Hoax Museum Blog Posts: October 2013

Animal Instincts Pet Condoms — "Is Sparky a sex addict?" the website petcondoms.org asks visitors. "Spot the signs!" The site also offers advice on "how to put on a pet condom". A few clicks on some of the links soon reveals that, no, this site isn't really selling pet condoms. It was recently launched by the San Francisco SPCA as a way to educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering your pet. The point being that trying to put a condom on your pet is an ineffective way of preventing unwanted…
Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013.   Comments (0)

Cypriots who said hello by saying goodbye — A brief news-wire story that ran in many American papers in late 1940 claimed that due to an error in an English-Greek language book, the people of Cyprus thought that 'Goodbye' was the word used to say 'Hello' in English. Which must have caused some confusion to English-speaking tourists on the island. Here's the story as it appeared in the Milwaukee Journal - Dec 17, 1940: Since no source was offered for this claim, and I can't find any other documentation of such a mixup, I have a…
Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013.   Comments (1)

Remember the 13th - the big reveal — Yesterday, rememberthe13th.com revealed the "big discovery" it had promised. It turned out to be some guy rapping "I'm a purple ninja and I'm so cool." I wasted a minute of my life watching it.
Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013.   Comments (3)

Open-Access Hoax — A report of a scientific hoax appears in the latest issue of Science. Researcher John Bohannon wrote a purposefully bad scientific paper — one with glaringly bad errors that any peer reviewer should be able to spot. He then submitted versions of that paper to 304 open-access journals, using aliases such as "Ocarrafoo M.L. Cobange," supposedly a biologist at the Wassee Institute of Medicine in Asmara. The result: "More than half of the journals accepted the paper, failing to notice its…
Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013.   Comments (1)


Nessie Photo Fake — Last August, a Loch-Ness-Monster-sighting picture was published that some declared to be the best picture of Nessie ever taken. Now (in a shocking revelation!) the photo turns out to be a fake. The picture really only shows a fiberglass hump that had been created for a 2011 National Geographic documentary, The Truth Behind the Loch Ness Monster. The photo was taken by George Edwards, who operates a Loch Ness tour boat, the Nessie Hunter. There's some relevant Museum of Hoaxes history…
Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013.   Comments (2)

UFO Crash in London — Students at London's North Harringay Primary School arrived at school to find a UFO had crashed in their playground. Police were on their scene, and the students spent the rest of the day discussing and writing about the mysterious craft. The UFO had actually been built by a parent as part of an event "designed to promote creative writing." Shock and awww... 'UFO crashes' into London primary school playground independent.co.uk Pupils at a London primary school were shocked after a UFO…
Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013.   Comments (0)

Remember the 13th — According to the website rememberthe13th.com, NASA is going to announce something BIG on the 13th of November: NASA has made a historic discovery that will shake the entire planet. This announcement will be released to the media on November 13th, 2013. It will be a day to remember and One for the history books. Spread the word to your family & friends and sign up to stay updated. However, a recent update to the site now says that the date of the big reveal has been moved forward to…
Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013.   Comments (4)

Digital Glitch Furniture

This image has been circulating since March of this year. Many sites (including dornob.com) report that it shows "an actual piece of carefully carved furniture, not a photo file gone wrong." The oak furniture was supposedly created by furniture designer Ferruccio Laviani using CNC processes (computer-aided machine tools) in order to make it appear as if it had been deformed by a "digital glitch". (Yes, that should be an "analog glitch," but "digital glitch" is the phrase that's caught on to describe it.) There is some truth to this. Laviani did create "glitch" furniture for a 2013…

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013.   Comments (0)

Burger King becomes Fries King — In order to show how excited they are about their new french fries, Burger King recently announced on their Facebook page that they were changing their name to Fries King. They even posted photos of some of their restaurants sporting the new name. The name change is a joke. Although time.com notes that not all of Burger King's facebook followers realized this: "Some are genuinely confused about whether or not the name change is real and have written passionate posts decrying Burger…
Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013.   Comments (0)

The man inside the cube — A video recently uploaded to YouTube claims to document the living arrangements of "Dave," an artist who supposedly lives inside the Astor Place Cube in New York City. It doesn't take a lot of critical thinking skills to realize this is a joke. (The cube, in reality, is welded shut.) But it's an amusing concept. The video is a viral marketing stunt for a site called Whil.com, which is mentioned at the end of the video. Honestly, I'm not sure what whil.com does. They claim to be "a…
Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013.   Comments (0)

Dove Debate — As Bishop Bhekibandla was receiving an Honorary Doctorate Certificate at Moses Bible College of South Africa, a dove appeared out of nowhere inside the assembly hall and started flying around his head. Some people in the audience — most of whom were members of the Jericho Church — started crying, weeping hysterically, shouting amen, and calling out that it was a sign from God showing them who their rightful leader was. Not so, says rival Bishop Khanyakwezwe, who insists that the sudden…
Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013.   Comments (0)

Too Much Hot Air — With the government shutting down today, I was reminded of this 1933 April 1st article in the Madison Capitol-Times about their state capitol building exploding because of a buildup of "large quantities of gas, generated through many weeks of verbose debate in the senate and assembly chambers" I don't think any newspaper would publish a joke like this today, in the post-9/11 era, but it still seems appropriate.
Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2013.   Comments (0)

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