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This is a list of known historical hoaxes on Wikipedia. Its purpose is to document hoaxes on Wikipedia, in order to improve our detection and understanding of them. It is considered a hoax if it was a clear or blatant attempt to make up something, as opposed to libel, vandalism or a factual error. A hoax is considered notable if it evaded detection for more than one month or was discussed by reliable sources in the media. This list is incomplete, as many hoaxes remain undiscovered.

A hoax can be added to this page if it meets the requirements above. Do not list Wikipedia April Fools' Day pranks, or factual articles about encyclopedic notable hoaxes. Start/End Date and Length are the dates and approximate time the article was generally visible.

For many of the below hoaxes, you can see an archived version of the deleted article by clicking on its title (see also list of archived hoaxes). Some also remain available from mirror sites. Any administrator can create an archived version of a hoax upon request by following the instructions below.

Hoaxes extant for at least one year[edit]

Hoax Length Start date End date Links
Jar'Edo Wens
Fictional Australian Aboriginal deity, presumably named after Jared Owens.
9 years,
9 months
May 29, 2005 March 3, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jar'Edo Wens. Archives: English article, English article's revision history. Note also: French translation, Revision history of French article, Wikidata entry, Revision history of Wikidata entry
Pikes on Cliffs
Fictional Spanish coastal house, claimed as the 16th-century home of a nonexistent Irish sailor who survived a death sentence from Sir Francis Drake.
9 years,
8½ months
March 17, 2005 December 5, 2014 Pikes on Cliffs deletion log
Gregory Namoff
An "internationally known" but nonexistent investment banker, minor Watergate figure, and U.S. Senate candidate.
9 years,
6½ months
June 17, 2005 January 13, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Gregory Namoff
Double Hour
Supposed German and American television show, covering historic events over a two-hour span.
9 years,
6 months
September 23, 2005 April 4, 2015 Double Hour (TV series) deletion log
Sean Mann
"Allan K. Wood Distinguished Professor of Bioethics and Korean language" at the University of California, Berkeley, with a remarkable but totally fake career as a bioethicist, theologian, and anarchist.
9 years,
6 months
October 6, 2005 April 5, 2015 Sean Mann deletion log
Snappy & friends
Supposed animated show with the Kellogg's characters
9 years,
5 months
March 6, 2005 August 22, 2014 Archived page: Snappy & friends
Blood Eagle (band)
Supposed British band
9 years,
3 months
December 30, 2005 April 21, 2015 deletion log, addition at Blood eagle
Henry Vaughan
Fictitious 18th-century landowner, supposedly killed by a mob and buried at the Radnorshire Arms in Presteigne.
9 years,
1½ months
October 28, 2005 December 11, 2014 Henry Vaughan deletion log
Related hoax material removed in stages from Radnorshire Arms during November & December 2014.
Original creation with multiple hoaxes at Radnorshire Arms Main hoax removal Removal of additional hoax information about hotel
Bodhi stones
Supposed mythical stones carved from Mount Meru and distributed among eight elders in eight villages because of their sacred powers; falsely sourced to the Mahabharata before G3 deletion.
8 years,
7 months
August 15, 2006 March 16, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bodhi stones
Muhammad Ali
"A youth club in Ali's home town, a species of rose (Rosa Ali) and a small child have all been named after him." Apparently added by Telegraph journalist Michael Deacon to trick a friend who was compiling a quiz, and confessed to following the creation of an article about him.
8 years,
4 months
November 9, 2006 March 28, 2015 Discussion
Collins Slip
Nonexistent instruction sheet included with prescription drugs, based on a spurious 1983 accident in Akron, Ohio.
8 years,
3½ months
November 22, 2006 March 8, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Collins Slip
Eric Heineman
Supposed Czech-American mathematician and electrical engineer with reputed academic career at Charles University and Yale in 19th & early 20th century.
8 years,
3 months
August 18, 2006 November 29, 2014 Eric Heineman deletion log
Don Meme
A fictitious "mythical, wise guru" in Puebla, Mexico, supposedly the subject of a nonexistent short story collection; also claimed to be a mentor for real-life bands and "an entity that appears as soon as a bohemian party is summoned." Later deleted via G3.
8 years,
3 months
December 14, 2006 March 21, 2015 Don Meme deletion log
Victor Escobar
Nonexistent Colombian student at School of the Americas, whose unexplained disappearance supposedly prompted a bill in the United States House of Representatives.
8 years,
2½ months
October 11, 2006 January 9, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Victor Escobar
Ted and the Treble Tones
Fake rock band from Fresno, credited with an imaginary 1959 hit that appears nowhere on the Billboard charts.
8 years,
1½ months
November 13, 2006 January 1, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ted and The Treble Tones
Daniel de Búrca
Nonexistent 18th-century Irish philosopher, credited with fake controversial essays that supposedly influenced David Hume.
8 years,
1 month
October 16, 2006 November 30, 2014 Daniel de Búrca deletion log
Speedily deleted (A11) in 2006; article subsequently restarted and survived more than eight years before G3 deletion.
Gaius Flavius Antoninus
Supposed assassin of Julius Caesar
8 years,
1 month
June 9, 2004 July 13, 2012 Discussion at WikiProject Classical Greece and Rome
Alyse Squillace
Fictitious author
8 years,
11 days
February 6, 2007 February 17, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Alyse Squillace
The Falsetto Basses
Fictitious pop band of the late 1980s, supposedly based in Asheville, North Carolina and credited with two nonexistent hit songs.
7 years,
11½ months
April 8, 2007 April 3, 2015 The Falsetto Basses deletion log
Morgan Dee Voon
Alleged amateur female scientist and possible mistress of the Czech-born founder of modern genetics Gregor Mendel
7 years,
10½ months
April 7, 2007 February 23, 2015 Morgan Dee Voon deletion log
Justification at the creator's talk page
Guy de la Bretaigne
Imaginary "critic, dandy, and man of letters" in 19th-century France, supposedly noted for his "studied indifference" and correspondence with Charles Baudelaire.
7 years,
9½ months
June 20, 2007 April 18, 2015 Guy de la Bretaigne deletion log
Wolsebuse Games
Fictitious 1990s video game company
7 years,
9½ months
February 10, 2007 December 5, 2014 Wolsebuse Games deletion log
The Brothers Wing
Invented Florida-based reggae band with a fictitious album
7 years,
9 months
March 10, 2007 December 19, 2014 The Brothers Wing deletion log
A Japan Academy Prize awarded for "Outstanding Achievement in Winning an Outstanding Achievement" 7 years, 7 months May 12, 2007 December 13, 2014 added removed
Evarts Friedman
Imaginary 1910s & 1920s vaudeville promoter, whose supposed career ended in debt, disaster, and conflict with "bailiffs, Mafioso and the Chicago State police."
7 years,
5½ months
June 11, 2007 December 1, 2014 Evarts Friedman deletion log
Chen Fang
