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Havidol
Havidol.com is a pharmaceutical website touting a solution to Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD). Havidol (avafynetyme HCI) comes in both tablet and suppository form, and should be taken indefinitely.

The site is very well made and, frankly, looks more professional than some legitimate websites.
Whilst the names of the drug are the first sign that this site shouldn't be taken seriously, there are other signs scattered throughout the site. For example:

Side effects may include mood changes, muscle strain, extraordinary thinking, dermal gloss, impulsivity induced consumption, excessive salivation, hair growth, markedly delayed sexual climax, inter-species communication, taste perversion, terminal smile, and oral inflammation.

When one goes to the 'shop' page, the only actually purchasable item is a t-shirt (ever the sign of a fake website). Clicking any of the other items opens up the webpage for the New York Daneyal Mahmood gallery, which is currently showing an exhibition based around the concept of Havidol by artist Justine Cooper.

(Thanks, Thierry.)
Categories: AdvertisingArtHealth/MedicineWebsites
Posted by Boo on Mon Mar 05, 2007
I don't really get where they're going with that website. It is extremely well done and other than a few clues here and there, it would be hard to notice that it is a fake. However, I don't really understand the point. It's not particularly funny. A little ironic I guess. I just think it's not shocking enough.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Tue Mar 06, 2007  at  12:15 AM
Actually, on second thought and after some deeper perusal of the website, I think that it's really well done. It is funny in a subtle ironic way. The testimonials were pretty funny. My favorite part though are the side affects:

"Side effects may include mood changes, muscle strain, extraordinary thinking, dermal gloss, impulsivity induced consumption, excessive salivation, hair growth, markedly delayed sexual climax, inter-species communication, taste perversion, terminal smile, and oral inflammation."

Sounds like it'll turn you into a really happy yet sexually disfunctional werewolf or something!
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Tue Mar 06, 2007  at  12:23 AM
I think I'll stick to paracetomoxyfrusinbendroneomycin instead
Posted by cthelmax  in  england  on  Tue Mar 06, 2007  at  06:32 AM
Havidol the solution when you don't know what your problem is. That's one hell of a pill. I liked the little bit about one of the results is a need to change doctors. Sounds like it should become a mandantory pill for everyone. One pill each morning just before you begin to use your brain. Oh, wait, that eliminates most people.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Thu Mar 08, 2007  at  11:52 AM
Site is made very good but I don't understand it's meaning and sense of it...
Posted by Max  in  USA  on  Mon Jun 09, 2008  at  12:59 PM
Hm, made very good but not interesting at all.
Posted by Tom  in  USA  on  Wed Jun 11, 2008  at  05:07 AM
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