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 the … » 10/19/12 1:22pm 10/19/12 1:22pm

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

"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 the… » 1/10/08 10:02am 1/10/08 10:02am