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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874

The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Fake Fish Photos
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
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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Blue Peter Chain Letter
Posted by The Curator on Tue Oct 08, 2002
Beware the Blue Peter chain letter, should you ever receive it. It's a fake! (for Americans who don't know what Blue Peter is, it's a British tv show for kids). Some fear it may even provide encouragement to pedophiles.
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Henry Raddick, Amazon Reviewer
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 07, 2002
I recently spent some time reading the Amazon book reviews of Henry Raddick. If you're unfamiliar with this reviewer, you should definitely take the time to acquaint yourself with his work. Rumor has it that Raddick is actually a pseudonym for none other than Prince Charles, a rumor which the Prince vociferously denies. Last year Raddick, or whoever he really is, was involved in a more outright hoax: impersonating Andrew Lloyd Webber on Amazon. Unfortunately, all of Raddick's reviews as Webber have been yanked by Amazon, though the Register has managed to resurrect a few of them.
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WHO Blonde Report
Posted by The Curator on Thu Oct 03, 2002
The greatest blonde joke ever!!! The media had been enamored of the story that the World Health Organization had predicted the eventual disappearance of the gene for blond hair because there are so many artificial blondes that they're diluting the gene selection for true blondes. But the WHO had never issued a report saying this. It was all a joke.
Streisand and Shakespeare
Posted by The Curator on Wed Oct 02, 2002
Kevin Mitnick
Posted by The Curator on Tue Oct 01, 2002
Red Herring reviews Kevin Mitnick's new book, The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security, in which he details the art of the con during the internet era.
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Scientific Fraud at Bell Labs
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 30, 2002
Scientific Fraud at Bell Labs. Jan Hendrik Schon, a nanotechnology hotshot, gets caught falsifying data.
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Bush Learns to Read
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 30, 2002
This picture of Bush reading a children's book upside down is a fake. Read the explanation here.
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The Celebrated Ceramic Toad of Osaka
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 30, 2002
From the Financial Times, the search for the celebrated ceramic toad of Japan:Few stories encapsulate the madness that was Japan's economic bubble as neatly as the tale of the most powerful ceramic toad in stock market history. At one point in the late 1980s, this toad controlled a Dollars 20bn portfolio, having received trading tips via messages from the gods. This amphibian George Soros has since disappeared, and its owner, a former bar hostess-turned-restaurant owner, is in jail. But on the basis that the gods might still be sending it messages, the Financial Times travelled to Osaka, Japan's most entrepreneurial city, to try to track down this slippery metaphor for all that went wrong with Japan. The toad was owned by Nui Onoue, herself an extraordinary product of the 1980s.…
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Saddam Hussein Doubles
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 30, 2002
Apparently Saddam Hussein employs many doubles of himself. The men shown below are apparently not the real Hussein. They're his doubles. So will the real Saddam Hussein please stand up?
Optical Illusion
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 30, 2002
Bigfoot Conference
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 30, 2002
It's time for the Annual Bigfoot conference.
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The Mystery of Idaho
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 30, 2002
Kew Garden Crop Circle
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 26, 2002
Strange crop circle mystery in London's Kew Gardens. A flower-shaped crop circle appeared in a field of wheat that had been specially grown there as part of an exhibit.
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Abduction prank
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 26, 2002
A high school sociology assignment goes a little too far when students stage a fake abduction.
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