A Wikipedian noticed in November 2012 that The Harvard Guide to Using Sources said that "an Expos student who was writing a paper about the limitations of Wikipedia posted a fictional entry for himself, stating that he was the mayor of a small town in China. Four years later, if you type in his name, or if you do a subject search on Wikipedia for mayors of towns in China, you will still find this fictional entry." No longer.
6 days February 11, 2005 February 17, 2005 2005 VfD, Discussion on the Admin noticeboard
7 years,
2 months
September 25, 2005 November 19, 2012
Fictitious works, Cadamekela and Durkeamynarda, attributed to Indian mathematician Brahmagupta 7 years,
1 month
June 25, 2007 July 29, 2014 Talk page discussion
added, removed
Mr Bennett Goes to Town
Nonexistent Nazi propaganda film set in Manchester, supposedly produced in 1937 but never released because of production complaints by Joseph Goebbels.
7 years,
1 month
March 15, 2008 April 14, 2015 Mr Bennett Goes to Town deletion log
Elaine de Francias
Supposed illegitimate daughter of Henry II of France; hoax was suspected for years on talk page and taken apart piecemeal before final PROD deletion.
7 years,
½ month
February 28, 2008 March 20, 2015 Elaine de Francias deletion log
J.J. Johnson
Fictional NFL player with a fabricated career with UCLA, the Kansas City Chiefs, and numerous teams in other leagues
7 years,
½ month
October 25, 2007 November 15, 2014 J.J. Johnson deletion log
Not to be confused with an actual J.J. Johnson who was active in the NFL at the same time
Olimar The Wondercat
Fictional children's television programme. Author later admitted he made it for his cat.
6 years,
11 months
August 5, 2006 July 9, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Olimar The Wondercat
George Colby and Colby Pirates
A supposed British privateer and profiteer ("Colonial Colonel Cheese Colby"), and his group of pirates, of the French and Indian War (1754–1763)
6 years,
10 months
August 5, 2006 June 7, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/George Colby, Believed by at least one book and many people online
Napalm Brain
Nonexistent English psychedelic rock band credited with two fictitious albums
6 years,
9½ months
February 19, 2008 December 10, 2014 Napalm Brain deletion log
Daniel Pontillas
Supposedly a "gentleman thief, master of disguise, and an amateur detective" in a 1905 short-story collection; partial name-change plagiarism of Arsène Lupin.
6 years,
9 months
July 5, 2008 April 9, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Daniel Pontillas
Murder of Andre Marshall
Imaginary murder in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
6 years,
9 months
November 30, 2006 August 26, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Murder of Andre Marshall
Howard's Law
Fictitious formula for diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, supposedly identified in 1955 by the equally spurious doctor "Howard Luci-Liu."
6 years,
7 months
October 2007 May 29, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Howard's Law
Cited on a MLB.com message board [1] in a totally unrelated discussion about Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard
Milton Bradley Playmate
Supposed 600-cubic-foot computer prototype designed in late 1960s to play various board games using a giant robotic claw arm.
6 years,
7 months
January 2008 August 10, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Milton Bradley Playmate
Kings of All Times
Nonexistent Yemeni novel, credited to two different dubious authors, about the political and personal challenges of an Estonian and his delusional friend in Yemen.
6 years,
6½ months
April 30, 2008 November 23, 2014 Kings of All Times deletion log
Tillery
Band that supposedly perished in an airplane crash on December 12, 1956 en route to a "Lester Concert Hall", which also does not exist.
6 years,
6 months
November 20, 2005 May 14, 2012 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Tillery
O-Ha!
Nonexistent sitcom on ABC (now TV5) in the Philippines, with only four episodes from 2006-2007.
6 years,
5½ months
October 13, 2008 April 9, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/O-Ha!
Kiwifruit
Reference to a fictitious vulgar name "hairy bush fruit". Hoax only came to light after hoaxer admitted to it.
6 years,
5 months
November 6, 2007 April 30, 2014 Addition
Blanking
Removal
Bonehill international
Supposed KGB "department for exportation of revolution," blamed for a nonexistent financial scandal in Latvia.
6 years,
4½ months
July 14, 2008 December 3, 2014 Bonehill international deletion log
Speedily deleted soon after creation (A1), but article was immediately rebuilt and survived more than 6 years.
Crocodile shears
Supposed torture device
6 years,
4½ months
March 20, 2006 July 30, 2012 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Crocodile shears Named by Listverse as the most gruesome medieval torture device
Rough Creek Ranch
Supposed ranch in Oklahoma which claimed to be "the first parcel to be purchased in a long-term plan to re-establish the equivalent of conditions in Oklahoma which existed prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 16th through 18th centuries."
6 years,
3½ months
September 5, 2006 December 15, 2012 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Rough Creek Ranch
Assorted made-up political parties in Kosovo
Democrat Republic Party
Christian Party of Kosovo
Union of Kosovo Party
Serbian Union of Kosovo & Metohija
Peoples Party of Kosovo
6 years,
3 months
October 11, 2008 January 17, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Democrat Republic Party
The Travails and Tribulations of Geoffrey Peacock
Fictional novel alleged to have been written by Huxley, the book was listed on Huxley's article in 2008 and an article on the novel was written in May 2014, prompting its detection.
6 years,
3 months (inclusion on Huxley's page)
February 25, 2008 May 14, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Travails and Tribulations of Geoffrey Peacock
1978–79 Boston College basketball point shaving scandal
Player Joe Streater was alleged to have been involved, even though he wasn't even a member of the team that year. Only identified after spreading to numerous sources, including the Associated Press.
6 years,
2 months
August 12, 2008 October 8, 2014 Signpost article
Allegation that Brierfield, Lancashire, with its smoking mills, was Tolkien's inspiration for the evil land of Mordor. 6 years,
½ month
March 8, 2006 March 21, 2012 added removed; was spotted by a blogger in August 2006 but didn't follow up; believed by sources including The Guardian
Saint Ofelia 5 years,
10 months
June 8, 2008 April 14, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Saint Ofelia
Operation Pax Romana
Fictitious Nazi program to expand the Holocaust in Romania, directed by a fake "Colonel Johannes Jodl" before his supposed escape to Brazil; hoax was revealed in a 2010 edit but self-reverted and survived five more years.
5 years,
10 months
May 26, 2009 March 29, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Operation Pax Romana
Gold Tea
Supposed brand of tea from the Confederate States of America. Originally an unsourced stub, it was later expanded to claim that gold flakes were put into the tea for smuggling to the north.
5 years,
9 months
May 17, 2005 February 16, 2011 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Gold Tea
Unit 773
Imaginary Japanese biological weapons unit in the imaginary Chinese city of "Songo", created by a banned user
5 years,
9 months
October 7, 2006 July 3, 2012 Unit 731 is a similar actual article
