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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Repentant cheating husband was a publicity stunt
Last week a man made headlines when he stood on a busy street corner in a suburb of Washington DC wearing a sign that read, "I cheated. This is my punishment." The man told reporters his wife had ordered him to wear the sign. When I first read this story I thought it sounded like a publicity stunt. Sure enough, a DC radio show, Hot 99.5 "Kane in the Morning," now admits they engineered the stunt.

The radio station claims they did it as an experiment to see how much attention the stunt would receive from the media. (With RTL's Michael Jackson stunt, that makes two hoax experiments in one week.) When the media tries to pass off its publicity stunts as hoax experiments, I don't buy it. They may claim it was done in the interest of science, but it's still just a publicity stunt.
Categories: Sex/Romance
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 02, 2009
Comments (2)
As a veteran of several radio morning shows, you're right, Alex. If it looks like a publicity stunt, it's a publicity stunt.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Sep 03, 2009  at  04:21 AM
And yet, here it is on a hoax website....
Posted by Canadarm  on  Sat Sep 05, 2009  at  09:51 PM
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