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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
Fake Sale Prices
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 15, 2003
I knew retailers did this: marking items on sale, when the sale price is actually the regular price. Now retailer Suzy Shier gets slapped with a fine for doing it.
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Loch Ness Monster and the Witch
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 13, 2003
A white witch plans to cast a spell that will coax the Loch Ness Monster into making an appearance again.
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Fake Fags
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 13, 2003
Fake Fags. It's not what you think, unless you're British.
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Mainline Airways
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 13, 2003
Mainline Airways was attracting lots of customers by offering super-low fares to Hawaii. But it turns out there was no Mainline Airways. Only a website created by a teenager.
Manitoba Home Security
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 13, 2003
Here's a picture sent by a visitor to the site named Dorothy. It's titled 'Manitoba Home Security.'
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McDonald
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 12, 2003
The Chicago Tribune on the McDonald's Whole-Wheat Hoax. Apparently, and contrary to McDonald's belief, dying white bread a caramel color does not make it "whole wheat."
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Nonprofitabletech
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 11, 2003
Nonprofitabletech. A software company dedicated to raising lots of venture capital money.
Julia Roberts on Redbook
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 11, 2003
Redbook draws fire from Julia Roberts for putting a picture of her on its cover in which a recent image of her head is pasted onto an old picture of her body. Ironically, the title of their article about her is "The Real Julia." Redbook also recently got in trouble for doing the same thing to Jennifer Aniston. The problem, of course, is not in their use of composite images (everyone does that), but in doing such a poor job of them.
P4 Laptop
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 11, 2003
Apple introduces the P4 Laptop in order to compete with Microsoft's iLoo.
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Ghost in a Jar
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 10, 2003
If you missed the Ghost In A Jar thing on eBay, Reason Online provides a summary of it. Unfortunately the original ghost in a jar page has been pulled from eBay, though it's been archived here. But now the Ghost in a Jar has its own weblog on LiveJournal. And of course hundreds of ghost-in-a-jar imitations are now flourishing on eBay. And there's even an entire website devoted to ghost-in-a-jar stuff.
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Beckham Kidnap Plot
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 10, 2003
The Observer details how the News of the World came to believe a far-fetched yarn about a plot to kidnap Victoria Beckham, even though their source was a serial liar.
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Ern Malley
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 10, 2003
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Peter Carey is writing a novel about the Ern Malley hoax. It'll be titled My Life As A Fake. Ern Malley was the name of a poet who wowed Australia's Modernist literary establishment back in the 1940s. Trouble was, he was just a fictitious character invented as a prank by some anti-Modernists. Details here.
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Epidemic of Lying
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 10, 2003
The San Francisco Chronicle argues that America is suffering from an epidemic of lying, as a consequence of which we're no longer shocked by scandals such as the Jayson Blair Affair. We just expect that everyone is lying.
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Yehoash Tablet
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 09, 2003
The "Yehoash Tablet" found in Israel last year turns out to be a fake.
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Sputnik on eBay
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 09, 2003
The auction of a genuine backup model of Sputnik on eBay is pulled because of hoax bids. Some more details here.
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