Tag: Hoaxes

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Hoax: Secrets That Truman Capote Took to the Grave

Uncovering the real story behind Capote’s Hand-Carved Coffins.

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The Boy Who Didn't Come Back From Heaven: Inside A Bestseller's 'Deception'

Alex Malarkey co-wrote a bestselling book about a near-death experience. Last week he admitted he made it up. Why wasn’t anyone listening to a quadriplegic boy and a mother who simply wanted to tell the truth?

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Marathon Man

The strange case of Kip Litton, road race fraud.

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'Am I Being Catfished?'

An author confronts her troll.

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The Faulkner Truthers

Is a well-received work of William Faulkner scholarship a hoax?

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The Curious Case of Sidd Finch

A profile of a previously unknown rookie pitcher for the Mets who dropped out of Harvard, made a spiritual quest to Tibet, and somewhere along the line figured out how to throw a baseball much, much faster than anyone else on Earth.

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Cargo Cult Science

On the science of being fooled.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself--and you are the easiest person to fool.
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When Dickens Met Dostoevsky

An investigation into a scholarly hoax.

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Naked Joe

In 1913, Joe Knowles became a media sensation after fleeing into the Maine woods wearing nothing but a jockstrap. Two months and one bear-clubbing incident later, the “Nature Man” returned to civilization as a hero. But was it all hoax?

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The Lying Disease

On an affliction for the digital age, “Munchausen by internet.”

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Thomas Quick: the Swedish serial killer who never was

He confessed to more than 30 murders. But Thomas Quick (also known as Sture Bergwall) may not have committed any of them.

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The Greatest Fake-Art Scam in History?

How a couple made millions on uncanny forgeries.