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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
Mail-Order Husbands
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 05, 2003
Guys have been able to shop for mail-order brides for quite some time now, so I guess this was inevitable: mail-order husbands. And what fine specimens of the male species they have available!
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Another Moon Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 05, 2003
The Canberra Times reports on a different moon hoax from the late 1960s which it, in turn, read about in the most recent newsletter of the Canberra Skeptics society. This hoax was perpetrated by a grad student named Ray Crawford who had managed to get his hands on some NASA stationery: "Shortly after the first moon landing Dr John Lovering at the ANU [Australian National University] received a piece of moon rock to analyse. Ray wrote a letter purporting to be from NASA to Dr Lovering requesting he present a sample of his urine at the US embassy at 3pm on a certain day; this was to be sent to NASA for analysis in case John had become…
The Loch Ness Mall
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 05, 2003
Visitor Michael Melen wrote in with a description of a radio hoax from the mid '80s: "Baltimore had recently undergone a revival of its downtown area, centered on the Inner Harbor development. A radio ad trumpeted the newest addition to Baltimore's Inner Harbor: the world's very first underwater shopping mall called the Loch Ness Mall. The ad went on to describe how wonderful the mall would be and when it would open. It turned out to be a concoction of a radio advertising group, hoping to display the power of radio advertising... It was a very beguiling ad!"
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Plagiarism Plagiarized
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 05, 2003
An article in the magazine Syllabus is discovered to have been plagiarized. The topic of the article was plagiarism.
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Dog Island
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 04, 2003
Someone just sent in this hoax website: Dog Island. It's doggie paradise, where pooches get to roam free and play all day. As the website says: "They live with almost limitless space, and tens of thousands of rabbits, rodents and other natural prey. Surrounded by thousands of other dogs, this is the only place for them to be truly social and create healthy families." Dog Island and Yoga Kitty. Hmmm. Soon we'll have a world of stress-free pets.
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Unreliable Facts
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 03, 2003
The Unreliable Facts website, established in 1851, offers a motherlode of misinformation.
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Fraud in other words
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 03, 2003
Check out the website of Larry Adams, CPA. He writes a regular column about the jargon and street slang of fraud. Much of this is shared on his website. For instance, we find there the definition of Fat-Finger Dialing: "Fat finger dialing scams take advantage of customers whose fingers are too large for the tiny buttons on the telephones. For example, a customer might unintentionally dial 1 (800) COLLETC, 1 (800) CULLECT, or 1 (800) CALLECT, instead of 1 (800) COLLECT. Class action lawsuits have been filed against several companies that intentionally own knockoff numbers that are just digits away from popular 1 (800) phone numbers." You can also order his book, Fraud in Other Words, which is…
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King Bloop Zod of Mars
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 03, 2003
King Bloop Zod from the planet Mars strikes up an email exchange with Mel Martinez, the White House Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and gets a response.
Comical Ali
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 02, 2003
The Iraqi (Mis)Information Minister (aka Comical Ali) is reported to be alive and well in Baghdad.
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The Unknown Man
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 02, 2003
The strange case of a man whose death revealed that he had been living as an imposter almost his entire life. His true identity is unknown.
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Cow Tipping
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 02, 2003
The Mustang Daily recently analyzed the reality of the art of cow tipping.
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Stone Age Tasaday
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 01, 2003
Newsday has a review of a new book by Robin Hemley titled Invented Eden analyzing the controversy about the Tasaday tribe. Were they really a 'hoax' tribe, directed to act and dress like a primitive tribe? Or were they in some sense authentic? Hemley's answer is that both versions are partially correct.
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Rescue of Jessica Lynch
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 01, 2003
Laramie Kid Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 01, 2003
More about the Laramie Kid Hoax. I just received an email from the Long Riders guild alerting me to the great series of articles they have on their website, fully debunking the claims of Frank Hopkins (aka the Laramie Kid). Hopkins claimed to have been one of the great horse riders of all time, including among his accomplishments winning a 3000 mile horse race across Arabia on a mustang called 'Hidalgo.' In October 2003 Disney will be releasing a film based on this supposed event, starring Viggo Mortensen as Hopkins. It is claiming the movie is 'based on the true story of Frank Hopkins.' But as the Long Riders Guild demonstrates, none of Hopkins' claims were true. There's…
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The Kingdom of Mombessa
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 01, 2003
The adventures of Baron Moncrieffe and the mythical Kingdom of Mombessa. The Baron turns out to be a con man, and the Kingdom doesn't exist.
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