When Mr. J. Smith read the New York Times one hundred years ago, on the morning of 4 June 1922, he breathed a sigh of relief: the earth was not going to be invaded by dinosaurs, as had been feared the day before. It was Conan Doyle’s fault! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the famous creator… Read More Fake News
In 1708 satirist Jonathan Swift (author of “Gulliver’s Travels) decided to play a very elaborate All Fools’ Day prank on John Partridge, an astrologer who sold his bogus predictions to the public in almanacs.Almanacs were an important part of eighteenth-century life. They contained a daily calendar, a list of scheduled events and holidays, maxims and… Read More When Swift Made the Astrologer Die
The BBC’s spaghetti tree hoax was a legendary April Fool’s prank-On 1 April 1957 the BBC news show “Panorama” broadcast a three-minute report on a plentiful spaghetti harvest in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. The video showed a Swiss family harvesting spaghetti from the family “spaghetti tree”, placing it in baskets and then laying it… Read More The Spaghetti Tree Hoax
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!”
“Fake news“, “conspiracy theories”, and “hoaxes” are very common on the internet. “Fake news” are created to damage a person, a business, an agency, or a government, or to get attention and to get clicks on the internet. “A conspiracy theory” is an explanation of an event or situation that is different from the official… Read More Fake news & co.