Quite simply put, a hoax is a deliberate deception. There are a million different reasons why one person would want to deliberately deceive another. Usually it involves profit of some sort. Its impossible to say when the first hoax was perpetrated, but hoaxing, trickery, and lying have been part of humanity since time immemoriam. This site aims to expose the hoaxes, and to keep you better informed as to the common methods used by hoaxers, tricksters, con-men, and thieves, so you can avoid being duped yourself.Watch these videos and find out about some of the biggest and most popular urban legends, conspiracy theories, myths and hoaxes of all time. Know of any good videos that we're not showing? Let us know.
The Editor's Desk
FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU ...: Thanks to some alertness on the part of online commenter “The Oracle of the Athens Banner-Herald,” I’m obliged to report to you that a “study” of computer browser users mentioned earlier this week in The Editor’s Desk was a hoax.
The Travel Rumours and Urban Legend
Urban Myths are popularly held beliefs that persist because they are widely talked about, rather than because they are fact The travel industry has its own myths, so it's worth exploring a few to learn which rumours might lead us to need some cheap travel insurance cover, and which are just misconceptions
Avoiding Scams Online
Nowadays, it is very important to have extra money in our pockets that we could readily rely on in cases of emergencies and other unexpected occurrences The last two years have been filled with untoward events like the global financial crisis, and calamities like earthquakes, typhoons, and hurricanes
What You Think You Know About Cars
If you listen long enough, you'll hear a lot of things about how you should drive and take care of your car. But if you stop and think about it for a second, do you really trust the people who are giving you this automotive advice? Are they the same folks who told you to buy Enron stock? Or who told you that Iraq is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday?
Jail time for balloon hoax
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The parents who pulled the balloon boy hoax in hopes of landing a reality TV show were sentenced to jail Wednesday - 90 days for him, 20 days for her - and barred from profiting from their newfound celebrity status for the next four years.
Editorial: Pros and cons to ditching stimulus road signs
According to an Augusta Chronicle story published late last week, the Georgia Department of Transportation no longer is requiring contractors to erect signs noting that a given road project is funded with federal stimulus dollars. The new directive reverses the DOT's earlier requirement that contractors place two signs at every stimulus-funded project.
Five wedding myths
Wedding bells cause enough headaches without the noise of outdated or misguided rules. Here are five wedding myths that happy couples and their guests can banish from their to-do lists to save money, time or grief.
Common Cat Health Myths -- Debunked!
Lots of fibs have been told about felines through the ages. For example, consider the popular notion that it's supposedly healthy for cats to drink cow's milk. The truth is that most cats are lactose intolerant and can't break down the sugars in milk, says Joseph Wakshlag, DMV, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine