This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 22

May 22, 1981: Cockroach Pills
Dr. Josef Gregor held a press conference in New York to announce he had developed a pill that could cure colds, acne, anemia, and menstrual cramps. And it could even make people immune to nuclear radiation. The key ingredient in the pill, he said, was a hormone extracted from cockroaches. Over 175 newspapers published articles about the discovery. However, Dr. Josef Gregor was really long-time media hoaxer Joey Skaggs. Upon revealing the hoax, Skaggs commented, "I guess no one reads Kafka anymore." [joeyskaggs.com]

Skeptic History: Author & spiritualism advocate Arthur Conan Doyle was born 150 yrs ago today: May 22, 1859. http://bit.ly/9dTtA

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Posted on Thu May 22, 2014



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