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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
Not a deliberate hoax, but bogus anyway. A leaky window seal causes a peculiar moisture pattern to form on the window of Milton Hospital. True believers swear it's the image of the Virgin Mary.
Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2003 Comments (0)

Slate has an interesting piece about some journalists from the first half of the twentieth century who took serious liberties with the truth: H.L. Mencken, A.J. Liebling, and Joseph Mitchell.
Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2003 Comments (0)

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2003 Comments (0)

The government declassifies the Roswell records. Popular Mechanics investigates.
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2003 Comments (0)


Try to guess if this photo of a really big plane getting stuck as it crosses a ramp over a highway is real or fake. The answer's here.
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2003 Comments (1)

Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2003 Comments (0)

Here's an email that's been making the rounds recently: At Heathrow Airport today, an individual, later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a compass, a protractor, and a graphical calculator. Authorities believe he is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He is being charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2003 Comments (0)

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.
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2003 Comments (0)

A white witch plans to cast a spell that will coax the Loch Ness Monster into making an appearance again.
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2003 Comments (1)

Fake Fags. It's not what you think, unless you're British.
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2003 Comments (0)

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.
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2003 Comments (0)

Here's a picture sent by a visitor to the site named Dorothy. It's titled 'Manitoba Home Security.'
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2003 Comments (2)

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."
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2003 Comments (0)

Nonprofitabletech. A software company dedicated to raising lots of venture capital money.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2003 Comments (0)

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.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2003 Comments (1)

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