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Very nice site!
Posted by Pharma922 on Sep 19, 2014 - 01:40 PM
From the entry: Unterstitzen on the Bleiweis -- the German town that was never taken

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Posted by Pharmk270 on Sep 19, 2014 - 01:37 PM
From the entry: Unterstitzen on the Bleiweis -- the German town that was never taken

Very nice site! cheap goods
Posted by Pharmb749 on Sep 19, 2014 - 01:34 PM
From the entry: Unterstitzen on the Bleiweis -- the German town that was never taken

Note that that's cultural nationalism. Political nationalism had been going on for a bit longer than that, what with William "Gromit" Wallace and Robert the Burke & Hare and all that.
Posted by Richard Bos on Sep 18, 2014 - 04:23 AM
From the entry: How an 18th Century hoax is relevant to Scottish Independence

Looks more like Frank Zappa and his Pierogis of Invention.
Posted by Baccar Wozat on Sep 16, 2014 - 12:12 AM
From the entry: Jesus Pierogi

@Francis - thanks for the info. I was aware that the old URL wasn't forwarding to the new one. It happened because the old webhost had a major server meltdown and for 5 days went offline. So it wasn't serving up the file that told browsers to redirect to the new site. But now I have the new webhost managing the museumofhoaxes.com domain name. So the redirect is once again working.

As for the error when previewing a comment -- I'll have to look into that.
Posted by The Curator on Sep 15, 2014 - 11:29 PM
From the entry: Error when logging in

And now you can kickstart the card game version of this very idea, which really does seem to be bubbling up into the public consciousness.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cheapassgames/stuff-and-nonsense
Posted by John on Sep 15, 2014 - 03:43 PM
From the entry: Zilla's Fake-ation

Must be false - a decapitated snake hasn't got a head. So how can it bite?
Posted by Lawrence M on Sep 15, 2014 - 02:14 PM
From the entry: Are decapitated snakes still deadly?

Indeed she couldn't have existed. The surname Popova implies Russian ethnicity, but there is no proper Russian name 'Simonya'. Nor there is such Uzbek name - Uzbeks bear Muslim names.
Posted by Russian Skeptic on Sep 14, 2014 - 04:44 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 2

I am from varanasi , does any one can give me the address of this old man , so that I can meet him; if yes plc provide me the address
Posted by prabha on Sep 13, 2014 - 03:36 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Furthermore, I encountered the login error while trying to review my comment before posting it...
Posted by Francis on Sep 11, 2014 - 02:12 PM
From the entry: Error when logging in

Maybe it's unrelated, bu the old website address isn't forwarding to the new one anymore...
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/
Posted by Francis on Sep 11, 2014 - 02:11 PM
From the entry: Error when logging in

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Posted by bob boiebfcov on Sep 11, 2014 - 04:40 AM
From the entry: The Ultimate Houseboat

And the real title of the feature should've been: "Discovery show turns out to be complete and cynical fabrication; film at eleven".
Posted by Richard Bos on Sep 9, 2014 - 03:15 PM
From the entry: The Case of the Girl Whose Mother Fed Her Tapeworm Eggs

I didn't hear any tree knocks Pete... must have happened prior to the recorded howl. cheese
Posted by oppiejoe on Sep 6, 2014 - 07:39 PM
From the entry: What Sasquatch Sounds Like

Maybe Attenborough can get Survivorman Les Stroud to help him look or the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization from Finding Bigfoot - Matt Moneymaker, James "Bobo" Fay, Ranae Holland, & Cliff Barackman...
Posted by oppiejoe on Sep 6, 2014 - 07:36 PM
From the entry: Seeking Yeti

It would work for me if I owned a shop... smile
*swoons*
Oh wait... Richard Macrae - Negative sir... but maybe for his cute sister *grin*
*shrugs*
Posted by oppiejoe on Sep 6, 2014 - 07:30 PM
From the entry: Ginger Discount Card

That's only what sasquatch sound like after slipping off a log and falling so the log goes between his legs.
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Sep 6, 2014 - 11:17 AM
From the entry: What Sasquatch Sounds Like

They're not "Euromyths", they're Eurolies. Myth would imply that the "journalists" perpetrating them did not know that they were printing untruths in black and white. But of course they know this perfectly well. It's propaganda, plain and simple. One would even be justified in using the word agitprop.
Posted by Richard Bos on Sep 6, 2014 - 07:57 AM
From the entry: No, the EU is not banning kettles

And predictably, after he came clean, the critics started panning the arrangement as hackneyed, old-fashioned and unoriginal.

