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The Loch Ness Mall — Visitor Michael Melen wrote in with a description of a radio hoax from the mid '80s: "Baltimore had recently undergone a revival of its downtown area, centered on the Inner Harbor development. A radio ad trumpeted the newest addition to Baltimore's Inner Harbor: the world's very first underwater shopping mall called the Loch Ness Mall. The ad went on to describe how wonderful the mall would be and when it would open. It turned out to be a concoction of a radio advertising group,…
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2003.   Comments (0)

Plagiarism Plagiarized — An article in the magazine Syllabus is discovered to have been plagiarized. The topic of the article was plagiarism.
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2003.   Comments (0)

Dog Island — Someone just sent in this hoax website: Dog Island. It's doggie paradise, where pooches get to roam free and play all day. As the website says: "They live with almost limitless space, and tens of thousands of rabbits, rodents and other natural prey. Surrounded by thousands of other dogs, this is the only place for them to be truly social and create healthy families." Dog Island and Yoga Kitty. Hmmm. Soon we'll have a world of stress-free pets.
Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2003.   Comments (0)

Unreliable Facts — The Unreliable Facts website, established in 1851, offers a motherlode of misinformation.
Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2003.   Comments (0)


Fraud in other words — Check out the website of Larry Adams, CPA. He writes a regular column about the jargon and street slang of fraud. Much of this is shared on his website. For instance, we find there the definition of Fat-Finger Dialing: "Fat finger dialing scams take advantage of customers whose fingers are too large for the tiny buttons on the telephones. For example, a customer might unintentionally dial 1 (800) COLLETC, 1 (800) CULLECT, or 1 (800) CALLECT, instead of 1 (800) COLLECT. Class action…
Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2003.   Comments (0)

King Bloop Zod of Mars — King Bloop Zod from the planet Mars strikes up an email exchange with Mel Martinez, the White House Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and gets a response.
Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2003.   Comments (0)

Comical Ali — The Iraqi (Mis)Information Minister (aka Comical Ali) is reported to be alive and well in Baghdad.
Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2003.   Comments (0)

The Unknown Man — The strange case of a man whose death revealed that he had been living as an imposter almost his entire life. His true identity is unknown.
Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2003.   Comments (0)

Cow Tipping — The Mustang Daily recently analyzed the reality of the art of cow tipping.
Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2003.   Comments (0)

Stone Age Tasaday — Newsday has a review of a new book by Robin Hemley titled Invented Eden analyzing the controversy about the Tasaday tribe. Were they really a 'hoax' tribe, directed to act and dress like a primitive tribe? Or were they in some sense authentic? Hemley's answer is that both versions are partially correct.
Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2003.   Comments (0)


Laramie Kid Hoax — More about the Laramie Kid Hoax. I just received an email from the Long Riders guild alerting me to the great series of articles they have on their website, fully debunking the claims of Frank Hopkins (aka the Laramie Kid). Hopkins claimed to have been one of the great horse riders of all time, including among his accomplishments winning a 3000 mile horse race across Arabia on a mustang called 'Hidalgo.' In October 2003 Disney will be releasing a film based on this supposed event,…
Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2003.   Comments (0)

The Kingdom of Mombessa — The adventures of Baron Moncrieffe and the mythical Kingdom of Mombessa. The Baron turns out to be a con man, and the Kingdom doesn't exist.
Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2003.   Comments (0)

Electric Kite Hoax — MAJOR HOAX NEWS: Historian Tom Tucker argues in a recent book that Benjamin Franklin's story about flying a kite in a thunderstorm to prove that lightning was a form of electricity was actually a hoax. Franklin never did the experiment. I'm going to order a copy of Tucker's book (which will be released in a week or so) to read the full argument for myself, but if true, then I guess I can add the 'electric kite hoax' to the list of Franklin's other hoaxes.
Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2003.   Comments (0)

The French Rockefeller — Update on the criminal career of Christopher Rocancourt. He recently confessed to having scammed people by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. Why people would have believed that a Rockefeller would be speaking with a thick French accent, I still can't understand.
Posted: Sat May 31, 2003.   Comments (1)

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