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The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Scams in the News
I'm sure everyone has heard by now of Bernard Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi Scheme, which is being described as the biggest scam in Wall Street history. It's already old news. So here are some other scam-related links:

• Slate offers a brief Guide to Financial Scams, explaining the difference between a Ponzi Scheme and a Pyramid Scheme. (Ponzi schemes funnel money to a single person; pyramid schemes distribute the money among a larger group of people.)

• The Wall Street Journal tells the story of the Ponzi Scheme that wiped out the fortune of President Ulysses S. Grant.

• It doesn't compare to Madoff, but a payroll manager has been accused of embezzling $3 million by depositing wages into the accounts of non-existent employees.

• A California woman had a website on which she was offering bargain rates for advertising space in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. But it wasn't that much of a bargain considering the ads never appeared in either publication.
Categories: Scams
Posted by The Curator on Fri Dec 19, 2008
Comments (1)
Interesting that the woman charged with fraudulently selling ad space in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal is going to plead not guilty.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Sun Dec 28, 2008  at  02:34 PM
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