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If you want a work-around you can try using the Hola extension with Firefox to route through a UK proxy. It works pretty automatically, though you may have to reload the page a few times to get it to finally work.
Posted by Charybdis on Nov 26, 2014 - 11:45 AM
From the entry: Tom Thumb's baby not a hoax?

You should remove this picture since the young girl is still being bullied over it!! Shame on you for keeping the picture up. Maybe she will sue you too...
Posted by Madcountrygirl on Nov 26, 2014 - 10:43 AM
From the entry: The Cheerleader Poops

@Nathan -- I should add that to the list of examples. I'm pretty sure Moe Howard was just repeating a good story he had heard!

That story from Howard's book is excerpted here:
http://legendsrumors.blogspot.com/2013/08/chloroformed-turkey.html
Posted by The Curator on Nov 26, 2014 - 07:57 AM
From the entry: The Legend of the Chloroformed Turkey

Oddly, I was just reading Moe Howard's autobiography, and he mentions this story as actually happening to a group of showgirls from the 1929 play A Night in Venice, which he actually appeared in with the Stooges.
Posted by Nathan Filizzi on Nov 25, 2014 - 05:30 PM
From the entry: The Legend of the Chloroformed Turkey

There was a successful Broadway musical some years back; didn't become a movie but the London production is on video:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090702/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3


That "Barnum" was definitely about the myth, even making Jenny Lind a romantic object.
Posted by DBenson on Nov 24, 2014 - 11:20 PM
From the entry: Barnum, the Musical

To go even further, baby Jesus looks a little like a traditional flying saucer that has landed.
Posted by Kurt E. Guye on Nov 24, 2014 - 11:48 AM
From the entry: Baby Jesus in the manger watched over by 2 T-rexes

Believe me, there was no system of issuing a birth certificate 179 years ago. In India, despite whatever gains, developments, and being mandatory, people hardly register births of their children. Whether the site disclaims or not, the certificate they talk of now, is fake. Period.
Posted by Rajgopal on Nov 24, 2014 - 09:57 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Pete -- I guess those cases don't make it to the news!
Posted by The Curator on Nov 24, 2014 - 08:06 AM
From the entry: Breaded Chicken Jesus

Doesn't anyone ever see an image of Jesus on their food and think, 'Wow! An image of Jesus! I wonder if it tastes any holier,' and then just eat it anyway? If I saw an image of Jesus on my toast or something, I'd definitely eat it
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Nov 24, 2014 - 12:49 AM
From the entry: Breaded Chicken Jesus

I think its quite normal, I see face's in cliffs.
Tree's also have faces if you stare at them long enough.
I think the brain is hard wired to recognise objects to have a face?

I usually stoned when this happens, what's your excuse? smile
Posted by Brain Dan on Nov 22, 2014 - 12:10 PM
From the entry: Smoke Pareidolia

OMG! I wrote a letter to Dear Abby, and it was a prank. Now I AM IN JAIL.
Posted by Gina on Nov 22, 2014 - 10:10 AM
From the entry: Writing Fake Letters to Dear Abby

You'd have to be total idiot to even think that 15 - 25 year-old spider eggs would still be viable.
Posted by Cruel Cahal on Nov 22, 2014 - 03:09 AM
From the entry: Spider-Filled Beanie Babies

You guys are arguing abt a person who does'nt exist. they have no clue who the person is in that picture or where the picture originated from..you'll get the same pic on many websites with different quote.. that says everything.
Posted by asif on Nov 20, 2014 - 04:35 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Be skeptical about everything, especially if you hear that 'science has proved X' because that is not the language that scientists use. It is what newspaper reporters with a scant knowledge of what they are summarizing say about a well received, but limited paper describing evidence under certain conditions.

