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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
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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Damion Hall Not Dead
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 09, 2003
The singer Damion Hall is not dead, despite recent email rumors to the contrary (supposedly he was found dead on a greyhound bus).
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Lie Detectors
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jun 07, 2003
New, more accurate lie detectors being developed based on brain analysis.
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This is not a calculator
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jun 07, 2003
I wouldn't call this a hoax website, but it's definitely a site that has a strong viewpoint about reality. To be precise, the creator of the site knows exactly what is a calculator, and what is not a calculator.
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Believing in Fargo
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 06, 2003
Now here's an odd story. An article in the Guardian tells the tale of Takako Konishi, a Japanese girl who apparently believed that the movie Fargo was real (perhaps because it says it's a true story at the beginning, though it isn't) and went off to North Dakota to find the million dollars that one of the characters buries during the movie. Unfortunately Takako died trying to find the money. Or so everyone thought. The reporter who went to investigate finds out the real truth behind what happened to Takako.
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Princess Caraboo Portrait
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 06, 2003
An 1817 portrait of Princess Caraboo done by Thomas Barker is going up for auction at Christie's soon. Bidding is supposed to reach at least £6000. If I had the money I'd bid on it. It would go nicely above my desk.
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Miskatonic University
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 06, 2003
Here's the website of Miskatonic University, well known to fans of H.P. Lovecraft. If you don't know who Lovecraft is, you won't get the joke.
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Spoof Ads
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 06, 2003
The Globe and Mail argues that many of the spoof ads going around recently are actually inside jobs created by the companies being spoofed.
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Touristguy Video Footage
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 05, 2003
Steve Merchant just shared this with me. Apparently it's video footage taken from a camera that survived the destruction of the World Trade Center.
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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…
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