The Museum of Hoaxes
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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
New Look
I periodically get bored with how the site looks and decide it needs to be overhauled. That's the kind of mood I was in today, so I redesigned the blog.

I'm not sure if the new look is better or worse than the old one, but it is different, which is the important thing. (I haven't yet changed the comments or permalink pages, so if you're nostalgic for the old look, you can see it there, for now.)

In another year or two I'll probably get bored of this look and change it again.

More importantly, I'm also adding a new section to the site: the Hoax Archive.

One of the problems with the site has been that, although it contains a lot of information, that information has been very disorganized. There are all kinds of stray articles in forgotten corners of the site. So I'm trying to import all that information into one central database. I'm also merging the hoaxipedia into the archive, so that everything will be in one place, and easily searchable.

There's still a lot of work to do on it. I've only imported about one-third of the site's articles into it. But since I'm unveiling a new front page, I figured I might as well unveil the Hoax Archive as well.
Categories: Miscellaneous
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 21, 2009
Comments (18)
I like the new layout, actually. Didn't really care for the old one to tell you the truth. It wasn't bad or anything but this one is pleasing on the eyes.
Posted by caio  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  02:57 AM
The blue-on-brown text in the header is kind of hard to read.
Posted by John  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  08:20 AM
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  10:01 AM
Eh, it's not too bad. I think Alex has done some worse changes in the past.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  10:13 AM
Blue on brown text? There shouldn't be any blue on brown text, unless different browsers are displaying the site in strange ways.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  10:28 AM
How do we know this isn't some kind of hoax?
Posted by Rodney Anonymous  in  Philadelphia  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  11:05 AM
I like the new look. It was too hard to read all that UPPERCASE TEXT along the top, so I usually skipped over it. Much easier to read the new (and shorter) list of items at the top.

Which, on Mac FireFox look like yellow text on a brown background and is fairly pleasing.
Posted by Frosted Donut  in  Mercer Island  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  03:34 PM
The new layout looks more neat and orderly. Whether that's a good or a bad thing is up to the user, of course.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  04:34 PM
Looking good. Nice simple, clean look. You really really really need to choose a new font for the sidebars where it says "About the Museum of Hoaxes" and such. That font in use now is hideous and hard to read!

My only critique... well besides making the links at the top just a shade bigger. I have very good eyes and it still seemed kind of small, especially in comparison to other text on the page.
Posted by The Earl  in  Johann  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  05:14 PM
My only complaint so far is that the Hoax Forum no longer has a link to the main Forum page, only the links to recent stories.
Posted by Ahdora  in  Minnesota  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  05:59 PM
Ahdora, it's all the way on top in the far left corner!
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Thu May 21, 2009  at  07:13 PM
Oh ho! Sneaky. I'm used to scrolling down to the new topics sidebar and clicking on the Forum headline there. Ah well, now I know.
Posted by Ahdora  in  Minnesota  on  Fri May 22, 2009  at  01:10 AM
As a low vision user I have no idea whats changed;) my High contrast settings and screen magnification program fuck with any fancy coloring and what not anyways
Posted by Tim  on  Fri May 22, 2009  at  01:25 AM
The main content should stretch all the way across the page, rather than hiding in the left 50%!
Posted by Pedro  in  UK  on  Sat May 23, 2009  at  09:01 AM
It looks correct now (yellow on brown).
Posted by John  on  Sat May 23, 2009  at  02:46 PM
Not a big fan of brown, but it looks nice enough. It's more museum-y feeling. :D
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Mon May 25, 2009  at  06:39 PM
Did you ever see a yard/garage sale sign in which many color letters are used, and the fool who made it used yellow letters on white background, and the yellow letters are near invisible, leaving us with a sign that says Ya d Sa e, or Gar ge S le? Dumbasses. Also, ever notice that any sign with neon pink or vermillion letters on a blue or aquamarine background renders the wortd almost unreadable, sort of shimmering and wiggling? I have, and it makes me nuts. I'm also afraid of dead fish. It's the eyes- those damnable eyes. brrr
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue May 26, 2009  at  02:37 PM
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