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Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956

The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
A black lion: real or fake?
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Fake 9/11 Heroics
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 24, 2002
Lake Tahoe Man invents Sept. 11 heroics, including the claim that he was buried under rubble for over 79 hours.
Online Liars
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 23, 2002
Using technology to get around the problem of people lying online. From the NY Times (reg. req.). Researchers estimate that 42% of online responses are currently false.
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Should it be called palmistry or buttistry?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 22, 2002
I've heard about psychics reading palms. Now here's one that reads buttocks.
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Ghostwriting
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 22, 2002
Great article in the National Post about the role of ghostwriters in the writing of "autobiographies." Often ghostwriters will invent the lives of their subjects out of whole cloth... And many celebrities never read the autobiographies which they've supposedly written. As the article says, "If the nominal author of a memoir says, 'I want to thank the devoted and talented Ms. Holly Ryle for her expert editorial assistance,' that probably means she wrote every word."
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Return of the Monkey Man
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 22, 2002
The Monkey Man has returned in India, after an absence of about a year. Reports are that a "monkey-like machine" is attacking people as they sleep on rooftops and in open places.
Mortimer Menpes
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 21, 2002
An exhibition of the art of Mortimer Menpes is being displayed at the National Library of Australia. Menpes was known for making fakes of the works of the great masters. This was in the early 20th century.
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Bogus Yellow Pages
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 21, 2002
Cheney Cracks Down
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 21, 2002
Cheney promises crackdown on corporate fraud. I don't know. Somehow it seems a little fishy.
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Fake Lettuce
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 20, 2002
Baywatch star Traci Bingham has been getting a huge amount of publicity for parading around European cities in her bikini made out of lettuce. Her point was to promote vegetarianism. But purists will note that the bikini was made out of fake lettuce.
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Loopholes in 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
Scientists find loopholes in the second law of thermodynamics. True believers in the possibility of a perpetual motion machine will love this.
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Starbucks Coupons
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
Bogus coupons circulating through e-mail are causing a headache for Starbucks.
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Your Digital Buddy Pirate
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
On the subject of Digital Buddies (see below) here's a website where your online digital buddy can be a member of an LA street gang. His name is Pirate. Ask him whatever you want. You even get to see him type his reply.
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Digital Buddies
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
Digital Buddies are fake friends who will sell you products online. They chat and make jokes, but they're just computer programs. From the LA Times (requires reg.).
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The Nigerian Bank Scam
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
For more info about the Nigerian Bank Scam, check out Douglas Cruickshank's article in Salon from August 2001 in which he delved into the strange, seductive poetry of the Bank Scam missives. David Emery also had a piece about them in SF Gate in March 2002, while Ian Kaplan has collected many examples of the scam. Finally, the Embassy of...
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Interview with a Nigerian Bank Scammer
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
Wired also had a good article yesterday about the Nigerian Bank Scam, in which they interviewed a Nigerian student who actually used to compose the letters that were sent out to potential victims. The student says that the letters were purposefully designed to read like offbeat soap operas.
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