The imaginary Unit 773 fooled at least one website [2] and one book.[3]
Bryan Tyler and Mark Sims as members of Eli Young Band 5 years,
9 months
February 6, 2008 October 9, 2013
Nevsky (Russian mafia)
Alleged organized crime family in Russia and the United States; supposedly reduced drastically through "constant wars with rival criminal families."
5 years,
8½ months
July 6, 2009 March 31, 2015 Nevsky (Russian mafia) deletion log
Gideon Planke
Fictitious 17th-century witch-finder active in Shropshire, supposedly the subject of a 19th-century poem used to "enforce good behaviour on unruly children before bedtime."
5 years,
7 months
September 8, 2009 April 20, 2015 Gideon Planke deletion log
Believed by a book before G3 deletion.
George P. Burdell
Reference to a fictitious race car driver. Part of a group of seven long lasting vandalisms.
5 years,
6 months
June 28, 2009 December 23, 2014 Addition
Removal
George P. Burdell
Reference to a fictitious record producer. Part of a group of seven long lasting vandalisms.
5 years,
6 months
June 28, 2009 December 23, 2014 Addition
Removal
George P. Burdell
Reference to a fictitious West African Colonial figure. Part of a group of seven long lasting vandalisms.
5 years,
6 months
June 28, 2009 December 21, 2014 Addition
Removal
Digital Lady
Nonexistent San Francisco rock band that supposedly included the brother of the White House press secretary and used acoustic guitars and kitchen utensils to simulate the Moog synthesizer. Survived more than five years before G3 deletion.
5 years,
6 months
December 2008 July 12, 2014 Digital Lady deletion log
Amelia Bedelia
A wholly fictitious origin story of the main character of its eponymous popular children's book series: "Amelia Bedelia" was based on a French colonial maid in Cameroon, where the author spent some time during her formative years. Her vast collection of hats, notorious for their extensive plumage, inspired her to write an assortment of tales based on her experiences in North Africa. After being repeated tens of times, sometimes by journalists and academics, the hoax was identified by EJ Dickson, one of its authors, turned journalist, who had written it as a joke with a friend while "stoned".
5 years,
6 months
January 31, 2009 July 29, 2014 Addition
Removal
Admission
Bicholim conflict
Fictitious war between the Portuguese rulers of Goa and the Maratha Empire which supposedly took place from mid-1640 to early 1641. Was assessed as a good article in September 2007, but failed a featured article nomination the next month as page numbers were not provided for references. ShelfSkewed (talk · contribs) investigated these references in 2012 and found that the main works cited do not actually exist.
5 years,
6 months
July 4, 2007 December 29, 2012 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bicholim conflict
Reference at Daily Dot and Yahoo! News
Joswig syndrome
Fake hereditary disease, supposedly identified by "H. Joswig M.D." in 1882; cited made-up reference from United States National Library of Medicine.
5 years,
5½ months
June 24, 2009 December 18, 2014 Joswig syndrome deletion log
Majeed Pejajj
Fictitious Muslim cleric
5 years,
5½ months
April 8, 2007 September 21, 2012 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Majeed Pejajj
Midnight in Oklahoma
Supposed alternative rock-country band with seven fictitious albums
5 years,
4 months
April 26, 2009 August 27, 2014 Midnight in Oklahoma deletion log
K890 (G3)
a fictitious submachine gun
5 years,
3½ months
November 22, 2006 March 1, 2012 Included in book by Source Wikipedia
Antón de Palategui
fictitious 16th century conquistador and poet
5 years,
3½ months
December 4, 2008 March 17, 2014 deleted by PROD
"Adyhaffe people" in List of ethnic groups 5 years,
2½ months
September 28, 2007 December 10, 2012 added removed
Limping duck
Nonexistent and highly unconventional form of wushu
5 years,
2½ months
August 3, 2009 October 15, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Limping duck
Reich Corps of the Trombone (G3)
fictitious Nazi organization of trombonists created by Joseph Goebbels for propaganda purposes
5 years,
2 months
January 29, 2006 March 31, 2011 Confession on Slashdot Axis History Forum image at ookaboo
Fictitious claim about Oscar Wilde added to List of Latin phrases 5 years,
2 months
September 19, 2005 November 26, 2010 added, removed, Story and explanation
Elijah Joel Smith
A fictitious British athlete, educator, and hero of both World Wars supposedly executed in Denmark by the SS for helping Jews escape the Holocaust.
5 years,
2 months
September 24, 2009 November 24, 2014 Elijah Joel Smith deletion log
Ooranayakanvalasu
Nonexistent village in Indian state of Tamil Nadu
5 years,
1 month
November 9, 2009 December 9, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ooranayakanvalasu
A Condor's Fire: a novel
Nonexistent, anagram-based novel ascribed to "Richie F'lin" and set in Colorado. Hoax cited made-up reviews from the New York Times Book Review and a fake biography from Oxford University Press.
5 years,
½ month
July 26, 2009 August 18, 2014 G3 deletion: A Condor's Fire deletion log
Childhood Retournade
Nonexistent 1980s experimental French film, attributed to the invented filmmaker "Je Suis."
5 years,
½ month
November 20, 2009 December 12, 2014 Childhood Retournade deletion log
The Restless Nevers
Fictitious Washington band with false claims of touring with Kajagoogoo in the 1990s. Article was deleted (A7) in August 2009, but resurfaced the same day and survived five years.
5 years,
½ month
August 1, 2009 August 22, 2014 The Restless Nevers deletion log
Fictitious clitoris research 4 years,
9 months
October 26, 2001 July 26, 2006 added, removed first part, removed second part, Discussion
5 years,
1½ months
December 4, 2006
Hinckley Band of Thieves 4 years,
9½ months
August 31, 2005 June 16, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hinckley Band of Thieves
Joseph Warshaw
"one of the least Known Highwayman": speedily deleted, then {{hoax}} tagged and prodded when recreated the day it was started, but it took more than four years until it was deleted once more
4 years,
9½ months
February 17, 2006 December 3, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Joseph Warshaw
Disney's Wide World of Sports Challenge
A hoax page for a non-existent Disney sports challenge.
4 years,
9½ months
April 1, 2010 January 25, 2015
Bandicoda seed
Seed of a fictitious tree species (Bandicoda genrea), supposedly found in Zimbabwe and the English town of Barnsley.
4 years,
9 months
April 29, 2010 February 1, 2015 Bandicoda seed deletion log
Julius Freed, where it was claimed the founder of Orange Julius designed a pigeon bathing unit 4 years,
9 months
June 22, 2005 March 11, 2010 Reported by Ken Jennings on his blog.[1]. Dairy Queen, which owns the company, was fooled, basing an ad campaign around the hoax.
E'tedalion Party
Fictional Iranian political party
4 years,
8½ months
February 12, 2010 October 25, 2014
Sam Sackey
Fictional 1980s soccer star for Ghana
4 years,
8 months
March 20, 2010 November 24, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sam Sackey
Gottfried Eschenbach
Non-existent German "composer, conductor and virtuoso violist"
4 years,
8 months
January 10, 2010 September 10, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Gottfried Eschenbach
Blue Blue Sky
Nonexistent 1998 film, winner of the imaginary "Andrew Smith award for Best Musical Comedy" and nominee for two "Dutch Acknowledgement movie awards."
4 years,
