The Hoax Files: The Truth Isn't Out There

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
The Hoax Files: The Truth Isn't Out There

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Click on the links below to read about some of the greatest hoaxes in sports, science, art, and the Internet.

Literary Hoaxes 

From Misha Defonseca to JT Leroy...  [more]

Science Experiments

P.T. Barnum's 10-foot giant, the chess automaton, balloon boy, and a carbon-dated Shroud of Turin...  [more]

E-mail Emergencies

Microsoft pays you, Kurt Vonnegut's faux commencement address, and crumbly cookies from Neiman Marcus...  [more]

The False, False World of Sports

The curious case of Sidd Finch, the Boston Marathon's surprise winner, and Stella the Fella....  [more]

The Art of Deception

Museum-quality forgeries of Matisse, Modigliani, and Marc Chagall...  [more]

Poetic License

Hawking Howard Hughes, Nazi nonsense, and the "Miseducation of Little Tree"...  [more]

Media Myths

The "Felicity" writer who didn't look her age, Orson Welles' infamous "War of the Worlds," and the 50s quiz show catastrophe...  [more]

Can't Sing, Can't Dance

Paul McCartney is not dead, Kurt Cobain is, and Milli Vanilli, well...  [more]

Corporate Shenanigans

Yo Quiero Liberty, yaW ruoY tI evaH, and Driving the Joke Home...  [more]

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