Hoaxes

Mystery of the Indiana Jones journal (UPDATE: Delivered to the wrong address by mistake)

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Originally published Dec 15 at 15:14.  The University of Chicago Wants to Know Who Sent This Journal to Indiana Jones | Underwire | Wired.com. Earlier this week the University of Chicago received what might be an elaborate hoax, a miracle, or the best college admissions application of all time: Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Raiders of the…

Tooth fairy accused of malpractice

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A disturbing warning about a magic stranger who may be harming your children appears in the prestigious British Journal of Medicine. The tooth fairy and malpractice We are concerned that the actions of the mythical character at the root of this report must be brought to the attention of the medical community, as it seems…

Who orchestrated the Piltdown man hoax?

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A new look at an old mystery – the unsolved question of who hoaxed the Piltdown man fossils. Solving a 100-year-old scientific hoax –  NBC News It’s a detective story with a century-old crime: The forgery of a supposed “missing link” in human evolution that went undetected for decades. Now, researchers are set on identifying…

Fox News IQ study hoax exposed

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“Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group, tested 5,000 people using a series of tests that measure everything from cognitive aptitude to common sense and found that people who identified themselves as Fox News viewers and ‘conservative’ had, on average, significantly lower intelligent quotients.” *BUUZZZ* Wrong. Did you fall for this? I did…

It’s crystal clear this claim is unBelizeable (UPDATED: Awe wants out)

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According to our tipster, who shall remain anonymous, but who may know a bit more about this than us, this claim is a howler. ‘Indiana Jones’ Lawsuit Seeks Hollywood Profits from Alleged Crystal Skull Theft (Exclusive) – Hollywood Reporter. On Wednesday, one of the most entertaining lawsuits of the year was filed in Illinois federal…

Perceiving when you are being scammed – older versus young

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Elderly people are often targeted for scams because of their disposable funds and their percieved gullibility. Are they more gullible? Why? Older people are more susceptible to swindlers Stories of kindly grandmothers giving all their money away to nefarious confidence tricksters are unfortunately all too common. Now, researchers have suggested one reason why older people…

Former Bigfoot hoaxer pulls Mars prank

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The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, exposes this one but it has a funny twist: Hoax site says NASA’s Curiosity rover found plastic beads on Mars. I got a note from my friend Jules at Geeky Pleasures letting me know that a hoax website has turned up claiming NASA found plastic beads on Mars. Let’s be…

Google acquisition announcement was hoaxed

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An example of manipulating the media – a fake press release caused some consternation this morning. Announcement of $400 million Google acquisition found to be a hoax – San Jose Mercury News. The announcement hit early in the morning West Coast time: Google (GOOG) had agreed to purchase a little-known Wi-Fi hotspot company named ICOA…

Santa parade party pooper

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And they call Skeptics party poopers! Man arrested after telling kids there’s no Santa |  The Kingston Whig-Standard. A 24-year-old Kingston man was arrested Saturday evening during the Santa Claus parade along Princess Street after police received a complaint that someone was walking along the parade route telling children that Santa Claus didn’t exist. A…

Where the truth is blasphemy: The Edamaruku case

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India: Blasphemy backlash Catholic groups in India have brought blasphemy charges against Sanal Edamarauku, the country’s most prominent rationalist. They may get more than they bargained for, says Caspar Melville Edamaruku has become something of a star, the hardest working man in the debunking business – last year he estimates he did 200 appearances.  He…

Fooled school: Taking advantage of good intentions (Updated)

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School community fooled by leukemia hoax. When Jayden Mosness first heard about the plight of 10-year-old Alexander Jordan, he and his classmates wanted to help. Mosness says the entire school community thought Alexander was dying of leukemia. The story spread around town that he wanted to see an Eagle Valley football game, so the school…