar, B.C., when a mountain lion pounced. His pet golden retriever Angel dove in front and fought off the cougar until wildlife agents could arrive. They found the cougar under the porch gnawing on the dog’s neck, and they shot and killed the mountain lion. Angel suffered puncture wounds on the head, neck, and legs, but is expected to survive the attack.

Nevada couple stranded in a snowstorm after following GPS down remote road. A couple from Reno, Nev., plotted a route home from Portland, Ore., into their car’s GPS and ended up following turn-by-turn directions down a remote road in the Winema-Fremont National Forest. After getting caught by a snowstorm, they spent three days stranded with no food, water, or warm clothing. Rescuers found their vehicle and pulled it out of the snow, but it was too late.

Quebec church turned into rock climbing gym. A Roman Catholic Church in Gatineau, Quebec, will be converted into a rock climbing gym by a local developer. Church officials remain optimistic, though. “Jesus liked to have fun, when he walked into the temple and started teaching the high priests, so he was having fun. So I’m pretty sure the people that are going to come into this church for recreational activities, I’m sure the Lord will be watching from above and say, ‘Yeah, I like this,'” said Archbishop Roger Ébacher.

And the big lie is… (CLICK HERE TO READ)

Could you sniff out the stinker story? How did you know? Which one fooled you? Tell us in the comments section below.

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