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Friday, March 28, 2008

Museum of Hoaxes

With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, you might want to check out the The Museum of Hoaxes Web site. Its curator is Alex Boese, a 1991 graduate of Amehest, who also has an M.A. in the History of Science. The site lists the Top 100 April Fool's Hoaxes of All Times, including Burger King’s 1998 ad in USA Today promoting the “left-handed burger” or the 2002 announcement from a British grocery chain that it had developed a “whistling carrot.” For more reading on hoaxes you can try the books below:

Fooled You: Fakes and Hoaxes Through the Years by Elaine Pascoe

A Treasury of Deception by Michael Farquhar

The Museum of Hoaxes by Alex Boese

The Skeptics’ Dictionary by Robert Todd Carroll

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