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.
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.
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."
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
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.
Avoiding Scams Online
Nowadays, it is very important to have extra money in our pockets that we could readily rely on in cases of emergencies and other unexpected occurrences The last two years have been filled with untoward events like the global financial crisis, and calamities like earthquakes, typhoons, and hurricanes
Five wedding myths
Wedding bells cause enough headaches without the noise of outdated or misguided rules. Here are five wedding myths that happy couples and their guests can banish from their to-do lists to save money, time or grief.
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