Quite simply put, a hoax is a deliberate deception. There are a million different reasons why one person would want to deliberately deceive another. Usually it involves profit of some sort. Its impossible to say when the first hoax was perpetrated, but hoaxing, trickery, and lying have been part of humanity since time immemoriam. This site aims to expose the hoaxes, and to keep you better informed as to the common methods used by hoaxers, tricksters, con-men, and thieves, so you can avoid being duped yourself.Watch these videos and find out about some of the biggest and most popular urban legends, conspiracy theories, myths and hoaxes of all time. Know of any good videos that we're not showing? Let us know.
The Editor's Desk
FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU ...: Thanks to some alertness on the part of online commenter “The Oracle of the Athens Banner-Herald,” I’m obliged to report to you that a “study” of computer browser users mentioned earlier this week in The Editor’s Desk was a hoax.
Plea deal reached in balloon hoax
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The parents accused of pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting that their 6-year-old son had floated away aboard a helium balloon have agreed to plead guilty in a deal that could send them both to jail but protect the wife from deportation.
The Travel Rumours and Urban Legend
Urban Myths are popularly held beliefs that persist because they are widely talked about, rather than because they are fact The travel industry has its own myths, so it's worth exploring a few to learn which rumours might lead us to need some cheap travel insurance cover, and which are just misconceptions
More Lorry Driver Urban Legends
Iýve written about lorry driver urban legends before, but they just keep cropping up all over the internet Iým not sure quite why lorry drivers and their vehicles often seem to be at the centre of these kinds of stories ý my theory is that itýs the lorry drivers themselves who spread them while running haulage jobs and return loads all over the world
What You Think You Know About Cars
If you listen long enough, you'll hear a lot of things about how you should drive and take care of your car. But if you stop and think about it for a second, do you really trust the people who are giving you this automotive advice? Are they the same folks who told you to buy Enron stock? Or who told you that Iraq is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday?
Money myths that derail young workers
NEW YORK - Steer clear of credit cards. Hoard cash for a big down payment on a home. Put off retirement savings until student loans are paid off.
Common Cat Health Myths -- Debunked!
Lots of fibs have been told about felines through the ages. For example, consider the popular notion that it's supposedly healthy for cats to drink cow's milk. The truth is that most cats are lactose intolerant and can't break down the sugars in milk, says Joseph Wakshlag, DMV, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
View from a Hoax: New Book is Next Chapter in Oprah Holocaust Love Story Hoax
"The Apple" by Penelope Holt (York House Press) looks at the story behind the Holocaust "hoax", dubbed an Oprah Top 10 Mistake, which erupted as 2008's publishing scandal. The book examines the story behind the story of Herman Rosenblat, and the reasons why the Holocaust survivor embellished his heart-rending account of survival with a heart-warming tale of love that set off a firestorm of criticism from the Holocaust community and led Berkley Books to cancel Mr. Rosenblat's 2009 memoir, "Angel at the Fence."
Jail time for balloon hoax
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The parents who pulled the balloon boy hoax in hopes of landing a reality TV show were sentenced to jail Wednesday - 90 days for him, 20 days for her - and barred from profiting from their newfound celebrity status for the next four years.