20 high-profile tricks and hoaxes pulled off for money, for attention and some just for fun.
In an era when people create all manner of fake online identities, a strange case has emerged out of France of a missing child that only ever existed on a Facebook page. French police have called off the search and charged the woman allegedly responsible for the disturbing hoax.
Infamous cons, both historic and modern, from all over the world.
On November 7, 2013, the sheriff’s department in River County Florida got a 911 call from a woman saying that her husband had left a grey pipe on the kitchen counter. The pipe had a wire coming out of it and a note nearby written in red that said: “This is (an) explosive. (It’s) a bomb.”
Clifford Michael Irving was an only child born to Jay and Dorothy Irving of New York on November 5, 1930. Little is known about his formative years, but later he became an investigative writer and reporter, best known for having successfully fobbed off his fake autobiography of Howard Hughes on publishers McGraw Hill, and almost getting away with it.
Like many places of higher learning, the University of Wyoming in Laramie has a student-organized ‘Crushes’ page on Facebook, where students too shy to approach their crush can post their feelings anonymously. Everyone loves a secret admirer and the page was a big hit, until an alleged false rape threat came along and ruined it.
The woman who made headlines for lying about finding a finger in her Wendy’s chili is back in the news, this time caught in a different lie.
Police think alcohol may have been a factor in the death of a would-be prankster, who donned his ghillie suit on the highway one night hoping to be mistaken for the legendary hidden-creature Bigfoot, and was struck by passing motorists.
Police have completed their investigation and are calling the reported July 21, 2012, hate-based attack on Lincoln, Neb., woman Charlie K. Rogers, 33, a staged incident.
Hair samples are being sought for a study to prove the existence of the legendary creature called Bigfoot, also known as a the Sasquatch, or the Yeti. According to the London A.P., Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology researchers reached out this week to museums, scientists and Sasquatch aficionados, asking for a hair sample [...]