Posted by Tom on Nov 19, 2014 - 06:53 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

maybe he's part tortoise
Posted by abby on Nov 19, 2014 - 12:14 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

"In late 1800 the scientists declared that NOTHING heavier than air could fly" guess they never saw a bird?
Posted by knalle on Nov 19, 2014 - 10:40 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

I havent seen any reason for insults in this conversation. Maturity is necessary when u are dealing with ppl in an argument. Jeez. Its soo immature to throw insults and abuses just becos one does not believe in ur opinion or accept defeat. Whether the write up is true or false, it made a good line for an argument and atyms u challange ur interligence by arguing some obvious points. However are we saying that it is not possible 4 anyone 2 live 179 or are we particular about the man and his claims...? If we say anyone cannot then we are directly limiting God and that will be the most foolish kind of argument I would come across. Whatever it is pls lets grow up and not throw tantrums becos we feel our own point is better and superior. Note, anyone who can prove that an impossible thing is possible is a very intelligent one. Its an argument. Dont result to insults when u are out of points. Hellooooooo.
Posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2014 - 10:20 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Carbon dating cannot be used on a living organism. The test is based on the rate of carbon-14 decay in once-living tisses. AS long as an organism is alive, it takes in carbon-14, either from the air (if it's photosynthetic) or in its food (if it's not). Once the organism dies, it stops taking in carbon-14, which slowly decays into nitrogen-14 via beta decay. However, the carbon-12 doesn't decay, so the ratio of carbon-14 to carbon-12 will gradually decrease over time after the organism dies. Therefore, the lower the ratio of carbon-14 to carbon-12 (i.e. the longer it has been since the organism died), the older the sample. Since carbon-14 has a half-life of 5,730 years, testing the age of organic samples that are older than about 150,000 years is problematic, because by that time the carbon-14 in the sample would have decayed down to about 0.0002 percent of its value when the organism died.
Posted by Allen MacNeill on Nov 19, 2014 - 10:04 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

you use wikipedia, enough said....

they also have a vampire on wikipedia that is over 230 years old called ANGEL, am i sposed to beleive that aswell?

get real Bob dull.
Posted by Dar Kuma on Nov 19, 2014 - 08:32 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Well, you gave your reasons but they did not seem to satisfy me. These were just mere assumptions with no evidence or proper facts so I would possibly still believe the news to be a true one.
Posted by Shaziq on Nov 19, 2014 - 07:19 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

@LaMa -- I'm using the term "near space" to indicate (as Wikipedia puts it) "the region of Earth's atmosphere that lies between 20 to 100 km (65,000 and 328,000 feet) above sea level"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_space

So I'm not saying it's near space, but that it's in the region known as "near space".
Posted by The Curator on Nov 18, 2014 - 07:48 PM
From the entry: New Hoax Photo Test

It seems to me the clothing on the falling man is more modern than what the family is wearing. I could be wrong, just saying.
Posted by Rebecca Gerlak on Nov 18, 2014 - 01:46 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Hold your seats tight guyz we are soon landing to stone age.
Posted by raj on Nov 18, 2014 - 12:00 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

It appears to me that the zipper on the shirt is in fact a necklace, if you look closely you can see what looks like a chain connected to it as well. Also for a body hanging upside down, the shirt would have to be tucked in rather well for it to not fall with gravity even slightly. The shadow between the mothers legs has a ridged line around it as if something has been removed.
Posted by Alyssa on Nov 18, 2014 - 07:43 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

I'd say it is nowhere near space. 30 km or 100 km, that is quite a difference.
Quite a number of aircraft can actually reach these altitudes in "zoom climbs": in the past it has been done by Lockheed F-104, Sukhoi SU-9, F4 Phantom, Mig-21. It is only 5 km above the operational flying altitude of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. This clearly is the lower atmosphere, not space.
Posted by LaMa on Nov 18, 2014 - 04:32 AM
From the entry: New Hoax Photo Test

I wouldn't assume vignetting to be wholly modern either, as Kage said, it is more common in 1950s/vintage images, which could've been exacerbated by the type of flash used.

I also wouldn't discount the original photo as being genuine on account of the family being off centre. We may have enough sense to do that, but common sense tends not to be all that common. Prior to digital cameras with screens on the back to show exactly what is being photographed, off-centre groupings and heads being cut off was very commonplace. Hell, hand an SLR without a live view screen to someone not used to it and you'll more often than not get a lopsided snap.
Posted by AIP on Nov 18, 2014 - 02:33 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Alright so this stupid internet photo is bullshit.

