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The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Use your left ear to detect lies
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Telephone Liars vs. Email Liars
A study reported on in the New Scientist has found that people lie more when they're talking on the telephone than they do when writing emails. The reason is that people are conscious of the fact that emails are saved and could come back to haunt them later, whereas telephone conversations don't tend to be recorded. Of course, this doesn't mean that more of the telephone calls we receive contain lies than the emails we receive. Just the opposite. Every day I'm flooded with emails that contain blatant lies, promising me instant riches and vast improvements in my physical prowess. This is because a small number of liars (spammers) can easily contact millions of people via email, whereas reaching the same number of people via telephone would be incredibly hard (though telemarketers give it their best shot).
Categories: Email Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 14, 2004
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