Anybody Remember The Long Lost  Cartoon Super Turbo Atomic Mega Rabbit?

It's a shame that Saturday morning animation blocks are now extinct. Was there ever a greater anthropomorphic action cartoon than Super Turbo Atomic Mega Rabbit? Thankfully YouTuber Mr GeekyGod has salvaged the intro from an old VHS and posted it online for your viewing pleasure: » 3/28/15 8:45am Saturday 8:45am

This Viral Photo Of Yesterday's Eclipse From Space Is Fake. Duh.

Yesterday's solar eclipse was one of the most spectacular in recent memory. So it's a shame that thousands of people were duped into thinking this image — supposedly taken from the International Space Station — was the real deal. It's obviously not, and here's why. » 3/20/15 9:45am 3/20/15 9:45am

Chinese Monster Hoax Wasn't Really Gollum, But a Video Game Ad

Earlier this week, a Chinese man was camping with friends in the Huairou region when he seems to have spotted a monster-like creature that somewhat resembled Gollum from Lord of the Rings. The man said he was "terrified." He snapped photos and uploaded them online. They spread like wildfire. » 6/27/14 12:31pm 6/27/14 12:31pm

7 Scifi Literary and Journalistic Hoaxes that Readers Believed

The idea of sophisticated life on the moon might seem absurd today, but when a story about lunary civilization appeared in newspapers in 1835, many wondered if it could be true. And that's hardly the only scifi story readers have found credible enough to believe. » 8/18/13 7:00am 8/18/13 7:00am

Archaeologist suing makers of Indiana Jones, claiming their Crystal…

Can a fantastical movie be too historically accurate? Dr. Jaime Awe, director of the Institute of Archeology of Belize, has filed suit against Lucasfilm and Paramount Pictures claiming that the prop skull from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull bears a striking resemblance to one of the "real" Crystal… » 12/09/12 5:00pm 12/09/12 5:00pm

Rash of robot sightings could be a sign of the impending robopocalypse…

Robots of various shapes and sizes have been seen making their way through a number of cities in the United States without any apparent human oversight. Sightings have been reported in Pasadena, Los Angeles, and along Hollywood Boulevard, as well as some undisclosed subway stations and industrial parks. Now, while… » 11/19/12 11:07am 11/19/12 11:07am

FameDaddy 'celebrity sperm bank' revealed to be an elaborate hoax

A comedy show in the UK has just pulled off a rather well executed prank. It all got started earlier this week when Dan Richards, the "CEO" of a fake company called FameDaddy, appeared on a major morning television show. Richards, who is an actor in real life, spoke on live TV about his company, what he described as… » 10/19/12 1:22pm 10/19/12 1:22pm

Back in the 1700s, two science professors created the world's first…

Piltdown Man, a fossil that supposedly proved early humans originated in England, was discovered in 1912, and wasn't proven a hoax until 1953. This fraud was one of the earliest fossil hoaxes out there — but it was actually two centuries too late to claim that distinction. » 8/29/11 7:00am 8/29/11 7:00am

The very weirdest theories about the Loch Ness Monster

What is the Loch Ness Monster? No one knows, but that hasn't stopped legions of armchair cryptozoologists from formulating one theory after another on the subject of the world's most famous lake creature. » 6/30/11 8:00am 6/30/11 8:00am

A 1934 Map Of The Secret Lizard City Under Los Angeles

In 1934, G. Warren Shufelt told the Los Angeles Times he had discovered the remnants of an ancient reptilian civilization under L.A. Even though Shufelt's story was a load of bullpucky, he left this nifty map as his legacy. » 2/15/10 8:40am 2/15/10 8:40am

Edgar Allan Poe's Own Balloon Hoax May Have Inspired Jules Verne

Many were shocked when it was revealed that Falcon Heene's fictitious balloon ride was nothing more than a fame-grabbing hoax, but this is hardly the first time that a fake tale of a high-flying balloon captured people's imaginations. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a detailed piece about famed balloonist Monck Mason's… » 10/20/09 4:27pm 10/20/09 4:27pm

British Schoolchildren Traumatized by Fake Alien Invasion

Hoping to spark their students' imaginations, a junior school in England staged an alien invasion, complete with a crash landing and the "abduction" of one of their faculty members while the children watched. What could possibly go wrong? » 7/21/09 1:00pm 7/21/09 1:00pm

Computer-Generated Paper Accepted for Prestigious Technical Conference

A prankster who submitted a computer-generated research paper to the International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering discovered that not only was his fake paper accepted - its "author" is to chair a panel. » 12/24/08 12:00pm 12/24/08 12:00pm

History's Greatest Robot Hoaxes

From our earliest dreams of golems and Galatea, people have wanted to create artificial beings with human characteristics and abilities. But in our haste to see a future of walking, talking mechanical humanoids, we're easily fooled by con artists looking to exploit our sense of wonder. Hoaxers and engineers, magicians… » 9/23/08 12:12pm 9/23/08 12:12pm

Meet The Man From Mars

Is that a little man on Mars in this picture from NASA's Mars Spirit explorer? We didn't even bother to blog this image when we saw it the other day, but tons of British newspapers have seized on it. Sample headline: "Crikey! There's A Little Green Man On Mars!" Actually, my favorite is the one that points out he's… » 1/22/08 10:40am 1/22/08 10:40am

"Leaked" Star Trek Trailer Is Probably An Awesome Fake

This teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie popped up a few minutes ago. Is it the real thing? We're skeptical. For one thing, the Spock "space, the final frontier" speech is probably lifted from the end of Wrath of Khan. For another, would Paramount really let Abrams put his Bad Robot logo at the start of… » 1/10/08 10:02am 1/10/08 10:02am

Faster-Than-Light Camera Records Your Future

A camera that can see almost three years into the future might sound like a crazy hoax, but here's the proof. Enitech's new Gardner Project uses tachyons to cut through space time and see 1,191 days into the future. And now you too can get involved. » 1/08/08 6:20am 1/08/08 6:20am