Museum of Hoaxes

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Museum of Hoaxes
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OwnerAlex Boese

The Museum of Hoaxes is a website created by Alex Boese in 1997 in San Diego, California as a resource for reporting and discussing hoaxes and urban legends, both past and present.[1][2][3][4]

In 2004, PC Magazine included the site as one of the "Top 100 Sites You Didn't Know You Couldn't Live Without,"[5][6] and Sci Fi Weekly named it "site of the week" for the week beginning 7 February 2007.[7]

Boese has published two books on hoaxes: Museum of Hoaxes (E.P. Dutton, 2002, ISBN 0-525-94678-0) and Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. (Harvest Books, 2006, ISBN 0-15-603083-7). A third book by Boese, Elephants on Acid (Harvest Books, 2007, ISBN 978-0-15-603135-6), focuses on unusual scientific experiments. His latest book is Electrified Sheep, published by Boxtree 2011, is also about strange scientific experiments.


  1. ^ Emery, David, "The Bunk Stops Here: An interview with Alex Boese, curator of the Museum of Hoaxes", San Francisco Chronicle, December 19, 2002 (URL last accessed November 1, 2006).
  2. ^ Berman, A. S., "Museum-of-Hoaxes highlights online gullibility", USA Today, August 16, 2001 (URL last accessed November 1, 2006).
  3. ^ Terdiman, Daniel, "Wry Hoaxes Enliven the World of Web Diarists", The New York Times, July 29, 2004 (URL last accessed May 23, 2008).
  4. ^ Shafer, Jack (29 March 2007). "The April Fools' Day Defense Kit". Slate. Retrieved 29 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Museum of Hoaxes" (advertiser profile), Federated Media Publishing, URL last accessed November 1, 2006.
  6. ^ "The Museum of Hoaxes", PC Magazine, April 20, 2004 (URL last accessed November 1, 2006).
  7. ^ Dellamonica, A. M., "Museum of Hoaxes", Sci Fi Weekly, February 7, 2007 (URL last accessed November 17, 2007).

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