Inside the Fakes Factory: My Chat With a Viral Image Creator

It's an astounding sight: Buddha carved into a tall rock formation at the Ngyen Khag Taktsang Monastery in China. People talked breathlessly about how they visited the place, saw it with their own eyes. Except that they didn't. Because it's a fake. And this is the guy who faked it. » 2/04/14 4:43pm 2/04/14 4:43pm

That mummy found in a German attic contains human bones

Early last month, a ten-year-old German boy found a mummy in his grandmother's attic. Many considered it a hoax. But a radiological analysis shows that the mummy contains actual human bones, though probably not from an ancient Egyptian. The find could open a criminal case. » 9/06/13 1:20pm 9/06/13 1:20pm

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

This prophecy about North America's super-mega-earthquakes in 1998…

Remember how the North American continent was torn asunder in the late 1990s by geological forces beyond all comprehension? Remember how Denver became a seaport and Long Island was lost to the ocean? Those were the days. Let's recollect these halcyon years of tectonic upheaval with precognitive futurist Gordon Michael… » 9/26/12 8:50am 9/26/12 8:50am

In 1910, the plot of Alien went down in a local newspaper

Between the gargantuan frog steaks, the flying stegosauruses, and the giant mosquito robots, old-timey newspapers were a nightmarish fantasy realm where the Teapot Dome scandal may have well have been Warren G. Harding's scheme to build a utopian cloudopolis powered by Liptons. » 9/20/12 4:15pm 9/20/12 4:15pm

The Goofiest Old Timey Spirit Portraits Ever Photographed

We recently looked at the hilarious lengths 19th century photographers went through to keep infants from jumping out of portraits. Incidentally, the long exposure times that would've ruined those baby pictures allowed camera fiends of the 1800s to stage supernatural snapshots. » 6/08/12 2:40pm 6/08/12 2:40pm

A dog spirit by (1920s) Eugène…

Indian politicians place $2000 bounty on marauding vampires

The villages around the Indian town of Dharmapuri are in the midst of an unusual problem. Unsubstantiated reports of vampires draining cattle have frightened entire communities such that residents are staying off the streets after sunset. » 4/11/12 2:15pm 4/11/12 2:15pm

Did you know that Jesus Christ's tomb is in Japan?

In the 2,800-person village of Shingō in Japan's Aomori prefecture, you can visit a tourist attraction that earns almost doodlysquat fanfare despite its world-shattering theological ramifications. I am, of course, talking about the grave of Jesus Christ. What, you didn't know that Jesus escaped crucifixion and… » 12/26/11 8:20am 12/26/11 8:20am

The Man Who Told the Internet He'd Come from the Future

What if someone from the future popped up in our timeline and started answering questions from people on internet message boards? That's exactly what John Titor did in the late 1990s. Claiming he was sent from the future on a mission to retrieve an antique computer, he talked with thousands of people online and told… » 12/20/11 8:00am 12/20/11 8:00am