The Museum of Hoaxes
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Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
New article about I, Libertine hoax
Matthew Callan has written a great account of Jean Shepherd's 1956 I, Libertine hoax:

The Man Behind The Brilliant Media Hoax Of "I, Libertine"
theawl.com

Shepherd inspired fierce loyalty in his listeners who would tune in to listen to him in the middle of the night. These listeners embraced his term for them, "night people," and under his direction they would execute one of the biggest and most bizarre media hoaxes of the 20th century. The hoax was meant as a strike against their opposite: "day people," that is, against phoniness and squareness—all those 50s words—as well as a joke on New York pretension. In our time of memes, virality, and reality blurring, the hoax Shepherd dreamt up seems extremely modern and prescient in its contours—as does the fact that, eventually, it got out of his control.
Categories: Literature/Language
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 16, 2013
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