The Hoax Museum Blog

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)

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