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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
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)

Apple introduces the P4 Laptop in order to compete with Microsoft's iLoo.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2003 Comments (0)

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.
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2003 Comments (1)

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.
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2003 Comments (0)

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