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Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
David Manning Settlement
A week or two ago papers were reporting the final verdict in the class-action suit against Sony stemming from the David Manning phony critic case. Sony got slapped with a $1.5million fine that was supposed to compensate moviegoers who felt defrauded by the fake ads. But William Booth of the Washington Post did some research and found out that not all was as it seemed with the payout:

News of the settlement created a stir in cyberspace and the entertainment press, with visions of tens of thousands of chagrined rubes lining up around the studio with their palms outstretched. Like, right on! Multiplexers unite! We did some follow-up and learned that Sony paid out $5,085 — total — to 170 real, honest-to-goodness ticket buyers. The rest of the cash? Brace yourself, Virginia: According to court papers, the attorneys for the plaintiffs got $458,909. Sony paid an additional $250,000 for administrative fees and costs associated with alerting moviegoers to the settlement and processing the claims — all 170 of them. Not a bad payday. The settlement, in which Sony conceded no wrongdoing, stipulated that any money left over from the $500,000 the studio set aside for claims would go to charity. And indeed it did, with $494,915 donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Women’s Care Cottage in Los Angeles.
Categories: Entertainment, Law/Police/Crime
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 14, 2005
Comments (2)
Well, I suppose, at least some of the money went to good places.
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  03:01 PM
so basically, people aren'y happy with not seeing real ads now...
Posted by Tom  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  04:42 AM
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