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The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Use your left ear to detect lies
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913

Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Fake Fish Photos
We Want Your Soul!
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2003
Cute hoax website: WeWantYourSoul.com. Though it's more of a spoof than a hoax, I'd say, since I don't think anyone is actually going to believe they're going to get money out of this.
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How to Lie with Statistics
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2003
Interesting piece in the NY Post about how government economists can lie with statistics, making economic growth go up and down like a yo-yo.
Fake Names on Air Canada
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2003
Flight attendants on Air Canada are all going to start wearing fake names on their name tags, as a security measure. So your stewardess could now be Xena, Warrior Princess or Zsa Zsa Gabor.
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Museum of Cryptozoology
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2003
Buck Wolf reports that Loren Coleman has opened a Museum of Cryptozoology in his home. Included is a Feejee Mermaid. Of course, it can't be THE Feejee Mermaid displayed by Barnum. No one knows what happened to it (though some claim that the mermaid now owned by Harvard University is the authentic one).
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Munchkin, the Monster Cat
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2003
Meet Munchkin the Monster Cat, who seems to be related to Snowball. Is Munchkin for real. Honestly, I don't know. I'm looking for answers. (Thanks to Mara, who thinks Munchkin is fake, for sending this image).
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Air Force Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2003
An email has been going around containing the text of a supposed Air Force press release that lists bases slated for reduction or closure due to budget cuts. The Air Force announced today that the press release is a hoax.
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Quacks Do Echo
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2003
At last we have definitive scientific proof that ducks' quacks DO echo. Now hopefully researchers will press ahead and perform echo tests on the full range of barnyard sounds: moos, oinks, barks, cock-a-doodle-doos, etc.
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Literary Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 07, 2003
The Guardian, inspired by the recent publication of Peter Carey's My Life As a Fake, is offering a Short History of Literary Hoaxes. If you want a slightly longer history of literary hoaxes (as well as every other type of hoax) you could, um, buy my book.
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Fraud in Other Words
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2003
I've mentioned Larry Adams's book before, Fraud in Other Words, but I was reading through it again tonight and thought it deserved another mention. The book is an exploration of the language of fraud. Adams has collected together all the jargon and terminology of the culture of fraud, and as you flip through the book you come across one devious scam and ploy after another. For instance, I've always thought it was annoying how those subscription cards fall out of magazines when I'm reading them. I never realized that the cards are designed to fall out. They're called 'Drop Outs.' According to Adams: If the recipient has to bend over and pick up a card, they are more likely to read it. A drop...
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Soy Circles
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2003
Crop circles are appearing in soy bean fields in Adams County, Ohio.
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Crime Never Pays
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2003
An accountant fakes cancer in order to avoid a five-month prison term. Gets found out, and is now looking at the possibility of a 50-year term instead.
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Bone Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2003
Crawford County police were alarmed when they discovered leg bones sticking out of a pair of work boots that were standing on the bank of Lake Shepherd Springs in Arkansas. They launched a massive investigation, until they realized the bones came from an animal. They warn that whoever is responsible for the hoax will be prosecuted for committing a crime.
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Crocodile Warning
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2003
Croydon residents can rest easy. Signs alerting them to the danger of a crocodile inhabiting a local pond were just a prank.
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Indian Head Appears
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2003
Here's one to add to the list of 'eerie patterns that people see in random objects' (already on the list would be the 666 forming on the Alamo, and the Virgin Mary appearing on a hospital in Boston). A woman who lives in Hertford County, North Carolina claims that an image of an Indian chief has appeared in her wooden door over the past three months (she's had the door for seven years). The appearance of the face is attracting the usual gaggle of curious visitors. I've been looking at the picture of her door that accompanies the story, and I just can't make out the face.
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Would You Have Invested?
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 05, 2003
Does this photo that's been circulating through email really show the management of Microsoft as they looked back in 1978?
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