I believe it's now officially confirmed that I'm an idiot. I run a website called the Museum of Hoaxes, and yet I fall for an obvious hoax. Back on July 17 I trumpeted the news that a fossil of a sea serpent had been found
on the shores of Loch Ness, and that it wasn't a hoax. What was I thinking? Of course it was a hoax.
I believed it because I thought it was perfectly reasonable for someone to find a plesiosaur skeleton. But to find one on the shores of Loch Ness should have raised all kinds of alarm bells. Now researchers who have had a chance to examine the fossil say that it was likely planted there. Thankfully visitors to this site are much more intelligent than I am, and one of them named Cal pointed out to me a few days ago
that the fossil probably was bogus.
In other Nessie
News, a team from the BBC has done sonar tests to officially determine that there is no monster in Loch Ness
, which, of course, will not convince any of the believers.