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.
Greatland's Top 10 Myths for the 2013 W-2 and 1099 Reporting Season
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now upon us, it can be difficult enough to keep track of our schedules and to-do lists, let alone the ever-changing tax reporting requirements for businesses.
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.
A Day To Help High School Students "Shatter the Myths" About Drugs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mentor Foundation USA, in partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and other key partners (as listed below), are together hosting a Youth Drug Facts Rally event at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore on October 30, 2013, from 9:00 a.m.
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.
Pros and Cons of Obamacare from ProCon.org
Nonpartisan ProCon.org Provides Facts and Debates over the Health Care Law SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ProCon.org has updated its popular nonpartisan website () about the pros and cons of Obamacare, compiling responses from legislators, health care experts, and others to 66 frequently asked questions about the law. The website poses a core question, "Is Obamacare good for America?", and in consideration of that central issue, examines the history of the health insurance mandate, pro/con reactions to the passage of Social Security and Medicare, comparisons of Medicare to private insurance, constitutional challenges to Obamacare, and dozens of questions related to ...
Editorial: Pros and cons to ditching stimulus road signs
According to an Augusta Chronicle story published late last week, the Georgia Department of Transportation no longer is requiring contractors to erect signs noting that a given road project is funded with federal stimulus dollars. The new directive reverses the DOT's earlier requirement that contractors place two signs at every stimulus-funded project.
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."
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.