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Home --> Inboxer Rebellion --> Hoaxes

Hoaxes

Too much of what ends up in our inboxes these days is pure hoax. Not scams (dishonest attempts to separate us from our money (which we could at least admire for their ingenuity, if not their morality), but simple hoaxes intended to do nothing more than waste our time and make us look like fools.


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        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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Red bullet Comedian Andy Kaufman has returned, twenty years after faking his death.

Red bullet The Government is planning to read all of its employees' e-mail in April.

Red bullet Enfamil is paying $1400 settlements to parents of children born between 1980 and 1991.

Red bullet The BabyInk body art chain specializes in tattooing babies and children.

Red bullet An organization called Citizens Against Breast-Feeding is petitioning Congress to outlaw breast-feeding.

Red bullet Forwarding a particular e-mail will cause an entertaining video clip to pop up on your monitor or win money for you.

Red bullet A Nostradamus prophecy foretold the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Red bullet An "Instructions for Life" chain mail mantra was written by the Dalai Lama.

Red bullet Popular entertainer Dave Matthews is dead.

Red bullet The governor of Florida asked residents to reduce their electrical usage during Ted Bundy's execution.

Red bullet For $78,000, Coincidence Design will stalk the girl of your dreams to gather information on her.

Red bullet Photograph shows RAND Corporation's 1954 design for a home computer.

Red bullet Rapper 50 Cent underwent emergency surgery to reattach a hand severed by a car door.

Red bullet A flashing Instant Message is a sign that someone is trying to steal your password.

Red bullet Parents can obtain free $500 savings bonds from Gerber as part of a lawsuit settlement.

Red bullet The U.S. government planning to track homeless persons by implanting them with RFID chips.

Red bullet AOL is about to start charging for Instant Messaging unless an Internet petition opposing the fee increase attracts 100,000 signatures.*

Green bullet Several authors of inspiring books and web logs have turned out to be fictitious.

Red bullet You can purchase human meat through a company called ManBeef.

Red bullet Web site will reveal an "astounding" discovery to the world on 8 March 2003.

Red bullet Heavy metal band Metallica is suing the group Unfaith over their use of the E and F chords.

Red bullet A video clip shows a NASA studio-produced 'outtake' of the first moon landing.

Red bullet A forthcoming Jamie Oliver cookery book, Naked Chef 2, is circulating on the Internet as a Microsoft Word document.

Yellow bullet Children orphaned by the Indian Ocean tsunami are being offered for sale via SMS messages.

Red bullet Your free e-mail or instant messaging service is about to cancel the accounts of users who don't forward a particular e-mail message to others.

Red bullet The fall 2003 California wildfires left the U.S. facing a severe toilet paper shortage.

Red bullet Recent study proves George W. Bush has the lowest IQ of all presidents of the past fifty years.

Red bullet Comedian/actor Sinbad died of a heart attack in March 2007.

Red bullet One-item psych test will reveal the psychopaths in your life.

Red bullet The FBI's "Department for Illegal Internet Downloads" is sending out automated warning messages via e-mail.

Red bullet According to a university study, fellatio may significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer in women.

Red bullet Tourist dies while being photographed in the Sundarbans.

Red bullet A reality show on NBC will feature women being pursued through the brush by rapists.

Red bullet Employee of law firm sends nonchalant message about replacement of a murdered secretary.

Red bullet CNN has reported that rapper Tupac Shakur is alive.

Red bullet PETA has clad deer in orange hunters' vests.

Red bullet Congress has approved special insurance dividend payments for veterans.

Yellow bullet Someone claiming to be the Yahoo Community Monitor is deleting discussion groups.

Multi-status bullet A quick round-up of some web hoaxes.

Red bullet Actor Christopher Walken is planning on making a bid for the U.S. presidency in 2008.

Red bullet Coincidence Design stalks women to gather information to set up accidental meetings.

Red bullet Actor Will Ferrell was killed in a paragliding accident.

Red bullet Web site offers a device for performing LASIK eye surgery at home.

Red bullet Actor Ben Savage was killed in a September 2006 drunk-driving accident.