Sir Henry Wood will live on in the hearts of music lovers forever, not so much for Klenovsky as for founding the Proms (and his Fantasia on British Sea Songs, often played at the Last Night). The critics will... well, the little pre-hipsters are forgotten already.
Posted by Richard Bos on Sep 4, 2014 - 04:51 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 3

I felt like a "hoax expert" while reading this article. I knew all the hoaxes, as I had read them all here at Museum of Hoaxes. raspberry
Posted by Mrs_Foxx on Sep 3, 2014 - 10:03 AM
From the entry: Cracked's Top 10 Greatest Hoaxes

Well, Firma will be lucky if Veuve Clicquot don't sue them. It would be the first thing I would do.
Posted by Mrs_Foxx on Sep 3, 2014 - 09:44 AM
From the entry: Champagne Tablets

I am an editor for Crackedhistory.com. Thank you for posting our article. I would like to make note, however, that we are not affiliated with the website Cracked.com. This is a common misconception that sometimes hurts us as you, yourself, said you had low expectations before reading the article. Again, thank you for the promotion. It is much appreciated, and please feel welcome to visit our site for articles and to pass along anything of interest to your readers.
Posted by Beth Michaels on Sep 2, 2014 - 01:48 AM
From the entry: Cracked's Top 10 Greatest Hoaxes

Thanks, Mike, for the book referral, I'll look for it. Find it interesting that so many people are familiar with this topic.

To Curator, yes, they misidentified Ralph as Robert. He has no memory of being interviewed, and he's mystified how the neighbor girl knew anything about this. He was only 6 when his mom was institutionalized. We did a records search for St. Peters and could only obtain an admittance and release card for Martha, but no medical records. Exact diagnosis remains unclear and mystifying. It's possible that during that time, the medical records were kept all in one book. However, it indicates she tried to escape twice from St. Peters and was caught.

The "Women of Asylum" book is a very compelling insight into what those institutions and years were like....some better than others. Women, particularly, were often confined unwillingly, on simply a husband and dr.'s orders. Reasons cited were "hysteria," or religious disputes with your family (therefore you must be crazy). I suspect that "hysteria" may be closer to untreated menopause symptoms....and interestingly, Martha had some undisclosed surgery at age 38 and then was admitted to St. Peter's at the age of 39. Medical treatment at the hand of institutional doctors for women was harrowing during that time.

If anyone else runs across any other info, articles, resources, please share! Thanks.

By the way, Cotard Syndrome was featured on an episode of "Black Box," oddly enough.
Posted by Jodi on Sep 1, 2014 - 09:38 AM
From the entry: Martha Nasch -- the woman who didn't need to eat or drink

I get that they weren't saying the moon landing was a hoax, but even so, it doesn't belong in the list because the "moon landing was a hoax" people aren't hoaxing. They really believe that. So it's a conspiracy theory. Not a hoax.
Posted by The Curator on Sep 1, 2014 - 09:10 AM
From the entry: Cracked's Top 10 Greatest Hoaxes

They were not actually suggesting that the moon landing was a hoax, more that the "there was no moon landing" people are hoaxers.
Posted by MrPlow on Sep 1, 2014 - 12:42 AM
From the entry: Cracked's Top 10 Greatest Hoaxes

Thanks for the book reference, Mike. We also found that this book has several accounts from other women in St. Peters during the time Martha was there "Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945." What an adventure!
Posted by The great granddaughter on Aug 31, 2014 - 08:29 PM
From the entry: Martha Nasch -- the woman who didn't need to eat or drink

Well done those beards - very sporting.
Posted by Richard Bos on Aug 31, 2014 - 10:04 AM
From the entry: For ZZ Top, life imitates hoax

In theory, that's good advice. But what is it worth when so many "trustworthy news sources" - CNN! - don't follow it themselves? Soon you have a plethora of sources, all ultimately deriving from the one, bogus source, and all quoting one another.
Posted by Richard Bos on Aug 31, 2014 - 10:02 AM
From the entry: An interview with a fake news site

