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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
British Airways Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 18, 2003
British Airways officially denies an email hoax going around claiming that if you forward the message enough times you'll get a free flight.
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Virgin Mary in Window
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 17, 2003
Not a deliberate hoax, but bogus anyway. A leaky window seal causes a peculiar moisture pattern to form on the window of Milton Hospital. True believers swear it's the image of the Virgin Mary.
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Journalistic Integrity
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 17, 2003
Slate has an interesting piece about some journalists from the first half of the twentieth century who took serious liberties with the truth: H.L. Mencken, A.J. Liebling, and Joseph Mitchell.
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Fake Ghost Photos
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 16, 2003
Roswell Declassified
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 16, 2003
The government declassifies the Roswell records. Popular Mechanics investigates.
Big Plane
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 16, 2003
Try to guess if this photo of a really big plane getting stuck as it crosses a ramp over a highway is real or fake. The answer's here.
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Usability Limited
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 15, 2003
Al-Gebra Terrorist
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 15, 2003
Here's an email that's been making the rounds recently: At Heathrow Airport today, an individual, later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a compass, a protractor, and a graphical calculator. Authorities believe he is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He is being charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.
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Fake Sale Prices
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 15, 2003
I knew retailers did this: marking items on sale, when the sale price is actually the regular price. Now retailer Suzy Shier gets slapped with a fine for doing it.
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Loch Ness Monster and the Witch
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 13, 2003
A white witch plans to cast a spell that will coax the Loch Ness Monster into making an appearance again.
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Fake Fags
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 13, 2003
Fake Fags. It's not what you think, unless you're British.
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Mainline Airways
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 13, 2003
Mainline Airways was attracting lots of customers by offering super-low fares to Hawaii. But it turns out there was no Mainline Airways. Only a website created by a teenager.
Manitoba Home Security
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 13, 2003
Here's a picture sent by a visitor to the site named Dorothy. It's titled 'Manitoba Home Security.'
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McDonald
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 12, 2003
The Chicago Tribune on the McDonald's Whole-Wheat Hoax. Apparently, and contrary to McDonald's belief, dying white bread a caramel color does not make it "whole wheat."
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Nonprofitabletech
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 11, 2003
Nonprofitabletech. A software company dedicated to raising lots of venture capital money.
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