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Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817

The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Powergen Italia
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 24, 2003
Over the past two weeks a lot of attention has been paid to a website whose name could be read in two ways: http://www.powergenitalia.com. Think about it. Powergen Italia, or... Anyway, I didn't link to it here at first, believing it was a legitimate company that didn't realize how its name could be misread. Turns out I was wrong. According to an article in The Register, the site is a spoof. The real company named Powergen denies having an Italian division named Powergen Italia. Someone must have created the site for a...
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Joseph Papp
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 22, 2003
A visitor named Heinz Klostermann sent me quite a bit of info about Joseph Papp, a Hungarian-born inventor who first claimed that he had built a submarine capable of traveling at 300 mph, and later claimed to have built a car engine that could run for six months without refueling. Heinz sent an article about Papp that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News in 1989, as well as an article apparently written by the physicist Richard Feynman describing a demonstration of Papp's engine. It turns out that Heinz has been working for the past three...
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Alternative 3
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jun 21, 2003
This day in hoax history. June 20, 1977: Alternative 3 aired in England. Viewers learned that a secret world government has been creating a Noah's Ark colony of humans on Mars in anticipation of the environmental catastrophe that will soon make the Earth uninhabitable.
Dolphin Sex
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jun 21, 2003
Another visitor contribution: ...I guess this Website can't be Dis-Proved, but it might make an interesting addition to your Museum: Dolphin Sex (Warning: some of the content isn't safe for work) My response: I assume the site is just a joke. But given all the things that people have supposedly tried to mate with throughout history (see my Birth Hoaxes Gallery for some examples) one can never be too sure.
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Objective Ministries
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jun 21, 2003
A visitor asks: http://crossspot.net/objective/kidz.html is this site for real,or just mocking christian web sites? My answer: My vote is that it's satire, though it's pretty hard to tell. To my jaded sensibility the site definitely has a tongue-in-cheek feel to it. For instance the proposed redesign of the American flag to include the word 'GOD' stamped in huge letters across the top of it seems a little much. But there are people who go for that kind of stuff. What confuses me are the banner ads on the site which appear to lead to genuine Christian businesses. But maybe the ads are put there just to give...
Categories: Religion Comments (14)
Wimbledon Common Grand Military Review
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 20, 2003
This day in hoax history. June 19, 1812: The Wimbledon Common Grand Military Review. 20,000 people assembled on Wimbledon Common in England to witness a 'Grand Military Review' that pamphlets had promised would occur. When it became clear that no parade was happening the crowd began to grow restless and set fire to the grass. They weren't appeased when officials explained that no parade had ever been planned. The pamphlets were just the work of some mischievous prankster. The crowd continued to grow ever more violent, so violent that the police were not able to contain them. Eventually a detachment of guards was swiftly dispatched from London with orders to parade up and down on the Common, just to satisfy the wishes of the crowd.
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Misleading Ad
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 20, 2003
Here's another case of the underlying reality of what an ad is showing being out of sync with the message the ad is trying to deliver. A Canadian campaign commercial shows a shot of a smiling family accompanied by a voice over that says, "I want a premier who believes what I believe." But the family shown is an American family from Oregon. Oops.
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Virgin Mary in Hospital Window
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 20, 2003
More info about the image of the Virgin Mary that's appearing in the window of Milton Hospital. Plus a picture. I guess I can sort of see how it looks like the Virgin Mary, but it also looks a little like the state of New Hampshire if you squint your eyes just right.
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Beer for the Homeless, More Info
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 20, 2003
More from Gary Poole, a spokesperson for Beer for the Homeless: "It was originally intended as an internet satire, but very quickly took on a life of it's own when people really did start donating money. The group that does it even had to hire an accountant to keep up with taxes and such. They'll be featured in an upcoming issue of FHM Magazine, in fact."
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Poland Spring Water
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 19, 2003
This is disappointing. Poland Spring water turns out not to be spring water at all, just highly treated groundwater. Nestle is being sued for false advertising. I used to drink Poland Spring all the time before I moved out to California.
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Beer for the Homeless Response
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 19, 2003
A few weeks ago I linked to a site called Beer for the Homeless, which I suspected of being a hoax. After all, it reminded me of the classic Arm the Homeless campaign, which was definitely a hoax. Turns out my suspicions were wrong. I just got this note from a spokesperson for the site: Just as a note, the "Beer For The Homeless" website is indeed NOT a hoax. It's a real site that really uses the money raised to buy and deliver beer...
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Big Roosters
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 19, 2003
A visitor named 'AJ' wrote in with this question: Awhile back there was a picture of a Very Big Rooster with a guy in a cowboy hat and a rope tied around the neck of the rooster, where Can I find that picture? Here's the picture, plus a look at some other big roosters of yesteryear.
Czar of the Bizarre
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 19, 2003
The Czar of Bizarre: sideshow-related art, prose, and links.
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Mein Kampf Sequel
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 18, 2003
It turns out that Hitler wrote a sequel to Mein Kampf, and unlike the infamous Hitler Diaries, it's not a hoax. It's soon going to be published in an English translation. This NY Times article about it also contains a good summary of the Hitler Diaries hoax.
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Castro Radio Prank
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 18, 2003
Miami deejays hoax Fidel Castro with a prank phone call. It's the same pair that earlier hoaxed Hugo Chavez.
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