Hoax Museum Blog Posts: January 2003

Push-Button Bugles — The military has a problem: not enough bugle players to play taps at all the military funerals. Therefore, they came up with the solution of bugles implanted with electronic chips that contain a recording of taps. No skill is required to play them, beyond being able to flip a switch. Now a group is protesting the use of the fake bugles, and is calling on bugle players throughout the nation to assist at military funerals: www.buglesacrossamerica.org
Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2003.   Comments (1)

The Solomon Stone — Scientists puzzle over the mystery of the Solomon stone found in Israel. As the London Times puts it: it "is either a state-of-the-art hoax or an ancient Hebrew inscription - more than 2,000 years old - confirming the Biblical account of Solomon's temple." Many people would dearly want this to be true. So in such cases the burden of evidence should be set even higher, to counter the wish-fulfillment impulse.
Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

FBI chases fake terrorists — The FBI got fooled into thinking that 5 terrorists were on the loose around New Year's Eve.
Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2003.   Comments (0)

Chavez Tricked — Yesterday there was this story about radio pranksters calling up Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and tricking him into believing that he was talking to Fidel Castro.
Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2003.   Comments (0)

Clonaid — Recently the controversy surrounding Clonaid's claims that they've created a clone has been the big thing in the world of hoaxes. I got quoted in this Washington Post article about the situation.
Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2003.   Comments (0)