Frankly, this theory has been around for over 15 years. Nice to see it confirmed though.
Posted by LaMa on Aug 30, 2014 - 08:59 AM
From the entry: Sailing Stones Explained

>>I really dislike the Cryptozoology News site, and Earthfiles

But they do have some humor value!
Posted by The Curator on Aug 28, 2014 - 09:58 PM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

I really dislike the Cryptozoology News site, and Earthfiles is also a collection of mostly unverified stories. Neither are reliable sources. So I'm glad they are showing up on the hoax site. grin

I would strongly discourage people thinking too deeply into the "news" from those sites. I wouldn't trust them as far as I could toss a dwarf (or gnome).

Love the new site, Alex.
Posted by Doubtful News on Aug 28, 2014 - 10:00 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

Especially the third image (earthfiles dot com link) looks very much like a small horse with someone dressed in purple (raincoat?) sitting on it.
Posted by LaMa on Aug 28, 2014 - 02:20 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

Or a horse with a Klu Klux Klan wizard on it.
Posted by LaMa on Aug 28, 2014 - 02:17 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

To me it looks like a deer with a sack over its head. The back-part is very deer-like, if you look carefully you can make out a tail. Also fits the very thin legs relative to the figure.
Posted by LaMa on Aug 28, 2014 - 02:13 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

Here, Judge Floro has to weigh in.
Posted by LaMa on Aug 28, 2014 - 02:04 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

I don't believe in a lot of things, but for some reason, I want to believe in Nessie!
Posted by Dana on Aug 26, 2014 - 07:21 PM
From the entry: Nessie Explanations

Is this another hoax?
Posted by David Guilford on Aug 25, 2014 - 06:53 PM
From the entry: The Museum of Hoaxes is Moving!

Congrats on your new domain name! smile

Regarding the issue with the webpages and redirecting the old domain... I think I may have a different approach to solve this.

Instead of moving files,and then redirecting the old domain to the new one, you should add Hoaxes.org to your old site... I would give detailed info, but I am not sure what kind of hosting you were/are using, and the CMSes involved.

Feel free to contact me via email. I'd be very glad to help.

Regards
Posted by Say on Aug 25, 2014 - 01:11 AM
From the entry: Hoaxes.org

The RSS feed is still working. This post came through as normal on Feedly.
Posted by Smerk on Aug 22, 2014 - 09:51 PM
From the entry: Hoaxes.org

Good luck in your new home! smile By the way, I'm a removal man by profession. I'll happily pitch in at the weekend and help carry some words and pictures from one host to another.
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Aug 20, 2014 - 01:26 AM
From the entry: The Museum of Hoaxes is Moving!

No, and the FCC won't allow them to introduce a "semi-fascist bullshit" tag.
Posted by Richard Bos on Aug 19, 2014 - 04:42 AM
From the entry: Facebook debuts satire tag

Not for nothing is this guy the announcer for Plan 9 From Outer Space.
Posted by Richard Bos on Aug 19, 2014 - 04:38 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 18

So, will Fox News be labeled as 'satire' too... ?
Posted by LaMa on Aug 19, 2014 - 02:56 AM
From the entry: Facebook debuts satire tag

He'd make a fine mascot for the Museum of Hoaxes.
Posted by Peter Mount on Aug 18, 2014 - 08:31 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 18

Paul -- I wasn't sure because newspaper reports from the time that showed her picture spelled it "Sherie". And because it looks like a high school yearbook photo, I assumed they were getting the spelling from the yearbook. Which doesn't mean they were spelling it correctly. But it just seemed like they were closer to an official source.
Posted by The Curator on Aug 17, 2014 - 07:09 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 24

It took them HOW long to figure this out?!
ahahaha
Posted by Tard on Aug 12, 2014 - 09:25 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 9

Shepherd was an amazing character and many of his old radio shows are hilarious. This is one of several sites dedicated to him.
http://www.flicklives.com/
Posted by Doug on Aug 10, 2014 - 03:04 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 1

It's kind of a simple hoax due to the images being so obviously clear as with other images which are usually barely in focus..
Posted by carl m milligan on Aug 10, 2014 - 05:55 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 3

Just an FYI... her name is misspelled. Should be Cherie with a "C".
Posted by Paul on Aug 6, 2014 - 08:38 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 24