Red bullet Singer Axl Rose died of a drug overdose in Las Vegas in October 2006.

Red bullet A star actor was killed in a fall from a cliff while filming in New Zealand or Austria.

Red bullet Paris Hilton has been stabbed several times in the jail where she is serving out her sentence.

Red bullet You should donate money to help an expectant couple seeking to raise $50,000 in order to avoid opting for an abortion.

Red bullet E-mail reproduces TMZ article about Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell

Red bullet Customers can "purchase" teenage brides through the web site marryourdaughter.com.

Red bullet Drummer Travis Barker was found dead in his garage in November 2007.

Red bullet KISS frontman Gene Simmons was found dead in his house in November 2007.

Red bullet Singer Britney Spears committed suicide at the Promises clinic in October 2007.

Red bullet MySpace will be replaced with MySpace 2, a fee-for-use site costing $22.50 per month, in 2009.

Red bullet Web site offers to buy unwanted cats and dogs to re-sell for vivisection and animal testing services.

Red bullet Web site offers to sell third-world orphans for adoption as organ donors.

Red bullet Web site provides listings of violent criminals residing in your neighborhood.

Red bullet Web site offers a program for participating and investing in the business of "Canine Sport Fighting."

Red bullet Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus was killed in an automobile accident.

Red bullet Luxury cruise along Somali coast offers chance to shoot pirates.

Red bullet Justin Bieber befriended a fan who had been raped after attending one of his concerts.

Red bullet Massive earthquake predicted to hit Los Angeles on 30 September 2010.

Red bullet Actor Charlie Sheen has died of a heart attack.

Red bullet A star actor was killed in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.

Red bullet Scientists state a 30% chance that a 6.0 earthquake will hit Berkeley within 3 weeks of 28 October 2011.

Red bullet Joe Montana was killed in a car accident.

Red bullet Singer Garth Brooks was killed in a jet-ski accident.

Red bullet One of the scenes in Back to the Future showed characters traveling via their time-machine car to June 27, 2012 from October 26, 1985.

Red bullet A listing of celebrity death hoaxes.

Red bullet Justin Bieber has cancer, and fans are shaving their heads in support of him.

Red bullet A four-year study has found that Fox News viewers have IQs 20 points lower than average.

Red bullet A pro football player broke both his legs in an automobile accident.

Red bullet An actor was killed in a fall while filming in Austria.

Red bullet YouTube is shutting down and will no longer be accepting video submissions.

Red bullet Pastor Joel Osteen has resigned.

Red bullet Chumlee from Pawn Stars has died of a marijuana overdose or heart attack.

Red bullet You can quickly recharge your cell phone by microwaving it.

Red bullet Author J. K. Rowling has announced plans to pen a new book in the Harry Potter series.

Green bullet Actor Paul Walker was killed in an automobile accident.

Red bullet SpongeBob SquarePants is being cancelled at the end of January 2014.

Red bullet Emma Watson will be starring in a live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

Red bullet Wayne Knight from Seinfeld was killed in a car crash.

Red bullet Google Earth helped locate a woman who had been stranded on an island for seven years.

Red bullet Scientists have succesfully cloned a live dinosaur from a fossil.

Red bullet Actor Norman Reedus has been fired from The Walking Dead after a disagreement with producers.

Red bullet Pop star Justin Bieber has admitted on Twitter to being bisexual.

Red bullet Japanese scientists have successfully cloned a saber-tooth tiger.

Red bullet All U.S. stores will stop accepting coupons as of 1 July 2014 due to 'Extreme Couponing' fraud.

Red bullet Facebook account from actor Ryan Gosling describes the loss of his adopted child.

Red bullet The minimum legal drinking age in the U.S. is being raised to 25.

Red bullet Ten U.S. states will be ending the practice of requiring child support payments as of January 2015.

Red bullet WalMart has announced they will no longer accept EBT transactions as a form of payment.

Red bullet Stephanie Courtney, the actress who plays the character of Flo in commercials for Progressive Insurance, is dead.

Red bullet Former President George H.W. Bush has died of food poisoning.

Red bullet A Texas death row inmate requested a child as his last meal.

Red bullet Actor Judd Nelson has died.

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