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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Some Terror and War Related Hoaxes
While I was away in Virginia I got behind on posting and didn't note some terror/war related hoaxes occurring in the news. So for the sake of completeness, here's a quick rundown of these stories.

  • First we had Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, a soldier in Iraq suspected of faking his own abduction (tip: if you're going to fake your abduction, don't call your family on your cellphone while you're supposed to be abducted).

  • Then there was the bizarre case of American soldier-of-fortune types in Afghanistan who set up a fake prison in order to interrogate people they grabbed off the street whom they thought might be al-qaeda members. Instead of going all the way to Afghanistan, these guys should have simply stayed in America and attended the Abu Ghraib Prison Fantasy Camp.

  • Finally, France has been shocked by the case of a woman (known in the media only as 'Marie') who reported that she was attacked on a train by a gang of Arab youths who thought she was Jewish. Marie later confessed that her report was a hoax.

Categories: Hate Crimes/Terror, Military
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 16, 2004
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