The Museum of Hoaxes
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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Mr. Man on the Street Strikes Again
I wrote about Greg Packer, aka the phony Man on the Street, in Hippo Eats Dwarf:

In 2003, media critics noticed that the same man kept popping up time after time in “man on the street” interviews. Greg Packer, a highway maintenance worker from upstate New York, was quoted by The New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the London Times, and other publications. He also appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. But he was always described as nobody special, just a random person.

Apparently Packer is still going strong. The Philadelphia Daily News admits that they were the latest paper to fall for his act.
(Thanks, Bob!)
Categories: Identity/Imposters, Journalism
Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 05, 2009
Comments (1)
Part of me thinks that Greg Packer is a sad case. Then I remember things like how I faked my way into the Wall Street Journal last year just because I was bored (and a million other things I've done to get my name in print), so who am I to criticize him?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Nov 05, 2009  at  03:32 AM
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