The Hoax Museum Blog

Unusual Bomb Hoax — Normally I don't like to mention bomb hoaxes, since giving them any attention only plays into the hoaxer's hand, but this case seems to be an exception. A man, while clearing out his closet, threw out a fake bomb that he had once created for a marketing project in college. The next day his building was evacuated when someone saw it lying in the dumpster. Full story at the NY Times (reg. required).
Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2002.   Comments (0)

Dino Bird — The Natural History Museum in London is opening an exhibit on "Dino-Birds: The Feathered Dinosaurs of China." It will include the archaeopteryx, the oldest known fossil of a bird, which was accused of being a fake back in the 1980s. I wonder if it will also include the Piltdown Chicken fossil which fooled National Geographic two years ago?
Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2002.   Comments (0)

Museum of Forgery — The Museum of Forgery: a nomadic institution dedicated to the aesthetics of forgery.
Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2002.   Comments (0)

Hacking is most often an inside job — Interesting article in the Daily Telegraph about computer hacking (requires registration), following last week's hacker conference in NYC. Quotes an expert who suggests that the majority of hacking directed against companies actually stems from insiders within the companies themselves.
Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2002.   Comments (0)


Fake Elements — Faking the periodic table: How a scientist forged data to invent two new elements.
Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2002.   Comments (0)

Dr. Pepper Pledge of Allegiance — Got a few e-mails about the Dr. Pepper/Pledge of Allegiance issue that's circulating through e-mail. Here's the text of the e-mail that people are receiving: Just sharing the info with you that I received! For those who have not heard, the bottlers/manufacturers of Dr. Pepper and their other products, have started a "new" can campaign. They are putting patriotic scenes on them. One, is the Empire State Bldg. with the pledge of allegiance...but ... they left off the words..."under God".…
Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2002.   Comments (2)

Quarter-stealing Bird — A bird that steals quarters from a vending machine. Is this a hoax? I honestly don't know. Update: Apparently it's not.
Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2002.   Comments (2)

USA Today Hacked — Hackers broke into USA Today's web site and replaced the real news with fake stories. One of the hoax stories was that the Vatican had declared the Bible to be an April Fool's joke.
Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2002.   Comments (0)

Sisters Switch Places — Read this story in the Mirror: "A WOMAN fooled jail authorities for ten months by going to prison for her older sister. The 33-year-old took the place of her 37-year-old sibling in a fraud case in Zwiebruecken , Germany. The con was only discovered when she absconded on compassionate leave. Both now face jail."
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2002.   Comments (1)

CDC Website — The Center for Disease Control has a Health Related Hoaxes and Rumors page. Worth checking out.
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2002.   Comments (0)

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2002.   Comments (0)

Mud-Wrestling Neighbor — Amusing account of a mud-wrestling hoax perpetrated by Jeff Norman for an episode of "World's Nastiest Neighbors." It involved pretending to be an obnoxious neighbor who staged mud-wrestling matches on the lawn of his suburban home. The neighbors were so horrified that they called the police and had Norman arrested.
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2002.   Comments (0)

Cow Urine Cures AIDS — From the files of medical quackery: cow urine as a cure for AIDS.
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2002.   Comments (1)

Antiques Roadshow — vAntiques Roadshow dealer is convicted for making bogus appraisals of items. It turns out that some of the appraisals were staged. Wow! If you can't even trust the Antiques Roadshow, who can you trust?
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2002.   Comments (0)

Ancient Skull — Dispute continues over the ancient skull whose discovery was announced Wednesday. Now critics are saying it's the skull of a gorilla, not a man.
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2002.   Comments (0)

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