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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942

September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Body Modification Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 12, 2003
Dr. Zizlesse offers a revolutionary alternative for overweight women who can't lose those extra pounds: nipple surgery. I'll let you discover on your own why nipple surgery can solve women's weight problems, but I have to say that there's definitely a strange, twisted logic to what he suggests. I'm also sure it's a hoax. Note that near the bottom of the intro page Dr. Zizlesse asks 'Are you gullible?' (may not be safe for work because of the background image, though it took me ages before I actually noticed what was in the background). This next site also involves strange forms of body modification. At
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Munchkin Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 10, 2003
The Sydney Morning Herald has labelled that photo of Munchkin the Monster cat (see below) a hoax (thanks to Steve Wilson for pointing this out to me). Still, I can't see how the hoax was done.
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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...
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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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