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The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
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The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
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New York Times Hoaxed
The NY Times apologized for printing an email from the Mayor of Paris in which he criticized Caroline Kennedy's bid for Clinton's senate seat. You see, it's easy to put a fake email address in the "From" field, so it's the Times's policy to always check that the person who seems to have sent them an email actually did so. But they didn't do that in this case, and now the Mayor is denying he wrote the email.

The Times is "reviewing procedures" to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. Which probably means some underpaid intern is getting yelled at. Link: NY Times. (Thanks, John!)
Categories: Email Hoaxes, Identity/Imposters, Journalism
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 23, 2008
Comments (2)
Perhaps the email was from Bertrand Delano
Posted by Accipiter  on  Tue Dec 23, 2008  at  12:06 PM
The book ANGEL AT THE FENCE by Herman Rosenblat has been shown to be a hoax and the author had admitted it to AP today. can you post on this new development?

see NEW REPUBLIC for amazing stories
Posted by allen bean  on  Sun Dec 28, 2008  at  09:02 AM
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