Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true. Francis Bacon
Documents at this web site.
Beringer's stones. Dr. Hohann Bartholemew Adam
Beringer discovers fossils he thinks carved by the hand of God, planted in
his dig by colleagues as a prank to discredit him. (18th century)
Moon Hoax of the New York Sun. Newspaper reports discovery of
men on the moon, 1835.
Arthur Conan Doyle
was duped in 1917 by faked photos of fairies taken by two teenage girls.
[New: All five photos are now here, in high resolution.]
The Cardiff Giant Hoax. The Cardiff Giant, a petrified 12 foot tall
prehistoric man dug up in New York State in 1889, was a
P. T. Barnum
even made a
fake copy of the fake! Now the original, one and only, fake giant is
peacefully resting at the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Andrew
Dickson White was there, and chapter LVI of his
autobiography tells the whole story with exceptional perceptiveness. The
incident inspired Mark Twain's
A Ghost Story.
Keely Engine Company. In 1872 John Worrell Keely promised machines which
would power steamships on a gallon of water by tapping "etheric energy".
Gullible people actually invested in his scheme.
See my bibliography for the seminar Abuses of
Science for additional references on some of these topics.
Links to other web sites.
The Museum of Hoaxes by Alexander
Boese. One of the most informative and entertaining collection of hoaxes.
Media Hacks and Pranks. An astounding collection of links and short
Portuguese skeptic site,
with material about hoaxes.
In Search of Mathematical
Miracles. Brendan McKay's collection of mathematical delusions, including
Torah Codes and
the perfect answer to Michael Drosnin, author of The Bible Code (1997),
who challenged critics to find any
in Moby Dick.
Alan Sokal's 1996
hoax of the journal Social Text. Information and documents.
Impact of Sokal 'hoax' discussed by experts. By Devin Gordon (27-Jun-96).
Piltdown Man, a scientific whodunit, well represented on the net at
these sites: Richard
Robert Carroll, The
Unnatural Museum. New evidence was found in
Sun Pictures and
the Noah's Ark Hoax. Sun Goes Down in Flames: The Jammal Ark Hoax. Noah's
Ark wood faked. Creationists duped.
Home Page. Some think the
Rune Stones found
in the USA are authentic Viking artifacts. Others dismiss them as crude
The Loch Ness Monster.
Alien Autopsy. In 1996 the Fox network aired a TV program including
films of the autopsy of an alien, supposedly made after the 1947 Roswell,
New Mexico, incident, alleged to be a crash of an alien spacecraft. Read
Film a Hoax and link to The Truly Dangerous
Company, a motion picture special effects company which isn't taken in
by the crude fakery of this bogus film.
The Unnatural Museum - Hoax
Short bibliography of books about hoaxes.
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