Historical Fake News

Fake news is nothing new since governments and powerful individuals have always used information as a weapon to boost their support and suppress dissidence. During Roman times, disinformation was widespread. Conspirators used fake news about Julius Caesar appointing himself emperor to engender support for his assassination. Subsequently, Octavian famously used a campaign of disinformation to… Read More Historical Fake News

Virginia Woolf, the Dreadnought Hoax, and the origin of “Bunga! Bunga!”

  On 7 February 1910, four men in long robes, accompanied by two in western dress, were received on board HMS Dreadnought, the flagship of the British Royal Navy and the most technologically advanced ship that had been built. The six people were a group of friends, including writer Virginia Stephen ( later Virginia Woolf… Read More Virginia Woolf, the Dreadnought Hoax, and the origin of “Bunga! Bunga!”

Davy Crockett

David “Davy” Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was an American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and three-time Congressman. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and took part in the Texas Revolution. During the Battle of the Alamo 49-year-old Crockett remained there as the Mexican army advanced, boosting the spirits of… Read More Davy Crockett