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  1. James at |

    Where’s Clever Hans?

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    1. Ben at |

      Who or what is Clever Hans? Can you give a link?

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      1. TopTenz Master at |

        In 1891 William von Osten, a German, started displaying his horse “Clever Hans” before the public. His claim was that Hans could answer questions by tapping his hoof: numbers were simply counted, the alphabet was encoded as “A”=one tap; “B”=two taps etc.

        http://www.ukskeptics.com/article.php?dir=articles&article=clever_hans.php

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  2. word at |

    Bible not listed?

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    1. me at |

      You have to go there? Really?

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      1. Dave at |

        The guy has a point!

        Perhaps God is indeed real, but the bible as we know it is probably the greatest work of fiction ever!

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      2. Jayne at |

        I knew someone would have to go there.

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    2. jcg at |

      Word, would you dare to substitute "Bible" for "Koran"? And Dave, would you stand by your comment in that case?

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      1. Daniel Grosvenor at |

        Gladly. No religious text, to my knowledge, bears any more authenticity than any other.

        Jcg: I would hope the reason you asked that question was to illustrate the fallibility of ALL religions, and not merely the knee-jerk Christian defense of "You wouldn't say that about Islam!", which people seem to think somehow justifies the silliness of their own religion.

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  3. Sterling Campbell at |

    why isn't there any mention of WMD's in this list?

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    1. Evan at |

      Sterling-

      They're on the list under #4. The Nigerian uranium forgeries were a big part of what started the whole WMD's in Iraq debate.

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  4. Chase at |

    The war of the worlds hoax wasn't a hoax. It was preceded by an announcement that this was a modern interpretation of the classic tale done in the form of a news cast and set in the local area rather than in England like the original story. What happened was a more popular radio show was canceled or was a rerun (what exactly I don't remember) and all those listeners, looking for something else, tuned into the war of the worlds, late, after the introduction.

    So there! Not a hoax just a Rube Goldbergian set of coincidences.

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    1. Evan at |

      Chase–

      They did air those announcements, but there's no denying, as you said, that some people tuned in a little late and took it the wrong way. It definitely wasn't an intentional hoax, but it sure played out like one, so that's why I included it. It might be a little bit of a stretch, but it's just too interesting a story to ignore.

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      1. johnny b goode at |

        "It definitely wasn't an international hoax…"
        If it isn't a hoax, don't say it is. Or are you just used to blatantly lying to your readers? I understand why you would want to put it on this list, but don't say it's a hoax if it ain't. btw stumbleupon+1

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      2. jcg at |

        johnny b goode:

        Evan stated, "It wasn't an intentional hoax…" not "It wasn't an international hoax…".

        I don't think he was blatantly lying to his readers. I also don't think you were blatantly misquoting Evan.

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      3. jcg at |

        I'll need to correct my last post.

        Evan said "It definitely wasn't an intentional hoax…"

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      4. Jimi at |

        I think in this case, you have to mention that it was unintentional, in the list and not the comments. The broadcast was just an exceptionally well written and performed radio show. In my opinion its a bit of a disservice to not let your readers know this right off.

        A bit of an aside, the show that caused people to come in late was the Chase and Sanborn Hour, that featured, of all things, a ventriloquist that night; I have listened to this broadcast, not much to speak of. At the 10 minute break for Edgar and Charlie (the ventriloquist and his dummy), people switched over to the CBS broadcast, just in time to hear the bulletin on the "Mars explosions." I'm guessing that most people would be interested in this, thus not returning to Edgar and Charlie.

        Ironically, most of the people who tuned in late must have not stayed for the end; it was a two part broadcast, I'm not sure if it was two night or not, but I do know that there was some sort of break in the story. The first part was the fake radio broadcast of the landings and the second part was a sort of diary dictation of a survivor as he looked for other survivors…its funny how less than a half hour of a radio broadcast can cause so much confusion, hysteria, and fear…

        To those few who have read this comment to the end, kudos, kudos to you.

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      5. Stymie at |

        A hoax is a deliberate attempt to mislead people. The War of the Worlds radio play was not produced to intentionally mislead people so it is not a hoax by any stretch. Putting it on this list as a hoax is more a hoax than the play itself.

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      6. Billius at |

        The word "hoax" implies intent, therefore there is no such thing as an unintentional hoax. The War of the Worlds fiasco, while amusing, is certainly not a hoax.

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        1. Dawn-Gale at |

          Exactly!

