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The Great Turkey Drive of 1866
Mainline Airways — 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)

Manitoba Home Security — 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)

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


Julia Roberts on Redbook — 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)

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

Ghost in a Jar — 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 Unfortunately the original ghost in a jar page has been pulled from eBay, though it's been archived here.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)

Beckham Kidnap Plot — 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)

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

Epidemic of Lying — 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.
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2003.   Comments (0)

Yehoash Tablet — The "Yehoash Tablet" found in Israel last year turns out to be a fake.
Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2003.   Comments (0)

Sputnik on eBay — The auction of a genuine backup model of Sputnik on eBay is pulled because of hoax bids. Some more details here.
Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2003.   Comments (0)

Damion Hall Not Dead — The singer Damion Hall is not dead, despite recent email rumors to the contrary (supposedly he was found dead on a greyhound bus).
Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2003.   Comments (0)

Lie Detectors — New, more accurate lie detectors being developed based on brain analysis.
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2003.   Comments (0)

This is not a calculator — 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.
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2003.   Comments (0)

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