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If the Cheerleader is American and sees the altered photo; who is responsible when she sues for $millions? Is the photographer responsible for causing mental anguish, even if s/he has relinquished copyright, or is it the person who Photoshopped the "shit"?
Posted by A Smithh on Oct 8, 2014 - 06:44 AM
From the entry: The Cheerleader Poops

As well as the cheerleader hoax, I think this attempt to hit the 'brown note' is a hoax too. Well, not hoax exactly, but it's impossible to hit the _sub-harmonic_ 'brown note' when using the 20-100 Hertz _harmonic_ range produced by _audio_ speakers, no matter how big they are. In the mean time, I've read that the military-industrial complex is working on developing the _sub-harmonic_ range (<20 Hertz) into a weapon, and I suspect that isn't a hoax.
Posted by Jim on Oct 7, 2014 - 07:28 PM
From the entry: The Cheerleader Poops

Iv'e seen a Hodag when i was walking home from school. he chased me over to the police station then he disaperaed
Posted by Hunter Wendt on Oct 7, 2014 - 09:20 AM
From the entry: Hodag

This tactic would explain why beavers became extinct in Britain. I imagine divorce rates among beavers were high.

Certainly fantastically wrong, but no so wrong as that vultures had virgin births, or that bears vomited their young as shapeless lumps of flesh and licked them into bear cub shape.
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Oct 7, 2014 - 02:04 AM
From the entry: Self-Castrating Beavers

Or maybe charles manson.

Posted by brian Smith on Oct 6, 2014 - 03:39 PM
From the entry: Jesus Pierogi

^^^Oh my god. Family earloom. That made me laugh.
Posted by Tuesday Dulin on Oct 1, 2014 - 03:05 PM
From the entry: Van Gogh's ear on display

Trump is an idiot... "How's he supposed to know"? Really? Maybe he could have some common sense and not 1) retweet stuff he's not sure of 2)use twitter at all - why does a grown man with his power feel the need to use it?
Posted by Pee Dub on Oct 1, 2014 - 09:38 AM
From the entry: Trump Honors Serial Killers

This is the most disturbing picture. The first picture is fake but the second one is sequentially real. The fact that it takes a person to pretend this has skills and patience.
Posted by Christine Laxe on Oct 1, 2014 - 07:50 AM
From the entry: Jasmine Tridevil Costume

I'm with Trump on this one. How's he supposed to know who's in the photo?
Posted by El Rich-0 on Oct 1, 2014 - 06:38 AM
From the entry: Trump Honors Serial Killers

I dated a Hodag once! Never again!
Posted by Me & Me on Sep 29, 2014 - 10:44 PM
From the entry: Hodag

There is an apartment complex in Lansing, MI called "Canal Club" that had a similar problem... they used to have the first letter "C" stolen from their sign until they enclosed it! cheese
Posted by oppiejoe on Sep 29, 2014 - 04:30 PM
From the entry: The New 420 Mile Marker

People believed a Weekly World News story?

Is that even a hoax? I mean it's not J.K. Rowling's fault if people decide Harry Potter is real...
Posted by John Sullivan on Sep 29, 2014 - 12:00 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 26

wouldnt he change his fatness??? cheese
Posted by name on Sep 29, 2014 - 09:09 AM
From the entry: Lottery winner meets love of his life, two days after the big win

Sounds like a fox
Posted by Henry on Sep 27, 2014 - 02:21 AM
From the entry: What Sasquatch Sounds Like

Man. the fact that she didn't make up the story about the cops makes this whole thing very, very interesting. without that it would just be another story about a pathological liar.
Posted by zequi on Sep 25, 2014 - 04:49 PM
From the entry: The Bogus Inheritance of Jean Naccarelli, 1959

Yea, looks like a lenticular cloud
Posted by Brian on Sep 23, 2014 - 09:51 AM
From the entry: Portsmouth UFO

I found the story on Whitley Steiber's website 'Unkown Country', another one that's good for laughs.
Posted by Dan on Sep 22, 2014 - 09:52 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

For decades coral snakes had a captive mortality rate of 100%. They simply do not feed in captivity. Force feeding them is very tricky since they have small heads, and are difficult to hold, and the venom is really super toxic. When the pharmaceutical industry decided that coral snake venom might have components worth exploring a means had to be devised to keep them alive to extract venom from them. A keeper devised a "sausage stuffer" that you thread into the snake's gullet through its mouth, and then inject chicken baby food into the stomach of the animal. You can see this in action if you like on You Tube, Search: "Eastern Coral Snakes, Care & Venom Extraction ". The video posted by "Viperkeeper" shows the feeding process starting around 16:00.
There are several variations on this theme, but the priciples are the same.
Posted by J M Beard on Sep 19, 2014 - 04:10 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 19

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

looooool faaaaake
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