Hoaxes.

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  1. Sigmund
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    Good evening.

    I have always been intrigued by people who perpetrate hoaxes. The human mind boggles me.

    Of the many hoaxes I have researched the one committed by Vicki Johnson is absolutely rife with pathology. She claimed to be the adoptive mother of a young boy, Anthony Godby Johnson, horribly abused and dying of AIDS. The boy wrote a memoir A Rock and a Hard Place: One Boy's Triumphant Story. (The publisher was also duped.)

    Armistead Maupin, an author and radio show host was completely taken in by the boy and his story. They had a long distance telephone relationship for years.

    Mr. Maupin wrote a book titled The Night Listener and a movie (by the same name) was made based on the book.

    There was no child.

    Fascinating.

    If you have any hoaxes in which you were captivated please share.

    Peace.
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    The Piltdown Man, which had the paleoanthropological world in somewhat of a turmoil for four decades. The claimed "finder" had mixed human and orangutang skull parts in a gravel pit in England. A sobering science lesson, although to their credit, some scientists very early on dismissed it or the fraud that it was.
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    professional wrestling, when I was about 8 years old.. I actually thought that crap was real!:grinning:
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...the legendary radio broadcast by Orson Welles, of the War of the Worlds...
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    Wow - I didn't know any of that, but I do remember the movie. How strange!
    I immediately thought of the family who staged the boy taking off in a homemade balloon -remember that one? I thought they were just farking weird. I think those desperate cries for attention are some kind of crazy. Kind of like most reality TV. Reality TV is so contrived, it's all a hoax.
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    Out of Order No Soup For You!

    Oh yeah! That's a good one, Giant!
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    That was a cool hoax though. I guess maybe if I'd lived through it I wouldn't think so, but standing on the outside looking in... what a brilliant idea.
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    EMARX One book at a time......okay sometimes two.

    You mean to say it wasn't real??
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...I have listened to that audio a couple of times...and you know, it still holds up even today....that was pure broadcast magic...
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

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    My husband still watches wrestling. It drives me nuts. I just don't get it. For him it's totally a Memphis/Jerry Lawler/going to WMCTV station when he was kid nostalgic kind of thing that he can't let go of. Kind of like the ridiculous 70s owl candle in the bathroom.
    [​IMG]
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    EMARX One book at a time......okay sometimes two.

    First it was Santa Claus, then the Easter Bunny. All of my hopes crushed, but at least there's still Roller Derby.
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    You should see the tooth fairy that visits our house.
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  14. Out of Order
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    Out of Order No Soup For You!

    Hey, you still have a great hoax going on up there. What with the Blue Jays thinking they are a baseball team.....
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    EMARX One book at a time......okay sometimes two.

    OUCH!!:baffle:
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    Out of Order No Soup For You!

    Notice I left the Canadiens out..........

    Still smarting over that series with The Bs.......
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    I bought the recording when I was a teen. If memory serves, they did have information at the beginning letting people know it was a radio play, but apparently people tuned in during the broadcast and didn't know it was fiction.
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    uh oh..shoulda spoilered that one..though I still do like George The Animal Steele..
    [​IMG]
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    [​IMG] like this? and the candle owl?[​IMG]
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