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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
Practical Joke Six Years in the Making — Perry Caravello wanted to be an actor, and his friends told him he would be. In fact, they signed him up to play the leading role in a film they were making, Windy City Heat. Unfortunately for Perry, they weren't actually shooting a movie. They were just stringing him along, trying to figure out how long they could keep him believing that they were making a movie. He kept believing, for six long years, bolstered by an unshakeable faith in his own Star Power. Even though the friends…
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2003.   Comments (1)

CIA Tricks of the Trade — Some of the CIA's recent strategies are outlined here. For instance, it's been creating fake religious leaders in the Middle East to drum up support for American polices... i.e. it's been paying people to pose as pro-American Muslim clerics. They've also been giving agents satellite phones hidden in rifles. But even though they've got all kinds of high-tech gadgets, they're also still using disappearing ink.
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2003.   Comments (0)

Jesus Freakin — Here's a curious website just sent in by a visitor: JesusFreakin.com. It's the homepage for a new role-playing game in which you get to play Jesus Christ, who's just returned after 2000 years and is ready for revenge. The game has tag lines such as 'The time has come to thin the flock,' and 'After 2000 years, he's ready to cast the first stone.' In my opinion, it's definitely a hoax. First of all, the site and graphics are pretty amateurish, given that it's supposedly produced by a…
Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2003.   Comments (0)

An Email from Mystic Merlin — I got an angry email from Mystic Merlin, creator of the Crop Circles Mystery Board Game that I linked to below. He demanded that I remove all mention of his game from my site because, in his words, 'THIS BOARDGAME IS NOT A HOAX AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOAXING AT ALL' (caps are his). Of course! How could I have been so foolish as to presume that crop circles have anything to do with hoaxes? My mistake entirely. And yet, I just can't bring myself to remove the link. Sorry, Mystic Merlin.
Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2003.   Comments (2)


Indian Ghost, Part II — Kentaro Mori managed to unearth the source for that ghost photo that scared so many people in India (see below). Click images for larger versions.   
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003.   Comments (3)

Diploma Mill — General Delivery University: America's only genuine diploma mill
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003.   Comments (0)

Lake Michigan Whale Watching — Lake Michigan Whale Watching: One of the best guarded secrets of the Great Lakes
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003.   Comments (0)

Flag-o-Rama — The Flag-o-Rama Flagstore: Gift items for truly fanatical patriots.
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003.   Comments (0)

Real Hamster — Real Hamster: Hot hamster sex. Maybe not safe for work.
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003.   Comments (0)

Afterlife Telegrams — Afterlife Telegrams: Terminally ill volunteers will memorize your messages and, upon death, deliver them to your friends and family on the other side
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003.   Comments (2)

The Penguin Conspiracy — The Penguin Conspiracy: Revealing the shocking truth... that penguins are plotting to take over the world
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003.   Comments (2)

What is Victoria’s Secret — What is Victoria's Secret: In a nutshell, it's bulimia. Unfortunately this site had to place 'parody' labels all over itself due to complaints from the real Victoria's Secret
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003.   Comments (0)

Moscow Subway Metrocam — The Moscow Subway Metrocam: It's all in Russian, but the picture you see is from a webcam located inside an underground tunnel on the Moscow subway. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you'll see the light of an approaching train. And yes, it is a hoax. Its creator told me so.
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003.   Comments (0)

First Genetics — First Genetics: The website of the first laboratory to have successfully genetically engineered an ape to be able to communicate with humans via typing on a keyboard
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003.   Comments (0)

Yoga Kitty — Yoga Kitty: Instructional yoga videos for you and your cat
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003.   Comments (0)

Black-Market Babies — Black Market Babies: Do you want a kid but don't want to deal with the stress of using an adoption agency? Let Black Market Babies steal a baby for you.
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003.   Comments (0)

Hurricane Isabel? — A photo described as a tanker approaching Hurricane Isabel at sea has been spreading around though email. And I have to admit, I've contributed to its spread, forwarding it on to friends and family. But David Emery informs us that it's a hoax. Well, the picture itself is real. But it doesn't show Hurricane Isabel. Instead, it shows a tanker approaching Tropical Cyclone Graham. But whether it's Isabel or Graham, it's still a really cool photo.
Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2003.   Comments (1)

Indian Ghost Hoax — A newspaper in the Indian city of Tiruchirappalli published a picture of a boy with an eerie ghost hovering behind him. They claimed the boy had encountered the ghost while on a school picnic, and went into a coma. Now the ghost was stalking other boys. As a result, families throughout the region started keeping their kids home, out of school. The photo, of course, was a photoshopped fake. More details here.
Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2003.   Comments (0)

Ninja Burger — Ninja Burger: The world's predominant undergound ninja-run fast food delivery service
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (1)

Origami Boulders — Origami Boulder: The Japanese art of folding paper used to make round rocks
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (1)

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