The Hoax Museum Blog
Best of the Forum – 15th June 07
Posted by Boo on Fri Jun 15, 2007
Artist fools punters into buying tins of cheap plaster… (David B.) Tins of Italian artist Piero Manzoni’s excrement, sold as art to collectors for thousands of pounds, have been in the news recently, as it seems that they may contain nothing more than plaster. A spokeswoman at the Tate museum in London insisted that the revelation did not invalidate the tin as a work of art. “Keeping the viewer in suspense is part of the work’s subversive humour,” she said. The world’s most famous photos (Beasjt’s number is 669)
Best of the Forum – 8th June 07
Posted by Boo on Fri Jun 08, 2007
Man blames health drink for unwanted erection (Bebelicious) New Yorker Christopher Woods underwent surgery in 2004 for severe priapism – an erection that would not subside. Now he’s suing pharmaceutical company Novartis AG, claiming that their nutritional drink, Boost Plus, was the cause of his condition. Can’t remember the name of a song? Try tapping it on your keyboard! (DJ_Canada) This programme allows you to tap the melody of a song using your space bar to…
Quick Links: Dolls!
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 24, 2007
Robber holds up bank using baby doll A 25-year-old man attempted to hold up a bank in Karachi, brandishing a baby doll and a blood pressure pump. He said the doll was a bomb and the pump was a grenade. The police were called and arrested the man. The bomb disposal team then discovered the doll was stuffed with harmless wires. The would-be robber "said that he had earlier tried to rob the same bank on Saturday, but had been foiled because it was closed." Paris Hilton Jail Edition Doll on eBay "Comes with jail…
Quick Links: Pranks and Robbers
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 22, 2007
Prank Bathroom Signs Backfire If you ever go to McGuire's Irish Pub in Destin, Florida, it pays to read the fine print, especially when going to the bathroom. For years McGuire's has played a joke on its customers. The fine print on the "Ladies" sign explains that it's actually the men's room, and vice versa for the "Mens" sign. But recently, "A father filed a complaint, after his daughter was interrupted by a man in what she thought was the ladies room. Now, state regulators are threatening to close the pub because of the lack of proper signs." McGuire's general manager says that it was merely intended to be an "Irish joke." …
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 17, 2007
Here's a recent case of a man who is obviously not cut out for a life of crime: What a cashier first thought of as a practical joke turned into no laughing matter for a Ranson man who was arrested Wednesday after using women’s underwear and a lighter shaped like a small gun in an attempt to rob a convenience store... “He entered the store wearing a pair of women’s pajama shorts over his face,” Sgt. T.C. Kearns of the West Virginia State Police said Wednesday. “I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.”... “At first she (the…
Quick Links: Fake Zebras, etc.
Posted by Boo on Wed May 16, 2007
Fake Zebras A zoo in China is charging a small fee for posing beside horses painted with zebra stripes. The zoo assures the customers that it is 'just for fun'. Dressed Up Dead Fawn Left By Theatre "The police log entry said it all: "Deceased fawn was dressed up like an infant and abandoned at the Pantages Theater." The police have no idea who left the fawn or why, but they believe that the fawn had been stillborn and had died some time previously. Woman Pretends to…
Fake Sewage Workers Go Door-to-Door
Posted by The Curator on Sun Apr 15, 2007
Here's an odd story reported in the Mainichi Daily News: A tablet given to a local woman by a group of men posing as sewage workers who told her to swallow it if her tap water became dirty, has proven to be an chemical pipe cleaning agent, investigators said.... Several men visited the home of the victim in the Nagata Sannodai district of Minami-ku, Yokohama on Thursday morning, and handed a blue and white tablet to the resident, bureau officials said. "We're carrying out sewage works…
Man Apologises to Internet
Posted by Boo on Thu Mar 22, 2007
10zenmonkeys.com has posted an article discussing the interesting law case surrounding Michael Crook. Inspired by the craigslist sex hoax by Jason Fortuny, Michael Crook started up a website to expose ‘perverts’ on the Craigslist site. He’d copied Fortuny’s prank, then posted his results on his webpage. When 10 Zen Monkeys posted a screen shot of Crook taken from a Fox news report on his previous ‘Forsake our Troops’ hoax, Crook responded with an email falsely claiming that he owned the copyright for his own image. Crook hadn’t just…
Quick Links: Statue of Jesus Shoots Sparks, etc.
