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July 2002
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: Tue Jul 16, 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: Sun Jul 14, 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)

Robbers Are Liars — Now this doesn't surprise me: Robbery statistics inflated by liars.
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)

The Chinese Harry Potter — Apparently Chinese fans love the new Harry Potter novel: Harry Potter and Leopard-Walk-Up-To-Dragon. I can't wait for it to come out in English.
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (0)

Museum of Car Theft — The Russians bring us the Museum of Car Theft.
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (0)

Crop Circle — Very cool new crop circle found near Stonehenge.
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (0)

Time Travel Mutual Fund — I once read a science fiction story that theorized that we never die. We just grow more improbable. Whenever we face a life/death moment, there is always a probability, however remote, that we could survive. In one universe we might die, but in an alternative universe somewhere that branches off from our reality the remote probability that we survive is followed. It was a neat theory for a science fiction story. This site has found a way to make money from a very similar idea. Just…
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (4)

Barry Minkow — Fascinating update and background from the Guardian on Barry Minkow, famous in the '80s for his ZZZZ Best carpet-cleaning scam which he perpetrated when he was only 20. Served 7 and 1/2 years. I wonder if anyone from Enron will serve even a fraction of that time?
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (0)

Thin line between fact and fiction — Truth and paranoid fiction becoming blurred in the modern world (Editorial from the Daily Pennsylvanian).
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (1)

Stephen Glass — They're making a movie about the fraudulent career of Stephen Glass of the New Republic. It'll star Darth Vader as Stephen Glass.
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (4)

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