Disappearing blonde gene
The disappearing blonde gene refers to false reports that a scientific study had estimated that natural blonds would become extinct, which were reported as fact in reputable media such as the BBC and ...
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Mathematical folklore
As the term is understood by mathematicians, folk mathematics or mathematical folklore means theorems, definitions, proofs, or mathematical facts or techniques that are found by investigation and may ...
Neo-creationism
Neo-creationism is a movement whose goal is to restate creationism in terms more likely to be well received by the public, policy makers, educators and the scientific community. It aims to re-frame th...
Huemul Project
The Huemul Project (Spanish: Proyecto Huemul) was a secret project proposed by Austrian scientist Ronald Richter to the government of Argentina during the first presidency of Juan Domingo Perón.In...
Scott Reuben
Scott S. Reuben (born 1958) is an American anesthesiologist who was Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and chief of acute pain at Baystate Medic...
Legrand G. Capers
Legrand G. Capers (April 16, 1834 – December 2, 1877) was an American physician, best known for his 1874 spurious case report of bullet-mediated impregnation of a young woman.
Legrand Guerry Caper...
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Eoörnis pterovelox gobiensis
Eoörnis pterovelox gobiensis is a fictional bird, a humorous hoax by Lester W. Sharp, professor of botany, Cornell University, United States.It was initially a short talk presented together with a gra...
Charles Redheffer
Charles Redheffer was an American inventor who claimed to have invented a perpetual motion machine. First appearing in Philadelphia, Redheffer exhibited his machine to the public, charging high prices...
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Red mercury
Red mercury is a hoax substance of uncertain composition purportedly used in the creation of nuclear bombs, as well as a variety of unrelated weapons systems. Mercuric iodide is a poisonous, odorless,...
No free lunch theorem
In mathematical folklore, the "no free lunch" theorem (sometimes pluralized) of David Wolpert and William Macready appears in the 1997 "No Free Lunch Theorems for Optimization". Wolpert had previously...
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Trixolan
Trixolan (TX) is a purportedly therapeutic agent based on Viroxan, a citronella-based substance used by Stephen Herman, a Californian doctor who used it to treat AIDS patients. State medical officials...
Three Laws of Robotics
The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or Three Laws, also known as Asimov's Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The rules were introduc...
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Schön scandal
The Schön scandal concerns German physicist Jan Hendrik Schön (born 1970 in Verden) who briefly rose to prominence after a series of apparent breakthroughs with semiconductors that were later discover...
Villejuif leaflet
The Villejuif leaflet , also known as the Villejuif flyer and the Villejuif list, was a pamphlet which enjoyed wide distribution. The leaflet listed a number of safe food additives with their E number...
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Well to Hell hoax
The "Well to Hell" is a putative borehole in Russia which was purportedly drilled so deep that it broke through into Hell, traditionally considered to be located underground in Christian theology. Thi...
Pauli effect
The Pauli effect is a term referring to the apparently mysterious, anecdotal failure of technical equipment in the presence of Austrian theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli. The term was coined using ...
Tasaday people
The Tasaday (tɑˈsɑdɑj) are an indigenous people of the Philippine island of Mindanao. They are considered to belong to the Lumad group, along with the other indigenous groups on the island. They attra...
LoveLump
The LoveLump was an Internet hoax perpetrated by digital artist Atmospheric Henry Ross. It is considered a hoax of exposure.Ross created a fictional company, Erotech Industries, which claimed to have ...
Journal for Geoclimatic Studies
The Journal for Geoclimatic Studies is the name given to a nonexistent journal which published a fabricated global warming study in November 2007 entitled, "Carbon dioxide production by benthic bacter...
Fur-bearing trout
The fur-bearing trout (or furry trout) is a fictional creature purportedly found in North America and Iceland. According to tales, the trout has evolved a thick coat of fur to maintain its body heat....
Clarke's three laws
Clarke's Three Laws are three "laws" of prediction formulated by the British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. They are:
Clarke's First Law was proposed by Arthur C. Clarke in the essay "Ha...
Hastings Rarities
The Hastings Rarities affair is a case of statistically demonstrated ornithological fraud that misled the bird world for decades in the twentieth century. The discovery of the long-running hoax shocke...
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Bogdanov Affair
The Bogdanov affair is an academic dispute regarding the legitimacy of a series of theoretical physics papers written by French twins Igor and Grichka Bogdanov (alternately spelt Bogdanoff). These pap...
Nacirema
In anthropology and sociology, Nacirema is a term used to examine—with a degree/pretense of anthropological self-distancing—aspects of the behavior and society of citizens of the United States of Amer...
Time travel urban legends
Time travel urban legends are accounts of persons who allegedly traveled through time, reported by the press or circulated on the Internet. All of these reports have turned out either to be hoaxes or...
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Metabene
The use of fictional medicine and drugs has history in both fiction (usually fantasy or science fiction) and the real-world. In fiction, drugs and medicine have served as analogues to real-world drugs...