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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
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.
Categories: Free Energy Comments (1)
Starbucks Coupons
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
Bogus coupons circulating through e-mail are causing a headache for Starbucks.
Categories: Email Hoaxes Comments (6)
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 Nigeria actually has a statement on its website from the Central Bank of Nigeria warning people about the swindle.
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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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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.
Categories: Technology Comments (0)
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…
Categories: Email Hoaxes, Food, Politics Comments (2)
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.
Categories: Animals Comments (2)
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.
Categories: Journalism, Technology Comments (0)
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