The same phenomenon now takes place in a slightly different form: Internet users receive all manner of obvious hoaxes and jokes but forward them along as if they were real news, because they might be true, and if they are true, they're important. All of these items have been sent to us — more than once — by readers wanting to know whether they're true.
Mailings from an organization called the 'Internal Revenue Service' are a scam.
Little Billy Evans needs your help to obtain a real body to replace the burlap sack full of leaves that now serves as his trunk.
According to a study published in The England Journal of Medicine, "ogling women's breasts is good for a man's health."
President Clinton has ordered a recall of Massachusetts commemorative quarters because they feature a portrait of a minuteman holding a gun.
Harry Potter books are sparking a rise in Satanism among children.
Nostradamus predicted that December 2000 would see "the village idiot come forth to be acclaimed the leader in the home of greatest power."
A date rape drug called "beer" is used by female sex predators preying on men in bars.
Women are having their thighs stolen and replaced with oatmeal.
Online magic trick reads minds and removes card chosen by subject from pack.
Amazing on-line psychic trick can read minds and identify which symbol a user selected from a list of many choices.
The "worst job in Singapore" belongs to a zoo worker who has to help animals masturbate in order to collect sperm samples from them.
1984 newspaper announced Daylight Saving Time contest to see who could save the most daylight.
Man attempting to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head inadvertently saves his own life when the bullet excises his inoperable brain tumor.
Terrorist attempting to light the fuse to a bomb hidden in his rectum is foiled by airline personnel.
An 83-year-old grandmother beat up six airport security guards.
You can look up anyone's driver's license or police records for free on the Internet.
Chess player's head explodes.
Pacific Palisades High School placed an unusual message on their school telephone answering system.
The FBI tracks your every online keystroke with a pair of animated eyes.
Man arrested for insider trading attributes his financial success to time travel.
Saddam Hussein once starred in gay porn films.
An Oregon county health services department hired a Klingon interpreter to assist psychiatric patients who would speak no other language.
Researchers have developed genetically engineered fruit trees that bear meat.
A practical joker landed tourists in trouble by publishing a Japanese-to-English
E-mail advertises new cell phone conforming to federal regulations requiring motorists to use
Chihuahuas are actually a type of rodent bred to resemble dogs.
Perverts going door to door are getting folks to disrobe by asking to see various body parts.
A Kinsey Institute study found that having children lowers the IQ of both parents.
Roto-Rooter men find lots of strange things found in customers' drains.
The U.S. is about to surrender its sovereignty to the United Nations.
Julie Andrews sang an old folks' parody of "My Favorite Things" to celebrate her
The BBC reported an outbreak of "zombism" in a Cambodian town.
The BBC reported on a lion's mutilating 42 midgets in a Cambodian ring-fight.
A man starved to death rather than leave his computer to eat.
An argument over a San Diego-based message board resulted in two murders.
A medical study has determined working with idiots is 'one of the deadliest forms of stress.'
The artificial sweetener aspartame was originally developed as an ant poison.
A free web site allows users to track the location of any
A man had his thumbs surgically altered so that he could more easily operate his iPhone.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is being driven into bankruptcy by a child who wished for unlimited wishes.
Federal judge takes away from black women the right to name their children.
In dispute between bar owner and churchgoers, Texas judge makes caustic comment about which believes in prayer.
Web site provides access to program that will clean the inside of your computer screen.
Cheap but effective radiation tester — popcorn.
Drunk Chairman of the Federal Reserve lets loose in a bar about how bad the U.S. economy truly is.
The Taco Bell chain is closing due to allegations that their "beef" is really cat and dog meat.
An unusual planetary alignment on 4 January 2014 will make people on Earth weigh less.