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Black People Love Us: Sally and Johnny (a white couple) just want everyone to know that the black community loves them.
Categories: Identity/Imposters, Websites
Posted by Alex on Wed Sep 24, 2003
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Rent a Negro: Are you embarrassed by the lack of racial diversity at your social events? Then this website has the answer. Just 'rent a negro' and you too can appear multicultural in the eyes of your friends, all without ever having to challenge your own white privilege.
Categories: Identity/Imposters, Websites
Posted by Alex on Wed Sep 24, 2003
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A hoax involving 9/11 has just been exposed on LiveJournal. It appears there was once a LiveJournal user named Flashman, aka Anthony Joseph Pereira. But on Sept. 11 a friend of his, Rhyein, posted that he had died rushing into one of the burning World Trade Center Towers trying to save people. This caused an outpouring of grief from the LiveJournal community. But some people began to become suspicious when they realized that Anthony Joseph Pereira was never listed in the official lists of the 9/11 dead. To make a long story short, it now appears that Flashman never existed. He was invented by Rhyein. Anthony Joseph Pereira was in reality the original name of Joe Perry of Aerosmith, her favorite band.
Details of the initial exposure can be found here at superdeluxe's weblog, though it was a LJ user named tupelo who did the actual exposing. Another LJ user named Bubba Ray then compared the IP addresses used by Rhyein and Flashman and found that they matched. The journal of Flashman himself has unfortunately recently been deleted (by rhyein). This brings back memories of Kaycee Nicole Swenson.
Categories: Hate Crimes/Terror, Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Wed Sep 17, 2003
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The real McCoy has her identity stolen. Fake McCoy still at large.
Categories: Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Sun Sep 14, 2003
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Recently a 27-year-old New Zealander named Peter Lynds has been getting a lot of attention. He's been hailed as the next Einstein because he's come up with an entirely new theory of time. And he's done this without having any formal qualifications as a physicist. But suggestions that Peter Lynds may be nothing more than a hoax have been cropping up. Some have even doubted the guy's existence. The Guardian investigated and found that Lynds was real enough, but that his work hasn't exactly wowed everyone in the Physics community. And that thing about him being the next Einstein... that may trace back to an offhand remark by Lynds himself.

Update 8/17/03: A visitor has posted an interesting theory that Peter Lynds is really a 17-year-old radio student who's been sending out press releases about himself under the pseudonym of Brooke Jones. I guess Peter Lynds could resolve this whole issue by just making a public appearance somewhere. Of course, it could be that he's waiting for an invitation.
Categories: Identity/Imposters, Science
Posted by Alex on Sat Aug 16, 2003
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Woman cruelly poses as long-lost daughter of couple. Who knows what deranged motive was behind what she did. The woman, Donna Walker, has now been arrested.
Categories: Hate Crimes/Terror, Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Fri Aug 01, 2003
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David Hampton, the man who conned New York socialites by posing as the son of Sidney Poitier, as well as being the inspiration for the play Six Degrees of Separation, died last month at the age of 39.
Categories: Con Artists, Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Tue Jul 22, 2003
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A New Jersey DJ charmed listeners with her thick Irish brogue and tales of her life growing up in the Emerald Isle. Just one problem. She grew up in New Jersey. (Via the hoaxes community on LiveJournal)
Categories: Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Sat Jul 12, 2003
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Here's an odd story: an assistant professor at LSU is accused of sending threatening letters to herself.
Categories: Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Fri Jul 04, 2003
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I've just learned from a resident of Bristol that the gravesite of Princess Caraboo is soon going to be paved over and turned into a parking lot. It seems a poor way for Bristol to treat one of its most famous historical figures. I found one page protesting the planned parking lot.
Categories: History, Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Fri Jun 27, 2003
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An 1817 portrait of Princess Caraboo done by Thomas Barker is going up for auction at Christie's soon. Bidding is supposed to reach at least £6000. If I had the money I'd bid on it. It would go nicely above my desk.
Categories: Art, Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Fri Jun 06, 2003
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The strange case of a man whose death revealed that he had been living as an imposter almost his entire life. His true identity is unknown.
Categories: Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Mon Jun 02, 2003
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