If you want something to actually to be able to sink your teeth into on the same subject, I give you Li Ching-Yuen.
Claimed to be 197 years old, records suggest he actually was 256 years old.
Old people do lie about their age. raspberry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Ching-Yuen
Posted by BobDull on Nov 18, 2014 - 01:22 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

I think this guy could be telling the truth if the papers are real then it would be one hell of an awesome thing to have someone that old living in the world.
Posted by guy on Nov 17, 2014 - 10:02 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

The people who believe this should also believe me if i tell them to jump off a cliff and they will fly - there are so many morons in the world
Posted by Pete on Nov 17, 2014 - 08:26 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Merry Cross-mas. lol
Posted by jnr on Nov 17, 2014 - 07:02 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Alright, so I have a few things to say about this photo.
1) If I dropped a camera, I would not have my hands in the air like that.
2) Let's look at what's on the table. A teapot, candles, spoons, is that a camera? Is that another camera behind the teapot?
3) I think I'm concerned about the huge black void between the legs of the woman on the far right. The way the kid is sitting would have left the blackness of a skirt pixelated. The blackness there is smooth without pixel.
4) The "falling man" appears to actually be upside-down when paying attention to what looks like a zipper on the shirt. The zipper appears to be lifted upwards toward the head making is seem like someone was actually upside-down.
5) I would also like to concur about the placement of the photo. If it were a family photo, they would have been the center of the photo. Someone would probably not photograph the "messy" table as well.
Posted by Rachele on Nov 17, 2014 - 03:41 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Three words for supposed "phenomena" like this: Blair Witch Project.
Posted by DoctorGee on Nov 17, 2014 - 03:20 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Xtian definitely translates to cross-tian not christian. lol
Posted by bruhh on Nov 17, 2014 - 02:38 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

What is new with 179 years of age if one is a Xtian and you believed the Bible that somebody lived about 900yrs. If technology has not allow people somewhere to live across 100 yrs does it make you to think that the person believing this is a fool or stupid? My last uncle died at 118 last 2yrs(2012) and i believed that people still lived above that. So please lets not abuse anybody here simply because somebody believed and the other does not believe. METHUSELAH lived 969yrs(Genesis 5:27) ...so y will u beliv dis bcos it's writen smwhere rigt?
Posted by Ubong on Nov 17, 2014 - 02:27 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

A few notes, looking at the photo.

One - I'd not discount the photo being original on the vignetting alone. On square format cameras of the 50's & 60's, it was much more common and the process that produces vignetting would produce a fairly consistent feature around a square photo.

Two - what I WOULD discount the photo's origin and the vignette on is the framing - again, square format cameras were more common back in the era when this photo was allegedly taken. Note how far to the right the family is, leaving a large void above the table. There's no real reason to include the table at all, so it would have made more sense for the photographer to move the camera to his right and take a step closer to his family to capture the moment. Leaving that void space (which is now filled with the supposed body) makes me question the origin of the photo OR of the intent of the photographer (see next point).

Three - A few people have pointed out it could be a double exposure, but the "ghost figure" appears to be in a very odd posture for this. It's possible that it is a double exposure, and that the father was attempting to play a prank on his family by intentionally taking a photo with an earlier (or later) photo. It's a long shot, but I've seen stranger ways of spending time...

Theory: either the photo was recently made by someone who stumbled upon a different photo and compiled the photo digitally, or it was a prank photo that is originally from around the 50's and the original poster of the photo stumbled onto it and decided to share it with the internet - with or without knowledge of its origin.
Posted by Kage on Nov 17, 2014 - 01:09 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Klaus just trying to say that anything can happen no matter what is advertised, even is this story isn't real, it doesn't mean any person on Earth can't have this story and it's not told to anyone and stays somewhere in silence. Don't get into the world where you believe what everyone is shown to believe. You can think in your own way. And as I see, when one person starts to do it, all this blank community tries to fight against his thoughts.. people grow up in your head. Stop arguing where you don't have to .. smile peace in world.
Posted by me on Nov 17, 2014 - 11:13 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

the back round of the picture is different.
Posted by MARIA on Nov 17, 2014 - 07:36 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Well thank god they took a giant picture of the empty space to the left of them!
It was prolly just a double exposure from the snapshots her husband joebob took at the lynching and bbc
;D
Posted by Jara on Nov 17, 2014 - 05:49 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

you may want to redo your so called "research" I found that image dating past 2000.

