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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Science Channel’s Top 10 Science Hoaxes
The Science Channel has a list of the Top 10 Science Hoaxes. I'm giving it a thumbs down, because it's a pretty feeble list. It's the kind of thing someone who didn't know much about science or hoaxes might put together by surfing the web for a few hours.

It starts off with Harold Miner's analysis of the Nacirema tribe at #10. This is a famous anthropological satire (Nacirema is American spelled backwards), but I wouldn't consider it a hoax, unless any comedy or fiction can count as a hoax.

El Chupacabra comes in at #3. (Should El Chupacabra even count as science?)

A better list was put together by Tim Radford and published in the Guardian back in 2003.

One of these days I need to write a Top 10 Science Hoaxes list of my own. I'll add it to my list of things to do.

Thanks to Bob for the link!
Categories: Science
Posted by The Curator on Fri May 29, 2009
Comments (6)
I'd be as likely to question whether el Chupacabras count as a hoax as much as whether it's science.
Posted by Yoyogod  on  Fri May 29, 2009  at  08:21 PM
Yeah, the list struck me as pretty lame too, Alex. I'm always surprised when journalists don't seem to know the difference between "straight" humor and a hoax.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri May 29, 2009  at  08:44 PM
Hi,

We have just added your latest post "The Science Channel
Posted by quba  in  America  on  Sat May 30, 2009  at  06:49 AM
Yeah, do it Alex, play off your whole expertise!
Posted by tosco  in  germany  on  Sat May 30, 2009  at  08:53 AM
Also, the picture for #2 is wrong. It actually shows the Berlin Archaeopteryx, which is real. Here is a photo of the actual fake:
http://blogs.paleored.com/ernesto/ernesto.php?title=el_archaeoraptor&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
Posted by Lars Dietz  in  Germany  on  Sun May 31, 2009  at  09:24 PM
At the risk of sounding "too eager" I vote that list of "Top 10 Science Hoaxes" as the number 1 on the "All Time Lame" list of lists of hoaxes.

More than just ordinary, the presentation stank and the lack of referencing speaks for itself.
Posted by Joel B1  in  Hobart, Tasmania  on  Mon Jun 01, 2009  at  05:43 AM
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