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This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 19

September 19, 1984: Houston Zoo's Fake Snake On this day, the Houston Zoo admitted that the coral snake on display for the past two years was not actually alive.

How Will Nessie Vote?

Today Scotland votes on whether or not to remain part of the United Kingdom. And as Scotland's most famous resident, Nessie's views on this matter have become a contentious issue.

Futility Closet on Berners Street Hoax

The Futility Closet podcast discusses the Berners Street Hoax of 1810, in which a prankster created an enormous traffic jam in London by sending hundreds of tradesmen to make deliveries at a single, random address, 54 Berners Street.

This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 18

September 18, 1962: Fake Sputnik Fragment In Sept. 1962, the Soviet Union's Sputnik IV satellite fell out of orbit, descending to earth over Wisconsin.

Free U2 tape with every cassette player

On September 9, Apple gave away U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, as a free download for all 500 million iTunes users.

This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 17

September 17, 1859: Emperor Norton I Declared On this day in 1859, San Francisco resident Joshua Norton declared himself Emperor of the United States.

This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 16

September 16, 1560: Martin Guerre Imposter Hanged On this day in 1560, the French peasant Arnaud du Tilh, who had been posing as another man, Martin Guerre, was hanged outside the home of the real Martin Guerre.

How an 18th Century hoax is relevant to Scottish Independence

North Country Public Radio blogger Brian Mann asks, "Is fight for Scottish independence based on a literary hoax?

Hamburger Helper Restaurant

Back on April 1st, Hamburger Helper (which now prefers to be known simply as 'Helper') ran an April Fool joke about the opening of a Hamburger Helper restaurant, Helper Hut, serving only Hamburger Helper food.

Fake Pigeons

Brooklyn artist Tina Trachtenburg has created over 100 hand-sewn fake pigeons. She places these pigeons around town, creating "flashflocks".

Jesus Pierogi

Robert Hellar was making tacos at the St. Andre Bessette church festival in Michigan when someone came up to him and said, "Jesus love polish food more than Mexican food." Hellar asked why, and the person showed him a pierogi that had just been cooked at another food stand.

Are decapitated snakes still deadly?

True or False? Decapitated snakes can still inflict lethal bites. Unfortunately it's true. [Huffington Post]

The Villejuif Leaflet

In 1976, a leaflet began to circulate throughout Europe warning of a number of alleged carcinogens. Highest on the list was citric acid.

Bigfoot Believers Keep Believing

The Yakima Herald reports that Bigfoot believers in Washington State are keeping the faith, despite much discouraging news recently.

Fake Vacation Plagiarism?

Turns out there's some controversy surrounding Zilla van den Born's fake vacation (see previous post).

Zilla’s Fake-ation

Zilla van den Born told her friends and family that she was going on a 5-week holiday to Southeast Asia.

This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 10

September 10, 2009: Seeking Child's Father On this day in 2009, a video appeared on YouTube purportedly created by a Danish woman named Karen who explained that she was trying to locate the father of her child, since she couldn't remember his name.

This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 9

September 9, 1991: Doug and Dave, Crop Circle Hoaxers On this day, the British tabloid Today announced that two men from Hampshire, Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, had originated the crop circle phenomenon back in 1978 as a prank.

No Pumpkin Spice Condoms

A picture of a new "pumpkin spice" condom offered by Durex went viral yesterday, accompanied by the tagline "Because safe sex is important, no matter what season it is." Durex has a line of "Taste Me" condoms that come in the flavors banana, strawberry, orange and apple.

Record Shattering Snowfall?

Scientists have not predicted a "record-shattering snowfall" this winter. The claim going viral (over 400,000 shares on Facebook) is just more garbage from one of those fake news sites.