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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880

Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Godsend Institute, and other movie sites
Posted by The Curator on Thu Apr 15, 2004
A few people have written to me about the Godsend Institute, which is supposedly a Massachusetts fertility clinic that offers human cloning as an option for its patients. Its website is quite slick and well produced, but the Godsend Institute is, of course, not real. The site is part of the advertising campaign for the upcoming movie Godsend starring Robert De Niro. Wired published an article about this yesterday. Ever since the Blair Witch Project succeeded in creating such a buzz five years ago with its companion website, movie studios have sought to repeat this trick by creating sites that try to convince websurfers that their fictional characters or companies are real. The site for the...
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