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Thread: Favorite Hoaxes

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    Every year a new crop of hoaxes, urban/internet legends and outright frauds roll around.
    They happen everywhere, in all countries, in all professions.
    (Even in the really stuffy professions.)
    Most of them are petty, mundane, unimaginative, boring, ...

    I want to ask what hoaxes you have seen that were different from the usual grey and greasy scams.
    The hoaxes that truly struck you as entertainingly bold, exciting, daring and radical.

    So, have you heard of any good hoaxes lately?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dan hunter View Post
    Every year a new crop of hoaxes, urban/internet legends and outright frauds roll around.
    They happen everywhere, in all countries, in all professions.
    (Even in the really stuffy professions.)
    Most of them are petty, mundane, unimaginative, boring, ...

    I want to ask what hoaxes you have seen that were different from the usual grey and greasy scams.
    The hoaxes that truly struck you as entertainingly bold, exciting, daring and radical.

    So, have you heard of any good hoaxes lately?
    I have to look them up, and there are a lot of them.

    Claim: A woman discovers on a call-in radio show that her boyfriend is married.

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    I reckon that the biggest hoax so far in the year 2014 could turn out to be Jose Salvador Alvarenga. This is the fisherman who was adrift in the Pacific Ocean for over a year. He survived off raw fish, raw birds, raw turtles, drank blood and urine, managed to win fresh water, and weather the elements , finally washing up on the Marshall Islands On his return to his native El Salvador, he was examined by doctors, they said, " The medical team that examined Alvarenga at the San Rafael hospital in the Salvadoran capital said he was in remarkably good physical health, with no skin lesions from overexposure to the sun and no cardiovascular or kidney issues. His only physical problem, doctors said, was a case of anaemia. "
    Time will tell and his story way well break down, if not a fantastic feat of survival at sea.

    Castaway Josť Salvador Alvarenga asks to be left alone | World news | theguardian.com

    The dude set sail from Mexico.


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    Dr Wilson's famous photograph of the Loch Ness Monster (perpetrated from 1934 to 1975) that even fooled the "experts".

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    I've never been much of a person to believe in this sort of thing and therefore never get caught up in such nonsense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    I've never been much of a person to believe in this sort of thing and therefore never get caught up in such nonsense.
    A lot of people do get caught by them. Often people who should know better.
    I started the thread because I think if people see the hoaxes and understand they are hoaxes it might kickstart their B.S. detectors.
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    My favourite hoax is Alex Jones.
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