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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Use your left ear to detect lies
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
David Manning Update
In 2001 Sony Pictures got caught promoting its movies by using glowing quotations from a non-existent movie critic named David Manning to hype them. When the non-existence of Manning was pointed out, Sony pulled the ads, but to this day it has maintained its right to have printed the quotations, claiming they were protected as free speech. Yesterday Los Angeles Justice Reuben Ortega disallowed that defense. His remarks were notable: [if the case against Sony succeeds] "no longer will people be seen lurching like mindless zombies toward the movie theatre, compelled by a puff piece. What a noble and overwhelming undertaking."
Categories: Advertising, Entertainment
Posted by The Curator on Thu Mar 04, 2004
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