The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
The Hoax Museum Blog
Category: Pranks
Art Object Prank
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2008
Small, round, orange stickers are appearing on objects all over downtown Appleton, Wisconsin. The stickers are stamped with the phrase "art object" and a price (ranging from one cent to $10,000). They're appearing on park benches, fire hydrants, store windows, etc. No one seems to know who's responsible for the stickers or what their purpose is. From the Appleton Post-Crescent: Police Lt. Steve Elliott said putting stickers on public or private objects without the owner's consent falls under the same local ordinances governing graffiti. "Definitely, it is against city ordinances. If…
Categories: Art, Pranks Comments (2)
26 Cheerleaders Squeeze into Elevator
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 11, 2008
Police responded to an emergency call to find 26 cheerleaders stuffed inside an elevator: The group of 14- to 17-year-olds was inspired to test an elevator’s maximum capacity while attending cheerleading camp at the university, The Dallas Morning News reported. When the elevator stalled en route from the fourth to the first floor, several girls panicked. The girls “managed to wiggle a few cell phones free to call for help,” the paper reported. Police and fire crew responded, but it took an elevator repairman 25 minutes to extricate the squad. The fad of telephone booth stuffing (which this…
Categories: Pranks Comments (8)
$1000 iPhone App Does Nothing
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 11, 2008
Customers at Apple's online iPhone store recently had the opportunity to buy a program called "I Am Rich." True to its name, it cost $999.99. The program, created by Armin Heinrich, a German software developer, displayed a large red ruby on the iPhone's screen. And that's it. Nothing else. The product description read: "The red icon on your iPhone always reminds you (and others when you show it to them) that you were able to afford this. It's a work of art with no hidden function at all." Eight people actually purchased the program before…
Categories: Pranks, Scams, Technology Comments (13)
Pantyhose Corner
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 04, 2008
For more than two years someone has been dumping pantyhose near Geneseo Circle in Milford, Massachusetts. Residents report that new pantyhose appear three to four times per week. One day (the record, I assume) there were 43 pairs. From bostonchannel.com: Most of the pairs of pantyhose are black and "queen sized," neighbors said. Some residents are considering using video cameras and walkie-talkies to catch the culprit. I wonder if this is, in any way, related to Shoe Corner in Hanover Township, New Jersey -- the place where shoes keep mysteriously getting dumped?
Categories: Fashion, Pranks Comments (5)
Georgia Monkey Hoax of 1953
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 30, 2008
Back in July 1953 three pranksters left the hairless/tailless body of a monkey lying in the middle of a Georgia highway. When a policeman came along, they told him it was the body of an extraterrestrial that they had accidentally run over. Its friends had escaped moments before in a spacecraft. The prank managed to make national headlines. (I describe it in greater detail in the Hoaxipedia.) MSNBC has an article (with picture) about the Great Monkey Hoax. The occasion for it is a visit by an AP reporter to the museum of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, where the body of the monkey is…
Farting iPhones
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 18, 2008
You've just shelled out a couple hundred bucks for a new iPhone, and now you're paying outrageous monthly service charges in addition to that. So what can you do to show off your new status symbol? How about make it fart? DoApp has introduced a whoopie cushion app for the iPhone: This app includes 10 varieties of gas sounds. The user will be able to choose the right length and power to make the proper sound effect for the moment. In order to use this application, a user has to touch the iPhone once or swipe…
Categories: Gross, Pranks, Technology Comments (4)
Faceless Aliens
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 07, 2008
This has already been posted in the forum, but I've received too many emails about it to ignore it. "Faceless aliens" have been spotted attending various high-profile events in the UK, including Wimbledon and the Harrods summer sale. The "aliens" are people wearing masks. So why are they doing this? According to the Mail Online, theories include: the possibilities that they are limelight-seeking pranksters, performance artists or that they are at the centre of a viral marketing campaign for an as-yet unknown product of forthcoming horror film.
