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In this age of viral videos and rampant gossip reports, it's become increasingly difficult to tell what's true and what's not. So how do we become smarter news consumers?

TODAY will help viewers hone their skills with a special series, Fact or Fiction.

During the Fact or Fiction segment, an anchor will bring you two different stories: One will be true, and the other a complete fabrication.

Think you can easily spot the fake? Try your hand here: 

Fact or Fiction Day 1: Is Extreme Ironing a fake story? Or is Upstart Academy?

Fact or Fiction Day 2: Is Soyle (edible earth) a fake story? Or Hoofball? 

Fact or Fiction Day 3: Is Cube Man a fake story? Or is Balloon Guy?

Fact or Fiction Day 4: Is Robot Nanny the fake story? Or Art from Ashes?

Jeff Cohen, a professor from Ithaca College, offers some tips to help you figure out if it's fact or fiction! 

This story was updated Oct. 4 at 8:45 a.m. ET to add links to the four segments.