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My favorite hoax was:

by apl (Monsignor)
on Apr 01, 2011 at 09:41 UTC ( [id://896829] : poll . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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the War of the Worlds radio broadcast
[bar] 76/25%
Sawing Off of Manhattan Island
[bar] 4/1%
Society for Indecency to Naked Animals
[bar] 7/2%
Uri Geller
[bar] 14/5%
Dihydrogen Monoxide
[bar] 87/28%
Crop circles
[bar] 23/8%
Yellowcake forgery
[bar] 6/2%
Piltdown Man
[bar] 13/4%
Parrot prank
[bar] 23/8%
the Great Spaghetti harvest
[bar] 35/11%
other (but you have to post a note specifying your favorite)
[bar] 18/6%
306 total votes
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Re: My favorite hoax was:
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Archbishop) on Apr 02, 2011 at 01:13 UTC
Re: My favorite hoax was:
by Illuminatus (Curate) on Apr 02, 2011 at 16:34 UTC
    I really liked's semi-subtle approach. I didn't even notice at first, except that I got one of their legitimate emails saying an old colleague wanted to connect. Among the 'people you may know', I got:
    • Werner Heisenberg - physicist. this *may* have been his profile
    • Ernest Hemingway - Author
    • Sherlock Holmes - Detective
    You get a different list every time. This was the first year I noticed.


Re: My favorite hoax was:
by jgamble (Pilgrim) on Apr 11, 2011 at 18:48 UTC

    I voted for a hoax on the list, but I do have to mention the 1988 NPR All Things Considered story reporting on Canada's purchase of Arizona. The benefits included balancing the U.S. budget, and of course Canada's acquisition of a warm water port.

    They had interviews with then-Governor Babbitt and the Canadian ambassador (sorry, don't recall his name) both of whom delivered a straightforward analysis of the consequences of this historic moment. It was wonderful.

    Sadly, I can't seem to locate an audio file.

Re: My favorite hoax was:
by pdcawley (Hermit) on Apr 01, 2011 at 15:03 UTC
    The fair country of San Seriffe from various Guardian April Fools' day hoaxes over the years.
Re: My favorite hoax was:
by innerweb (Novice) on Apr 05, 2011 at 21:50 UTC

    I loved the way the dangerous water *hoax* proved the point of the lack of very basic scientific understanding, due diligence in lawmaking circles and the appalling lack of intellectual curiosity on the part of the average American.

    This hoax is common in product labeling as chemicals/ingredients are given different, often misleading names to help fool consumers into buying products other than what they are really looking for - legally.

Re: [NSFW] My favorite hoax was:
by davies (Prior) on Apr 01, 2011 at 11:35 UTC

    This is the best I've seen of today's batch. Don't go there if you're at work or find sexual humour offensive. I laughed until I ... well, let's not go there, either.


    John Davies

Re: My favorite hoax was:
by jedikaiti (Hermit) on Apr 01, 2011 at 21:28 UTC

    I always liked the one from around 1995 about Microsoft buying the Vatican.

    Also, some years ago the Motley Fool had a rather entertaining one about a company called e-Meringue and taking it public, and the stock going through the roof only to crash and be de-listed as the SEC investigated the CEO and he ran and tried to hijack a cruise ship with meringues or some such. It was utterly ridiculous, and the Fool site was posting press releases and stock quotes through the day, with the ticker HAFD (Happy April Fool's Day).

    Swiss Army Nerd
Re: My favorite hoax was:
by hermida (Scribe) on Apr 06, 2011 at 17:20 UTC
    I picked other, cold fusion was my favorite all time hoax.
      What the heck are you talking about??? cold fusion and Brown's Gas power my house, my cars, my lawnmower, and of course, all my computers. For $199.99, I'll sell you my plans and do-it-yourself kit for 'getting off the grid'.


Re: My favorite hoax was:
by Xilman (Hermit) on Apr 17, 2011 at 16:43 UTC

    My favourite is Alternative 3. I actually fell for that one for a few hours but my excuse is that I was young an naive at the time.


Re: My favorite hoax was:
by Tux (Canon) on Apr 01, 2011 at 10:52 UTC

    Not my fav, but here today we got this. I think I like its simplicity :)

    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: My favorite hoax was:
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on May 01, 2011 at 01:25 UTC

    Unquestionably my favorite was Dihydrogen MonOxide...

    The favorite prank that I pulled though was when I worked for Bell Laboratories. I sent a memo around that stated:

      "On 4/1/92 we will be clearing out all of the unused bits that are laying about in the Datakit®, RS-232, and LAN cabling throughout the facility. This will entail the injection of 150PSI compressed air into all these lines. As a result some of the bits and loose dust will be forced out of the lines and may be emitted with some great force from your workstations and terminals. If you want to prevent this please stop by the SAG office and pick up plastic bags which we will be issuing for this event. "

    Mind you, with all the very intelligent people working there I figured that everyone would see through the gag and just laugh it off as the attempt at humor that it was. However, on April 1 when the air compressors were to allegedly do their thing there was a line going for quite a way up the hallway of people looking for their SAG issued plastic bags. Fortunately I had the foresight to bring a box of landscaper sized plastic bags with me to work that day. I ended up going to pick up more at the hardware store at lunch time. The topper for the day was the woman who had left work already who came running back in her workout clothes in a panic wanting to know if was too late to pick up her bag.

    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
Re: My favorite hoax was:
by chexmix (Hermit) on Apr 21, 2011 at 14:25 UTC
    The Shaver Hoax.

    I guess the pedant in me is surprised that War of the Worlds is listed as a "hoax." IIRC, it was certainly not intended as one.

      This definition would certainly apply, as intention is not required.
Re: My favorite hoax was:
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 01, 2011 at 09:59 UTC
    None, i find hoaxes insulting and pointless waste of time, like crying wolf
      This is a great response. In the future, I hope you'll look at poll ideas quest 2011 on a regular basis; if you had made this comment there, I'd have included it as an option!
      Hoaxes are only insulting if a) you are taken in by them and b) if you are vain enough to think they are explicitly aimed at injuring you personally.

      They help us to question what we are told, not to take things at face value. If you still think that is a waste of time, well, life's a waste of time.
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