7½ months
August 31, 2010 April 18, 2015 Blue Blue Sky deletion log
Argusto Emfazie 4 years,
7½ months
February 25, 2002 October 5, 2006 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Argusto Emfazie
Hilfiger High School 4 years,
6½ months
July 14, 2008 February 4, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hilfiger High School
Cranmore chase
Nonexistent race involving Victorian-era runners hired by local landowners to deliver titles to land in India.
4 years,
5½ months
July 15, 2010 December 29, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Cranmore chase
Cited as the inspiration for an actual modern 10-kilometer run in Somerset.
Ebenezer Crummett
18th-century American soldier, falsely credited with saving the Marquis de Lafayette and challenging Alexander Hamilton to a duel.
4 years,
4½ months
August 24, 2010 January 22, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ebenezer Crummett
Reference to "glucojasinogen" in diabetic neuropathy 4 years,
4½ months
October 7, 2007 February 29, 2012 added, removed; original edit appears word for word in S.V. Tembhurne and D.M. Sakarkar (June 2010). "Influence of Murraya koenigii on experimental model of diabetes and progression of neuropathic pain". Res Pharm Sci. 5 (1): 41–47.  and Talha Jawaid, Ashok K Shakya, Mehnaz Kamal, and Sarfaraz Hussain (June 2008). "Amitriptyline and Sertraline in Diabetic Neuropathy: A Comparative View". International Journal of Health Research 1 (2): 73–78. .
Fictitious claim that Adrienne Monnier was best known for a book about an American boy named Bill Monnier 4 years,
4 months
November 28, 2010 March 31, 2015 added, removed
Section on the fictional non-league football career of minor British soap opera actor Will Mellor 4 years,
4 months
January 12, 2007 May 9, 2011 added, removed. Claim was repeated on the website for the artists agency represents Mellor. [4]
Manão
Fictitious mountain village in Portugal
4 years,
2½ months
April 30, 2007 July 14, 2011 PROD deleted
Martin Coleman (American football)
The story of a non-existent American football player who played for Clemson, Pitt, and the Oakland Raiders. It was recreated several days after deletion and lasted for nearly another month before being deleted again.
4 years,
2½ months
November 5, 2006 January 23, 2011 See also Martin I. Coleman
Jesse Aaron Richardson
Reputed author of the spurious Rotten Apple graphic novel series about a New York bounty hunter's journey into "organized crime, drug dealing, corruption, private investigation, cults, serials [sic] killers, unlicensed boxing, treasure hunting, hired assassinations, and more."
4 years,
1½ months
October 7, 2010 November 26, 2014 Jesse Aaron Richardson deletion log
Bryan J. Baldelli
Non-existent American baseball player
4 years February 26, 2008 February 28, 2012 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bryan J. Baldelli. Listed at Bryan (given name) in good faith. Also listed on German Wikipedia under Baldelli until deletion in August 2014.
Colin Kennedy
Fictitious American Old West criminal who supposedly murdered John Sutter's brother in San Francisco on April 9, 1853
3 years,
10 months
April 8, 2009 February 7, 2013 Prod deleted; see [5]
Altamont Lamina
Fictitious British spy in both world wars, supposedly called "The Silent Blade" for his "above-average skills in sneaking, spying, and assassinating."
3 years,
10 months
February 18, 2011 December 17, 2014 Altamont Lamina deletion log
Sshiaga-llat
Made-up mythological force of chaos, supposedly adored by "ancient different people from the Sumerians to the Asturians"
3 years,
9½ months
January 28, 2011 November 19, 2014 Sshiaga-llat deletion log
Phoedelia
"The ecclesiastical name for one of the stoppers which accompany the cruets used in [Christian] liturgical rites" that no one but the article creator had ever heard of.
3 years,
9½ months
October 31, 2009 August 12, 2013 Discovery and discussion. Added to cruet the next day, added to bung in 2011. Was widely believed by people on the Internet, including multiple auctioners. Note that Phoedelia is a real girl's name.
Jean Moufot
Fictitious French philosopher and mathematician. Article first appeared on nl.wikipedia, then translated versions subsequently appeared in French, German and English Wikipedias. Hoax was first discovered by the German Wiki and deleted across the wikis within a week.
3 years,
9½ months
September 24, 2004 July 16, 2008 discussion on nl.wikipedia, discussion on de.wikipedia, discussion on de.wikipedia, mirror with links to discussion
Bunaka (G3)
Non-existent Indonesian island
3 years,
9 months
March 18, 2007 December 20, 2010 discussion
Charles E. Whitmeyer
Fictitious North Carolina politician, undertaker, and inventor of the child leash
3 years,
9 months
March 13, 2007 December 16, 2010
Bucharest Film Festival
A hoax created to support an article on Yuri Gadyukin.
3 years,
9 months
June 16, 2009 March 12, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bucharest Film Festival
3G Boyz
Completely fabricated contents created by manager to support new band.
3 years,
9 months
December 27, 2009 October 16, 2013 Prod
Eric the sheep
Nonexistent graphic novel about the adventures of a super-intelligent Welsh sheep
3 years,
8½ months
February 19, 2011 November 7, 2014 Speedy deletion Deletion log
Jûtien-Gustave DuRoi and Sallah Ukhmed
Fictitious husband-and-wife writers, with a list of works that was expanded over time
3 years,
8 months
(DuRoi)
June 9, 2006 February 7, 2010 (DuRoi) Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jûtien-Gustave DuRoi
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sallah Ukhmed
Claim that, due to her fame in Japan, female wrestler Kaoru Matsumoto was known as the "Niall Quinn of Joshi" 3 years,
7½ months
October 13, 2008 May 24, 2012 added, removed
Grâce à feu et aux flammes
Nonexistent composition by Claude Debussy, supposedly discovered under floorboards in his house; deleted via G3.
3 years,
7 months
September 5, 2011 April 10, 2015 Grâce à feu et aux flammes deletion log
Yuri Gadyukin
Fictitious Soviet filmmaker defected to the UK and murdered there in 1960 at the age of 28. Apparently, was created to support a low-budget movie.
3 years,
7 months
August 3, 2009 March 6, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Yuri Gadyukin; explanation of history and purpose
Shantal Méndez
4-time Grammy Winner, or so the article said of this hypothetical singer
3 years,
7 months
September 27, 2007 May 3, 2011 Discussion at Wikipedia talk:Unreferenced_BLP_Rescue
Saint Elizabeth College
Fictitious liberal arts college in Youngstown, Ohio, supposedly with 3,500 students, 30 programs, 116 years of history, yet zero record of its existence.
3 years,
6 months
August 3, 2011 February 9, 2015 G3 deletion (Deletion log)
Former American Gladiator Jonathan Byrne
Series of edits regarding an eccentric and non-existent American Gladiator
3 years,
5½ months
June 19, 2006 December 6, 2009 Thirty pages unraveled over a two day period by Jeandré du Toit.
First edit
Others: [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31] [32] [33] [34]
Other edits had been previously removed on an individual basis. Believed by people online, including some people who claimed to remember him.
Brahmanical See 3 years,
5½ months
August 4, 2004 January 21, 2008 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Brahmanical See, Mirror and discussion at WR
Upton H. Pennyworth (Prod) (G3 speedy deletion)
Fictitious British explorer
3 years,
