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Hoax Museum Blog Posts From
January 2003
Push-Button Bugles
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jan 19, 2003
The military has a problem: not enough bugle players to play taps at all the military funerals. Therefore, they came up with the solution of bugles implanted with electronic chips that contain a recording of taps. No skill is required to play them, beyond being able to flip a switch. Now a group is protesting the use of the fake bugles, and is calling on bugle players throughout the nation to assist at military funerals: www.buglesacrossamerica.org
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The Solomon Stone
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jan 19, 2003
Scientists puzzle over the mystery of the Solomon stone found in Israel. As the London Times puts it: it "is either a state-of-the-art hoax or an ancient Hebrew inscription - more than 2,000 years old - confirming the Biblical account of Solomon's temple." Many people would dearly want this to be true. So in such cases the burden of evidence should be set even higher, to counter the wish-fulfillment impulse.
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FBI chases fake terrorists
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 09, 2003
The FBI got fooled into thinking that 5 terrorists were on the loose around New Year's Eve.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime Comments (0)
Chavez Tricked
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 09, 2003
Yesterday there was this story about radio pranksters calling up Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and tricking him into believing that he was talking to Fidel Castro.
Categories: Radio Comments (0)
Clonaid
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 08, 2003
Recently the controversy surrounding Clonaid's claims that they've created a clone has been the big thing in the world of hoaxes. I got quoted in this Washington Post article about the situation.
Categories: Birth/Babies Comments (0)
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