The Hoax Museum Blog
Quick Links: Giant Pawprints Puzzle Couple, etc.
Posted by Boo on Mon Nov 20, 2006
Giant Pawprints Puzzle Couple Mr and Mrs May, of Ipswich, are mystified by a set of large pawprints, seemingly of an animal with claws or toes, which have appeared in their garden. Maybe it's Bernard. Drivers Buy Fake Emblems Increasing numbers of car owners are going to dealers, or to eBay, to buy emblems to make their cars look like more expensive versions. Fake Breastfeeding Picture of ABC Anchor Elizabeth Vargas was disappointed that the magazine Marie Claire photoshopped…
Quick Links: False Lobster, etc.
Posted by Boo on Mon Oct 09, 2006
False Lobster Maine Senator Olympia Snowe is lobbying to remove the pelagic crab known as "langostino lobster" from restaurant menus in Maine. The issue came to light after a California-based restaurant chain, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, was sued last year by customers for using the less expensive langostino instead of lobster in its "lobster burrito." "Rubio's decision to put cheaper and inferior langostino meat on its menus as 'lobster' is a material fraud uniformly affecting hundreds of thousands of California consumers," plaintiff lawyer Ray Gallo wrote in court documents.
Quick Links: Police Threaten Arrest Over Gnome, etc.
Posted by Boo on Mon Sep 11, 2006
Police Threaten Arrest Over Gnome Police are unamused by Gordon MacKillop's glowing garden gnome. Apparently it is offensive to his neighbours. Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad A joke site that has pretty much what the title suggests. Priest Confesses to Madonna Threat "A 63-year-old Dutch priest has confessed to calling in a phony bomb threat last week before a pair of Madonna concerts in Amsterdam in a last-ditch effort to stop the singer from staging her mock-crucifixion act, officials said Friday."
Suri’s Bronzed Baby Poop
Posted by Boo on Sun Sep 03, 2006
Daniel Edwards, creator of the controversial statue of Britney Spears giving birth on a bear-skin rug, has gone one step further with his new sculpture. Entitled Suri's Bronzed Baby Poop, it is a homage to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' new baby, and her... well, poop. The Suri stool isn't for real but gallery officials insist Edwards' latest creation is more than a publicity stunt. In a statement, they write: "It's partially a statement on modern media that celebrity…
Quick Links: Elvis Bounty, etc.
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 17, 2006
$3 Million Bounty For Elvis Seen Elvis lately? If you have you might be eligible for a $3 million reward. Filmmaker Adam Muskiewicz "is offering $3 million to anyone who can provide legitimate proof that The King didn't die." It's a publicity stunt for a movie about Elvis he's releasing next year. For details check out his website: elviswanted.com. I believe that LaMa has been lobbying for quite some time to add an Elvis Sighting Report Page, interfaced with a Google earth map, to the Museum of Hoaxes. Maybe it's time to do it. We'll track him down and win that $3 million!!! David Copperfield Finds Fountain of Youth
Jaleel White Commits Suicide
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 05, 2006
Status: Hoax The latest false celebrity death rumor going around concerns Jaleel White (best known for playing Urkel on Family Matters). Supposedly he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. This rumor is old. It was first posted on my site over half a year ago (in the comments to my post titled 'Is this Jaleel White?'). It's no truer now than it was then. I have no idea why it's begun circulating again, but here are the main highlights from the hoax AP report: LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Jaleel White, who played 'nerdy' neighbor…
Is Katie Holmes Pregnant?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Apr 10, 2006
Status: Undetermined Before I saw this picture it would never have occurred to me that Katie Holmes was faking her pregnancy. But now, I don't know what to think. I mean, that has to be a soccer ball beneath her shirt. Right? This picture, taken on April 4, has been doing the blog circuit. The Blog You Love To Hate has some more photos from the same series in which her belly looks less fake. So maybe it was just the camera angle, or something like that. But still, it's kind of freaky. Even if she…
Paris Hilton To Play Mother Teresa
Posted by The Curator on Thu Apr 06, 2006
Status: False I'm posting this despite my belief that discussing, or even thinking about, the entity known as Paris Hilton can be dangerous to one's mental health. Apparently an Indian filmmaker known as T. Rajeevnath wants to cast Paris Hilton as Mother Teresa in his biography of the nun that he will begin filming next year. He claims that Paris's facial features closely resemble those of Mother Teresa, and that Paris has "expressed delight" at being considered to play the nun. Although Paris Hilton would seem to be a natural choice for the role, she has denied seeing…
Will Ferrell Dies While Paragliding
