The Museum of Hoaxes
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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Cursed by Allah
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Nintendo Wii Truth Experiment
University of Memphis psychologist Rick Dale used a Nintendo Wii in an experiment to show that the human brain is wired to believe before it doubts. I don't think this is a new finding. It makes sense that the brain has to assume all incoming info is true, in case a quick reaction is needed. For instance, it wouldn't be wise to stand around debating with yourself whether the tiger leaping out of the jungle is real or fake. Doubt, therefore, takes second place in the brain's hierarchy of information processing. Which is one reason (among others) why people fall for hoaxes.

The particular design of Dale's experiment (via Silicon Republic):

Participants in the experiment used the Wiimote to answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to questions such as ‘Can a kangaroo walk backwards?’ The results showed that it took longer for participants to decide that a statement was false, rather than true.

In many cases, the cursor travelled first toward the yes, and then curved over to no.

For the researchers, this indicated two things. Firstly, the body was in motion before the cognitive processing was completed.

Secondly, the participants really wanted to believe most of the statements were true, even though they decided quickly that some of them were not.
Categories: Psychology, Science
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 17, 2008
Comments (3)
Also, kangaroos have to hop because they can't walk. Even if it's only a few inches away, a kangaroo has to hop to get there.

And now you know The Rest Of The Story.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Tue Nov 18, 2008  at  05:12 AM
Yet more evidence that I'm not human; My first reaction is always to doubt and distrust everything.

As Twain said "If it sounds good, it isn't true."
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Mon Dec 01, 2008  at  10:09 PM
Granted they do a kind of hopping motion, but they can do it backwards, using their forelegs for support.
Posted by Alan  in  Australia  on  Sat Mar 24, 2012  at  09:15 PM
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