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  5. Jake at |

    I dont think the turk was a hoax at all,ur seems like a typical european senerio to take down any non-european succesor. Besides if you arr that good at chess then you would be quite smart and would not play for someone else to succeed. Its not their first time.

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    1. Lee at |

      Jake, the Turk was supposed to be a robot, not a Turkish person.

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  6. TopTenz Master at |

    I wonder if Roswell could be on this list?

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    1. Jayne at |

      Nah. It's sort of just an excepted fact. No one wants to ruin the fun by saying it out loud.
      http://www.roswellufofestival.com/

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    2. John at |

      Oh come on! have a little simpathy…At least they haven't prooved it's untrue unlike with the bible.

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      1. Jayne at |

        You can prove anything wrong with a little elbow grease and bull. The Bible is truth. :]

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        1. Steve at |

          Question everything. If the bible is true, explain this: God is infallible. God knows everything. God created man. God was displeased by man and so created the flood (Noah, etc) to kill those who displeased him. Now:

          1. If god knows everything then he knew man would displease him, so he set man up to fail (malevolance), or
          2. God did not know man would displease him, so god is not all knowing or infallible.
          3. If god can create the heaven and the earth from nothing, why would he choose the most cumbersome and slow method of killing everyone he didn't like (drowning them over 130 years!) rather than just clicking his fingers and blinking them out of existence?

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          1. Josean at |

            Plz study the Bible and any religious text before u say ignorant stuff like that:

            1-God DOES know everything, some things He chooses not to know just to see how we do and if we obey, God created inteligent beings with free will not robots. Just like a movie God decided not to know the end and see if man would obey, otherwise God would be cruel and evil.

            2- Same as above

            3-The flood lasted 40 days and nights not 130 years, God isnt a magician, doesnt do magic tricks, instead he manipulates the world He created. “God is a scientist”- Albert Einstein

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  7. -dan z- at |

    "War of the World's" should not be on this list. It was not a hoax, and repeated announcements were made during the broadcast that it was fiction.

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  8. Morgana at |

    what about that thing with the little girls, and the faeries?

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    1. Ben at |

      I assume you mean the Cotttingley Faires. You can read more about this hoax here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies and here http://www.cottingleyconnect.org.uk/fairies.htm

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  9. John at |

    I wonder if Global Warming will ever make it to this list? lol

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  10. Rj at |

    What about "Global Warming" / "Climate Change"? That is DEFINITELY one of the biggest hoaxes ever played on mankind.

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    1. angel at |

      no…

      definitely..it's not a kind of hoax…

      its a true phenomenon..

      ..if you wont believe..then you should think twice!

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  11. mini cigarette at |

    Global warming should definitely be on the list – along with weapons of mass destruction.

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  12. Freud at |

    Just an example of how sharp you naysayers are about global warming – look at 'mini cigarette.' Not only are WMDs in the list, another person doesn't read it either and makes the same mistake, so it's corrected and repeated in the comments. MC is the perfect example of somebody who does about 2 seconds looking for an answer then repeats the first BS they find or their uninformed friend tells them ad nauseam and doesn't know WTF he's talking about. Do you think over 98% of 3,000 scientists agreeing that we are having an impact on the planet is the work of idiots? They may not be sharp tacks like MC, but they likely at least did some of their own investigation to see if it made reasonable sense. The real 10th hoax is that you all use 10% of your brains.

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    1. Jayne at |

      I bet you feel really good about yourself now.

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    2. Kat at |

      Actually, it appears you only used 10% of your brain. I've written several research papers on the subject and Global Warming is not near as certain as people would like you to believe. That 98% is mostly from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Control(IPCC) which is pretty much the only scientists people are listening to. They do not actually do their own research. Everything they report comes from computer data. There are scientists who have traveled the world making tests and researching this who have evidence completely contradicting the IPCC, but they can't get the funding to follow up their research because the IPCC is largely in control. Furthermore, there are expert reviewers for the IPCC who have said their research methods are flawed. Global Warming makes for an intersting story (World's End Approaching!), but that's all it is. People need to stop trusting everything they read in the papers and start doing some of their own research. You shouldn't start agruing your point like you know what your talking about unless you have actually done some research on the matter. You're only throwing out there exactly what the news says. I encourage you to do some searching on the internet and read other scientists views on Global Warming.