5½ months
September 7, 2007 February 18, 2011 discussion
Ceasar McKenzie
Fictitious point guard for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, claimed to be the 2005 Rookie of the Year instead of Emeka Okafor
3 years,
5 months
June 22, 2011 November 26, 2014 Ceasar McKenzie deletion log
Sarah River
List of rivers of New Zealand was vandalized changing "Saxon" to "Sarah", and was later turned into an article by bot
3 years,
4 months
May 18, 2006 September 13, 2009 original vandalism, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sarah River, article now at Saxon River
Pilot Season, a non-existent film directed by Kevin Smith 3 years,
3½ months
April 14, 2011 August 28, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Pilot Season (film)
Monarch (butterfly) as Canada's national insect 3 years,
3½ months
December 9, 2004 March 26, 2008 added, removed
Trundu
An ancient tribe belonging to the Trund civilisation
3 years,
3½ months
May 22, 2006 September 7, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Trundu
Sei Wee Lim
Supposedly an Olympic swimmer from Brunei
3 years,
3 months
September 15, 2006 December 16, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sei Wee Lim
Morton Schwartz
Supposedly a B-movie actor
3 years,
3 months
May 4, 2007 July 27, 2010 Discussion at Unreferenced BLP Rescue
Fredric Croix and Quickslide Rick
Two supposed 1920s Michigan Blues Musicians
3 years,
2 months
February 9, 2008 02011-04-15April 2011 WP:Articles for deletion/Fredric Croix and Quickslide Rick
Kevin Musker
Name-change plagiarism of "Charles Ferguson Smith", suspected for 3 years but retained
3 years,
1½ months
February 24, 2006 April 13, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kevin Musker, Revision of Charles Ferguson Smith article was based on
19th-century invention of the hair iron attributed to fictitious persons, "Erica Feldman" (changed from Madam C. J. Walker) and another name (apparently a classmate) on English and Simple English Wikipedia. Both names are now widely credited on the Internet (as well as in one book) with the invention of the hair straightener [35][36][37][38][39] 3 years,
1 month
August 14, 2006 September 15, 2009 Erica Feldman, I. G., [40], [41], discussion at Wikipedia Review
Rosie the Riveter
Original Rosie was Shirley Karp: hoax
Original Rosie was Shirley Karp Dick: vandalism
3 years,
½ month
January 16, 2009 January 24, 2012 Historian Max Hastings published in the first edition of his November 2011 book Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945 (called All Hell Let Loose in the UK): "Another much-publicised 'Rosie' was Shirley Karp Dick, who was paid $6 to model for photos, of which the most famous showed her treading on Hitler's Mein Kampf."[42] A second edition was published October 2012 after the hoax was revealed.
James Geiss
Fictitious English whaler
3 years June 29, 2006 June 30, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/James Geiss
Slow Blind Driveway
fictitious blues musician
2 years,
9½ months
November 16, 2006 August 26, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Slow Blind Driveway
Mittapalli
Nonexistent Indian village, based on old revision of Bandarlapalle
2 years,
9 months
July 23, 2010 April 27, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mittapalli
Ocular citrosis
A fictional type of eye infection resulting from periodic exposure to acidic substances. Created on 1st April and referred to in other disease articles a few weeks later.
2 years,
9 months
April 1, 2010 January 7, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ocular citrosis
Vitus Sebastian Barbaro
fictitious member of a real Venetian family repeatedly added to real articles by numerous sockpuppets: Wikipedia:Requests for checkuser/Case/Societyfinalclubs, Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Mctrain/Archive
2 years,
9 months
May 29, 2007 February 25, 2010 User:Barneca/watch/societyfinalclubs
Mirsk
Famous Residents section alleging this as city where Nicholas Copernicus contracted genital warts from a Mirsk prostitute, as allegedly proved by DNA evidence. Vandalism was removed by Jimmy Wales.
2 years,
9 months
January 15, 2012 September 14, 2014 User_talk:Meishern#Do_you_have_any_evidence_for_this.3F, Added: [43], Removed: [44]
Richard Hopkins (chess player) and Ruy Lopez, Hopkins Gambit
Fictitious chess player and the opening chess moves allegedly named after him.
2 years,
8½ months
December 28, 2010 September 22, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Richard Hopkins (chess player)
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ruy Lopez, Hopkins Gambit
Ruy Lopez, Marshall Attack, Rombaua Trap
Fictitious chess trap
2 years,
8 months
January 7, 2011 September 9, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ruy Lopez, Marshall Attack, Rombaua Trap
The Tarsus Club and Murray Chance
Articles on a fictitious club and individual created as guerrilla marketing for the film The Conspiracy
2 years,
7½ months
December 17, 2010 August 10, 2013 Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/IncidentArchive807#Elaborate hoax articles
Eric Clapton's various girlfriends 2 years,
7 months
May 9, 2011 December 19, 2013 A paragraph was inserted listing 15 women that Clapton supposedly dated. One was Alicia Witt who eventually saw the list and complained on Facebook that it was not true about her. The whole paragraph was supported by a hoax reference initially listing the Boston Beacon which was soon changed to the Boston Globe, even though no such article exists.
The "Cohen-Cruse Ruse": an elaborate set of hoax articles and edits over many articles including the fictitious people Baron Cruse-Cohen, Jean Alexandre Cohen, Jonathan Cohen, Sir David Cohen, and Stephen B. Jacobsohn, and several fictitious synagogues including Beth Sadeh Synagogue and Sephardic Temple Adat David. A small project was formed to hunt down all the various edits involved. 2 years,
5½ months
02009-05-01Spring 2009 02011-10-15October 2011 User:Vivisel/cohen cruse ruse, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Baron Cruse-Cohen, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Stephen B. Jacobsohn, additions to Salisbury, North Carolina, etc.
Balboa Creole French
Fictitious highly endangered French-based creole language, supposedly spoken exclusively by about 20 people on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, an extremely wealthy suburban town in Orange County, California.
2 years,
5 months
April 3, 2010 September 10, 2012 Blogpost referencing Balboa Creole French as one of "Seven Languages That Are About To Die"
Trembulo
Fictitious musical instrument
2 years,
5 months
July 26, 2010 December 27, 2012 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Trembulo
Fictitious "further reading" on bullshit 2 years,
4½ months
November 23, 2007 April 8, 2010 added, deleted
Långrocken
Fictitious Swedish serial rapist in 1893, allegedly searched by undercover policemen in women's clothes
2 years,
4½ months
July 24, 2005 December 8, 2007 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Långrocken
Peace breaker's muzzle
Fictitious torture device
2 years,
4½ months
August 2, 2004 December 10, 2006 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Peace breaker's muzzle, added to Torture article, removed
Functional temporalism
Postmodern Anthropological Theory
2 years,
4 months
August 8, 2007 December 7, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Functional temporalism
Sean MacLeod

