Jani, a hindu man
in western India, claims not to have taken in any food or water for 70 years. He has been under 24 hour surveillance since April 22 by a hospital team. This video
goes into a little more detail.
posted by mdn
on Apr 29, 2010 -
It looked legit
and not entirely out of the realm of possibility
in today's heated political climate: an anti-gay resolution being introduced in Utah to expel homosexuals from the state. Except that it was an entire, elaborate hoax
courtesy of the Yes Men
posted by Leezie
on Mar 9, 2010 -
Bogus! Why do fakes get made? Why do people fall for hoaxes? Greed, pride, revenge, nationalism, pranks, and gullibility mix in an archaeological setting.
Archaeology Magazine examines eight classic cases, and more.
posted by amyms
on Dec 23, 2009 -
The public's opinion
of the field of climatology has been shaken by the leaked
CRU emails. While it's arguable
that the messages show any wrongdoing
, many pundits
have now reached the conclusion that global warming is a hoax, coverup and conspiracy, years in the making with millions of faked datapoints. Sarah Palin has written an editorial
saying Obama should boycott the Copenhagen COP15
posted by mccarty.tim
on Dec 9, 2009 -
Mass: We Pray
is an exciting new project from Boston based game developer Prayer Works Interactive. Watch the trailer
for examples of the 24 different services you and your family can participate in. Don't listen to the sites that claim
this is a hoax
. Preordering begins today!
posted by scrutiny
on Nov 20, 2009 -
Master of the hoax finally goes straight. Clifford Irving
, author of the now infamous Autobiography of Howard Hughes
, publishes his own autobiography, Phantom Rosebuds
. Irving has already covered the story of that Hughes forgery pretty thoroughly in his earlier book, The Hoax
, and Lasse Hallstrom
retold the story in a film
starring Richard Gere. Phantom Rosebuds
though makes a case for the rest of Irving’s life - f for fake
, the subsequent novels, the jail time and the dramatic consequences of the hoax which draw him into a world of espionage, renegade presidents, and rogue hitmen.
posted by blimp77
on Jul 11, 2008 -
Jean Shepherd has been mentioned before
but WFMU's Beware of the Blog
has finally dug out an mp3 of Shepherd himself telling the story of "I, Libertine" (mp3 link)
). I, Libertine
was a literary hoax that began as a practical joke. Shepherd asked his listeners ("the Night People") to go into bookstores and ask for a book that didn't exist. Fueled by bewildered bookstore owners and distributors, I, Libertine eventually did end up as a genuine bestseller, proving his point that the process of choosing bestsellers was flawed.
posted by krautland
on Jun 29, 2008 -
The Great Moon Hoax of 1835
. During the last week of August 1835, the New York Sun
published a six-part article about the discovery - purportedly by renowned astronomer Sir John Herschel - of fantastical life on the moon, including herds of bison, blue unicorns, "a primitive tribe of hut-dwelling, fire-wielding biped beavers, and a race of winged humans living in pastoral harmony around a mysterious, golden-roofed temple." The public's reaction was a mix of credulity and skepticism. Read the full text of the serialized articles: Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
, Part 4
, Part 5
, Part 6
posted by amyms
on Jun 24, 2008 -
A fairly convincing website
for a fake airline added to the outrage some felt in Philadelphia when newspaper ads promised airfares based passengers' weights. "Philadelphia to L.A., $2.25/pound" read the ads.
posted by polysigma
on Jun 11, 2008 -
Journalist Accepts $1 Million Challenge: Do $7250 Cables Sound Better or Not?
(Or they could use these $43,000 cables instead
). At least, it sounded like acceptance, even to James Randi.
But then... maybe not.
So while you're waiting to find out if you should spend that much for cables, maybe you can buy something from this collection
of fine audiophile products. $400 for a pair tweeters
may not be too bad. You can use them with your $350,000 amplifier,
and your awesome-looking $100,000 turntable.
Make sure you set aside $13,416 for a decent power cable
, though, or you're just wasting your money.
posted by The Deej
on Oct 21, 2007 -
The Mahikari Hoax
The Harvard Asia Quarterly tells the story of Fujimura Shinichi
, a once-renowned amateur Japanese archaeologist nicknamed 'God's Hands' (神の手） for his seemingly preternatural talent for finding artifacts, who was caught planting planting stone tools, some of which he had fabricated himself, others he had taken from other sites, at an archaeological dig in Miyagi
, northern Japan. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu
on Oct 6, 2007 -
The Papalagi. "Then many of these thought-mats are tied into bunches and pressed together ('books' the Papalagi calls them) and sent to every part of that great country. Very soon, everyone who takes these thoughts into themselves is infected. They devour these thought-mats as if they were sweet bananas ... [Y]oung and old gnaw at them like rats gnawing at sugar cane. That is the reason why so few of them are still able to think reasonable, natural thoughts, like those that every honest Samoan has.'
posted by No-sword
on Aug 24, 2007 -
Parting the Veil of Faery
: The Colmore Fatagravures
, said to date from the 1890s. "A Scottish adventurer, inventor, and photographer named Neville Colmore
claimed to have constructed a device capable of '...parting the veil of Faery...' The device, which he called the Spectobarathrum, along with all of the images he claimed to have made were believed destroyed in a fire. I believe some of these images and related artefacts may have survived." [via Apothecary's Drawer]
posted by mediareport
on Jun 19, 2007 -
Clive James on Scams and Hoaxes.
"If the flim-flam man is sensible enough to offer you a return of only twice as much, the scam might even work. I was once defrauded of a heartbreakingly-large sum by a fellow writer who was smart enough to offer no return at all. True to her word, she didn't return my money either.
posted by Blue Stone
on Apr 9, 2007 -
The great Nat Tate hoax.
9 years ago, writer William Boyd
and singer David Bowie
(easily two of the coolest persons alive) joined forces to perpetrate one of the most elaborate art hoaxes to date: the "rediscovery" of Nat Tate, American Artist. A Boyd-penned biography
was bombastically presented in Jeff Koons'
gallery (who wasn't in on the joke)...to be enthusiastically lapped up by NYC's glitteratti. If only they had bothered to check the date...
posted by Skeptic
on Apr 1, 2007 -
A hoax that embarrassed the art world: Pavel Jerdanowitch and the Disumbrationist School of Painting
. This "joke on the art critics" was perpetrated by Paul Jordan-Smith, a former pastor who had left his calling after being charged with heresy. He went on to become a writer, editor and journalist, and in 1924 he decided to commit blasphemy against "the strange gods of modern art." The Pavel Jerdanowitch Painting Contest
was inspired by the hoax. "The challenge is to produce the worst painting every painted."
It's not too late to submit your own entry for 2007. You can check out last year's entries
, including the "loser" (winner), for inspiration.
posted by amyms
on Mar 24, 2007 -
Everybody loves Zombies. Everybody loves killing Zombies. Nobody wants to suddenly wake up surrounded by Zombies. Not when you thought you were just playing a video game
posted by Elmore
on Feb 18, 2007 -
The Hatto Hoax. Joyce Hatto
has been described as "the greatest living pianist that almost no one has ever heard of." Her performances of piano works by Liszt, Schubert, and Rachmaninov were praised
by classical afficionados for their "addictively beautiful sonority, cultured musicianship, and total instrumental mastery."
Since she died in June 2006, however, Hatto has been at the center of one of the stranger scandals to hit classical music in years. It's starting to look like some or all of her treasured, hard-to-find recordings made since 1990 are not her playing at all. [Via]
posted by gottabefunky
on Feb 16, 2007 -