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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history

Red Herring reviews Kevin Mitnick's new book, The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security, in which he details the art of the con during the internet era.
Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2002 Comments (0)

Scientific Fraud at Bell Labs. Jan Hendrik Schon, a nanotechnology hotshot, gets caught falsifying data.
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 Comments (3)

This picture of Bush reading a children's book upside down is a fake. Read the explanation here.
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 Comments (0)


From the Financial Times, the search for the celebrated ceramic toad of Japan:Few stories encapsulate the madness that was Japan's economic bubble as neatly as the tale of the most powerful ceramic toad in stock market history. At one point in the late 1980s, this toad controlled a Dollars 20bn portfolio, having received trading tips via messages from the gods. This amphibian George Soros has since disappeared, and its owner, a former bar hostess-turned-restaurant owner, is in jail. But on the basis that the gods might still be sending it messages, the Financial Times travelled to Osaka, Japan's most entrepreneurial city, to try to track down this slippery metaphor for all that went wrong with Japan. The toad was owned…
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 Comments (0)

Apparently Saddam Hussein employs many doubles of himself. The men shown below are apparently not the real Hussein. They're his doubles. So will the real Saddam Hussein please stand up?
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 Comments (0)

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 Comments (9)

It's time for the Annual Bigfoot conference.
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 Comments (0)

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 Comments (0)

Strange crop circle mystery in London's Kew Gardens. A flower-shaped crop circle appeared in a field of wheat that had been specially grown there as part of an exhibit.
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2002 Comments (0)

A high school sociology assignment goes a little too far when students stage a fake abduction.
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2002 Comments (0)

The forger John Myatt has now become respectable and is showing and selling his art in galleries. The works are still forgeries, but now they're openly acknowledged as such, and they're flying off the shelves.
Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2002 Comments (0)

A glitch in Wesleyan's email system sparked an e-mail riot when students realized that they were all plugged into a network that gave them access to the e-mail of every other student at the college.
Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 Comments (0)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist muses on when pranks and hoaxes can get out of hand... as in the case of terrorist hoaxes
Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2002 Comments (0)


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