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 15, 2006
Status: Hoax An announcement of actor Will Ferrell's death in a paragliding accident was briefly posted on the wire service iNewswire today, before the service caught wind of it, realized Will Ferrell wasn't dead, and yanked it. The release read, in part: Los Angeles -- Actor Will Ferrell accidentally died in a freak para-gliding accident yesterday in Torey Pines, Southern California. The accident apparently happened somewhere near the famed paragliding site after a freak wind gush basically blew Ferrell and his companion towards a wooded area where they lost control before crashing into dense foilage. (Click here to see the whole obituary.) My wife works very close to…
Hillary Clinton in Wax
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 18, 2006
Status: Fake HillaryA lot of people don't like Hillary, but I do. But then, I'm nostalgic for the 90s. Anyway, here's something else to add to the list of strange hyperreal objects. it's Hillary Clinton in wax, recently unveiled at Madame Tussauds: The Clinton statue, crafted at the original Tussauds museum in London, takes its place in a wing dedicated to presidents and other public figures known as "the gallery." There, the likeness of the Democratic senator joins statues of Presidents Bush, Reagan, Kennedy, and her husband, Bill Clinton. I'll leave it to you to determine which is the real Hillary in the two photos below. …
Sad Princess Di Doll
Posted by The Curator on Fri Feb 03, 2006
Status: Fake (in the sense of being a doll), Real (in the sense of really being sold) I think this Princess Di doll, created by Texas-based Time Capsule Toys, is an example of what Umberto Eco would call hyperrealityfakes whose fakeness (or kitchiness, or strangeness) makes them interesting in their own right. The likeness of Princess Di isn't actually very good, but its makers have tried to make it more true-to-life by having it say various melancholy phrases that Princess Di said, such as "I sit here in sadness," or "There's far too much about me in the newspapers, far too much," or "I'd like…
Chuck Norris Facts
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jan 13, 2006
Status: Tall TalesI don't know when the Chuck Norris facts first appeared on the internet. Many of you might already be aware of them. But just in case you're not, they're worth a look. Here's a few of the facts: • Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits. • The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain. • If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can't see Chuck Norris, you may be only seconds away from death. Chuck Norris is aware of these "facts" being spread about him. So far, he has generously allowed their authors to live.
Mariah Carey’s Saudi Arabia Album Covers
Posted by The Curator on Fri Dec 23, 2005
Images purporting to show Saudi Arabian versions of Mariah Carey's album covers have recently appeared on the web. Mediabum.com says that "Because of the laws over there her album covers had to be touched up to be made less sexy." Maybe. It sounds like something that would be done in Saudi Arabia. However, the lack of a clear source for these images makes me suspicious. They could equally well have been created by somebody playing around with photoshop. (And why is there no arabic script on these Saudi Arabian covers?) (And incidentally, I just read that Mariah Carey has 17 Number One singles, tying the number that Elvis had. This is odd because I'm unable to name a…
The Silent Movie Actress Archive (Corporeal Memorabilia)
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 08, 2005
Status: Art Project The website of the SMA (Silent Movie Actress) Archive claims that: We are a small and dedicated organisation based in Baltimore, USA. Our aim is the ‘resurrection’ of actresses from the Golden era of silent cinema. To do this we are securing a large body of quality genetic material from a variety of sources which is subjected to rigorous testing to ensure its validity. Samples range from small tissue and blood samples to full bones and several preserved organs. Is this real? Well, the site it's located on, bonetrade.gregorywhitehead.com, is so elaborate that it would be easy to believe it was real. It delves into all…
Tom Cruise Lectures on Modern Science of Mental Health
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 29, 2005
Status: Hoax A press release that appeared during the past week on pressbox.co.uk declared that Tom Cruise would be delivering a series of four lectures at a scientology centre in Los Angeles on "topics related to 'The Modern Science of Mental Health.'" The press release turned out to be a hoax, getting a stern response from Cruise's lawyer: "It's totally phony... Tom is not giving any lectures... I'm going to look into it, because, in my view, it's forgery, wire fraud and apparently committed on an interstate basis. So, if I can find out who did this, I certainly intend to pursue every remedy I can find." The press release has now been removed from pressbox, so…