Pokémon Go quiz – can you catch the fake news story?

It’s been more than a week since Pokémon Go took over the world – and now the only things that are more common than a Zubat are daft stories about people playing the game. Can you tell the Pokéfact from the Pokéfib in our Pokémon Go news quiz?

It’s hard to say which yet, but Pokémon Go is either the saviour of all mankind, or the newest stage of natural selection. We have been inundated with stories about Pokémon Go of late, and how the game has either improved someone’s life or massively endangered it. But how closely have you been paying attention? Which of these things actually happened?

Two men in California were so busy playing Pokémon Go that they fell off a 90ft cliff.

True

False

A French woman claims to have lost 4kg by playing Pokémon Go for a week.

True

False

A teenage girl was so busy playing Pokémon Go that she wandered onto a main road and got hit by a car.

True

False

Level 23 Pokémon Go accounts are selling for $5,000 on eBay.

True

False

A wanted criminal was arrested in Michigan because he walked into a police station that was listed as a Pokémon gym.

True

False

A German man was detained after running on to a football pitch to catch a Pokémon during a match.

True

False

A New Zealander has quit his job to hunt Pokémon full-time.

True

False

David Cameron has been sighted catching Pokémon in the Witney Cineworld car park.

True

False

Firefighters had to rescue a trapped Pokémon Go player from an abandoned air raid shelter in Hampshire.

True

False

Campaign organisers for Hillary Clinton have been loitering at known Pokestops and asking players to register to vote.

True

False

A Maine resident has been hospitalised for sleep deprivation after playing Pokémon Go non-stop for 92 hours.

True

False

Psychologists have claimed that Pokémon Go can help treat depression.

True

False

A technology website has introduced mandatory Pokémon Go breaks for all its staff.

True

False

A Montana teen was reprimanded by police after riding her horse across a busy intersection while playing Pokémon Go.

True

False

The Bosnian government has warned citizens not to play Pokémon Go on minefields.

True

False

An Egyptian politician has proposed erecting wireless broadband jammers around state institutions, in order to keep Pokémon players away.

True

False

The first marriage between people who met playing Pokémon Go has already taken place in Dusseldorf.

True

False

Someone in Gloucestershire called 999 to report a stolen Pokémon.

True

False

Four separate Pokémon Go players have sought medical treatment after being attacked by seagulls in Blackpool.

True

False

Two Pokémon Go players were shot at by a man who mistook them for burglars.

True

False

16 and above.

Well done! You are officially an expert at Pokémon Go. You probably even know what a Pikachu is, don’t you? Nerd.

11 and above.

You are slightly better than average at retaining information about ephemeral news stories about faddy smartphone apps. Feel free to add this talent to your CV.

6 and above.

A pretty poor score. In fact, with a score this low, it’s a surprise that people don’t call you Rattata (or the name of another disappointing Pokémon that I just had to Google).

0 and above.

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Top speed: 123mph
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CO2: 105g/km
MPG: 62.8

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