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5 of the Latest Hoaxes the Web has to Offer

5 of the Latest Hoaxes

A hoax is a deliberately fabricated falsehood made to masquerade as truth. The hoax story has been circulating far and wide on Twitter and on the web. Here are the latest hoaxes on the web and find out what they are offer.


The Internet is an unforgiving beast. Put a hoax out there, get caught, and you can expect to be ripped to shreds. Internet hoaxes have been around for about as long as the Internet itself.

One of the oldest hoaxes started in 1989, when the story of Craig Shergold started making the rounds. In it, was the story of a young boy in England suffering from cancer, and his dying wish was to get into the Guinness Book of Records by collecting your business cards. It was a cunning and shrewd attempt to collect an entire database of unsuspecting do-gooders contact information.

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Since then we’ve seen everything from dogs the size of horses and mummified fairies to a law against drunk Internet-ing, and the hoaxes just keep on coming. Twitter ‘kills off’ about one celebrity a day, while New Yorkers really took the Twitter hoax to a whole new level sharing fake photos as they waited for Hurricane Irene to make an appearance.

We’ve put together a list of 5 of the most recent hoaxes in the past year that have duped us Internet folk into believing an entirely fake story.

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Source: Nancy Messieh

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