The Museum of Hoaxes by Alex Boese

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Based on the author's popular website, Alex Boese's The Museum of Hoaxes takes readers on a tour of hundreds of documented hoaxes, many published here for the first time. You'll read about the curiosities and cons of the most notorious hornswogglers and flimflam men of the nineteenth century; you'll be astounded at the impostors, pretenders, carnies, and tricksters of the twentieth.

Learn how Edgar Allan Poe got away with an astonishing literary deception. Or how P. T. Barnum turned hoaxing the public into big business. It's all here, from the origin of April Fools' Day to the Taco Liberty Bell, from Bigfoot to the War of the Worlds to recent Internet hoaxes. There's also a Gullibility Test that challenges readers to answer the question: "Would these hoaxes have fooled YOU?"

Written with both humor and historical insight, and complete with photographs and illustrations, The Museum of Hoaxes will be the gift book of choice for anyone who has ever been duped, deceived, tricked, or trumped . . . or just likes watching the pros in action.
 

About Alex Boese

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Alex Boeseis a graduate student at the University of California at San Diego, where he is completing his doctoral dissertation.
 
Published November 11, 2002 by Dutton Adult. 304 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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This anxiety fueled the success of a 1994 hoax in PC Computing magazine, which published an article “reporting” that Congress would soon make it illegal to drive drunk on “the information highway.” When a 1998 Internet posting by a New Mexico physicist claimed that the Alabama legislature had vot...

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While short accounts of a variety of hoaxes won't satisfy aficionados, the general public may find it useful to know how some familiar hoaxes—e.g., the Loch Ness monster—were unmasked, and Boese's "suggested reading" list will help intrigued readers dig deeper.

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Entertainment Weekly

We're not sure what Boese's thesis adviser gave him, but here he earns a solid Originally posted Dec 06, 2002 Published in issue #685 Dec 06, 2002 Order article reprints

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