Fictional comedian

2 years,
4 months
September 9, 2006 January 8, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sean MacLeod
Fictitious Illyrian gods 2 years,
3½ months
October 27, 2005 February 18, 2008 Old revision of Paleo-Balkanic mythology showing fictitious gods, discussion
Wander Donkey

Fictitious adventure game for the Nintendo DS

2 years,
3½ months
02007-05-15May 2007 September 5, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Wander Donkey, archived forum confession from September 3, 2009
Characterisation of Shane (name) signifying a violent individual 2 years,
3½ months
December 21, 2007 April 12, 2010 added, deleted, believed by [45] and [46]
Parfact
A secret language of Worcestershire teenagers
2 years,
3 months
November 8, 2006 February 1, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Parfact
Monvilla
non-existent Shropshire village
2 years,
2½ months
January 3, 2006 March 21, 2008 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Monvilla
Nueces de la Perez
Fictitious 18th-century Spanish mission near the site of present-day Corpus Christi, Texas
2 years,
2 months
November 7, 2012 January 14, 2015 Nueces de la Perez deletion log
Matthew Lyons
Texas frontiersman and CSA cavalry soldier
2 years,
2 months
February 18, 2008 April 19, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Matthew Lyons
Fadl Attraction
Fictitious Canadian male porn star
2 years,
2 months
November 4, 2007 January 10, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Fadl Attraction
Curtis James
Real high-school runner with spectacular fictitious professional career
2 years,
1½ months
October 4, 2008 November 18, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Curtis James
Shai Bernstein
Fictitious Jewish-Russian thinker - Bernstein was actually a student in Houston
2 years,
½ month
Sep 6, 2007 Sep 16, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Shai Bernstein, had a Hebrew translation
Just When I Needed You Most
Cover version by "Daniel Selby"
2 years,
½ month
January 22, 2011 January 31, 2013 added, removed
Reference to Selby also added on songwriter Randy VanWarmer's page (removed)
PC Card
Claimed to be invented by "Jacob D. Holm" in 1986. In reality, the PCMCIA organization was formed in 1989-09, based on the initiative of Poqet Computer Corporation's Ian Cullimore with support from Fujitsu and Intel since 1989-07.
2 years,
½ month
August 18, 2011 August 30, 2013 added, removed
Moroccans with Disabilities Act of 1992
"Copied from a past revision of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 article".
2 years September 10, 2009 September 13, 2011 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Moroccans with Disabilities Act of 1992
Taylor Mowry
Fictitious actor; based closely on an old revision of Tristan Wilds
1 year,
11 months
02009-12-15December 2009 02011-11-15November 2011
Canyon View Junior High School
Fictitious school in Edmonton, Alberta
1 year,
11 months
02011-02-15February 2011 02013-01-15January 2013 Investigation followed by an admission on Talk:Canyon View Junior High School
Wüstenrot-Gruppe
Allegedly acquired by the fictitious Golden Byakugam Corporation
1 year,
10½ months
February 12, 2011 December 21, 2012 Nonsense related to Naruto fandom in-joke.
Five Star Generals
Fictitious rock band from Buffalo, New York
1 year,
10 months
June 1, 2013 April 12, 2015 Five Star Generals deletion log
Haď Čarém
Nonexistent 10th-century Hungarian Muslim merchant and economist, supposedly cited as an "incipient anti-colonialist and anti-slavery advocate" in later Communist theory.
1 year,
10 months
March 27, 2013 January 29, 2015 Haď Čarém deletion log
Justification at the creator's talk page
Let Me Be There and If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
For nearly two years, both articles credited a "Navin Harris" as the backing vocalist instead of Mike Sammes.
1 year,
9½ months
June 17, 2010 April 2, 2012 (both articles) Appears in this article and this publication of Olivia Newton-John related Wikipedia articles
Content was repeatedly re-added by an IP-hopper after first removal in April 2012, even after the addition of a source verifying the real vocalist's name, leading to indefinite semi-protection of both articles; see also Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/IncidentArchive747#Repeated vandalism for a likely source of the name.
Juan Gadiel Rosado Colón
Name-change plagiarism of Don Francisco
1 year,
9 months
April 22, 2013 January 27, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Juan Gadiel Rosado Colón
Lustfaust hoax
The real band Lustfaust, which the article is now about, used this fake band as a marketing tactic
1 year,
9 months
October 15, 2005 July 14, 2007 Old revision of article about fake band, NYT article describing fake article
Involvement of Brian Reddyb in the band Rednex
1 year,
8½ months
October 17, 2005 July 3, 2007 added, removed; User:Brian Reddyb vocally defended his hoax edits until he was banned, and Rednex personally denounced his story. Brian made a similar hoax edit to Saddam Hussein.
Marathonius Granthius (G3)
Fake Roman soldier
1 year,
8½ months
August 21, 2006 May 2, 2008 Discovered when blanked by an IP who warned that it was a hoax
European Tennis Club of Culture (PROD) 1 year,
8 months
02005-11-15November 2005 02007-07-15July 2007 Noticed in April 2007 on talk page
Baldock Beer Disaster
Was listed on Did You Know?
1 year,
8 months
02005-11-15November 2005 02007-07-15July 2007 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Baldock Beer Disaster
Did You Know entry
Discussion
Was temporarily made into an article about the hoax before being deleted regardless.
Æblerød (CSD)
Fictional Danish municipality
1 year,
8 months
January 12, 2004 September 8, 2005 Removal from municipalities list, discussion, featured in Danish newspaper Politiken (December 5th, 2006)
Battle of Stuart's Pond 1 year,
7½ months
May 29, 2008 January 18, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Battle of Stuart's Pond
Traffic cones called "kafele boothe cones" 1 year,
7½ months
October 4, 2010 May 24, 2012 [47] [48]
Maria Portaro (G3)
fictitious marine biologist with "500 published papers"
1 year,
7 months
March 3, 2008 October 3, 2009
Zobin Baygan
Fictional musician
1 year,
7 months
02007-04-15April 2007 November 13, 2008 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Zobin Baygan
Oyster Injustice
Fictitious financial disaster affecting Chesapeake Bay fishermen
1 year,
7 months
July 6, 2007 February 4, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Oyster Injustice
Earl of Aldbury (G3)
non-existent 17th-century peer
1 year,
6½ months
May 13, 2009 December 3, 2010
"Conrad Dean" as backing vocalist on Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy 1 year,
6 months
March 29, 2012 September 25, 2013
Quaff distillery
Made-up name for the still genuinely constructed by mutineers from HMS Bounty on Pitcairn Island in the 1790s. Drink was supposedly also called "quaff" and supposedly gave its name to a worldwide drinking club enduring to this day.
1 year,
6 months
December 30, 2013 June 15, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Quaff distillery. Found its way into Pitcairn Education Work Pack produced to accompany the 2014 play Pitcairn
Dexter, New York and Dexter, Maine
On two distinct occasions, it was falsely claimed the town was named after "Dexter Borup". The IP that made the first edit also added the name uncapitalized to Dexter,Maine
11 months February 23, 2007 January 17, 2008 first time: added, removed; second time: added, removed. Was picked up by other resources on the town.[dead link]

