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Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978

Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Use your left ear to detect lies
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The worms inside your face
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Hunt For Zero Point
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 06, 2002
Anti-gravity technology has been getting a lot of attention lately, on the heels of the news that Boeing is testing some kind of anti-gravity device. Salon reviews THE HUNT FOR ZERO POINT by Nick Cook, an editor at Jane's Defense Weekly. It's all about the US Government's classified research into anti-gravity technology. Sounds interesting, but it also sounds like the author got seduced by the idea that such technology might exist and began making some pretty far-fetched assumptions.
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Get Paid Driving
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 04, 2002
A reader sent in this hoax website, though it actually seems more like a scam website than a hoax website. It's GetPaidDriving.com. For just $24.95 they'll let you access their database of companies that will pay you to drive your own car. This brings up memories of the Freewheelz hoax. I think people would be well advised to save their money and not shell out any money for info on how to 'Get Paid Driving.'
Paranormal Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 01, 2002
Article in SFGate.com about crop circles briefly mention's Joe Nickell's list of the Top 10 paranormal hoaxes.
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Guerrilla Marketing
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 01, 2002
The Wall Street Journal reports on the new trend in 'guerrilla marketing.' Hired actors and actresses (though not famous ones) will be paid to use products in trendy places where the use of the product will be seen by a lot of people. So now if you notice someone talking on a new cell phone next to you, you'll have to wonder if the person is for real or just an actor.
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Aug 2002: Top computer hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 01, 2002
The top ten computer viruses and hoaxes reported to Sophos in July.
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The Poet and the Murderer
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 01, 2002
The London Times reviews a new book about Mark Hoffman, the forger (and murderer) who fabricated many documents from Mormon history. The book is called The Poet and the Murderer, by Simon Worrall.
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The Vinland Map
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 01, 2002
The Vinland Map has finally been proven to be a fake. It supposedly was a map that showed the discovery of North America by Leif Eriksson in 1000 BC, but analysis of map's ink has shown that it was created after 1923. Details will appear in an upcoming issue of Analytical Chemistry published by the American Chemical Society.
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Signs Renews Interest
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 01, 2002
The LA Times reports that the upcoming movie Signs is renewing interest in crop circles.
Legal Urban Legends
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 31, 2002
Bob Levey of the Washington Post debunks a few internet legends about people who have received huge financial awards for mishaps that were very minor or their own fault. Such as the one about the woman who threw a soda at her boyfriend in a restaurant, then slipped on the puddle, and successfully sued the restaurant for $113,500. It never happened.
The Hitler Diaries
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 30, 2002
New evidence indicates that Gerd Heidemann, the journalist largely behind the Hitler Diaries hoax, was an East German double agent working for the Stasi. This breathes new life into the old theory that the hoax was actually a communist plot.
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Signs, Crop Circles
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 30, 2002
Daily Variety gave Shyamalan's new film Signs a mediocre review. I loved The Sixth Sense, but found Unbreakable disappointing. So I'm not expecting much from his new one.
The Cardiff Giant
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 28, 2002
Go visit Cooperstown, New York, where the Cardiff Giant still resides. It's housed in the Farmer's Museum. Cooperstown is also home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. There's an article about the town in today's Toronto Star.
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NPR Funding Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 27, 2002
Good description in the Christian Science Monitor of the NPR Funding hoax. I've got this in my e-mail a couple of times. It's the one in which you're asked to sign a petition to help save NPR. It's not real, so don't sign the thing if you get it. The CSM article ends on a glum note: "It would be nice to think that Americans in the 21st century are too savvy and intelligent to get collectively hookwinked by hoaxes, pranks, or propaganda. Don't you believe it."
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UFO Sightings
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 27, 2002
UFO sightings expected to increase in the next few weeks. But that bright object in the night sky won't be a UFO. It'll be the International Space Station.
What separates skeptics from believers
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 26, 2002
Fascinating article in New Scientist reports on research that posits that what really separates skeptics from believers (when it comes to matters such as paranormal activity) is brain chemistry. Those with high levels of dopamine in their brains seem to be more prone to see patterns and meaning in random pieces of information. When the drug L-dopa was given to skeptics, they likewise became more prone to see patterns in randomness as well. Of course, the researchers seem to be assuming that the patterns weren't really there. But maybe they actually really WERE there, but the researchers themselves weren't able to see them because their own levels of dopamine weren't...
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