ZeoSync
ZeoSync is a company that in 2002 announced a lossless data compression product they claimed could achieve a compression ratio of 100:1 on random data. If true, this would have exceeded the Shannon l...
Disappearing blonde gene
The disappearing blonde gene refers to false reports that a scientific study had estimated that natural blonds would become extinct, which were reported as fact in reputable media such as the BBC and ...
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Huemul Project
The Huemul Project (Spanish: Proyecto Huemul) was a secret project proposed by Austrian scientist Ronald Richter to the government of Argentina during the first presidency of Juan Domingo Perón.In...
Scott Reuben
Scott S. Reuben (born 1958) is an American anesthesiologist who was Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and chief of acute pain at Baystate Medic...
Fan death
Fan death is the belief that death can be caused by sleeping in a closed room containing a running electric fan. There are no verified cases of the alleged phenomenon, but it remains a widely believe...
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Legrand G. Capers
Legrand G. Capers (April 16, 1834 – December 2, 1877) was an American physician, best known for his 1874 spurious case report of bullet-mediated impregnation of a young woman.
Legrand Guerry Caper...
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Charles Redheffer
Charles Redheffer was an American inventor who claimed to have invented a perpetual motion machine. First appearing in Philadelphia, Redheffer exhibited his machine to the public, charging high prices...
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Turboencabulator
The turboencabulator or turbo-encabulator (and its later incarnation, the retroencabulator or retro-encabulator) is a fictional machine whose alleged existence became an in-joke and subject of profess...
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Red mercury
Red mercury is a hoax substance of uncertain composition purportedly used in the creation of nuclear bombs, as well as a variety of unrelated weapons systems. Mercuric iodide is a poisonous, odorless,...
Three Laws of Robotics
The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or Three Laws, also known as Asimov's Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The rules were introduc...
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Schön scandal
The Schön scandal concerns German physicist Jan Hendrik Schön (born 1970 in Verden) who briefly rose to prominence after a series of apparent breakthroughs with semiconductors that were later discover...
JATO Rocket Car
The account of the JATO Rocket Car was one of the original Darwin Awards winners: a man who supposedly met his death in a spectacular manner after mounting a JATO unit (a rocket engine used to help he...
Villejuif leaflet
The Villejuif leaflet , also known as the Villejuif flyer and the Villejuif list, was a pamphlet which enjoyed wide distribution. The leaflet listed a number of safe food additives with their E number...
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Pauli effect
The Pauli effect is a term referring to the apparently mysterious, anecdotal failure of technical equipment in the presence of Austrian theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli. The term was coined using ...
Dipak K. Das
Dipak Kumar Das (1947 – September 19, 2013) was the director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Das is known for his work on the benefi...
Tasaday people
The Tasaday (tɑˈsɑdɑj) are an indigenous people of the Philippine island of Mindanao. They are considered to belong to the Lumad group, along with the other indigenous groups on the island. They attra...
Fur-bearing trout
The fur-bearing trout (or furry trout) is a fictional creature purportedly found in North America and Iceland. According to tales, the trout has evolved a thick coat of fur to maintain its body heat....
Clarke's three laws
Clarke's Three Laws are three "laws" of prediction formulated by the British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. They are:
Clarke's First Law was proposed by Arthur C. Clarke in the essay "Ha...
Hastings Rarities
The Hastings Rarities affair is a case of statistically demonstrated ornithological fraud that misled the bird world for decades in the twentieth century. The discovery of the long-running hoax shocke...
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Genpet
Genpets are a mixed media installation art piece by artist Adam Brandejs. It is considered a hoax of exposure. The project has been shown in multiple galleries in Canada and Europe and has garnered so...
Trixolan
Trixolan (TX) is a purportedly therapeutic agent based on Viroxan, a citronella-based substance used by Stephen Herman, a Californian doctor who used it to treat AIDS patients. State medical officials...
Bogdanov Affair
The Bogdanov affair is an academic dispute regarding the legitimacy of a series of theoretical physics papers written by French twins Igor and Grichka Bogdanov (alternately spelt Bogdanoff). These pap...
Nacirema
In anthropology and sociology, Nacirema is a term used to examine—with a degree/pretense of anthropological self-distancing—aspects of the behavior and society of citizens of the United States of Amer...
Time travel urban legends
Time travel urban legends are accounts of persons who allegedly traveled through time, reported by the press or circulated on the Internet. All of these reports have turned out either to be hoaxes or...
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Document 12-571-3570
Document 12-571-3570 (also titled NASA No. 12 571-3570 or NASA publication 14-307-1792) is a hoax document originally posted to the Usenet newsgroup alt.sex on November 28, 1989. According to this doc...
Metabene
The use of fictional medicine and drugs has history in both fiction (usually fantasy or science fiction) and the real-world. In fiction, drugs and medicine have served as analogues to real-world drugs...
SnarXiv
The arXiv (pronounced "archive", as if the "X" were the Greek letter Chi, χ) is a repository of electronic preprints, known as e-prints, of scientific papers in the fields of mathematics, physics, ast...