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The Museum of Hoaxes: The World's Greatest Hoaxes [Paperback]

Alex Boese
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18 Aug 2005
What is it that gives us such delight in hoaxing the gullible? The April Fool perpetrated by Burger King who advertised they were to produce left-handed hamburgers for the 32 million left-handed Americans. They were inundated with eager buyers... The famous BBC TV 'Spaghetti Tree' hoax... The outrage caused by Taco Bell's announcement that they had purchased the Liberty Bell and henceforth it would be known as the 'Taco Liberty Bell' ... Taken from the website www.museumofhoaxes.com this is a hilarious collection of hoaxes which proves just how gullible human beings are.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (18 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752864262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752864266
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you have a taste for the wild and wacky stories that have fooled people who should have known better, you'll enjoy this. Hilarious" (SUNDAY EXPRESS, 19 September )

"A great lucky dip of a book" (THE JOURNAL (Newcastle), 7 September )

"Crammed with incredible tales" (WESTERN DAILY PRESS, 16 October ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

THE JOURNAL (Newcastle), 7 September

"A great lucky dip of a book" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoaxing is good 5 Jan 2006
This is a chronological archive of hoaxes from the last few centuries. it's a fascinating insight into the subject, and seems to cover all the interesting stuff. The rabbit babies part was nasty though.
The only hoax book you'll ever need- is linked to the museum of hoaxes website, which contains even more tales of gullibility.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but "Hippo Eats Dwarf" is better 13 Mar 2010
This is an interesting overview of hoaxes down the ages though the breadth of the subject and the way it is tackled means that it is necessarily a bit sketchy and uneven. Some famous and major hoaxes get a rather cursory account that doesn't always do them justice, and it has to be said that some rather uninteresting ones seem to get more than they warrant. However it is a book worth reading if you are interested in the subject but don't know much about it, and references to the author's "Museum of Hoaxes" website are helpfully provided.
Personally, while I enjoyed them both, I found Boese's subsequent book on Internet hoaxes "Hippo Eats Dwarf" more informative and satisfying.
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