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Artist makes millions selling invisible art

CBC Radio's satirical This is That show recently ran a segment about artist Lana Newstrom, who is supposedly making millions by selling invisible art.


An article in the NY Times briefly profiles Emergent, a new website created by Craig Silverman which aims to track the dissemination of rumors online.

Asahi Shimbun Corrects Itself

The Asahi Shimbun (circulation 7.6 million) recently issued some corrections. It was not true, despite previous statements, that writer Seiji Yoshida had kidnapped 200 women during World War II to act as "comfort women." Apparently Yoshida made up his claims.

Trump Honors Serial Killers

Prankster Philip Bradbury tweeted Donald Trump a photo, telling him it was a photo of his parents and asking if Trump could retweet it in their memory because he was a "big inspiration" to them.

The Cyranoid Illusion

The Cyranoid Illusion, named after the French play Cyrano de Bergerac, refers to a person who is not speaking their own thoughts, but rather the thoughts and words of another person fed to them via radio transmitter.

The return of the Kingswinford Hoaxer?

A notice recently posted on the door of a "small building" in the village of Kingswinford has announced that the pub chain Wetherspoons will soon be opening a "Microspoons" mini-bar there, to be staffed by "a person of reduced height." The bar will only have room for 3 people (height restrictions will apply).

Jasmine Tridevil Costume

It looks like Jasmine Tridevil will be a popular theme for costumes this Halloween. offers instructions for a "DIY 3 breasted woman Halloween Costume."

Gestations - the Pregnant Women’s Bar

Gestations promises it will be the "premiere bar for pregnant women to drink without being judged" when it opens on October 25 in New York City.

Past time for Kaufman to return

Bob Zmuda and Lynn Margulies have a new book out titled Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally. According to the NY Post, much of the book details Zmuda's belief that Kaufman faked his death, as well as how Kaufman pulled off the stunt.

This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 28

September 28, 1980: Jimmy's World On this day in 1980, the Washington Post ran a story on its front page by reporter Janet Cooke about "Jimmy," an 8-year-old heroin addict.

This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 26

September 26, 1995: Transatlantic Paper Airplane On this day in 1995, the Weekly World News reported that a paper airplane thrown by a school girl in North Carolina had been lifted up by "turbulent winds" and landed in Portugal.

This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 25

September 25, 1973: The Knocking Ghost of Boise Police in Boise, Idaho were initially stumped by the case of an apparent ghost in the house of Peggy Zimmerman.

The Bogus Inheritance of Jean Naccarelli, 1959

On August 31, 1959, a remarkable human-interest story hit the news wires and ran in papers throughout the United States.

Portsmouth UFO

On September 17, multiple pictures showing some kind of "UFO" hovering over Portsmouth, England were posted on Twitter.

The New 420 Mile Marker

True or False: the "mile 420" highway marker was stolen so often that the Colorado Dept. of Transportation decided to replace it with a marker that read "Mile 419.99."

This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 23

September 23, 1936: Fake Lie Detector The disclosure that a grammar school in Newark, New Jersey had been using a fake lie detector to make boys "confess their errors" caused a storm of controversy.

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.