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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
Mysterious Blobs
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003
Two days ago a giant blob-like creature washed up on a beach in Chile. Chilean scientists were baffled. They had no clue what the creature was. Based on the emails I've received, a lot of people immediately suspected it was some kind of elaborate hoax. But I don't think this was a hoax. Scientists now say that they believe the blobby thing was either the body of a giant octopus or discarded whale blubber. I assume the Chilean blob bears no kinship to another blob which surfaced on the internet about two years ago. To this day I have no clue what this earlier mystery blob was. A real person? A…
The case of the non-existent child
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003
An Australian woman invented the existence of a child in order to hit up her ex-boyfriend for child support. She even went so far as to provide him with pictures of the (fake) child, and dreamed up a costly medical condition that the kid was suffering from, which she, of course, wanted the boyfriend to pay for.
Categories: Birth/Babies, Con Artists Comments (0)
The Hacker Challenge
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003
A hacker website (defacers-challenge.com... it no longer appeares to be active) announces a contest to see who can deface the most websites this Sunday, July 6. Authorities suspect the whole thing may be a hoax.
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Crop Circles
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003
California farmer annoyed by crop circles that are destroying his wheat.
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It’s Jackalope Hunting Season
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 01, 2003
June 31 (which was yesterday, or maybe today, or maybe neither) is the only day of the year on which it's legal to hunt jackalopes in the state of Wyoming. You can get your own Jackalope hunting license from the Douglas, Wyoming Chamber of Commerce.
National Blonde Day
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 01, 2003
Oops. I forgot that yesterday was National Blonde Day, so designated by the Blonde Legal Defense Club. The day is designed to promote respect for the intelligence and accomplishments of blondes. In reality, it's a publicity stunt for the Legally Blonde movie.
A con gone wrong
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 01, 2003
What happens when criminals cross paths: A man sells a lump of valuable black bronze to a buyer for $64,000. But it turns out the money was counterfeit. No problem. The bronze was fake also.
Categories: Con Artists Comments (0)
Public Service Announcement: Hoax Email
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 01, 2003
South African Airlines is not offering free flights to the public, especially not to people who annoy their friends by forwarding hoax emails on to them.
Categories: Email Hoaxes Comments (0)
The Hitler Diaries
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 01, 2003
An interesting comment from a visitor about the Hitler Diaries: Dear Alex, The most tell-tale and overlooked detail about the Hitler Diaries being fake you do not mention in your article, although it makes the complete affair all the more funny: On the front cover were two metal letters, supposedly the initials "A H" for Adolf Hitler, in an old German Gothic lettering. The funny part being that ridiculously neither Gerd Heidemann nor any other from the *Stern* staff nor the experts they consulted saw that the "A" was actually an "F".
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Hoaxes from the Philippines
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 01, 2003
Here's an interesting discussion of some historical hoaxes from the Philippines, specifically those perpetrated in the early twentieth century by Jose E. Marco, a philatelic forger.
Categories: History Comments (7)
Utah town celebrates Viking origin
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 01, 2003
Come next April (2004) the town of Cedar City, Utah will be celebrating the Festival Royale of Himmelsk, a four-day event to honor the group of Vikings who founded the town in 956 AD. The entire story of this strange festival is told here. (Thanks to Lansin Carmean for forwarding this story to me).
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Bigfoot Fingerprints
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 30, 2003
A respected fingerprint technician was scheduled to present evidence during Saturday's Crypto Conference suggesting that maybe there really is an unknown Bigfoot-like primate on the loose somewhere in North America.
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Tasaday Revisited
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 30, 2003
There's a very good review of the Tasaday controversy by James Hamilton-Paterson in the Guardian. Like many, Hamilton-Paterson concludes that the Tasaday were not quite the hoax that everyone has assumed for the past two decades.
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Would you hire this man?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 30, 2003
A British reporter manages to get a job guarding Serena Williams even though he submitted a fake CV with his application. No one bothered to check his references.
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Princess Caraboo Parking Lot
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 27, 2003
I've just learned from a resident of Bristol that the gravesite of Princess Caraboo is soon going to be paved over and turned into a parking lot. It seems a poor way for Bristol to treat one of its most famous historical figures. I found one page protesting the planned parking lot.
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