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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874

Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Dog wins art contest, 1974
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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Crop Circle Movie
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
Wired has an article today about crop circles, in anticipation of M. Night Shyamalan's movie Signs coming out next month.

Unusual Bomb Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 18, 2002
Normally I don't like to mention bomb hoaxes, since giving them any attention only plays into the hoaxer's hand, but this case seems to be an exception. A man, while clearing out his closet, threw out a fake bomb that he had once created for a marketing project in college. The next day his building was evacuated when someone saw it lying in the dumpster. Full story at the NY Times (reg. required).

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Dino Bird
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 18, 2002
The Natural History Museum in London is opening an exhibit on "Dino-Birds: The Feathered Dinosaurs of China." It will include the archaeopteryx, the oldest known fossil of a bird, which was accused of being a fake back in the 1980s. I wonder if it will also include the Piltdown Chicken fossil which fooled National Geographic two years ago?

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Museum of Forgery
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 17, 2002
The Museum of Forgery: a nomadic institution dedicated to the aesthetics of forgery.

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Hacking is most often an inside job
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 17, 2002
Interesting article in the Daily Telegraph about computer hacking (requires registration), following last week's hacker conference in NYC. Quotes an expert who suggests that the majority of hacking directed against companies actually stems from insiders within the companies themselves.

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Fake Elements
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 16, 2002
Faking the periodic table: How a scientist forged data to invent two new elements.

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Dr. Pepper Pledge of Allegiance
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 16, 2002
Got a few e-mails about the Dr. Pepper/Pledge of Allegiance issue that's circulating through e-mail. Here's the text of the e-mail that people are receiving: Just sharing the info with you that I received! For those who have not heard, the bottlers/manufacturers of Dr. Pepper and their other products, have started a "new" can campaign. They are putting patriotic scenes on them. One, is the Empire State Bldg. with the pledge of allegiance...but ... they left off the words..."under God". They felt it might "offend" some. I don't know about you, but as a Christian, I am boycotting their products! They said they didn't "have room" for those words, but yet they had room for "indivisible" on the...

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Quarter-stealing Bird
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 15, 2002
A bird that steals quarters from a vending machine. Is this a hoax? I honestly don't know. Update: Apparently it's not.

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USA Today Hacked
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 14, 2002
Hackers broke into USA Today's web site and replaced the real news with fake stories. One of the hoax stories was that the Vatican had declared the Bible to be an April Fool's joke.

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Sisters Switch Places
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 14, 2002
Read this story in the Mirror: "A WOMAN fooled jail authorities for ten months by going to prison for her older sister. The 33-year-old took the place of her 37-year-old sibling in a fraud case in Zwiebruecken , Germany. The con was only discovered when she absconded on compassionate leave. Both now face jail."

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CDC Website
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 13, 2002
The Center for Disease Control has a Health Related Hoaxes and Rumors page. Worth checking out.

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Robbers Are Liars
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 13, 2002
Now this doesn't surprise me: Robbery statistics inflated by liars.

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Mud-Wrestling Neighbor
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 13, 2002
Amusing account of a mud-wrestling hoax perpetrated by Jeff Norman for an episode of "World's Nastiest Neighbors." It involved pretending to be an obnoxious neighbor who staged mud-wrestling matches on the lawn of his suburban home. The neighbors were so horrified that they called the police and had Norman arrested.

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Cow Urine Cures AIDS
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 13, 2002
From the files of medical quackery: cow urine as a cure for AIDS.

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