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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Dog wins art contest, 1974
BBC Falls for Bhopal Hoax
The hoaxing of the BBC has now been all over the news. In case you haven't heard, on Friday the BBC broadcast an interview with a man claiming to be a representative of Dow Chemical, Jude Finisterra (is the guy's last name supposed to mean 'the end of the world'?). During the interview the man said that Dow had decided to accept full responsibility for the chemical disaster that killed thousands of people in Bhopal twenty years ago, and in addition it would pay $12 billion in compensation to the victims. The BBC broadcast the interview twice, causing Dow's stock value to promptly drop. Later that same day it became clear that the man wasn't a representative of Dow, and the BBC apologized for falling for a hoax. Though it tried to duck responsibility somewhat by claiming that it was the victim of an 'elaborate deception'. Was the deception really that elaborate? According to this NY Times article, the BBC was actually the one to make first contact with the hoaxers via a website that 'appeared to be Dow Chemical's web site'. So they fell for a hoax website. That's not that elaborate a deception. The man they interviewed was reportedly (in reality) Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men (a movie about them is currently in theatres).
Categories: Business/Finance, Journalism
Posted by The Curator on Sat Dec 04, 2004
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