Saturday, 1 December 2007

This is a Hoax - or is it?

The Museum of Hoaxes was established in 1997 in order to promote knowledge about the phenomenon of hoaxes. Why do we (the staff at the museum) care about hoaxes, and why do we think other people should care also? One reason is that we live in an era in which reality and unreality are becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish, and the only reliable way to sort out what is real from what is unreal is to have some knowledge about what unreality looks like and how it manages to slip past our defenses. But the real reason we care about hoaxes is simply because we’re endlessly fascinated by the bizarre things that people have been talked into believing over the years.


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