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#Hoax

From TheJournal.ie Belfast security alert declared an 'elaborate hoax' Hoax

Belfast security alert declared an 'elaborate hoax'

Police in Belfast have declared a security alert at Shore Road in Newtownabbey a hoax.

From TheJournal.ie Man arrested as suspicious devices found in Limerick Bomb Scare

Man arrested as suspicious devices found in Limerick

Both devices were declared non-viable after an investigation overnight.

From TheJournal.ie Authorities: Report of gunman at MIT was a hoax Massachusetts

Authorities: Report of gunman at MIT was a hoax

It had been reported that a gunman was on the campus, which was then put into lockdown.

From TheJournal.ie Hoax device leads to evacuation in Tallaght Hoax

Hoax device leads to evacuation in Tallaght

Residents of homes in Deerpark Avenue in Tallaght were forced to leave as gardaí and the army bomb squad investigated the suspicious device.

From TheJournal.ie Australian radio show involved in hoax hospital call to be taken off air Australia

Australian radio show involved in hoax hospital call to be taken off air

The nurse who was the recipient of the hoax call, Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead three days later.

From The42 ESPN obtain phone records appearing to back up Manti Te'o story Manti

ESPN obtain phone records appearing to back up Manti Te'o story

An unnamed source presented data to corroborate Te’o's tale of long calls with Lennay Kekua.

From The42 Dead girlfriend hoax: American football star tells Couric he briefly lied about girlfriend Manti

Dead girlfriend hoax: American football star tells Couric he briefly lied about girlfriend

But Manti Te’o insists he wasn’t in on the hoax.

From The42 Fake girlfriend hoax: woman whose picture was used in Manti Te'o prank breaks silence Hoax

Fake girlfriend hoax: woman whose picture was used in Manti Te'o prank breaks silence

The awkward moment when you realise your face is on ESPN.

Te'o ruse: It never crossed my mind to see my 'dead' girlfriend during her coma after fake car accident

The American Football star told ESPN [off-camera] that he was the victim of a cruel jape.

From The42 Dead girlfriend hoax: It's not just Manti Te'o, here's how athletes pick up women on Twitter Hook Up
From The42 Catfish? Notre Dame backs Manti Te'o in 'sophisticated' fake girlfriend hoax Bizarre

Catfish? Notre Dame backs Manti Te'o in 'sophisticated' fake girlfriend hoax

The star linebacker is caught up in one of the strangest stories we’ve heard in some time.

From The42 Notre Dame: Manti Te'o was a victim of the dead girlfriend hoax Hoax

Notre Dame: Manti Te'o was a victim of the dead girlfriend hoax

This is the weirdest story we’ve read in a while.

Hospital treating pregnant Kate falls for prank call from queen

The nurse gave an Australian radio station details of Kate’s condition when they posed as the 86-year-old monarch.

From TheJournal.ie Big Foot hoax attempt ends with man's death US This post contains videos

Big Foot hoax attempt ends with man's death

Authorities in Montana say that the man was wearing camouflage clothing and standing on a highway when he was struck by two vehicles.

From TheJournal.ie Twitter agrees to block fake Indian PM accounts Hoax

Twitter agrees to block fake Indian PM accounts

The government asked Twitter to take down the accounts because they risked increasing ethnic and religious tension.

From TheJournal.ie The Evening Fix: Tuesday Need To Know

The Evening Fix: Tuesday

Things we learned, loved, and shared today.

From TheJournal.ie Army bomb disposal team called out to fourth alert today Security Alert

Army bomb disposal team called out to fourth alert today

Suspicious device discovered in Sallynoggin, Dublin.

7 of the world's greatest hoaxes (or are they?)

Aliens invading New Jersey, spaghetti growing on trees… just some of the hoaxes that had the world fooled.

From TheJournal.ie PSNI working with Gardai in bomb hoax investigation Bomb Hoax

PSNI working with Gardai in bomb hoax investigation

Gardaí are now working with the PSNI in their investigation into the bomb hoaxes which caused evacuations in four different locations on Saturday night.

From TheJournal.ie Four venues evacuated over hoax bomb warnings Hoax

Four venues evacuated over hoax bomb warnings

Patrons of nightclubs in Tullamore, Galway, Ballinasloe, and Claremorris were evacuated at approximately 11pm last night.

From TheJournal.ie 'There's a gun in my carry-on... LOL': when jokes bomb at the airport Not Funny

'There's a gun in my carry-on... LOL': when jokes bomb at the airport

Jokes about weapons and explosives are a serious no-no at airports – here’s why…

From TheJournal.ie Lurgan town centre declared safe following hoax Hoax

Lurgan town centre declared safe following hoax

A van was hijacked yesterday evening before the driver was forced to drive towards the town’s police station.

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Tuesday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Thursday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Thursday

Your essential evening round-up of the day’s biggest news, plus the bits and pieces you may have missed…

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Thursday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie Jealous wife 'told airport her husband had a bomb' Hoax

Jealous wife 'told airport her husband had a bomb'

Johnna Woolfolk had her husband stopped as she believed he was on his way to meet another woman, the FBI said.

From TheJournal.ie Hoax forces residents to evacuate homes Hoax

Hoax forces residents to evacuate homes

The Defence Forces were called to the incident, which took place in Dublin city last night.

