Some Totally Pointless Hoaxes

  • Some bored StarCraft fans got sick of waiting around for the StarCraft II beta, so they created a convincing mock-up of an invite and managed to fool thousands of other fans. Then their moms called them up from their basements for dinner.
  • Some 20something Australian douche has been charged for leaving a note about a possible bomb on a flight from Dubai to London’s Gatwick airport. It was discovered about 10 minutes before landing, leading to a hasty evacuation of the 164 passengers. Hope that was worth it, guy.
  • Some Fake photos of a gigantic snake swimming in a river “in Borneo” are fake. A librarian in Kansas used TinEye to match the river photo to one taken of the Congo River years ago. The snake image was entered in a hoax photo contest in 2002. Interestingly, Loren Coleman’s Cryptomundo claims they broke the hoax back in February, when the photos first resurfaced, yet the Feb. 19th post referenced doesn’t exactly expose the hoax; a commenter did that. Cryptomundo made the same claim when last July’s Bigfoot hoax was exposed, even though Coleman originally wrote, “I feel, in all honesty, this, indeed, may be the real deal, and I say this carefully after reviewing information that has been shared privately with me”. I guess we can’t expect much more from a dude who argued for the authenticity of the Minnesota Iceman for 40 years.

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