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Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Walk and Talk Hoax Caller
image Nokia offers a product they call the 'Walk and Talk Hoax Caller.' Their ad copy describes it as a hands-free voice changer for your mobile phone. "Prank call Anonymous Calls Winding up your mates and enemies. The fun really begins when you plug in the Hoax Caller and switch the unit on." Yeah, buy this product and you too can be just like the creepy-looking loser in their ad making obscene phone calls to young teenage girls. I wonder what marketing genius picked out this sinister scenario to sell the product? (via Red Ferret Journal)
Categories: Advertising, Technology
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 11, 2004
Comments (10)
Not clear that this is a Nokia product, as opposed to a product for Nokia phones.
Posted by Rob  in  NYC  on  Fri Jun 11, 2004  at  04:00 PM
I looked at the ad again, and I can't tell. It's called the Walk and Talk Hoax Caller Nokia. That could mean either that it's by Nokia or for Nokia phones.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Jun 11, 2004  at  06:59 PM
I don't think it's a Nokia product (they also do a model for other brand jack socketed phones) but just a Nokia compatible version. Still, stupid marketing though!
Posted by Red  on  Fri Jun 11, 2004  at  07:15 PM
The creepy guy looks a little bit like Will Ferrell.
Posted by Carmen  on  Sat Jun 12, 2004  at  01:41 AM
It's made by a company call Mobile Mania, not Nokia. Several sites offer it, one specifies "not for malicious use".
Posted by Doug Nelson  on  Sat Jun 12, 2004  at  04:46 AM
Who cares if it is made by Nokia or not....The fact is that somebody invested time and money for a marketing plan that is second to none!!! What a genius.
Posted by Dave  on  Sat Jun 12, 2004  at  12:32 PM
OK, looking at the photo it seems like they wanted to show the young ladies having fun pulling a prank on their confused and annoyed dad. Except the dad is the one wearing the wireless stuff. . . weird.
Posted by David  on  Sun Jun 13, 2004  at  12:07 AM
EWWW EWWW EWWW

"My Dad used the Hoax Caller to impersonate my boyfriend for phone sex! My Mom and I were laughing for hours!"
Posted by fooboy  on  Mon Jun 14, 2004  at  12:20 PM
Can anyone confirm this is even real? It only seems to be 'available' on half a dozen sites, mostly with rather dubious names like if-you-googled-mobile-telephone-your-search-terms-will-appear-as-the-name-of-our-site.com.
Posted by Paul  in  Prague, CZ  on  Tue Jun 15, 2004  at  12:12 PM
There are commercial pay numbers in the Netherlands, similar to payed sex lines, where you can play these pranks with anyone you like. You can have the operator call someone to tell that their daughter died in an accident (yes, it is really that disgusting), or that they have been fired, etc., and listen in to the reaction of the victim. It is disgusting, and Dutch politicians are rightfully trying to get the government to put a ban on these kind of 'services'. Some people on this world are really braindead and rotten.
Posted by Marco  in  Netherlands  on  Fri Jun 18, 2004  at  04:08 PM
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