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      1. Freud at |

        Nice try Kat… too bad you are a tool! While I'll concede that there is not 100% surety, have you looked at who is funding most of this "independent" research? And I guess it doesn't make any sense to you why they brought all those scientists together–with their silly climatological experience and all–to look objectively at what data we DO HAVE on the topic. I think you are one of the ones who is scared by the idea that we could be affecting our planet, and are looking for any excuse you can find to make yourself feel better. When something this important is at stake, why would we not begin making changes especially when they are not as dire as any run-of-the-mill republican will point out to you? It won't topple the economy… sorry. Look at the history of how we have made change when necessary that was considerable to our economy and how we shifted to roll with the change. Reducing greenhouse gases would be the most important thing on your plate if you really cared enough to look past the rhetoric and take a careful look at how our actions affect this planet, understanding that nothing is for certain and we have to act REGULARLY on less-than-perfect data. What's at stake? Why don't you answer that question KAT and see where it gets you.

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      2. Kat at |

        Well, it looks as though I made the wrong assumption about you being someone who was spoon fed by the news. I apologize. I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions without knowing you. I must say that you are right that I am scared, but it's not for the reason you are thinking. I've been watching people blindly follow and the thought of a nation that no longer thinks independently is what scares me. I feel as though we are becoming a country of robots dumbly programmed to believe everything we see on TV. My research obviously disagrees with yours. My point is that the scientists on the IPCC are not looking at new data. They look at the old stuff, but the scientists out gathering data, real-time, are not taken into account. You definitely have me on the question of "What's at stake?", but I feel that is only a valid question if we don't have any real evidence of what's happening to our planet. There is evidence being gathered every day though that is not accepted.

        I do trust that our actions influence the planet, just not near as drastically as we are led to believe. I'm all for gradual measures to become environmentally friendly. However, I don't believe decades of habit should be changed over the course of a couple years.

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    3. Jayne at |

      It's people like you both that are causing global warming.

      All your chatter about positively nothing is wasting and polluting the clean air.

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    4. Daniel at |

      [quote]Nice try Kat… too bad you are a tool![/quote]

      The above seems to be a typical ad hominem attack by a proponent of anthropological global warming.

      When facts and statistical analysis fail to support their hypothesis, they refuse to admit that the null hypothesis is correct and say the debate is over. Anyone who questions the authority of "98% of 3,000 scientists" (the vast majority of whom were not climatologists and have no expertise in the field, and leaving out the fact that the climatologists actually in charge of the study disputed its conclusions) is cast as "a tool".

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    5. Uriel at |

      Schmuck.

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  13. Eduardo at |

    The Hoax number 0 was "Iraq has mass-destruction weapons" ~ George W. Bush.

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  14. Joka at |

    You should include the Prebster John letters aswell, from the middle ages it was of great influence to the crusades the starting of the discovery age and diplomatic relations between europe and african kingdoms

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  15. Jock at |

    But charles Darwin wasn't alive in 1912???

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    1. Mikal at |

      Dawson, not Darwin.

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  16. giochi gratis at |

    I add the italian Superenalotto contest…

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  17. Sammie at |

    This was an interesting article, and I appreciate the work that must have gone into it. The only downside is the people who have to argue about topics that weren't mentioned such as the Bible or Global Warming. In my personal opinion if people want to call something a hoax, they should do their own research and have enough decency to not ruin the article for others who have done their own research, by perhaps keeping their arguing traps shut. I apologize if this seems rude, but I felt that I had to make a point with it. People should keep their comments about the article and not argue about what isn't even mentioned in the article. It's simply common courtesy for other readers, and keeps the amount of people who get offended to a minimum. As it is, I enjoyed the article. Just not the stupid people arguing over something that's not even mentioned in the article.

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    1. Jayne at |

      Amen. You have summed up what I was too lazy to type.

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  18. Erik at |

    The Bible should be listed!

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    1. Jayne at |

      You're a day late and a dollar short, bud.

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  19. Joe at |

    9/11 biggest hoax of this century

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  20. Fiona at |

    You forgot to add religion to the list.

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  21. Grinphader at |

    Hoax number one should be atheism.

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  22. Dustin at |

    Excellent list. My favorite hoax is "The Surgeons Photograph". Taken at Loch Ness in 1934 it's the most iconic image of the Loch Ness monster and wasn't confirmed as a hoax until 1994! It could be argued that this is the photo that started it all as far as the tourism business that Nessie garners today.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Hi, Dustin. You may wish to read a list about good Old Nessie. Our top 10 Cryptids list has Nessie, Big Foot and some other creatures that may be hoaxes.

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  23. Jayne at |

    Fact:

    The longer comment threads get, the more likely it is that someone will come up with an offensive statement bashing religion, America, or Holocaust believers.

    I'm actually surprised that no one has said anything about the Holocaust being a hoax.

