Hoax Museum Blog Posts: November 2005

Chris Elliott Falls for Boilerplate — Status: Hoax claims victim In my Gallery of Hoax Websites (which I created about four years ago, and which has since been superceded by the Hoax Websites category of the weblog), I list the website of Boilerplate, the Victorian Era Robot. The site details the history of a robot named Boilerplate who was supposedly created during the 19th century in order to replace humans in combat. I admit that the site had me going for a while, and that I only realized it was a hoax when I tried to…
Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2005.   Comments (4)

Chinese Company Bids $450bn for Exxon — Status: Hoax I find this very strange. A Chinese company, King Win Laurel, has filed paperwork with the SEC indicating that it's planning to make a bid to buy oil giant Exxon for $450bn. But analysts are dismissing the bid as a prank, since King Win Laurel doesn't have the kind of money necessary to make good on such an offer. Apparently King Win Laurel has a history of making hoax bids. Last year, for instance, it made a fake bid to buy Telstra. It also tried to buy a New Zealand firm…
Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2005.   Comments (5)

Yorkshire Man Raped By Dog — Status: True The following story has been circulating around, even getting posted in the hoax forum (warning: don't read it if you're easily offended): Extract from the Yorkshire Evening Post: A drunk who claimed he had been raped by a dog was yesterday jailed for 12 months by a judge. Martin Hoyle, 45, was arrested by police after a passing motorist and his girlfriend found a Staffordshire bull terrier, called Badger, having sex with him at the side of a road in Huddersfield, West…
Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2005.   Comments (22)

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