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Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
A black lion: real or fake?
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
NCSU Fellatio-Breast Cancer Study
While I was away in England during October I missed a bunch of news. One story that I missed was the remarkable spread of a spoof CNN webpage (see PDF file) claiming that "Fellatio may significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer in women." Reading through it now, I don't see how anyone could not have recognized it as a joke. After all, how many doctors are named "Dr. Inserta Shafteer"? But apparently many people were fooled. CNN was annoyed enough that they threatened the creator of the hoax site, a North Carolina State University student named Brandon Williamson, with legal action. Brandon quickly removed all CNN references from the page. The spoof page itself was hosted on NCSU's server (which was another reason people should have immediately realized it was a hoax). But apparently people are still being taken in by it. Just a few days ago Mary Ann Liebert, publisher of the Journal of Women's Health, issued a press release demanding that "the network must investigate thoroughly its decision-making process that allowed a story that is so damaging and degrading to be put up on its website." Apparently she doesn't realize that the spoof page never appeared on CNN's website.
Categories: Sex/Romance
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 04, 2003
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