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Hoax Museum Blog Posts From
January 2004
Haggis Hunt
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 12, 2004
Here's an interesting hoax website, courtesy of Anson Kennedy. It's haggishunt.com, which punctures the common misconception that a haggis is a sheep's stomach stuffed with meat and oatmeal. In reality (according to this site) a haggis is an extremely rare animal hunted by the Scottish. The site offers many educational haggis facts, such as that the sound the haggis is most sensitive to is plaid rubbing on underpants (I never knew!). And definitely check out the Haggis Cam.
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Where Is My Gnome, Part 2
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 08, 2004
A lot of people have been emailing me to let me know that the Where Is My Gnome site is part of a viral web campaign by Travelocity, but I've been too busy and never got around to updating that entry. But here's an article that explains the Gnome campaign.
Foil Prank
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 08, 2004
Man leaves town and returns home to find everything in his apartment covered in tinfoil, everything except one lone book titled Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends.Update: The Black Table has posted an interview with the guy who actually dreamed up and carried out the foil prank, Lucas Trerice.
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Office Prank
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 08, 2004
April Fool's Day Office Prank. "Priceless."
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Mario 3 Time Attack Video
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 08, 2004
A 'time attack' video has been going around that appears to show someone completing every level of Mario 3 perfectly in 11 minutes. If you're a fan of Mario 3 it's apparently quite impressive. Unfortunately, the video is a fake.
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Go Lamers
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 06, 2004
Would you take a ride with a bus company called Lamers? It sounds like a joke, but it's not. It's just a company with an odd name.
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Philanderers International
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 06, 2004
Here's another site that makes you wonder if it's real or fake: Philanderers.com. It's a service to help people who are married have extramarital affairs. My first thought was that it was a joke. But upon looking around it for a while, it appears legitimate. I wonder if any single people use this who want to have an affair with someone who's married? And here's an evil thought: if you ever try to cancel your membership, they could threaten to tell your spouse.
Categories: Sex/Romance, Websites Comments (114)
Taliban Reunited
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 06, 2004
Have a hankering to find out what your old terrorist chums are up to now that Afghanistan is occupied by the American military? Then check out Taliban Reunited, the site that lets terrorists get reacquainted with their former friends and acquaintances.
Categories: Military, Websites Comments (0)
Vixen Love
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 06, 2004
If you're ever instant messaging on AOL and strike up a conversation with a 19-year-old female from California named Vixen Love, watch out. You're not really talking to a teenage girl. Vixen Love is actually a computer program. Quite a few people apparently have failed to realize this.
Jim Morrison
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 06, 2004
Is this an image of the ghost of Jim Morrison? Or is it just a stray beam of sunlight?
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Fake Sick Days
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 06, 2004
According to this survey, 33% of workers will fake that they're sick in order to get a day off in January. I'm surprised that the number isn't higher.
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Fake Soccer Team
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 06, 2004
The El Salvadorean soccer team showed up in Zimbabwe to play a game against the team from Zimbabwe. Just one problem. It wasn't the El Salvadorean team. It was just a bunch of players masquerading as the national team. The score, by the way, was a tie: 0-0. This reminds me of the Moscow Philharmonic Hoax.
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Memory Erasure
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 01, 2004
Lacuna, Inc. is a company that will erase troubling memories from your mind using a "painless non-surgical memory erasing process." But the site is actually part of the advertising campaign for an upcoming movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey.
Categories: Psychology, Websites Comments (0)
Blow Up the Moon
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 01, 2004
The moon is our enemy. Therefore, we must blow it up. That pretty much sums up the philosophy of the Citizens' Association to Blow Up the Moon.
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Bank of England Email Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 01, 2004
During the past week many people received an email apparently from the Bank of England. It read: "Dear customer. The security of your personal and account information is extremely important to us. By practising good security habits, you can help us ensure that your private information is protected. Please install our special software that will remove all the keyloggers and backdoors from your computer." The email, of course, was a hoax. Thankfully, those who went ahead and installed the attached file suffered no harm because the file appears to do nothing. The media have been calling this an example of a phishing scam (phishing being a scam in which spammers try to fool people into divulging personal info…
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