    Be proud, human race. This is what we have come to;

    a pile of internet juknies all hoping to prove each other wrong with a wittier-than-the-previous comment.

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    1. tmunny at |

      amen.

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      1. phillydrifter at |

        rAmen!

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  24. Daniel at |

    Where's Enron?

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  25. nemo at |

    What about planes delivering babies ?

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  26. dert at |

    the internet is a hoax and it isn't on here. I am tired of people saying that this internet thing is real.

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  27. Tim at |

    The article is real, but all the comments are a hoax. They've all been photoshopped.

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    1. Jayne at |

      LOL!

      And by "lol" I mean, I actually laughed out loud.

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  28. L at |

    The war of the worlds radio broadcast was not a hoax, the show itself contained three statements (at the beginning, middle and end) of its fictional nature. The reason for the panic – much of which has been over hyped as time progresses – was because many listeners switched over to the broadcast from another popular radio show that slightly overlapped and missed the initial clarification.

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    1. dustin at |

      yeh i think dan typed this a week ago.

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  29. e cigarette at |

    What about James Frey? You don't mess w/ Mother Oprah! I think he's now in a million little pieces scattered all over Chicago.

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    1. stacy at |

      I was just going to say the exact same thing! Well, something along those lines.

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    2. Ben at |

      You know, I'm surprised I didn't think of him either. Seems obvious now. Good addition.

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  30. Mandy at |

    My favorite hoax will always be Princess Caraboo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Caraboo A British peasant girl convinced an entire town that she was an Oriental princess for several months before being discovered. There was a really good movie made about it.

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  31. angel at |

    ..kindly ask'…

    ..is Global Warming a kind of hoax?? too??..

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  32. A6M4 at |

    You could say yes, Global Warming is a type of hoax. I am not going to get into the science of it, because that is a debate all its own. I do think however, that the issue has been over-hyped into a doomsday scenario instead of a more change in life. Trust me here, the world will not end if the sea rises an extra 100 ft. and btw, the energy required to get the oceans to go up 100 ft is immense, thousands of hydrogen bombs worth to change that much ice into that much water, and that isnt taking into account the shoreline, but like i said I am not getting into the science (or really math) of it

    its just the over-hype that gets me, and I dont lie the govt getting involved because then it becomes a political issue and that is where the doomsday scenario comes from, politicians trying to get more votes.

    so yeah don't hate me, we all have opinions, most of us are wrong and if you can't admit that, odds are you are one of the wrong ones

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  33. Father Time at |

    What about the spaghetti trees? That one was a classic.

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  34. Byopower at |

    One that should most definitely be included as a genuine deliberate hoax was the fossil that National Geographic got all excited about, linking some feathered fossil to a previously unfeathered fossil (cannot remember the exact details) only to discover after a big splash on TV and in the magazine, that it was a hoax from China, being made up of two unrelated fossils.

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  35. edward at |

    What about Sarah Palin and her "Wild ride" from Texas to Alaska while leaking amniotic fluid, driving to an out-of-the-way clinic and birthing a premature Down Syndrome baby with a hole in his heart and then appearing with him at work 2 days later? She will not produce a birth certificate. She lied to the Nation about her qualifications She sacrificed her teen-age daughter for her "christian family values anti- abortion" campaign.

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  36. Thommy at |

    RE: Global Warming. Maybe those who think it’s a hoax, should take a hike way up North, and ask the Polar Bears what’s happening to their habitat!!!

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    1. L5Rick at |

      Go hug one Thommy.

      Let’s say it again:
      *There are more Polar Bears now than there were 50 years ago.
      *They survived the last interglacial, which was warmer than now.
      *The claim that Polar Bears are drowning because of Global Warming (human caused) was based on shoddy, cargo cult, science.

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  37. Hakeem at |

    too bad No.4 resulted in the death of thousands of iraqis. the culprits that created this hoax are terrorists and should be brought to justice.

    Is No. 6 really a hoax ????. I mean look around you who control the money, media and even wars

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  38. Mandy at |

    The Paul McCartney thing is not a hoax. It’s true,the name of the man we know as Paul McCartney today is William Campbell.

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  39. Harry Kuheim at |

    What about Global Warming? That’s the hoax that paralized our economy.

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  40. Lina at |

    Waddabout George’s WMD? Hmm?

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  41. Dave at |

    How about the hoax that Obama is doing a good job as president and that the unemployment rate is really improving. It may not be in the top ten hoaxes of all time but it is a major hoax taking place right now. It should be over by late January 2013 though…I HOPE!…

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