Posted by Boo on Tue Feb 13, 2007
Statue of Jesus Shoots Sparks Visitors to the Liverpool Academy of Art have claimed that a sculpture of Jesus has shot sparks from its eyes. 'Cleansing of the Temple' by Brian Burgess is a steel and bronze statue. Some visitors have also apparently gone into a trance whilst kneeling at the base of the sculpture. The artist says: "I worked on the piece for about a year but I never saw any sparks apart from those coming from the welding torch." Forum thread here. (Thanks, Madmouse.) Snorkeler…
Quick Links: Holy Spatula, etc.
Posted by Boo on Tue Jan 16, 2007
Holy Spatula A spatula used to flip a pancake that supposedly had the image of Jesus on it is now up for sale on ebay. The pancake itself was eaten. The seller says: ”Look closely at the middle photo, and you can see that it bears some mysterious symbols, possibly some kind of sacred message. I'm no religious scholar, but I'm sure this had some kind of spiritual significance.” Art as Prank A ‘Your Ad Here’ illuminated sign on the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles proved to be the work of L.A. graphic artist James Cui.
Quick Links: ‘Customised’ Jaguar, etc.
Posted by Boo on Mon Jan 08, 2007
‘Customised’ Jaguar If you’re immensely proud of your car, and your co-workers are fond of pranks, you may end up with something like this: the workers at InPhonic covered the Jaguar S-Type with 14,000 Post-It notes. Authorities Prank Hoax Caller 15 fake 911 calls had been made by the same cell phone number in Knoxville, Tennessee. So they phoned the number and left a message telling the owner that he’d won a gift card. False Limb for Three-Legged Cow The cow,…
Quick Links: Pac-Man Hits the Road, etc.
Posted by Boo on Sat Dec 23, 2006
Pac-Man Hits The Road Wright County sheriff Gary Miller was amused to see that, where Highway 55 has painted ovals on the road to show drivers how far apart they should be, some anonymous artist had added a Pac-Man. Man Made to Wear 'I AM A LIAR' Sign Having lied to the police about having been abducted, Craig Breuwet was made to walk up and down a busy street wearing a sign stating 'I AM A LIAR', rather than facing trial.
Santa is an Illegal Immigrant?
Posted by Boo on Sat Dec 23, 2006
According to a new website, Santa Claus is no longer welcome in the town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The website, www.nosantaforhazleton.com claims that, in line with the Illegal Immigration Relief Act passed in July, "the town intends to keep Santa out this Christmas because he represents the illegal immigration the town council believes increases crime and burdens local services." The controversial July laws state that any businesses or landlords who hire or rent rooms to illegal immigrants will face penalties. A lawsuit has been brought against the town regarding this, and is due to be heard in early 2007. The website discusses why Santa is clearly an…
NFL Stadiums Bomb Hoax
Posted by Boo on Fri Oct 20, 2006
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have announced that threats made online last week to plant 'dirty bombs' at NFL stadiums were a hoax. The threat, dated Oct. 12, appeared on a Web site, The Friend Society, that links to various online forums and off-color cartoons. Its author, identified in the message as "javness," said trucks would deliver radiological bombs Sunday to stadiums in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Cleveland and Oakland, Calif., and that Osama bin Laden would claim responsibility. The FBI, after tracing computers, have questioned a 20 year old Milwaukee…
Fake College Student
Posted by Boo on Tue Oct 17, 2006
David Jovani Vanegas claimed to be a sophomore transfer student at Rice University. In reality he had never managed to get into Rice. Last September, Vanegas started attending classes. He also ate in the university's cafeterias, hung out with other students, and occasionally crashed in people's dorms when he was too tired to go back to his off-campus lodgings. Vanegas appears to have been relatively friendly towards students, but didn't seem to form many lasting relationships. Hardly surprising, really. It was Vanegas' friend Daniel Rasheed that turned him in to the police. He says he wasn't expecting such repercussions. On September 13th 2006, Vanegas was arrested.