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Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874

Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
A black lion: real or fake?
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Subliminal Advertising in Russia
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 25, 2002
The LA Times reports that subliminal advertising is still widely used in Russian ads, even though the whole concept was revealed to be a hoax back in the 1960s. (Requires registration).
Categories: Advertising, Psychology Comments (0)
Mock Weddings
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 25, 2002
The growing phenomenon of mock weddings: the NY Times reports that across the country young people are throwing elaborate wedding ceremonies at which no one actually gets married. Apparently they figure that since they're probably not going to get married until they're much older, they might as well have the party now. As the Times puts it: "Across the nation, whether for artistic expression or just to have a good time, perhaps dozens of men and women in their late teens and early 20's have been putting on costly pseudo-weddings, complete with a ceremony, reception and festivities."
Categories: Sex/Romance Comments (1)
The Shroud of Turin
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 23, 2002
The Shroud of Turin is back in the news. It turns out that the Vatican has secretly been allowing a scientist to perform tests on it for the past few months. Apparently the scientist is trying to get a more accurate reading of the exact age of the shroud's fibers, following criticism of 1988 tests of the age of the fibers.
Categories: Religion Comments (1)
Simone
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 22, 2002
The movie SIMONE is coming out this weekend. It's about an actress who's not real, because she's just a computer simulation. But everyone thinks she's real, and so a director, who must maintain the illusion that his actress is real, gets dragged deeper and deeper into the hoax that he has created. It's getting pretty bad reviews. The New York Times calls it "tepid and vapid." So I'll probably skip it.
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Another Hoax (or trick) website
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 21, 2002
Many of you have probably received this e-mail before and know what the trick is. But for those who haven't it's worth looking at. Someone just forwarded it to me and reminded me about it. The text of the e-mail with the link is pasted below. Your browser needs to be enabled with shockwave to see the trick effect. Plus, it may take a little while to see it (give it half a minute):Thought you might enjoy this photo. This is really bizarre. Apparentlythe owners of this house had been seeing images and hearing voices for quite a while.They did some research and found that a lady once lived in the house wholost her husband during the civil war. Legend says that she used to sit at thetable and...
Categories: Paranormal Comments (0)
Good Samaritan Fooled
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 21, 2002
The LA Times tells of a good samaritan who tackled an armed man who was chasing three people down an alley. Unfortunately the armed man turned out to be an actor who was shooting a scene from the upcoming movie "Hunter." (registration required to view story).
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Rudolph Fentz and Time Travel
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 20, 2002
A decades-old time travel hoax has been unravelling in Ohio this past week. It started with an article about Chris Aubeck, a researcher who was investigating the case of Rudolph Fentz. Fentz was a man who had supposedly time-travelled from 1876 to 1950, only to get struck down by a car and killed. The story has gained wide credence in many European circles. But Aubeck tracked the source of the tale down to an Akron-based writer, Ralph M. Holland, who wrote a story about this incident in 1953.But when Rev. George Murphy read about Aubeck's research, he recognized that the tale had an even earlier source. It turned out that Holland had lifted the tale from a short story by Jack Finney that...
Categories: Future/Time Comments (3)
Is it a dog, or is it dinner?
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 20, 2002
Hoax Website: petsorfood.com.
Categories: Animals, Gross, Websites Comments (0)
Get your villains here
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 20, 2002
Hoax Website: villainsupply.com
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Extreme Homework Avoidance
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 20, 2002
Student fakes fire to avoid homework. Wow. Couldn't he just have said that the dog ate his homework?
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McDonald
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 19, 2002
I remember when McDonalds was promoting its "Pick your prize Monopoly" game. I tried it and didn't even win a free fries. But this guy walked away with $20 million from games at McDonalds.
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US News & World Report and the Great Moon Hoax of 1835
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 19, 2002
US News & World Report has a special double issue this week on "The Art of the Hoax". Check out the lead article, "Strange but true: This is the golden age of hoaxes." Yours truly was interviewed for it and gets mentioned twice! Very exciting. But also check out their short piece on the Great Moon Hoax of 1835. As it turns out, they fell for a tall-tale about this hoax. In the first paragraph they claim that because of this newspaper hoax:"Daily sales of the Sun skyrocketed from 4,000 to 19,000–making it the world's most popular paper and launching a new kind of journalism."Not so! For almost a century historians have been repeating this story about how the great moon hoax propelled...
Duct Tape Prankster
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 16, 2002
New York prankster arrested for duct-taping himself to a utility pole in a busy intersection while holding a sign reading "Save Ira Joe Fisher."
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NZ Electoral Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 15, 2002
Pranksters play havoc with New Zealand's new online electoral rolls, changing one woman's name from Kylene Soar to 'Mr. Fat Ass.' They also manage to register a basset hound to vote, listing its occupation as a cable-layer.
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9/11 Fakes
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 15, 2002
The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at the phenomenon of phony heroes and fake victims of 9/11.
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