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1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast
- Wavs of the famous Orson Welles & The Mercury Theatre On-The-Air radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds
Bibliography of Hoaxes
- Bibliography of books about hoaxes.
CSICOP:Strange Hoaxes That Endure
- Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal: article that discusses 10 hoaxes, including the Roswell Incident, Cottingley Fairies, Amityville Horror, and psychic surgery.
Cliff Pickover's Internet Encyclopedia of Hoaxes
- Discusses a number of scientific and medical hoaxes, including Mary Toft and the Rabbit Babies (about which he authored a book). Includes links and images.
Eric's history of Perpetual Motion and Free Energy Machines
- In-depth historical timeline of people who have promised free energy or perpetual motion. Includes links.
Great Hoaxes - Mysteries of History
- U.S. News article that discusses a number of hoaxes including: The Cardiff Giant, Piltdown Man, Tasadays, Newark Holy Stones, crop circles, fairy photos, Kirlian photos, etc.
History Buff : "Hoaxes in Journalism" Articles
- Part of Discovery.com. Offers six articles on hoaxes, including petrification hoaxes and the day they sawed off manhattan.
Idiosyntactix Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia
- Extensive list of hoaxes, with links.
James Randi Educational Foundation
- Magician and skeptic James Randi debunks psychics, medical frauds, televangelists, and others. Offers a million dollar reward for proof of occult, psychic or supernatural powers.
- Homepage of Joey Skaggs: hoaxer, socio-political satirist, media activist, culture jammer, etc. Includes an interesting retrospective of his many hoaxes.
MIT IHTFP Hack Gallery
- The MIT Gallery of Hacks (Interesting Hacks To Fascinate People). Hoaxes and pranks perpetrated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Meet Mark Hoffman
- A document forger-turned-assassin, Mark Hoffman's knack for "finding" Mormon historical documents and then selling them to the church resulted in scandal and murder.
Museum of Hoaxes
- Extensive collection of history's most famous hoaxes and April Fool's pranks. Listed by date and category. Includes bibliographic references.
Net Hoax Hall of Fame
- C|Net lampoons net pranksters and gullible netizens.
P.N.E.C. Nuke Plant Hoax Site
- Details the hoax pulled on the media in Portland, Oregon, claiming a nuclear plant was going to be built on a federal wetland in Astoria, Oregon. Newsprint stories are listed here as well as links to media outlets that got conned.
- Explores one of the most famous scientific hoaxes in history.
- Scientific hoaxes, such as radionics, laundry balls, mesmerism, cold fusion, and flat earth theories.
Skeptic's Dictionary: Frauds and Hoaxes
- Discussion of 22 hoaxes, including Cardiff Giant, crop circles, and the Philadelphia Experiment
- The potato powered web server hoax that fooled USA Today and the BBC.
The American Association of Hoaxed Anomalies
- Dedicated to purging the paranormal industrial complex of hoaxes and frauds.
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