From TheJournal.ie Suspicious package discovered at RTÉ was a hoax Hoax

Suspicious package discovered at RTÉ was a hoax

A suspicious package was discovered at the offices of the national broadcaster at lunchtime yesterday.

FACEBOOK HAS DENIED rumours that it is to begin charging for use, after thousands of users around the world fell for a scam advising them that monthly charges would begin from this morning. A post on the network’s official Facebook page confirmed that the company had “no plans to charge for Facebook. It’s free and always will be.” So, as you were, then.

From TheJournal.ie Australian teen 'relieved' at hoax collar bomb arrest Australia

Australian teen 'relieved' at hoax collar bomb arrest

Police spent ten hours removing the device, which turned out not to have any explosives in it, from the neck of 18-year-old Sydney girl Madeleine Pulver.

From TheJournal.ie Collar bomb hoaxer left mysterious note pinned to teenage victim Madeleine Sydney This post contains videos

Collar bomb hoaxer left mysterious note pinned to teenage victim Madeleine

The letter signed with a name from a bestselling novel warned: “Don’t go to the cops or I will detonate.”

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

A SUSPICIOUS DEVICE discovered in Dublin’s North Wall this morning has been declared a hoax. Gardaí have confirmed that the device was found at Seville Place this morning and the area was closed off at 7.50am. An army bomb disposal team was called in and declared the device to be a hoax. The area was reopened at around 9.30am.

'Gay girl in Damascus' blogger revealed as married man in Scotland

Revelation of campaigning blogger’s true identity sparked outrage among the gay community in Syria, with one blogger saying his life is “in harm’s way” because of the Damascus blog.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Wednesday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Irish people’s €2 million flatpack habit; what NOT to say to a Leaving Cert student and the royal newlyweds’ starter home hell.

From TheJournal.ie British police say suspicious package linked to dissident republicans is a hoax Hoax

British police say suspicious package linked to dissident republicans is a hoax

The package had been linked to dissident republicans in Northern Ireland but police have dismissed the link and said the package was a hoax.

From TheJournal.ie Terror plan for Kildare thwarted by gardaí Royal Visit

Terror plan for Kildare thwarted by gardaí

Three men arrested in Kildare yesterday are believed to be IRA supporters who had planned a hoax car bomb to disrupt the Queen’s visit, while 12 people arrested in Dublin last night have been charged and released.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Wednesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: A hoax text message spreads panic in Asia, the Taoiseach and Tanaiste head to the USA for Saint Patrick’s Day and how happy twits flock together.

From TheJournal.ie Japanese radiation text warning hoax spreads panic Fake Text

Japanese radiation text warning hoax spreads panic

Philippine authorities have called for investigation into fake text purporting to be from the BBC, as anonymous hoaxer adds names of survivors to list of confirmed dead.

When photos of “Jenny” the long-suffering broker’s assistant – who quit her job in style – appeared online, beleaguered workers around the world gave an inner cheer.

A series of photographs featuring Jenny and her dry-erase messages (that were supposedly emailed to her entire office), left no doubt in anyone’s mind about her true feelings towards her bad-tempered, sexist, bad-breathed boss. (See here.)

Jenny hadn’t just meekly handed in her resignation after overhearing him make comments about her, instead she gave him a piece of her mind – and the whole office a good laugh – before quitting.

…and not before outing him as a fervent Farmville player.

However, it turns out that the Angelina-Jolie-lookalike is not a wannabe broker named Jenny but an actress, Elyse Porterfield.

But Porterfield and her partners in crime at TheChive.com are just the  latest in a long list of online hoaxers who have succeeded in suckering us gullible internet users.

We’ve put together another couple of our favourite here…


Kremvax: An oldie but a goodie

Kremvax – one of the first-ever internet hoaxes – fooled an audience that was a wee bit smaller than we would be used to today.

All the way back in 1984, the internet was in its infancy and the Cold War still going strong. The “internet” in those days went by the name Usenet -  a precursor to the World Wide Web we know and love that finally allowed the general public to connect.

Piet Beertema, posting from a mathematical research centre, circulated a fake report one April Fool’s day telling everyone that the Russians had infiltrated Usenet and had established a site from the Kremlin; “Kremvax”. He thought this would be hilarious.

He was right.

Water on Mars

NASA got really people’s attention in 2005 when they announced that they had discovered water on Mars. We dared to wonder – might this mean there could be life on other planets?

Not quite.

NASA scientists had taken a break from their usual work of trying to piece together the secrets of existence, placed a glass of water on top of a Mars bar and taken a photo of it.

Who said scientists weren’t funny?

Microsoft Research Reclaims the Value of Pi

This was an update of a similar spoof set in1998, in which Alabama’s state legislature was reported to have had rounded the value of pi to the “Biblical value of 3.”

An executive with the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, Lewis Shepherd, posted on his personal blog that Microsoft Research had determined the true-up value of pi to be a definitive 3.141999, or – as expressed in company literature – “Three easy payments of 1.047333.”

The Assassination of Bill Gates

Red faced journalists in South Korea were forced to eat their words in 2003 when they reported that Bill Gates had died after being shot by a gunman at a charity event in Los Angeles.

The information had been lifted form what appeared to be the CNN website – but which on closer inspection turned out to be a sophisticated spoof site, designed by the online gaming website CG-Rom.