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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Use your left ear to detect lies
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Cursed by Allah
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
New Zealand Rapper MC Emu
On the Fighting Talk weblog journalism student Patrick Crewdson gives an example of how hoaxes can make the leap from being fiction into becoming fact. He once edited a journal called Critic that published a joke article about "New Zealand's least-known musician": rapper MC Emu. Of course, MC Emu was fictitious, but now references to this rapper have begun to appear in serious histories of New Zealand music... references that seem to credit MC Emu with being a real character.
Categories: Entertainment, Journalism
Posted by The Curator on Tue Apr 13, 2004
Comments (1)
A favorite site of mine is Urban Legends Reference Pages (http://www.snopes.com). The site master has inserted a spurious account to the origin of the nursey rhyme 'sing a song of six pence' as an idiot catcher...every now and then the account shows up as 'fact' in the media, and recently it showed up as a 'true' fact in a board game...hysterically, the board game is about Urban Legends. ROTFLMAO.
Posted by Karen  in  Providence  on  Thu Apr 15, 2004  at  11:03 AM
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