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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Bloggers Can Be Fakers
Time Magazine is running an article titled "10 Things We Learned About Blogs". One of the things they learned was that "Bloggers Can Be Fakers." They write:
Plain Layne, a highly personal blog supposedly belonging to a Minnesota lesbian named Layne Johnson that drew thousands of fans over 3 1/2 years before mysteriously disappearing, was revealed to be a hoax. Hundreds of fans helped track down the real author, Odin Soli, 35, a male entrepreneur from Woodbury, Minn. Later in the year, fake Bill Clinton and Andy Kaufman blogs became hits.
Congratulations to Odin for getting his name in Time Magazine. But I've also got to point out that Time has one of its facts wrong. Neither the Andy Kaufman nor the Bill Clinton blog became a hit 'later in the year'. They were both around well before the unmasking of Plain Layne's identity. (Nit-picky, I know).
Categories: Websites
Posted by The Curator on Mon Dec 20, 2004
Comments (7)
They may be fake,you don
Posted by Evey  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  06:07 AM
and what 'bout this site. Can it be supported by Chinese ministry of propaganda?
Posted by Loxx  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  12:42 PM
But they didn't become "hits" until later in the year.
Posted by Ric  in  USA  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  12:52 PM
Did it really take Time this long to figure out that it's really easy to lie on the internet?
Posted by James D  on  Tue Dec 21, 2004  at  03:20 AM
Yes James. It took Time this long to figure it out.
Posted by Dany  in  Texas  on  Tue Dec 21, 2004  at  02:13 PM
A website I have frequented for about 5 years, http://www.opendiary.com has m,ore then its fair share of fake diaries. Yet, its still hard to convince people who post on that website that people actually make things up on the internet! Amazing.
Posted by Lisa J.  on  Mon Jan 24, 2005  at  12:53 AM
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