The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Getting Ready for April Fools Day
April Fool's Day is usually the day when this site gets the most visitors. In the past this has caused the site to crash... so if nothing on the site seems to be working on April 1st, it's not me playing a prank. It's just the server melting down. Though hopefully that won't happen this year since I upgraded to a better server.

April Fool's Day is also a time when this site gets some media attention (because I don't think any other site on the web has as much info about April Fools). Big Gary told me he saw something about the site a few days ago in the Dallas Morning News (aka the Boring Snooze). I also did an interview with Andrew Jacobs of the NY Times this morning. His article should appear in the Times on Thursday or Friday. The Times of India is publishing a summary of the top 5 of my Top 100 April Fools. The Toledo Blade will have an article about the site (that includes a picture of me) on Friday. Family Circle Magazine was supposed to have something about the site in their April issue, but I haven't heard from them in a few months so I don't know what became of that (and I don't read Family Circle so maybe it is there and I don't know about it). Finally, I did a one-hour radio interview last night with Morgan White, Jr. on WBZ radio (out of Boston), and I'll be on BBC Radio on April 1st (4 pm London Time) being interviewed by Vanessa Feltz.

Oh, and then there's the off chance something might appear in USA Today, though I have no idea what (I'm very curious to see if they do print anything). That's all the stuff I know about, but sometimes papers print things about the site without telling me (like the Dallas Morning News did), so there may be more.
Categories: Miscellaneous
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 29, 2005
Comments (19)
Ah, Alex... you are now one of The Beautiful People, like me, "Raoul- The Sexiest Man Alive". Did you tell them of my prowess, of my stamina, of my... aroma? Tell me, I must know.
Posted by Raoul  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  09:31 PM
Alex, did you end up sending USA Today photos?
Posted by Rochelle  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  10:05 PM
I sent them a scan of the front cover of my book, because it shows an exterior view of a museum, even though it's a picture, not a photo.

However, I never mentioned that there is no real museum of hoaxes. So I'm curious to see what they do. My guess is that there will be no mention of my site at all.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  10:30 PM
The Horror - the Horror. Perhaps, it's now time to reveal the REAL physical Museum (under construction, of course).
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  10:31 PM
"However, I never mentioned that there is no real museum of hoaxes," Alex.

Where to begin, where to begin.
Posted by Chadds Ford Prefect  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  11:25 PM
I never mentioned that there is no real museum of hoaxes


Of course there is a real Museum of Hoaxes. Just because it resides on a server inside of a building doesn't make it any less real.

Hmmmm Too bad you can't get a picture of the building which houses said server, you could then send them a picture of the building where the Museum of Hoaxes resides.
Posted by Myst  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  01:31 AM
"I never mentioned that there is no real museum of hoaxes"

Of course there is. And it's brick and mortar, too. It looks exactly like the building on the cover of the book. The Hoax Museum, get it?
Posted by Gutza  in  Bucharest  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  05:00 AM
Hey!!!! Make sure you like, mention my name, that should attract a few more readers!!!! shock
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  09:36 AM
Is this the reason the 'most recent comments' page isn't working for me?
Posted by Boo  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  10:04 AM
Ah, Fate: the great and foolish imp. Seems ironic that the MOH may get more hits, too late for the Wit and Wisdom of Hairy Houdini page. He will snap, if and when he returns (with MY car, dammit)
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  10:18 AM
Odd. The most recent comments page won't open for me either. Yeah, it's probably due to the approach of April 1st.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  10:47 AM
The recent comments page is fairly server-intensive (because it has to gather comments from a bunch of different files), so it makes sense that it would go belly-up first. Not much I can do about it.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  10:51 AM
I got it working, though I had to change it slightly.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  10:58 AM
Sorry Alex, didn't mean for that to sound like criticism.
I was just wondering.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  11:03 AM
It occurs to me that this might be the perfect opportunity for your own, little April Fool's joke on USA Today, should you choose, Alex. Or am I stating the obvious?
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  09:36 PM
You got an honourable mention on New Zealand's Stuff news site: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3233583a11275,00.html
Posted by Percy Flage  in  New Zealand  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  07:08 PM
I like their description:
The Museum of Hoaxes attracted almost one million visitors during April 2004 alone, prompting its owner, German-American Alex Boese to publish a book on the most outrageous hoaxes perpetrated. Since then Boese has become a celebrity, appearing as a hoax authority on TV and in print.

Too bad that the book was published in 2002. And I'm a celebrity? Wow. News to me.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  07:13 PM
Alex you are too modest. I am sure you thrust yourself into everyone you meet, leaving a deep impression upon their seams and pleats. You are too much the man, and you are not even from The Land Of My Birth. For this, I remove my truss, and bend for you in admiration. Rrrraoul
Posted by Raoul  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  07:32 PM
Not bad at all. Gotta develop some new stuff for myself...
Posted by San Diego Window Cleaning  in  san diego  on  Wed May 05, 2010  at  03:27 PM
Commenting is no longer available for this post.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.