Hoaxes

Skull mystery in Burnley: Fake but still weird

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‘Skull’ in Burnley river drama was elaborate hoax – Strange But True – Burnley Express. A SUSPECTED human skull found in a river by a Hapton couple out walking their dogs in May was an elaborate hoax. Police said forensic experts initially thought the skull belonged to a man but when they tried to subject…

Indian skeptic Sanal Edamaruku faces backlash from exposing a ‘miracle’

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New Scientist/Slate interviews skeptic under fire for exposing a “miracle”: A statue of Jesus oozing holy water? An Indian skeptic debunks miracle – Slate Magazine. Sanal Edamaruku faces a Catholic backlash after insisting that the “holy” water dripping from a statue of Christ in Mumbai, India, came from a leaky drain. Edamaruku is the founder and president…

Police attempt to arrest Indian skeptic Sanal Edamaruku

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A followup to this story: Indian skeptic charged with blasphemy for revealing a miracle hoax This happened earlier today. Police in Sanal’s house to arrest him. 4 July 2012.This morning, officers of the Delhi Police reached Sanal Edamaruku’s house to arrest him. They came upon directions of a Delhi court to execute an arrest warrant…

Author caught fabricating HUGE number of scientific papers

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A rare but shocking tale of retractions A New Record for Retractions? An investigating committee in Japan has concluded that a Japanese anesthesiologist, Yoshitaka Fujii, fabricated a whopping 172 papers over the past 19 years. Among other problems, the panel, set up by the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists, could find no records of patients and…

Black lions exist thanks to photo manipulation

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In a fascinating post, Dr. Karl Shuker, zoologist, tracks down the origin of some dubious black lion photos circulating online and reveals photo hoaxes, mistakes and hopeful attempts. True black lions are probably just a fantasy. BLACK LIONS – MANIPULATION, MELANISM, AND MOZAICISM In recent weeks, two very stunning black lion photographs have been circulating…

The unbelievable reality of House Hunters and “reality” TV shows

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Just How Fake Is HGTV’s House Hunters? Long-running basic cable staple House Hunters (and its various iterations) are the lifeblood of HGTV, which sometimes seems to air nothing but half-hour after half-hour of incredibly picky people looking at three possible places to purchase, one of which seems to always fit the incredibly finicky buyers’ check…

Zombie virus LQP-79 hoax on the loose

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The zombie media frenzy continues. This dude made it worse. Zombie Virus Hoax Is the Work of Florida Webmaster Alfred Moya For the past week, rumors regarding the Miami Zombie attack have been going bananas on the Internet. In one version, face-eater Rudy Eugene was infected with something called the LQP-79 virus. A website and…

Trust in an internet myth turned tragic

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Pregnant mum-of-five from Salford died after drinking vinegar in DIY abortion horror A pregnant woman died after drinking concentrated vinegar during a home abortion that went wrong. Mum-of-five Catherine Furey, 38, suffered a violent reaction to the industrial-strength liquid. She was rushed to hospital, but later died. An investigation was launched and police arrested her…

Ads that look as fake as the real fakes! Massachusetts warns consumers.

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Massachusetts Creates Fake Scam Websites To Warn People Of Real Scam Websites – The Consumerist. Make a ton of money working from home! Lose weight by taking some fruit extract pills! Clear your debt today, guaranteed! Most of us know to give a wide berth to websites making promises like these. But the Massachusetts Office…

If someone says they have a moon rock to sell, it might be legitimate (and legal)

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Houston lawyer on quest to find missing moon rocks The rock samples were collected by the dozen American astronauts who walked on the lunar surface between 1969 and 1972. U.S. states, territories, the United Nations and foreign governments received them as gifts. The samples, which also were loaned to museums and given to scientists for…

Easy hoaxing: Craigslist posts “Predict” Junior Seau’s death

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These Craigslist Posts That “Predict” Junior Seau’s Death Are (Probably) A Sick Hoax. A couple of sickos have apparently decided to have folks believe [football legend Junior] Seau’s death was somehow foretold by (you guessed it) Craigslist postings. First off, let’s be clear that it is extremely easy to edit Craigslist postings after the fact,…

Barbie doll model Lukyanova likely enhanced more than surgically

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Ukranian Model Valeria Lukyanova, Barbie-lookalike, calls herself a “Living Doll”. The story of her transformation via cosmetic surgeries and some impossible looking and weirdly fakish photos have been all over the internet this week. Is she is real? One man comes forward to say she is trying to get money from him and he thinks…

A problematic problem with a science journal. Oops.

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Math paper retracted because it “contains no scientific content” According to a retraction notice for “Computer application in mathematics,” published in Computers & Mathematics with Applications: “This article has been retracted at the request of the Publisher, as the article contains no scientific content and was accepted because of an administrative error. Apologies are offered…