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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Simonya Popova
In its latest issue Sports Illustrated has run a hoax article detailing the career of Simonya Popova, a 17-year-old rising tennis star/sex symbol from Uzbekistan. The name Simonya was a play on the recent movie Simone, about an actress who doesn't really exist. At the end of the article the author, Jon Wertheim, admits Simonya doesn't exist, but this hasn't calmed down the WTA who apparently are up in arms about the hoax. From the AP report: (WTA) Spokesman Chris De Maria called the story deceiving and was annoyed at its emphasis on Simonya's sexuality. "It was misleading and irritating," he said. "There are a lot of great stories out there. We didn't need a fake one."
Categories: Sports
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 05, 2002
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