Maine:[49],[50]

1 year,
6 months
February 1, 2009 July 30, 2010
11 months February 27, 2007 February 23, 2008
Talinsfadasporia (G3)
fictitious Indian town, mostly cut and pasted from Dibrugarh
1 year,
5½ months
May 31, 2009 November 20, 2010
Fake Tristan material
Sir Tristan as an "overweight knight"
1 year,
5½ months
September 2, 2004 February 20, 2006 Added, removed
Arthur Foot being Michael Foot′s brother. 1 year,
5 months
November 14, 2013 April 21, 2015 Added, removed/names of actual brothers and a nephew added
Mrs Brown: The Musicals
Fake musical comedy series based on Mrs. Brown's Boys, supposedly featuring Broadway songs and broadcast on RTÉ One and BBC One; deleted via A11.
1 year,
4½ months
November 23, 2013 April 18, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mrs Brown: The Musicals
Anaxiphales
presocratic philosopher
1 year,
4½ months
February 12, 2005 June 28, 2006 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Anaxiphales
Elizabethan Lizard
Fictitious punk rock band from Minnesota; G3 deletion
1 year,
4 months
November 8, 2013 March 13, 2015 Elizabethan Lizard deletion log
Ingrid Vakaslavik 1 year,
3½ months
02009-02-15Feb 2009 May 31, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ingrid Vakaslavik
Crowborough Caves
With "Dr. SP Leo Logist"
1 year,
3 months
April 8, 2007 July 27, 2008 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Crowborough Caves. Pun on speleologist. Their hoax website now links back to this page. First detected by an anon who called it "a well known 'fun' story / hoax".
Addition of three trees to Man-eating tree, one of which (Duñak) is completely fabricated
Inspired several pieces of artwork and literature, including a novel.[dead link]
1 year,
3 months
October 26, 2008 February 2, 2010 added, removed. Believed by The Epoch Times (May 5, 2009)
Emerson LaSalle
Fictitious author
1 year,
3 months
November 27, 2007 February 27, 2009 After the deletion discussion had started, the original author rewrote the article to describe the subject as fictional (as well as to criticize the deletion), but it was still deleted.
Freedom Channing
Fictitious "conductor" of the Underground Railroad
1 year,
3 months
July 11, 2005 October 8, 2006 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Freedom Channing
Amorica (legend)
Given its own article for 8 months rather than deletion
1 year,
2½ months
November 9, 2004
See original article
January 22, 2006 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Amorica (legend)
8 months May 24, 2005
Plathubis the grey fox
Made-up hunting myth from Latvia about an amphibious, rain-bringing fox, designed "to warn impetuous young men not to kill animals for fun"; deleted via G3.
1 year,
2 months
February 8, 2014 April 20, 2015 Plathubis the grey fox deletion log
Vengeance On Elm Street
Nonexistent "upcoming" sequel to the Nightmare on Elm Street series; deleted via G3.
1 year,
2 months
January 21, 2014 March 28, 2015 Vengeance On Elm Street deletion log
Francis Bunbury (PROD)
Non-existent architect; names in article taken from The Importance of Being Earnest.
1 year,
2 months
October 24, 2009 December 26, 2010 First noted by an anon October 2010
Joshua G. Cantor-Stone (G4)
Fictitious Jewish WWII naval aviator and hero
1 year,
1½ months
February 22, 2009 April 11, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Joshua G. Cantor-Stone
Eric Radloff
Fictitious singer-songwriter
1 year,
1½ months
July 5, 2004 August 23, 2005 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Eric Radloff
Fictitious sons of Aaron
Nada and Abidjan
1 year,
1½ months
March 16, 2008 April 26, 2009 Added
Little Adventures of Bruno
Supposed animated television series by Mitchell Hurwitz that would be a followup of sorts to Sit Down, Shut Up
1 years
1 months
October 17, 2013 November 22, 2014 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Little Adventures of Bruno
Magnesium lasering Article about a nonsense science practice. 1 year,
1 month
May 14, 2009 June 13, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Magnesium lasering
Earl of Iford
Partial name-change plagiarism of Earl of Shaftesbury
1 year,
1 month
April 13, 2008 May 11, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Earl of Iford
Federlandese (coin)
"Had this "coin" been real, it would have pre-dated the oldest known Scandinavian coins by perhaps ~800 years, so we would have heard of it elsewhere. Also, people in Scandinavia didn't have a monetary economy 2100 years ago."
1 year,
½ month
December 2, 2009 December 22, 2010 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Federlandese (coin)
Ladedaism
Invented social/artistic movement
1 year,
½ month
July 7, 2005 July 19, 2006 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ladedaism
Nam Nguyễn Thành
Fictitious international soccer player for Vietnam, supposedly recommended by Barry Hayles
1 year February 19, 2014 February 25, 2015 Nam Nguyễn Thành deletion log
Vanda Varvara
Fictitious painter
1 year January 26, 2012 January 29, 2013 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Vanda Varvara
Gérard Louis-Dreyfus
Fictitious children named "Rover and Bethlehem".[citation needed]
1 year March 18, 2009 March 24, 2010
Odin's Globe
Fictitious Norse mythological artifact of diverse powers ("protection, luck, minor telepathy, slow or speed up time, willpower, support, empathy, understanding, wits, health"); falsely sourced to a nonexistent poem, "Loki's Lunar Lover."
1 year April 6, 2014 April 12, 2015 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Odin's Globe
The Bierrum Effect
Fictitious biological effect occurring in isolated environments
1 year September 3, 2008 September 7, 2009 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Bierrum Effect
James and the Pontoons
Fake rock band
1 year July 20, 2007 July 21, 2008 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/James and the Pontoons
Hevstäf
Fictitious Czech village
1 year October 12, 2006 October 15, 2007 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hevstäf

