Too much of what ends up in our inboxes these days is pure hoax. Not scams (dishonest attempts to separate us from our money (which we could at least admire for their ingenuity, if not their morality), but simple hoaxes intended to do nothing more than waste our time and make us look like fools.



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Comedian Andy Kaufman has returned, twenty years after faking his death.


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The Government is planning to read all of its employees’ e-mail in April.


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Enfamil is paying $1400 settlements to parents of children born between 1980 and 1991.


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The BabyInk body art chain specializes in tattooing babies and children.


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An organization called Citizens Against Breast-Feeding is petitioning Congress to outlaw breast-feeding.


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Forwarding a particular e-mail will cause an entertaining video clip to pop up on your monitor or win money for you.


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A Nostradamus prophecy foretold the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.


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An “Instructions for Life” chain mail mantra was written by the Dalai Lama.


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Popular entertainer Dave Matthews is dead.


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The governor of Florida asked residents to reduce their electrical usage during Ted Bundy’s execution.


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For $78,000, Coincidence Design will stalk the girl of your dreams to gather information on her.


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Photograph shows RAND Corporation’s 1954 design for a home computer.


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Rapper 50 Cent underwent emergency surgery to reattach a hand severed by a car door.


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A flashing Instant Message is a sign that someone is trying to steal your password.


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Parents can obtain free $500 savings bonds from Gerber as part of a lawsuit settlement.


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AOL is about to start charging for Instant Messaging unless an Internet petition opposing the fee increase attracts 100,000 signatures.*


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Several authors of inspiring books and web logs have turned out to be fictitious.


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You can purchase human meat through a company called ManBeef.


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Web site will reveal an “astounding” discovery to the world on 8 March 2003.


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Heavy metal band Metallica is suing the group Unfaith over their use of the E and F chords.


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A video clip shows a NASA studio-produced ‘outtake’ of the first moon landing.


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A forthcoming Jamie Oliver cookery book, Naked Chef 2, is circulating on the Internet as a Microsoft Word document.


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Children orphaned by the Indian Ocean tsunami are being offered for sale via SMS messages.


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Your free e-mail or instant messaging service is about to cancel the accounts of users who don’t forward a particular e-mail message to others.


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The fall 2003 California wildfires left the U.S. facing a severe toilet paper shortage.


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Recent study proves George W. Bush has the lowest IQ of all presidents of the past fifty years.


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Comedian/actor Sinbad died of a heart attack in March 2007.


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One-item psych test will reveal the psychopaths in your life.


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The FBI‘s “Department for Illegal Internet Downloads” is sending out automated warning messages via e-mail.


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According to a university study, fellatio may significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer in women.


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Tourist dies while being photographed in the Sundarbans.


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A reality show on NBC will feature women being pursued through the brush by rapists.


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Employee of law firm sends nonchalant message about replacement of a murdered secretary.


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CNN has reported that rapper Tupac Shakur is alive.


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PETA has clad deer in orange hunters’ vests.


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Congress has approved special insurance dividend payments for veterans.


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Someone claiming to be the Yahoo Community Monitor is deleting discussion groups.


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A quick round-up of some web hoaxes.


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Actor Christopher Walken is planning on making a bid for the U.S. presidency in 2008.


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Coincidence Design stalks women to gather information to set up accidental meetings.


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Actor Will Ferrell was killed in a paragliding accident.


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Web site offers a device for performing LASIK eye surgery at home.


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Actor Ben Savage was killed in a September 2006 drunk-driving accident.


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Singer Axl Rose died of a drug overdose in Las Vegas in October 2006.


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Singer Axl Rose was found dead in his home.


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A star actor was killed in a fall from a cliff while filming in New Zealand or Austria.


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Paris Hilton has been stabbed several times in the jail where she is serving out her sentence.


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You should donate money to help an expectant couple seeking to raise $50,000 in order to avoid opting for an abortion.


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E-mail reproduces TMZ article about Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell


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Customers can “purchase” teenage brides through the web site marryourdaughter.com.


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Drummer Travis Barker was found dead in his garage in November 2007.


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KISS frontman Gene Simmons was found dead in his house in November 2007.


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Singer Britney Spears committed suicide at the Promises clinic in October 2007.


