The Museum of Hoaxes
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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Stephen Glass, 1998
During the mid-1990s, Stephen Glass was a young writer at the New Republic. He had a reputation for always getting the best scoops. For instance, in his most celebrated article, "Hack Heaven," he told the story of a fifteen-year-old hacker who broke into the computer system of a software corporation, Jukt Micronics, and then succeeded in extorting money, a job, a Miata, a trip to Disney World, and a lifetime subscription to Playboy from the company. The article captured the topsy-turvy culture of the 1990s dot-com boom. But it turned out that Jukt Micronics only existed in Glass's own imagination. The New Republic fired him in May 1998 when it found out. His career as a media hoaxer served as the basis for the 2003 film Shattered Glass, in which he was played by Hayden Christensen. External links: wikipedia, washingtonpost.com.
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