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Hoax Museum Blog Posts From
May 2003
The French Rockefeller
Posted by The Curator on Sat May 31, 2003
Update on the criminal career of Christopher Rocancourt. He recently confessed to having scammed people by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. Why people would have believed that a Rockefeller would be speaking with a thick French accent, I still can't understand.
Reviewing Stephen Glass
Posted by The Curator on Sat May 31, 2003
Book critics are stressing out over how to respond to the release of Stephen Glass's first novel. Should they review it and trash it, or just ignore it? Stephen Glass, if you don't remember, got fired from the New Republic five years ago for inventing news.
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Goat-Gland Brinkley
Posted by The Curator on Fri May 30, 2003
Great article in the New York Press detailing the career of Dr. 'Goat-Gland' Brinkley, the man who made a fortune during the 1920s and '30s by selling a quack cure for male impotence that involved the implantation of goat glands. Incidentally Brinkley became so popular and such a powerful figure in American culture that he ran for governor of Kansas and would have won if the Democrats and Republicans hadn't rigged the election.
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Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias
Posted by The Curator on Fri May 30, 2003
Benjamin Radford and Robert Bartholomew have a book out that should be of interest to those interested in hoax stuff. It's titled Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking. I haven't got my hands on a copy yet, but here's a review of it from Psychology Today.
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Finger-Lickin
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 29, 2003
Apparently the old Kentucky Fried Chicken email hoax is still going around. I thought this one had died out ages ago. I guess the good ones never die out completely.
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Nigerian Email Conference
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 29, 2003
iLoo Not a Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Wed May 14, 2003
Oops! Microsoft now says that the iLoo was not a hoax, just a bad idea. But why should we believe this latest version of the story? Personally I think they'd have been better off leaving it as a hoax.
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Microsoft iLoo Diagram
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 13, 2003
Here's a diagram of the iLoo.
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Microsoft iLoo
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 13, 2003
Microsoft says that the iLoo (the internet toilet) was just a hoax.
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