Truth or Fail — Hoax Edition

D’oh! And I was doing so well there for a while.

Hey, come on — it’s fun!

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4 responses to “Truth or Fail — Hoax Edition

  1. Ti-Guy

    I got them all wrong. But I really don’t buy his story about Des Moines. It’s just speculation.

    In any case hoaxes, like lies, just tend to go in one ear and out the other with me. I don’t have the type of brain that easily remembers things that never happened.

  2. I dunno, War of the Worlds was a pretty good hoax…

    They can be interesting insofar as challenging your sense of credulity and preconceptions.

  3. Ti-Guy

    You’re right there. Ones that reveal something novel about ourselves are interesting.

    My dismissal probably stems from exhaustion at the sheer degree of dishonesty and the number of hoaxes that assail us and shape our understanding of the real world in all its trivial (balloon-boy) and hideous (Iraq’s WMD’s) glory.

  4. Kind of funny that hoaxes have fallen into disrepute. 😉

    Here’s a good one:

    The April 1998 issue of the New Mexicans for Science and Reason newsletter contained an article claiming that the Alabama state legislature had voted to change the value of the mathematical constant pi from 3.14159 to the ‘Biblical value’ of 3.0.

    Soon the article made its way onto the internet, and then it rapidly spread around the world, forwarded by email. It only became apparent how far the article had spread when the Alabama legislature began receiving hundreds of calls from people protesting the legislation. The original article, which was intended as a parody of legislative attempts to circumscribe the teaching of evolution, was written by physicist Mark Boslough.

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