Horse at School
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 10, 2008
I'm not sure if this is a prank, or just a case of bizarre willfulness. Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut warned a father and daughter not to bring their horse to school. They brought it anyway, so the school has charged them with breach of peace. From nbc30.com: Police were called Friday morning when a Westport man and his daughter walked a horse onto the campus of Staples High School, police said. School officials became concerned when a large group of students gathered near the horse and reported it, police said. School officials had previously warned the…
Categories: Animals, Pranks Comments (6)
High school prank gets pranked
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 05, 2008
Nyack High School seniors claim their prank got pranked. Their intended prank was to remove all the desks and chairs from the classrooms and line them up in the field behind the school in the shape of a giant "2008." The principal had given them permission to do this. But during the night someone rearranged the desks into the shape of a penis. From lohud.com: Senior Erin Cummings, 17, said about 100 seniors came to the school at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and worked for several hours arranging the desks. But it seems another group came out to the field…
Categories: Pranks, Sex/Romance Comments (7)
Mooning Mishap
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 04, 2008
Big Gary writes: "Don't we see this story about 2 or 3 times a year? Only the country and the broken object causing the injury change." From Yahoo! News: UTRECHT, Netherlands - Utrecht police say a 21-year-old Dutch man is recovering after a "mooning" that went horribly wrong. A police statement says the man and two others had run down a street in Utrecht with their pants pulled down in the back "for a joke." It says that at one point the 21-year-old "pushed his behind against the window of a restaurant" that broke and resulted in "deep wounds…
Categories: Pranks Comments (5)
Scorched Crotch Prank
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 29, 2008
If you need a reminder of the human race's capacity for stupidity, consider this story, from SanLuisObispo.com: Pillers, Keiffer and friend Elliot Tuleja were drinking at a house in Grover Beach on Jan. 18 when Tuleja passed out. Pillers and Keiffer decided to play a practical joke on him... “They were drinking, and one of the guys passed out. So (the other two) said, ‘Let’s do something. I’m going to look for rotten fruit to (put) up in his socks.’ “The other guy found a bottle of cologne and…
Categories: Pranks Comments (5)
Altered Yearbook Photos
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 22, 2008
When students at McKinney High School recently received copies of their yearbook, they noticed that many of their photos had been altered. From dallasnews.com: The problem photos are obvious. One girl's arm is missing. Another girl is missing her clothing – and was left with a blurred chest. Multiple students have the same body and clothes. Some shirt colors were changed, while patterns and wording on other shirts were wiped out. At least 34 students had someone else's body. Officials from Lifetouch National School Studios Inc., the Minnesota-based photography company, said…
Categories: Photos/Videos, Pranks Comments (9)
SpongeBob Vandalism
Posted by The Curator on Wed May 21, 2008
A chimney is all that remains of the cabin that used to be the home of the manager of the Forest Service tree nursery in Pike Forest. It's considered a historically significant remain. That didn't stop pranksters from refashioning it, with the help of some paint, into a monument to SpongeBob Squarepants. From gazette.com: Some people might find humor in a 10-foot tall likeness of the cartoon character SpongeBob Square-Pants painted onto a crumbling chimney in the middle of the woods. U.S. Forest Service officials certainly don't. "I didn't chuckle,"…
Categories: Places, Pranks Comments (11)
Panic Buy Carrots
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 20, 2008
On May 15th thousands of people around the world went to their local grocery store to panic buy carrots. They were members of the facebook group called "On May 15th 2008, everybody needs to go out and panic buy carrots." From northernnews.com: What started out as a prank Facebook group called "On May 15th 2008, everybody needs to go out and panic buy carrots," with just a handful of the creator's friends as members, has exploded online and now has 231,000 worldwide supporters on the popular social networking site. British teen…
Categories: Food, Pranks Comments (9)
Decades-old Donut Prank
Posted by The Curator on Mon May 12, 2008
Two former Junior High teachers have been giving each other the same donut as a gift for 37 years. From sj-r.com: In 1971, Mrs. Ross, longtime language arts teacher at the junior high, brought a doughnut to school to enjoy on her break in the teacher’s lounge. She and Mr. Nelson already enjoyed teasing each other, but on this day, Mr. Nelson took things to another level. He hid Mrs. Ross’s doughnut. And then the doughnut disappeared. Did he eat it? “I hid the doughnut but I did not eat the doughnut,” swears Mr. Nelson. “Someone else…
Categories: Food, Pranks Comments (6)
Page 6 of 20 pages ‹ First  < 4 5 6 7 8 >  Last ›
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.