Hoaxes extant for at least one month[edit]

This section lists hoaxes covered for at least one month but less than one year. See Wikipedia:List of hoaxes on Wikipedia/Less than one year for the full list. This section lists only hoaxes covered in reliable, independent sources.

Hoax Length Start Date End Date Links
John Seigenthaler Sr.
Real journalist who had a hoax article in 2005 claiming he was a suspect in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.
4½ months May 26, 2005 October 7, 2005 The subject of Wikipedia biography controversy. Widely reported in the press and led to the introduction of the Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons policy.

Hoaxes extant for less than one month[edit]

Note: This section should list only hoaxes covered in independent third-party sources. Short-lived hoaxes are innumerable and so we do not normally track them — they can be found by searching deletion logs for "hoax".
Hoax Length Start Date End Date Links
Edward Owens hoax
Article concerning late 1800's Chesapeake Bay oyster fisherman who turned to piracy created as a part of an internet hoax performed by students enrolled in a George Mason University class entitled "Lying about History".
30 days November 18, 2008 December 18, 2008 After several mainstream news sources reported on the internet meme, students came forward to admit the deception.[2][3][4] Survived speedy deletion, proposed deletion and two AFDs (1, 2) as a well documented hoax, before being incorporated as a part of an article on George Mason University hoaxes.
Alan Mcilwraith
A "Walter Mitty" character who faked a bio of his supposed military record on Wikipedia. It initially lasted three weeks before being deleted at AfD. It was recreated three times but deleted within a day each time, but then the story hit the headlines in April 2006 and the article was recreated to be about him as a hoaxer
21 days October 5, 2005 October 26, 2005 The hoax version
Upper Peninsula War
Account of a fictional conflict in 1843 between the State of Michigan and Canada over a disputed territorial line in the Upper Peninsula and subsequent secession attempt by the governor of Michigan.
13 days May 2, 2007 May 15, 2007 Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Upper Peninsula War
Ronnie Hazlehurst
Erroneous information (alleging that he had co-written a pop hit for band S Club 7) inserted into this article led to several news outlets repeating it in his obituary following his death, which in turn led to verifiable citations. The incident was widely reported in the UK meta-media, in particular by Private Eye & Have I Got News for You (the latter featuring the editor of the former as a regular panellist.
11 days September 20, 2007 October 1, 2007 The incorrect information talk page discussing the issue
John F. Street
Vandalism from IP editor inserting false information about how the Philadelphia mayor had formerly worked as Bozo the Clown.
5 days January 14, 2007 January 19, 2007 The incorrect information. Other IPs restore the vandalism [51][52] but it is quickly reverted. Talk page discussing the issue. Article about the hoax in the Philadelphia Inquirer(dead link). A couple of months later, an IP editor added information about the hoax to the biography.[53] Over the next few years this material was variously kept as reliably sourced, or deleted as trivial.
Falsified quotes by Maurice Jarre
Went viral in mainstream media after his death
24 hours March 30, 2009 March 31, 2009 added
Discussion at Irish Times
Helen Anne Petrie, Strutt Family Trust
South African painter whose falsified biography was seeded on the internet in an apparent attempt to increase the value of artwork. Related names included Sebastian L.S Schwagele, Fan Moniz and PR by a Marlene Duval, User:Marlene Duval
37 minutes June 19, 2007 June 19, 2007 Afd discussion, Afd discussion, SSI report, Commons Village Pump
London Times article(registration required)
South African Art Times article
8 days May 1, 2009 May 9, 2009
2 days October 29, 2009 October 31, 2009
Roger Vinson
Addition that the individual was an amateur taxidermist who mounted bear heads above the door of his courtroom. The hoax information became known when Rush Limbaugh misused it on his radio program.
1 day September 13, 2010 September 14, 2010 Huffington Post
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Pensacola News Journal
MESSENGER (NASA probe)
Destination of interplanetary probe changed from Mercury (planet) to Canada.
5 minutes January 17, 2008 January 17, 2008 Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Canada, ISBN 9781607101000 page 272, inexplicably devotes two thirds of a printed page to this short-lived bit of vandalism, explaining in detail how MESSENGER was the first mission to visit Canada in over 30 years, studying its environment and characteristics from orbit.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ken Jennings (May 28, 2010). "Anatomy of a Wiki-hoax". Ken Jennings Blog. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Howard, Jennifer (18 December 2008). "Teaching by Lying: Professor Unveils 'Last Pirate' Hoax". The Chronicle of Higher Education. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Matheson, Whitney. Pop Candy blog, USAToday.com, December 4, 2008
  4. ^ "The Last American Pirate", December 4, 2008

Further reading[edit]