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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Fake Fish Photos
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Game Show Sting
If you're a wanted criminal you may want to think twice about showing up to appear on a TV game show. British police created a fake game show, Great Big Giveaway Show, to which they invited twenty people on their wanted list. Seventeen of them were arrested. I guess no one can resist a chance to be on TV. (Thanks to Andrew Nixon for the link)
Categories: Entertainment, Law/Police/Crime
Posted by The Curator on Tue Oct 05, 2004
Comments (4)
I've heard of this kinda deal being run by other cops all over the world, actually, for quite some time. Some of them run fake lotteries, send flyers for shopping sprees, and the like.

You'd think folks would catch on to this sort of thing after a while, but apparently criminals ain't gettin' any smarter. =D
Posted by Jim North  on  Wed Oct 06, 2004  at  06:10 AM
My favorite is when cable and satellite providers transmit fake give aways during pay-per-view events, e.g. "Thanks for purchasing UFC XIII, call 1-800-URA-DBAS for your free T-Shirt."
Posted by Kaitain  in  Florida, Land of Hurricanes  on  Wed Oct 06, 2004  at  09:58 AM
Didn't anyone see "Hot Stuff"?

Dom Delouise, et al??
Posted by coit  on  Wed Oct 06, 2004  at  12:42 PM
URA-DBAS= 871-3227
Posted by john  in  NH  on  Wed Oct 06, 2004  at  06:23 PM
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