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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
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)

Dehydrated Water — Buy Dehydrated Water: It's compact, lightweight, and easy to store
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

Baby Smashers — Baby Smasher: use baby-changing stations to dispose of unwanted babies
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (2)

Eggs As Caviar — Chrissy Caviar: A woman sells her eggs as caviar
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (1)

Free Electricity — Power from the Phone Company: Plug your electrical appliances into the phonejack
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

Hoax Website: Home Despot — Home Despot: Shop, Destroy, Rule
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

Prank-Themed Beers — I was at the beer store recently and I was pleased to discover some beers with prankish themes. First there was the aptly named Pranqster from North Coast Brewing. This was a great beer with a very fruity taste. High marks. Next I stumbled upon The Three Stooges Beer. I had to get it just for the label, but it turned out to have a pretty mediocre flavor. Not bad, but nothing special either. Of course, the king of all hoaxy/prankish beers would be Olde Frothingslosh, the beer so light…
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (2)

Hoax-Themed Board Games — Some board games with hoaxy themes: First, the Crop Circles Mystery Board Game, it's the Game With Healing Energies (via liquito). Next we have Tall Tales, the Game of Legends, Humdingers, and Creative One-Upmanship.
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

More about that guy and the bus — Got an email from Kentaro Mori who runs a Brazilian weblog about hoaxes (he also translated my hoax photo test into Portuguese at one point). He took a look at the video of that guy ducking under the bus. Whereas I thought the guy must be on the opposite side of the bus, employing a trick of perspective to make it look like the bus was going over him, Kentaro analyzed some of the frames of the video a little more closely and suggests that the bus is actually going over him. Could be.…
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003.   Comments (3)

Another 9/11 Hoax — Here's yet another 9/11 hoax. Cyril Kendall has been sentenced to 11 to 33 years in prison for claiming that his son Wilfred died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Because of his claim he got $160,000 from the Red Cross, which he used to buy a new car. The only problem: he never had a son named Wilfred. (Story in the NY Times, Reg. Req.).
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2003.   Comments (0)

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