The Museum of Hoaxes
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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Collect-Trash-for-Charity Hoax
Schoolchildren in Gloucester, England were fooled by a hoax, versions of which have been around for decades. They received an email message telling them that if they collected 3 kilograms of empty Walker chips packages, then Walker Chips would pay for the treatment of a child born without an arm. The kids collected all the packages of chips, only to learn that Walker Chips had never made such an offer. Like I said, versions of this hoax have happened many times before. They often involve the collection of bottle caps, empty boxes of matches, or other junk, all, so it is said, to support some good cause. Curtis MacDougall, in his classic study of hoaxes, records an example of this cruel practical joke occurring in the 1930s. I'm surprised that the school administrators in Gloucester weren't clued into this scam.
Categories: Con Artists
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 24, 2003
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