From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Man Beef
Type of site
Former satirical website
Owner Chris Ellerby/Joseph Mallett
Created by Chris Ellerby/Joseph Mallett
Commercial No
Registration None needed
Launched 2001-01-04
Current status Inactive was an elaborate hoax site beginning in January 2001, purporting to sell human meat, and offering tips and recipes on preparing meals. Colorful pictures and illustrations adorned the site to further the appearance of legitimacy. Like Bonsai Kitten, many individuals fell for the hoax and were disgusted. News of the site spread primarily by means of e-mail forwarding, often in the form of petitions calling to stop the immorality.

To avoid exposing the hoax, ManBeef claimed they did not allow customers to purchase meat products from the site itself. "We do this, because we prefer to deal with our customers on a more personal basis," the disclaimer stated in part. The only products actually available to purchase were souvenir merchandise such as mousepads, mugs and t-shirts.


At its peak, the site received about 500,000 hits daily.[1] It was causing so much controversy that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation, and found no wrongdoing because there was no evidence of human meat actually being sold.[1] In June 2001, the creators of the site, Chris Ellerby and Joseph Mallett, who used the combined pseudonym "Joseph Christopherson",[2] declared that the site was indeed a hoax,[3] and in July, issued a statement to The Columbian[4] stating the purpose of the site was to "outrage the more sensitive viewers".[2]


In 2005, the registration for the domain name expired and was quickly taken by a pornography-themed cybersquatter. As of 18 June 2014, the website was a parked domain for sale at >= 10,000.

Copycat sites[edit] and (now defunct) were similar hoax sites that claimed to sell cat and dog meat.[5] They used the ManBeef site as a template, though cat meat and dog meat are in fact readily consumed in parts of the world.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "". Hoaxipedia. Alex Boese. 2008. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Yes, We Have No Manbeef". Urban Legends. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Where's the ManBeef?". Barbara and David P. Mikkelson. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Human Flesh For Sale For Cooking at!". Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Kitty Beef". PETA blog. 25 July 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2014. We’ve been getting a lot of calls from people asking what we’re going to do about some new websites that are being passed around, called and, which are purporting to sell prime cuts from kittens and puppies at discount prices. Well, the simple answer is … we’re not really going to do all that much about it at all. In fact, I kind of wish we’d thought of the idea ourselves. 

External links[edit]