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Hoax Museum Blog Posts From
September 2002
Scientific Fraud at Bell Labs — Scientific Fraud at Bell Labs. Jan Hendrik Schon, a nanotechnology hotshot, gets caught falsifying data.
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2002.   Comments (3)

Bush Learns to Read — 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)

The Celebrated Ceramic Toad of Osaka — 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…
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2002.   Comments (0)

Saddam Hussein Doubles — 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)



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


Kew Garden Crop Circle — 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)

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

John Myatt, forger — 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)

Email riot — 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)

Terrorism Hoaxes — 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)


Weeping Mary — For the past six months thousands of people have been flocking to see a small fibreglass statue of the Virgin Mary in a church in Perth, Australia that is supposedly weeping rose-scented tears. But many scientists, including Doug Clarke of Murdoch University, dismiss the statue as a hoax: Mr Clarke believes that when the statue was made, a cavity was built into the head of the statue and for some reason he believes it has been filled with an oil similar to soya-bean oil.
Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2002.   Comments (0)

Fake Abductions — The hot new thing in extreme adventure: Fake Abductions. People are actually paying for the excitement of being abducted. Bizarre.
Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2002.   Comments (0)


Fake Tourists Catch Cheats — From The Guardian, Prague police have declared war on cheating taxi-cab drivers by unleashing an army of fake tourists to flush out the cheats.
Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2002.   Comments (1)

Crop Circle Analysis — Simon Jeffery of The Guardian offers a comprehensive guide to the phenomenon of crop circles.
Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2002.   Comments (0)

Fake abduction — From today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A woman invents an elaborate story about being kidnapped by three abductors, prompting police to send in a SWAT team to rescue her. They find her sitting alone in her car. The abductors were all a figment of her imagination.
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2002.   Comments (0)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — The St. Louis Post-Dispatch asks of the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dance troupe: is it parody or real ballet? What is Les Ballets Trockadero all about? From their website, it's about "teaching hairy guys in tutus how to take flight."
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2002.   Comments (0)

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