The Museum of Hoaxes
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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
A black lion: real or fake?
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Wayne Redhart’s Amazon Reviews
Many of you may remember Amazon reviewer Henry Raddick. Sadly, Raddick hasn't reviewed any books since 2003. But a new Raddick has emerged: Wayne Redhart. At least, Redhart seems to be doing what he can to fill the void left by Raddick.

And I was quite pleased to discover Redhart has reviewed Hippo Eats Dwarf. Here's his review:

Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S.
by Alex Boese
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.26

A fine guide, 29 Jul 2007
Covering such diverse topics as the Turin Shroud and the 'death' of Elvis Presley, this is an extremely witty and informative guide to notorious hoaxes. It never fails to go into detail and often comes out with little-known facts. I had never before realised that the publication of Alan Sokal's spoof scientific-paper constituted treason, or that he was jailed for seven years (a portion of the sentence having been served in Al Capone's former cell at Alcatraz). Similarly, it was a shock to learn that John Major is a dedicated crop-circle maker, who regularly rose before 3am to create arable-mischief: while serving as Prime Minister! Amazon users may be interested to note the inclusion of's top 500 reviewer Henry Raddick, whose many spoof reviews are well-known across the internet. Boese spends a little time exploring the psychology of hoaxers but, despite his best efforts, he is unable to come up with an answer to the biggest question: What actually motivates these morally-bankrupt buffoons to waste everybody's time on such vapid, unfunny pranks?

I wonder what he'd have to say about Elephants on Acid?
(Thanks, Andrew)
Categories: Literature/Language
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 01, 2007
Comments (1)
I hope Wayne Redhart's cromulant review of your book doesn't embiggen your ego, Alex.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Aug 01, 2007  at  06:12 AM
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