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The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956

The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
iLoo Not a Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Wed May 14, 2003
Oops! Microsoft now says that the iLoo was not a hoax, just a bad idea. But why should we believe this latest version of the story? Personally I think they'd have been better off leaving it as a hoax.
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Microsoft iLoo Diagram
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 13, 2003
Here's a diagram of the iLoo.
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Microsoft iLoo
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 13, 2003
Microsoft says that the iLoo (the internet toilet) was just a hoax.
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Push-Button Bugles
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jan 19, 2003
The military has a problem: not enough bugle players to play taps at all the military funerals. Therefore, they came up with the solution of bugles implanted with electronic chips that contain a recording of taps. No skill is required to play them, beyond being able to flip a switch. Now a group is protesting the use of the fake bugles, and is calling on bugle players throughout the nation to assist at military funerals: www.buglesacrossamerica.org
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The Solomon Stone
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jan 19, 2003
Scientists puzzle over the mystery of the Solomon stone found in Israel. As the London Times puts it: it "is either a state-of-the-art hoax or an ancient Hebrew inscription - more than 2,000 years old - confirming the Biblical account of Solomon's temple." Many people would dearly want this to be true. So in such cases the burden of evidence should be set even higher, to counter the wish-fulfillment impulse.
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FBI chases fake terrorists
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 09, 2003
The FBI got fooled into thinking that 5 terrorists were on the loose around New Year's Eve.
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Chavez Tricked
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 09, 2003
Yesterday there was this story about radio pranksters calling up Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and tricking him into believing that he was talking to Fidel Castro.
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Clonaid
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 08, 2003
Recently the controversy surrounding Clonaid's claims that they've created a clone has been the big thing in the world of hoaxes. I got quoted in this Washington Post article about the situation.
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Prank Flyers
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 18, 2002
Prank Flyers
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Applebees e-mail hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Oct 31, 2002
A lot of people have been getting this e-mail in their inboxes:My name is Bill Palmer, founder of Applebees. In an attempt to get our name out to more people in the rural communities where we are not currently located, we are offering a $50 gift certificate to anyone who forwards this email to 9 of their friends. Just send this email to them and you will receive an email back with a confirmation number to claim your gift certificate. Sincerely Bill Palmer Founder of Applebees Visit us at: www.applebees.com. Hey guys, DONT DELETE THIS EMAIL It really works, I tried it and got my Gift certificate confirmation number in 3 minutes.Yes, it's a hoax! As confirmed on Applebees own...
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Nigerian Bank Scam Sendup
Posted by The Curator on Wed Oct 30, 2002
Laddery on the High Seas. A funny send-up of the Nigerian Bank Scam, in which a couple of lads string-along a scammer.
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More on the Reverse Sokal Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 28, 2002
Regarding the Reverse Sokal Hoax described below: apparently the two brothers supposedly involved in it have denied that it was a hoax (see their statement pasted below). So the mystery continues. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN It was with the greatest astonishment that we have discovered that 2 members of the Ecole Polytechnique and 2 members of the University of Tours were the sources of an incredible rumor meant to validate the idea>that our papers were purposly written in serious journals as a hoax. Such an assertion is so outrageous that it discredits its authors. The published papers are the result of 6 years of intense and original work induced by our 2 PHD thesis in mathematics (1999, for...
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Reverse Sokal Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 28, 2002
There is an e-mail going around detailing a so-called 'reverse Sokal hoax.' I'm not sure if the circumstances it describes are real or not. But here's the text of the e-mail verbatim: Sometime ago Alan Sokol et al wrote a completely meaningless article on quantum gravity which was accepted by a leading, refereed "deconstructionist journal". Physicists laughed because the hoax was at the deconstructionists' expense. But now there is is an inverse Sokol hoax in which, apparently, two reporters interviewed a lot of string theorists, wrote meaningless but "right sounding" papers and even got a Ph.D. Details below. What is particularly sad is that a key paper appeared in CQG: Class. Quantum...
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Fake Bank Website
Posted by The Curator on Tue Oct 08, 2002
British authorities report that con men set up a website designed to look like that of a major British bank. Users of the website lost around $100,000. This seems very similar to a case that occurred in South Africa last month, which I posted here at the time. I wonder if it's the same group of con men?
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Fake Ticker Tape Parade
Posted by The Curator on Tue Oct 08, 2002
Yesterday NYC staged a fake ticker tape parade. Bored firemen and policemen marched up and down the same block three times while, according to the NY Post, "drunken office workers shouting like morons to one another" dumped paper on their head. The whole exercise was supposed to persuade the Olympic committee to choose NYC as the site for the Olympics in 2012.
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