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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD

Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Popeface
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 17, 2003
Here's the latest thing making the rounds in Italy. It's Popeface! Supposedly a picture of the Pope taken during the '80s in which he's sticking his tongue out and making a strange grimace. Prints of it are being offered for sale at popeface.com. Of course, the seller doesn't specify how much he's asking for it. He only tells you to email him for more info at his hotmail account. And strangely, he's also offering the domain name 'popeface.com' for sale. So this has all the markings of a hoax. (Thanks to an anonymous Italian visitor for alerting me to this).
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What lurks beneath
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
I just got this cool photo in my email from a visitor (Amy Lothschutz-Hughes). When I first saw it I was sure that it was a hoax. Turns out it's real. But it's a dolphin in the water, not a shark. The photo was taken by photographer Kurt Jones.
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Antennalopes
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
If you go to the movies this summer, you just might be lucky enough to see footage of this intriguing tall-tale creature: the Antennalope. These creatures (antelopes with antennae on their heads) are "bred to instantly relay radio signals as they frolic." They constantly roam the country in herds, instinctively migrating to where radio signals are weakest, thus helping to make possible a truly mobile national phone network. The antennalopes are featured in ads for Nextel that play before movies. They appear to be related to the Jackalope.
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The Lake Tianchi Monster
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
Apparently China has its own version of the Loch Ness Monster called the Lake Tianchi Monster (I never knew). Its legend stretches back over 100 years, but unlike the creature in Loch Ness, there appears to be more than one of whatever is in Lake Tianchi (which is up by the border with North Korea). Sightings of the Lake Tianchi monsters have increased dramatically in recent weeks.
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The Life and Death of Eric Gordon
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
Here's an amusing account of a Harvard grad named Eric Gordon who faked his own death in order to try to get removed from Harvard's obnoxious alumni mailing list. Harvard actually published an obituary for Eric, but then had to retract it later.
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Phone Prank
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
A prank caller phones a grocery story pretending to be the police. Somehow he convinces the store manager to start strip-searching customers.
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Bonsai Kittens
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 15, 2003
For some reason I've been getting a lot of email lately about Bonsai Kittens. I can't figure out why, since that hoax is almost three years old now. But I guess interest in some hoaxes just never dies (unlike those poor kittens in the jars).
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San Diego Faux History
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
Being a San Diegan I appreciated this hoax history of San Diego from the San Diego Hysterical Society.
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The Secret of Drive-In Theaters
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
Thanks to an anonymous visitor for this link which documents, at last, what I've long suspected—that drive-in movie theaters were designed and built by aliens from outer space for the purpose of studying us and beaming messages into our brains.
A Vermont Wedding
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
The town of Manchester, Vermont is set abuzz when rumors spread that the marriage of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck will occur there. Unfortunately, the rumors turn out to be false.
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Lottery Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
Philadelphia DJ claims on air that his traffic reporter has one of the winning tickets for the $230 million Powerball lottery. A media frenzy ensues, followed by outrage when it all turns out to be a hoax.
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Crop Circles
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
Four teenagers confess to having made the crop circles that appeared in the Sacramento Valley a few weeks ago (the largest circles ever to appear in the US). But others think the teenagers are lying.
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Superman Vanishes
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 13, 2003
Jeff Germann, webmaster of the Superman Museum in Metropolis, IL, writes to tell of an April Fool's Day prank he pulled in the Superman Collectors Monthly Newsletter. With a little help from Photoshop, he managed to convince quite a few people that the Superman statue standing outside the museum had been stolen. He says: This one article resulted in more emails than any other article we posted. Believe it or not, I am STILL receiving emails at times from people who are upset over the theft of a fifteen foot tall bronze statue, even though on the "update" link, I come clean about it being a prank.   Now you see it... Now you don't
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An Irish Life
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 12, 2003
A New Jersey DJ charmed listeners with her thick Irish brogue and tales of her life growing up in the Emerald Isle. Just one problem. She grew up in New Jersey. (Via the hoaxes community on LiveJournal)
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Eurorest is a scam
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 12, 2003
A visitor asks if Eurorest is a hoax? Well, if not a hoax, then it's definitely a scam. The premise of Eurorest is that if you agree to send a message promoting their business to seven of your friends (i.e. if you agree to turn yourself into a spammer acting on their behalf), then they'll send you a 'cheque' that you can use to get 14 free days of stay at participating European hotels. But here's where it gets fishy. Sending off the emails doesn't automatically get you a 'cheque.' It only enrolls you in a lottery with the possibility that you'll receive one of these cheques. Who wants to bet that the cheque would never arrive? Plus, when you investigate these cheques more closely, you...
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