The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Yes Men Strike Again
Through a series of fake press releases and websites, the Yes Men briefly made it appear as if Canada had pledged to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 40%. From the Globe and Mail:

Canada's "Agenda 2020" set a goal of a 40-per-cent reduction in emissions from 1990 levels by 2020. It was a dramatic change from the current goal of 3 per cent. It also created a new fund, for which Canada pledged a whopping $13-billion next year, to help developing nations deal with climate change.
"We believe all people will benefit from an equitable climate deal that truly energizes the world economy," read a quote attributed to Mr. Prentice.
The news lit up the Bella Center, the vast Copenhagen convention hall where the climate-change negotiations are taking place. A story popped up on an apparent European affiliate of The Wall Street Journal. In a video on what looked to be a UN site, a Ugandan official congratulated Canada for its change of direction after "holding a loaded gun to our heads."
Soon after, "Canada" renounced the announcement, saying it was a fake. Though this second statement was correct in identifying the first so-called announcement as false, it too was a fake. As were the apparent WSJ article, Twitter account and the UN video.
Lost yet?
The hoax was an elaborate series of fake statements and articles meant to draw attention to Canada's lagging emissions-reduction targets. It left Prime Minister Stephen Harper's staff scrambling to set the record straight.

More details at gawker.com. (Thanks, Joe!)
Categories: Politics
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 15, 2009
Comments (2)
Hoax about a hoax.........am I really here?
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Wed Dec 16, 2009  at  10:02 AM
Sigh...yes, we're Carbon laggards, (same position as the US, btw), but our overall Environmental record (green research, establishing protected areas, etc.) is actually pretty good. No news, therefore no reporting.
Posted by Canadarm  in  Toronto  on  Thu Dec 17, 2009  at  04:41 AM
Commenting is no longer available for this post.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.