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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
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.
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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).
Categories: History, Places Comments (0)
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.
Categories: Science Comments (0)
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.
Categories: Journalism, Sports Comments (0)
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.
Fake Doctor Notes (are not available here)
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 26, 2003
Need a fake note from a doctor to get a day off from work or school? Visit this doctor. Update: If you've arrived here via Google, or some other link, realize that I can't actually provide anyone with a fake doctor's note. I simply linked to an article about a guy who was writing fake notes, and because of that my site is now #1 on google when you type 'fake doctor notes'. I have no idea where fake doctor notes can be obtained.
Categories: Health/Medicine Comments (888)
Virgin Mary in a Chimney
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 26, 2003
First they saw the image of the Virgin Mary in a window of Milton Hospital (see below). Now they're seeing the image of the Virgin Mary in Milton Hospital's brick chimney.
Categories: Religion Comments (0)
Send Steve a Gift
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 26, 2003
SendSteveAGift.com is the latest website in which a guy brazenly asks people to send him money, just for the hell of it (his argument: give a buck to change Steve's luck). An anonymous visitor asked me if the site is for real. My response: Of course it is! I'm 100% certain that if you choose to surrender your cash to Steve, he'll take it. But if you're in a mood to part with some money, why not give it to me?
Classes Cancelled for Green Beer Day
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 26, 2003
Check out the website of Ben Field. Ben is a student at Miami University in Ohio. Every year the students there celebrate Green Beer Day (a celebration not sanctioned by the university) by drinking green beer in bars all day. This year Ben got the clever idea of sending out an email to all 31,000 students, disguised to make it appear that it was coming from the university president, declaring that classes were cancelled for Green Beer Day. Needless to say, the university was not amused. Now Ben has to reimburse his parents $9000 in legal fees that they covered for him. So Ben created a website to tell his story and solicit donations from the public to help…
Categories: Pranks Comments (1)
Great Wall of China Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 26, 2003
This day in hoax history. June 25, 1899: The Great Wall of China Hoax.
Categories: History, Journalism Comments (0)
Sea Serpent Sighting
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 26, 2003
Sea serpent spotted by Cape Breton fisherman.
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (0)
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