This forum is for the discussion of scientific hoaxes and the motives surrounding them.

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1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast
WAV files of the famous Orson Welles narrating The Mercury Theatre On-The-Air radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds.
April Fools' Special: History's Hoaxes
National Geographic News has compiled a listing of some of the greatest hoaxes in history.
Art and UFO
A study about the alleged UFOs in Renaissance paintings. The "strange flying objects" someone find in ancient art are only sacred art symbols, not UFOs.
Bibliography of Hoaxes
Bibliography of books about hoaxes.
Camel Spiders Myth
Pictures and information provide facts to debunk wild internet rumors about this spider.
Cliff Pickover's Internet Encyclopedia of Hoaxes
Discusses a number of scientific and medical hoaxes, including Mary Toft and the Rabbit Babies (about which he authored a book). Includes links and images.
Cottingley Fairies Hoax
The story and photos of the nonexistent Cottingley fairies.
The Hoax Files
Assorted collection of hoaxes, including sports hoaxes and art forgeries
The Jackalope Conspiracy
Hoax site contains user submitted sightings, doctored images, and related humour.
MIT IHTFP Hack Gallery
The MIT Gallery of Hacks (Interesting Hacks To Fascinate People). Hoaxes and pranks perpetrated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mothman Death List
Loren Coleman links certain dates, disasters and deaths from 1966 to the present time to the Mothman Curse. Also provides information on cryptozoology and discusses some unknown creatures encountered around the world.
Museum of Hoaxes
Extensive collection of history's most famous hoaxes and April Fool's pranks. Listed by date and category. Includes bibliographic references.
Piltdown Plot
Explores one of the most famous scientific hoaxes in history.
Quantum Future Physics
Bogdanovs affaire: Or, Has Physics been bitten by reverse Alan Sokal hoax? Discussion and correspondence.
SCIgen - An Automatic Computer Science Paper Generator
SCIgen is a program that generates random computer science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to form all elements of the papers. Generated papers are meant for amusement.
Skeptic's Dictionary: Frauds and Hoaxes
Discussion of 22 hoaxes, including Cardiff Giant, crop circles, and the Philadelphia Experiment
Spud Server
The potato powered web server hoax that fooled USA Today and the BBC.
Tracking the White Salamander
Online Book telling the story of Mark Hoffman who forged Mormon documents and was convicted of murder
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