Posted by Andulvar on Nov 17, 2014 - 03:47 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Zoom in on the face of the "Falling Body". Looks unnatural. The nose look odd. Skin texture rough and "bumpy"
Posted by James Campbell on Nov 17, 2014 - 02:09 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

I'm sorry, Murph, but your analysis appears, even at a glance and without further research (which the author of this article clearly HAS done), to be erroneous. If the "body" in the picture is that of the photographer from an earlier accidental exposure, and is upside down because the camera flipped over as it fell from his grasp, then his body is positioned exceedingly oddly. If one were to invert his form in the picture, as if he were standing up, then he would have both hands raised above his head, which is a rather strange position for taking a picture. Furthermore, if one were taking a photograph and dropped the camera, surely one would attempt to catch it rather than throwing one's hands upwards into the air. Finally, the subject placement in relation to the entire field of view of the photo is one of the biggest indicators that this is not a real picture of something unseen, as it is in many hoax pictures...if the "body" were not visible to the naked eye, and the family was the object of the photo, then why is the family not centered in the field of view of the picture, and why does the body take up a full third of the field of view?
Posted by James Pleasant on Nov 16, 2014 - 11:18 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

It's a double exposure. The whole thing happened by accident. The man "falling" actually dropped the camera, which is why he does not appear stationary. The family sitting at the table were not aware that frame was already exposed, and the flash used can account for the shadowing in the corners, and why the only thing visible from the accident is the outline of the guy dropping his camera. But, that's just what it looks like to me.
Posted by Murph Strange on Nov 16, 2014 - 09:47 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

I am always amazed at how willfully stupid some people are...

They take the position to trust and defend an unbelievable story on a site that states it is a fake news site outright (in the disclaimer), and then they come in here and argue that the story is real because a scientist said flight wasn't possible in the 1800s.

It shocks me that people are so quick to believe something unbelievable they read on a crappy, low-rent site and they never think, "Gee, I wonder why no major news outlet is covering this AND there are sites saying this story is a hoax."

If you believe the story about the old man, just know that you are a stupid, stupid person.
Posted by Edward on Nov 16, 2014 - 12:13 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Carbon dating isn't precise enough to find out how old someone is - the errors are too large.
Posted by issimon on Nov 16, 2014 - 09:48 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

'In late 1800 the scientists declared that NOTHING heavier than air could fly...' well birds were lighter than air in 1800's Good
Posted by sreejith_rs on Nov 16, 2014 - 08:50 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Sorry. But I still believe it's fishy. I think we're being duped and there are confidentiality contracts etc involved with to keep Alex from revealing truth. Plus, he wants the fame.

Posted by Cg on Nov 14, 2014 - 09:55 PM
From the entry: Alex from Target: hoax or the real deal?

@LaMa -- I did title the image 'Space Chair' because it looks like a chair floating in space. But in the explanation I specified that they only floated the chair into "near space", which I think is accurate. Although I realize you're the expert in this area, so I would defer to your judgement.
Posted by The Curator on Nov 14, 2014 - 10:23 AM
From the entry: New Hoax Photo Test

I have issues with the level 4 number 1 space chair. Balooning to 30 km is simply not space. Its not even one-third of the stratosphere. Space starts at the Kármán line, at 100 km (except for in the US, which always wants to have things different from the rest of the world: there it starts at 80 km).
Posted by LaMa on Nov 14, 2014 - 06:34 AM
From the entry: New Hoax Photo Test

In May this year I went on a family holiday to Spain. When there I visited Dali's art museum. When there something was triggered in my brain (I know it sounds ridiculous) and now see detailed faces in all of life's creations. I have researched the internet and there is no evidence of this being experienced before. I do have photographic evidence of what I now see.

Dan
Posted by Dan Brain on Nov 12, 2014 - 09:28 AM
From the entry: Smoke Pareidolia

LOL It's pretty funny - knowing me if I was back in the day I'd probably wanted it to give my horse a break. It would have taken some time for me to realize it was a hoax.
Posted by Christine on Nov 12, 2014 - 09:25 AM
From the entry: Making It Pleasant For The Horse, 1884

 
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