False document
A false document is a technique employed to create verisimilitude in a work of fiction. By inventing and inserting documents that appear to be factual, an author tries to create a sense of authenticit...
Academic Hoax
Three people conducted what they call a ‘grievance studies’ experiment. They wrote fake papers on ridiculous subjects and submitted them to prominent academic journals in fields that study gender, rac...
Hillary disappears, Greensboro Rally, 100% proof the video was fake
100% proof of green screen used at Greensboro, North Carolina, rally. Hillary disappears from the video. Smoking gun evidence that Greensboro video was fake....
The 19 Most Outrageous Lies Circulating On The Internet
It's as if people don't even know how to use Google anymore.
7 Historical Hoaxes
Throughout history, sometimes discoveries that at first seemed significant later turned out to be hoaxes. From Drake’s Plate of Brass, a practical joke that got out of hand and wound up in school text...
Red Mercury - The Doomsday Chemical ISIS Is After
Red mercury — precious and rare, exceptionally dangerous and exorbitantly expensive, its properties unmatched by any compound known to science — was the stuff of doomsday daydreams. According to well-...
Floating city: Mirage or hoax?
A giant floating city appeared in the sky in China. Or did it? A video purporting to show a mass of skyscrapers towering above clouds in the Chinese city of Foshan has gone viral, sparking talk of pa...
Virginia high-school senior Harvard Stanford admissions hoax
A student convinced South Korean media outlets that both Harvard and Stanford worked together to create a unique program just for her. A graduating senior at a cutthroat Virginia magnet school has spa...
Hoaxes
This program first aired in 1998/1999. It shows some of the best and worst hoaxes of the 20th Century.
Epistolary novel
An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic "d...
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Fictional book
A fictional book is a book (created specifically for a work of fiction) that sometimes provides the basis of the plot of a story, a common thread in a series of books, or the works of a particular wri...
Polybius (game)
Polybius is an arcade cabinet described in an urban legend, which is said to have induced various psychological effects on players. The story describes players suffering from amnesia, night terrors, a...
Polybius (game) - Wikipedia
Jackalope
The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore (a so-called fearsome critter) described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns. The word "jackalope" is a portmanteau of "jackrabbit" and "a...
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Fake memoirs
Fake memoirs form a category of literary forgery in which a wholly or partially fabricated autobiography, memoir or journal of an individual is presented as fact. In some cases, the purported author ...
Marquise de Créquy
Renée-Caroline-Victoire de Froulay de Tessé, marquise de Créquy de Heymont de Canaples d'Ambrières (1704–1803), was a French woman of letters, by marriage a member of the Créquy family, which counted ...
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Book of Veles
The Book of Veles (also: Veles Book, Vles book, Vlesbook, Isenbeck's Planks, Велесова книга, Велесова књига, Велес книга, Книга Велеса, Дощечки Изенбека, Дощьки Изенбека) is a literary forgery claimed...
Book of Veles - Wikipedia
Augustan History
The Augustan History (Latin: Historia Augusta) is a late Roman collection of biographies, in Latin, of the Roman Emperors, their junior colleagues and usurpers of the period 117 to 284. It presents it...
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
"Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" is a short story by the 20th century Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. The story was first published in the Argentine journal Sur, May 1940. The "postscript" dated 1947 ...
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Youth in Revolt
Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp is a 1993 epistolary novel by C. D. Payne. The story is told in a picaresque fashion and makes heavy use of black humor and camp. The book contains parts on...
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Attack of the Mutant Underwear
Attack of the Mutant Underwear is a novel by children's author Tom Birdseye. It is written in diary form.
Fifth-grader Cody Carson keeps a journal of his hopes for a fresh start in a town where no...
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Up the Down Staircase
Up the Down Staircase is a novel written by Bel Kaufman, published in 1965, which spent 64 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 1967 it was released as a movie starring Sandy Dennis, Patri...
Up the Down Staircase - Wikipedia
The White Tiger
The White Tiger is the debut novel by Indian author Aravind Adiga. It was first published in 2008 and won the 40th Man Booker Prize in the same year. The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective o...
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Ompax spatuloides Castelnau
The Ompax spatuloides was a hoax fish "discovered" in Australia in August, 1872. Said to be poisonous, it could be found on some lists of Australian fishes through the 1930s.The fish was a joke perpet...
Ompax spatuloides Castelnau - Wikipedia
William Dennes Mahan
William Dennes Mahan (July 27, 1824 - October 19, 1906) was an American Cumberland Presbyterian minister in Boonville, Missouri and author of a book, commonly known as The Archko Volume (1884), purpor...
Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography
Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography is a six-volume collection of biographies of notable people involved in the history of the New World. Published between 1887 and 1889, its unsigned articles...
Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography - Wikipedia
Esquivalience
The New Oxford American Dictionary (NOAD) is a single-volume dictionary of American English compiled by American editors at the Oxford University Press.NOAD is based upon the New Oxford Dictionary of ...
Zzxjoanw
Zzxjoanw is a famous fictitious entry which fooled logologists for many years. In 1903, author Rupert Hughes published The Musical Guide, an encyclopedia of classical music. Among the many sections ...
Fictitious entry
Fictitious entries, also known as fake entries, Mountweazels, ghost words and nihil articles, are deliberately incorrect entries or articles in reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, ma...