The Hoax Museum Blog
Practical Joke Six Years in the Making
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 23, 2003
Perry Caravello wanted to be an actor, and his friends told him he would be. In fact, they signed him up to play the leading role in a film they were making, Windy City Heat. Unfortunately for Perry, they weren't actually shooting a movie. They were just stringing him along, trying to figure out how long they could keep him believing that they were making a movie. He kept believing, for six long years, bolstered by an unshakeable faith in his own Star Power. Even though the friends weren't shooting a movie, they did shoot footage of the entire practical joke, which has now resulted in a documentary on Comedy Central titled, appropriately enough, Windy City Heat.
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2003
Old School Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 01, 2003
The Life and Death of Eric Gordon
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
Here's an amusing account of a Harvard grad named Eric Gordon who faked his own death in order to try to get removed from Harvard's obnoxious alumni mailing list. Harvard actually published an obituary for Eric, but then had to retract it later.
Classes Cancelled for Green Beer Day
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 26, 2003
Check out the website of Ben Field. Ben is a student at Miami University in Ohio. Every year the students there celebrate Green Beer Day (a celebration not sanctioned by the university) by drinking green beer in bars all day. This year Ben got the clever idea of sending out an email to all 31,000 students, disguised to make it appear that it was coming from the university president, declaring that classes were cancelled for Green Beer Day. Needless to say, the university was not amused. Now Ben has to reimburse his parents $9000 in legal fees that they covered for him. So Ben created a website to tell his story and solicit donations from the public to help…
Beer for the Homeless, More Info
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 20, 2003
More from Gary Poole, a spokesperson for Beer for the Homeless: "It was originally intended as an internet satire, but very quickly took on a life of it's own when people really did start donating money. The group that does it even had to hire an accountant to keep up with taxes and such. They'll be featured in an upcoming issue of FHM Magazine, in fact."
Beer for the Homeless Response
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 19, 2003
A few weeks ago I linked to a site called Beer for the Homeless, which I suspected of being a hoax. After all, it reminded me of the classic Arm the Homeless campaign, which was definitely a hoax. Turns out my suspicions were wrong. I just got this note from a spokesperson for the site: Just as a note, the "Beer For The Homeless" website is indeed NOT a hoax. It's a real site that really uses the money raised to buy and deliver beer to homeless people living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of our talk show hosts is the one who came up with the idea and really has made a beer run -…
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 18, 2003
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Britney Spears Phone Prank
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 26, 2002
A deejay at a Montreal radio station made a successful prank phone call to Britney Spears. While pretending to be Celine Dion, the deejay got Spears to agree to sing a duet with Tiger Woods called Let's Make A Hole in One. All for charity, of course. Read about it here. Or visit the homepage of the radio prankster where you can buy a recording of the actual prank.
Extreme Homework Avoidance
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 20, 2002
Duct Tape Prankster
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 16, 2002
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 13, 2002
Amusing account of a mud-wrestling hoax perpetrated by Jeff Norman for an episode of "World's Nastiest Neighbors." It involved pretending to be an obnoxious neighbor who staged mud-wrestling matches on the lawn of his suburban home. The neighbors were so horrified that they called the police and had Norman arrested.