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MySpace will be replaced with MySpace 2, a fee-for-use site costing $22.50 per month, in 2009.


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Web site offers to buy unwanted cats and dogs to re-sell for vivisection and animal testing services.


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Web site offers to sell third-world orphans for adoption as organ donors.


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Web site provides listings of violent criminals residing in your neighborhood.


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Web site offers a program for participating and investing in the business of “Canine Sport Fighting.”


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Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus was killed in an automobile accident.


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Luxury cruise along Somali coast offers chance to shoot pirates.


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Justin Bieber befriended a fan who had been raped after attending one of his concerts.


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Massive earthquake predicted to hit Los Angeles on 30 September 2010.


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Actor Charlie Sheen has died of a heart attack.


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A star actor was killed in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.


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Scientists state a 30% chance that a 6.0 earthquake will hit Berkeley within 3 weeks of 28 October 2011.


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Joe Montana was killed in a car accident.


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Singer Garth Brooks was killed in a jet-ski accident.


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One of the scenes in Back to the Future showed characters traveling via their time-machine car to June 27, 2012 from October 26, 1985.


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A listing of celebrity death hoaxes.


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Justin Bieber has cancer, and fans are shaving their heads in support of him.


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A four-year study has found that Fox News viewers have IQs 20 points lower than average.


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A pro football player broke both his legs in an automobile accident.


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An actor was killed in a fall while filming in Austria.


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YouTube is shutting down and will no longer be accepting video submissions.


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Pastor Joel Osteen has resigned.


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Chumlee from Pawn Stars has died of a marijuana overdose or heart attack.


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You can quickly recharge your cell phone by microwaving it.


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Author J. K. Rowling has announced plans to pen a new book in the Harry Potter series.


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Actor Paul Walker was killed in an automobile accident.


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SpongeBob SquarePants is being cancelled at the end of January 2014.


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Emma Watson will be starring in a live-action version of The Little Mermaid.


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Wayne Knight from Seinfeld was killed in a car crash.


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Google Earth helped locate a woman who had been stranded on an island for seven years.


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Scientists have succesfully cloned a live dinosaur from a fossil.


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Actor Norman Reedus has been fired from The Walking Dead after a disagreement with producers.


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Pop star Justin Bieber has admitted on Twitter to being bisexual.


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Japanese scientists have successfully cloned a saber-tooth tiger.


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All U.S. stores will stop accepting coupons as of 1 July 2014 due to ‘Extreme Couponing’ fraud.


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Facebook account from actor Ryan Gosling describes the loss of his adopted child.


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The minimum legal drinking age in the U.S. is being raised to 25.


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Ten U.S. states will be ending the practice of requiring child support payments as of January 2015.


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WalMart has announced they will no longer accept EBT transactions as a form of payment.


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Stephanie Courtney, the actress who plays the character of Flo in commercials for Progressive Insurance, is dead.


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Former President George H.W. Bush has died of food poisoning.


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A Texas death row inmate requested a child as his last meal.


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Actor Judd Nelson has died.


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Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is dead.


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Actor Macaulay Culkin has died.


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“Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan has died.


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Singer Jay Jon was found dead shortly after the releasing the song “C.O.P.” on YouTube.


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EastEndersDanny Dyer has died.


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Actor Gene Hackman has passed away at the age of 85.


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Porn star Sasha Grey was killed by Ukrainian military forces.


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A death hoax involving Willie Nelson circulated.


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Singer Beyoncé Knowles was killed in a car crash.


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Comedian Martin Lawrence was found dead in a hotel room.


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Mark McGrath was shot and killed on the set of Hot Package.


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The abbreviation ‘LOL’ means “Lucifer Our Lord” and is used in prayer by Satanists.


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A real-life tour guide for inner-city children compiled their humorous observations for a blog called Ghetto Hikes.


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Comedian Martin Lawrence was found dead in a hotel room.


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Michael Jordan passed away in his sleep at the age of 52.


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Al Pacino was found dead at his home at the age of 75.


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Infamous criminal Charles Manson has been found dead in his prison cell.


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Actor Channing Tatum came out as gay.


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Steven Seagal died of a heart attack at age 63 in August 2015.